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Solved Selectively sync GMail & Calendar in Android?

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January 3, 2016 at 10:03:09
Specs: Windows 7-64 Pro, i5-4670 / 8GB DDR3
Hello - My mother has received an Android phone for Christmas and lucky me has been tasked with setting it up for her. The main problem with this being that I have an aversion to trying to work out the privacy (or lack thereof) settings with Google accounts and have never therefore bothered to see how to do so 'properly'.

The only Google apps she would want will be GMail and Calendar, ideally both being synced automatically. I don't want the mess of contacts that seem to be on her Google account syncing with the phone, nor anything to do with Drive or the other stuff they suggest.

Is there a way to have the two apps mentioned above sync automatically, rather than have to ask her to go into the settings and do a manual sync each time she opens the phone (it wouldn't work)? I suspect that there's no such fine-grained control - that it's auto-sync everything or nothing - but I'd be grateful for any confirmation or otherwise.

Thanks in advance.

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January 3, 2016 at 13:04:59
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If all you want to sync is Gmail & Calendar, see here:

Scroll down to the section labeled:

Turn sync on or off for specific apps

That should give you what your looking for.


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January 4, 2016 at 03:26:06
Thanks Mike - I'd found that page before and was hopeful that it describes exactly what I'd like to have. Whether it's just this phone not being a Nexus or a recent change, the ability to permanently turn on syncing for select Google apps isn't there. Under the settings screen I can tap those ones I want to have sync there and then, however there's no check boxes to activate auto-syncing for them.

Thankfully I think I've worked out how have her do a manual sync while in the relevant app itself, without as many settings menus that she'll never remember.

Cheers for your help!

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