Sunday, June 28, 2009

Google Sync on Iphone for Google Apps accounts

Follow my instrutions for normal google accounts, but you need to follow the steps below after creating the account on the iphoneto configure multiple calendars. If you only have one calendar then you dont necessarilyy need to do this other than to verify the admin for your domain has enabled sync services.

Sync is by default turned off for google apps accounts.  It can be turned on by following these instructions, then follow the steps here to add/manage the calendars that are synced.  If you prefer, jump to the shortcut tip at the end!

1. On your iphone goto use Safari and goto and scroll down to the box "Google Apps user" tap to configure your domain.  In the pop up box enter your full domain name.

2. Now click on the sync icon that is in the highlighted area

3. Now Click on the Sign in with your Google Apps account

4. Enter your user name (not a very iphone friendly sign in screen here but it works...) and sign in

7. You'll now get the manage devices screen and be able to choose your calendars...

** Shortcut **
Steps 1 to 5 seem to be driving the creation of the URL for your apps domain
which is

If you want to enter the above address in Safari on your iphone replacing with yep, your domain name.

Friday, June 26, 2009

How to Setup Push Sync Google Calendar Contacts (Exchange Method)

This is a step by step guide to setting up Google Sync services on iPhones running Apple iphone OS 3.0.  Step by step this is how to link your google calendar and google mail contacts to your iPhone.  2 way syncing is soone yours! Let me know any  problems to make this better for us all.

UPDATED to link to steps for Google Apps accounts (New Post)

So, From the home screen, lets goto Settings>

In Settings, touch Mail, Contacts, Calendars >
Touch Add Account > then choose (yes oddly!) Microsoft Exchange
Enter the exchange information shown (substitute in the following screens for your own google account - especially careful if you have a account typically in Europe).
Enter your Email address, press Next, Enter the username and password, Press Next.
Enter the server as
This often causes a problem, users are unsure what to do... just click on Accept on the unable to verify warning... Then Next...
Now it will show you the following screen, be sure to Turn Off mail push - Google doesnt support it yet and if you leave it on you will get password errors popping up later...
Ok, we're nearly there, you will see your new account all setup now and  your iphone address book will look like the groups screen below.. whilst you're here your iphone is busy talking to the google servers downloading what is needed.
Now if you have multiple calendars, be sure to open Safari on your iphone (this doesnt work from your PC or Mac!) and visit as shown below.  UPDATE: If you have a Google Apps account (not straight forward gmail etc) please follow the steps in this post now.
Sign into  your google account...
You may have one device or more (I've tested 3 different iphones recently so have 3 showing.. the only way to distinguish them is the date and time fields though...)
You will then find your calendars that you have setup on the Web Calendar.  Be sure to tick the boxes of the calendars you want to sync to your phone...
Your'e all done! If you have a lot of data make sure you have a data connection, Wifi is best to start with.  Remember this first sync will only download from google. It wont upload anything here already on your iphone.  New additions on your iphone will push straight up to google though..


Nike LunarGlide+ Preview vs Brooks Addiction 8

Arrived by UPS today week ahead of general release in the UK. As always laced up with Nike+ and tracked a short route I do regularly.  They felt great.  Time wise a bit quicker, could be a number of reasons not just the shoes of course but they look good and felt very different on the foot.  Will keep running the next few days and see how I get on!

Nike Lunarglide+ (2009)

Brooks Addiction 8s

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Completely Restore your iphone

Sometimes even a restore is just not enought, I've found some old settings can be buried deep in the iphone operating system.  In these cases you need to do a DFU mode restore.  This can also be used if you wanted (not sure why!) to OS 2 from the latest 3.0.

There's a great article on this over at

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gmail Iphone 3.0 Exchange Push Sync Problem

The probelm I've found with Exchange Gmail Sync is being looked at by Google now, you can follow it over here:

Using  3.0 on iPhone with Push configured on Calendar and Contacts causes inbound calls to be dropped / not connected.  Diagnosed with o2 in the UK.  Approx 1 in 3 calls dont get through to the handset - its as if the handset is "busy" and cant take the call. Callers are divereted to voicemail etc.  Turn off push on contacts and calendar and all works.Tryed another handset same problem.

Apple iPhone 3.0 Release Times UK

Just to document it for next time; Apple meant 6pm BST when they annouce a date specific release. 

Friday, June 12, 2009

New Itunes Apple Store Account Settings in iPhone 3.0

Some tweaks have been added to the iTunes Store applicaiton on iPhone.  You can now see and change your apple acccount linked to the store and find the redeem option to redeem voucher codes etc.  The settings appear in the apps store and itunes store.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

iPhone 3.0 3GS Googlemail Account problem

Currently there are some problems with google mail accounts on iPhone 3.0.

Functionality as designed should be that when you move a message from the Inbox on the built in mail application it will move it to the correct folder and remove it from the inbox.  I often use this to archive mail to [Gmail]/All Mail folder.

When you move something from the inbox at the moment it does the label part but doesnt move it out of the inbox.  So when you check youre email on the web, or another client, the mail is still in the inbox.  My set-up was working fine on 2.2.

Today I've tryed turning mobile me off, google spanning sync, installing my Gmail Account using the iphone wizzard, manually adding a IMAP account and finally adding Google Exchange support.  No changes anywhere.  My friend also has the same issue. Not sure if its a Google or Apple problem.

New iTunes Options for IPhone 3.0 Backup

Encrypt iPhone Backup is a new option on the summary page on iTunes 8.2 when connected with an iPhone running 3.0

Another minor change is it shows the phone number on summary  pane.

Nike+ released on iPhone 3.0 3GS Hardware

Being a running fanatic you'd think I'd be delighted to hear the new iPhone 3GS handset has built in Nike+ functionality.  Much like the iPod Touch 2nd Generation did last year.

Its just not something I would use.  When I run its one of the only times I am away from my phone - away from calls, texts, emails and the web!  I'll keep to running with Nike+ on my old Nano with Nike+ kit dongle pluged in.

Just to confirm, this new application in 3.0 does need the new handset (3GS).

Iphone 3.0 How Copy Paste Works

Here's how copy paste generally works on iPhone 3.0  Starting with an article on oleophobic coating of the new 3GS iPhone you highlight the word by invoking the magnifying class (finger hold).  Then two markers show the marked text.  Click on Copy which has appeared above the marked out text.  Go to a google search, press and hold and paste will appear now (as you have something in the clipboard).  Click on paste, Hit Google, and heres a definition on oleophobic.

Mobile Me and iPhone Find me - works almost instantly

Already on you can go to account settings and find the new Find My iPhone feature.  I just tried sending a message to my phone "Please call for reward for return".  It appeared within 5 seconds!  I am not sure if this works using Wifi (Internet) or some backend message over the carrier (perhaps specific text message) - but it works.

Theres also an option to remotely wipe your iphone if you really do give up on finding it.

Update:  To allow full mapping location the mobile me setting is on the iPhone under Mail/Contact Settings.  Slider there to turn on find me service.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Notes Sync

Within iTunes theres a new option to sync notes.  Took me a while to work out but you will find these notes in the Mac Mail application under "Reminders".  Not obvious but at least it syncs now.

If you're looking for my notes on sync for google check out

iPhone 3.0 supports stereo bluetooth

One of the non headline upgrades for 3.0 is stereo bluetooth - I've order my headphones already.  Will post up a review when tested out but think these will sell quickly come next week and the official iphone 3.0 launches

Sony Ericsson HBH-IS800 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

Upgraded to iPhone 3.0 on o2 - Instructions on how to upgrade

Download the three files for your device (Touch, 2, or 3g) from

[update: the torrent to look for as an alternative is iPhone_OS_3.0_3G_GM_Golden_Master_7A341_[kenfun].4942338.TPB.torrent on somewhere like isohunt.]

Using The Unarchiver ( open one of the Rar files.  This will in turn create a master file.

Save the file iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw

Connect and allow iTunes to sync and backup your iphone.

Now go to your iPhone in iTunes, press ALT (command) key and click your mouse on Update.  The file browser window opens.  Point it at the file you just saved.  Sit back and wait for your phone to be updated to 3.0

On o2 10 minutes later you will get a text telling you MMS has been enabled.  This means you are ready to send and receve photo messages (cost is 4x text).