2014/10/12

Sync Android Contacts and Calendars with Outlook

Synchronize Android’s Contacts and Calendars with Outlook


Someone has recently asked me about “how can he sync his Android contacts and calendars with Outlook?” Of course, you can do it!
To use an Android phone, you most likely have a Gmail account that is natively supported by Google’s CardDAV/CalDAV services. Now, we need a tool that performs similar tasks as Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar Sync.
What is going on now?
Since this 8/1/2014, Google’s has terminated a free sync service and reserved this sync utility for its Google Apps customers rather than regular free Gmail account. 

ECO is an outlook plugin for CardDAV and CalDAV

EVO Collaborator for Outlook and Outlook work together to perform a two-way sync between your Gmail account and Outlook. Any sync result to your Gmail account will also sync’d with your Android phone.

What are CardDAV and CalDAV?


CardDAV and CalDAV are standard protocol API by IETF’s RFC for contacts and calendars. Google is using contacts api and calendar api to take care of contacts and calendars at the backend to service their customers’ needs on such information.

How do I do it?
It is easier than a breeze with ECO. Simply:
  1. Download ECO from EVO Official Site and install it with admin’s privilege on your Outlook.
  2. Open Outlook and click on EVO ribbon at the top banner, click on Configure profile
  3. Select Profile #6. Fill in your Gmail account under Full e-mail address or Username and click on TEST to proceed Google's OAuth 2.0
  4. Upon sync completion, your Android and Outlook are sync’d.

Build your own Cloud!

Gmail is a great tool for individuals, but it may not be suitable when it comes down to a company-size scale where lots of information scatters around. Why not build one for your company itself?


Download and install EVO Mail Server along with CardDAV and CalDAV addon (ECA). Once ready, all Outlook’s contacts, calendars and tasks can all go sync’d. Again, this solution I just mentioned is not a bad choice to choose from.

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