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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

OS X Address Book Sync with Google Contacts and Android Phone

I've got OS X Address Book sync working under OS X 10.5.8. I can add/delete contacts in Address Book or online with Google Contacts on my Gmail account. The changes show up in both.

I can even use the little 'Sync Now' option with the MobileMe icon in the Menu Bar on OS X. (Enable that icon using iSync preferences.)

Try this: (Found this solution here.)

1) Go to your Address Book preferences, General Tab.
2) Then check the Exchange box and click on the Exchange button.
3) Enter your Gmail or Google Apps e-mail address in the E-mail field.
4) Enter your password in the password field.
5) In the Outlook Web Access Server field, enter http://www.google.com/a/
google.com.
6) Check the sync every hour box.
7) Press OK.
8) Then check the Google Sync box and click on the Google button.
9) Enter your Gmail or Google Apps e-mail address in the E-mail field.
10) Enter your password in the password field.
11) Press OK.

In order to launch the syncing right away:

12) Open iSync.app, go to preferences and check the Show in menu bar option.
13) Click on the iSync menu bar icon.
14) Click on Synchronize.

On OS X, open a terminal app window and paste in :

/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/GoogleContactSync.framework/Versions/A/Resources/gconsync --sync com.google.ContactSync

If it goes back to a command prompt without an errors, you should be good. Add and delete some fake contacts in both contact managers and sync a few times to see if it's working.

If you get something like "gconsync[23784:10b] ISyncSession record validation failure: Value other pushed for enumeration property service on com.apple.contacts.IM is not an allowed value." it is because (in may case at least) you can specify a Skype contact type under IM types, and OS X Address book doesn't allow that type. Sorry, you have to delete that Skype contact out of Google Contacts. As a fix, just put it in the notes section. Or really, you will still have it in Skype so not a huge loss.

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