How do you actually sync Mac with Android phones?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Shredder-, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2012
    Alright, I just left the iPhone clan and went for a Nexus 4. Still a loyal macbook user though - but the syncing... it aint workin?

    Id like to transfer all my contacts & ical stuff from iphone to android. how is it done? I go to preferences, enter my gmail account... and nothing happens
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2010
    Hampshire, UK
    Have you got your contacts and calendars on your google account?

    If not that's why nothing's happening.

    What I suggest is exporting your calendars and contacts (there are guides on the web) and importing them into your google account. Then you can sync with your mac, ios, android and pretty much any platform you want :)

    If your stuff is only on your iphone at the mo you'll have to transfer it to your macbook first but that should be pretty painless
  3. macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    I just sync my contacts and calendars to Google. I don't bother with iCal or Address Book on the Mac anymore, no point.
  4. 3bs
    macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    You should check out SmoothSync for Cloud Calendar and SmoothSync for Cloud Contacts in the Play Store.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2011
    I say bite the bullet and just switch to using google for contacts, calendar, and tasks. It works on any platform without workarounds.

    I did that before I got my Nexus 4 and all my contacts and whatnot were synced within minutes of me turning it on for the first time.

  6. macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2008
    Thanks for the heads up. I didn't really want to have to make the change over to Google apps when I'm still using my Mac and iPad.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Because of the more cross platform nature of Google products, they will work much better on your Mac than your Apple products will work with your Android phone.

    Its much better to put in the effort now and convert to Google products. Once this is done everything will be available to you whether on Linux, Mac, Windows, Android or iOS.
  8. macrumors 603


    Aug 7, 2011
    I just switched from an IP5 to an HTC One so just went through all this.
    First step is to make sure all is synced with iTunes and backed up on the iphone.
    Then install iSyncr
    Then install Rocket Player for Android
    I was able to sync all my music and playlists this way and it has worked great!
    As others have pointed out the best way to sync calendar and contacts in Android is through Google.... Hope this helps
  9. macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2013
    Synch Android with Mac via Google

    The problem with using Google for synchronizing contacts comes if you have a lot of contacts on your Mac (I have over 3,000). If I want to delete my contacts in Google - maybe I want to start over or use a new set of contacts - Google will only let me delete 250 contacts at a time, forcing me to repeat select and delete over 12 times. What a waste of time! There ought to be a Edit/Select All/Delete feature in Google. There isn't. Free is good, poor user features is not.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    I just sync'd all my stuff via google. Music went onto the google music player (after converting), all my contacts are transfered onto google. It's actually a lot easier since I can access anything anywhere by just logging onto my google account. For email I just use the yahoo app and it works to my usage.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2011
    This is like a 4 second process on my mac. Open Contacts, command-A, delete. Done. (Naturally I would backup or export them before doing something like that.) Why are you trying to do that in a web interface?


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