How To: Sync Your Mobile Contacts With Your Google Account For Free

I’ll keep the introduction on this one short. All us want to be able to sync out Gmail contacts to our S60 devices and not pay for it, this post will tell you how exactly to go about doing that without requiring to install any application. I’ve successfully used Google Mobile Sync on the Nokia N96, a FP2 device as well, but for the purpose of this tutorial I will be demonstrating the setup on an E71 which runs FP1.

  • Make sure you backup your contacts, both on the phone and in Gmail.
  • Navigate to and open the Sync application.
  • From the Options menu select ‘New sync profile’

Sync application

  • Choose any name you like for ‘Sync profile name’

    Sync profile name

  • Select and click ‘Applications’, you will see a list of all content types that your phone can synchronize; however, currently Google Sync only supports Contacts.

  • Select and click ‘Contacts’
    • Make sure the ‘Include in Sync’ option is set to ‘Yes’
    • Define the ‘Remote Database’ option as ‘contacts’. It needs to be spelled exactly like this (lower case), or Google Sync will not work.

      Remote database

    • Click ‘Back’ to exit this screen and save your settings
    • Ensure that only Contacts have ‘Settings defined’ and all other content types say ‘Sett. not defined’
  • Click ‘Back’ to exit this screen and save your settings
  • Select and click ‘Connection Settings’
  • Enter the following values:
    • Server version: 1.2
    • Server ID: Google (capital ‘G’ is important)
    • Data bearer: Internet
    • Access point: the Internet access point for your carrier.

      Server version, server ID, data bearer, access point

    • Host address: (Important to enter https for a secure connection)
    • Port: 443
    • User name: your Google Account username, e.g.
    • Password: your Google password.
    • Leave other values unchanged.

      Host address, port, user name, password

  • Click ‘Back’ to exit this screen and save your settings
  • Click ‘Back’ again to exit the Sync profile settings
  • Highlight the your Sync profile and select ‘Synchronize’ from the ‘Options’ menu to synchronize your contacts with Google.

Note: On FP2 devices like the N96 & N85, the settings are similar and the only difference is in the order in which they are displayed. Also, Google currently only supports both way syncs, irrespective of the device in use.

Thanks Anuj!

54 thoughts on “How To: Sync Your Mobile Contacts With Your Google Account For Free”

  1. Hi Vaibhav,

    I had some questions before i dived in to this?

    1. What contact groups are synced up?
    2. What happens to the contacts on the phone?
    3. Will sync with outlook still work?



  2. The official google syng website on the N85 browser says the device is not supported! How idiotic, i don’t understand why do the companies come out with new stuff today without the support for FP2 phones!

    BTW, sync is also supposed to support calendar syncing, anyway to get that too?

  3. I tried this on my E71. Worked OK, but only synced 500 out of my 800+ contacts! Not useful. This is a pain, because I’m a paying goosync customer but I found their contact sync too buggy to use. Ovi sync works quickly and reliably; too bad it doesn’t really do anything for me … 🙂 Still waiting, I guess.

  4. I found a great syncing solution that does contacts, calendar, and email at the following link.

    Click “Try Seven” then choose your device. You can install over the air.

    In their forum at:

    there’s a FAQ that has “How long can I use this beta version/when does it expire?”

    The answer is “There is an expiration date built in, but for this beta program, we’ve set it for 10 years from the date of installation. So for practical purposes, the beta will be usable until we either shut it down or decide to migrate to something else for business reasons. ”

    I find that this has been the best calendar/contacts/email solution for my N85 at least until Google has official calendar sync support for symbian.

  5. Great post! I was searching for sync apps for my smart phone, this post helps me, I was reading on Yahoo Biz News that Vopium has launched Vopium Sync Application, I think we should also try this, what you say?

  6. Thanks so much! I’ve been struggling with my transference my contact list for days now! This one did it!
    Thank you!

  7. Perfect works like charm. Nice tutorial.
    I sync contact with N86 without any problem.


  8. *sigh* it syncs 80 of my 200 phone contacts, then pops up an error “invalid host address” how cud it b invalid wen the sync was working? wat is the problem, betta yet, wat is the fix?? :-/

  9. hey guys i followed ur steps and its not working for me i keep getting an error saying unable to open database , im using an e71

  10. Genius. I’ve been racking my shrivelled brain trying to think of an efficient way to synch from one phone to another on different networks.

    You made this smile I’m wearing. You did!

  11. Now working on an N85. Looked for this info bout a yr ago and couldnt find it. Brilliant!!!! Thanks!!!

  12. Hi! Thanks a lot. It worked.
    But wanted to know if I lost contacts on my phone
    then do I have to sync again and they will get copied from my Google Account automatically?

  13. Hi Manik….

    Yes it does sync it back… it is the ‘sync’ concept and not an ‘upload only’ concept.


  14. I had to swap back to my N96 and thought i would have to write all my contacts in but this was easy so thank you very much

  15. Hi Master Blaster,

    Thanks a lot, this worked out easily because of your good presentation

    Thanks Dear ….Great Great…..You helped me/us lot to sync my Nokia (I have Nokia5233) phone contacts to Gmail, which (to sync mob. contacts online) I was in search from last 1.5yrs and your this presentation brought the solution……Once again ..Thanks… Thanks a lot


    Jignesh Panchal
    Ahmedabad, India

  16. HELP! I have been using this method for ages to sync contacts between my nokia e72 and my google apps email account contacts, and today it seems to have just stopped working! Anyone else having this problem? It just says “Invalid use name or password” every time I try to sync – but I havent changed any settings nor my username nor password at all! help! I tried deleting the active profile and making a new one – same result…

  17. i followed the whole procedure, but first it says invalid host address, then i tried http:// (without s) it says”connection error” pls help me.. i have nokia e5-00 and i have only 200 contacts to import from google account to nokia 🙂

  18. Many thanks for this guide, it’s very useful. Works like charm for me. I’m using Nokia N95 S60V3. One important thing is that you should mention https instead of http, the “s” is very important otherwise you will get error message such as “invalid host address server”.

  19. Thanks u sooooo muchhhhhhhhhhhh
    m thinking about to save each contact by manually typing
    thanks again

  20. Half-worked for me on my E63, but for some odd reason it only syncs 50 contacts at a time – I had to do it 4 times for my 163 contacts… Still, a good solution anyway – thanks!

  21. Hi, just found this, my Galaxy has died and I dug out my old N95. Done all my contacts great, but some one said it will now o Calendar as well, but it needs a remote data base name, contacts worked as is suggested for my contacts, but calendar would not work for my calendar. any ideas.

  22. On my Nokia E5 it says ” Unable to open database” There are two “Database in Phone” options. One is c:contacts.cdb and other is c:contacts.gdb. Have tried both of them and the result is same “Unable to open Database”

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