Any alternative to iCloud for calendar sync to iPhone?

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Vincenzo

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My friend keeps having problems with iCloud syncing the Outlook calendar with her iPhone. It's been repeated problems both on her old Win 7 computer and now on Win 8. Are there any other reliable options to do this?

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Diane Poremsky

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Diane Poremsky

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if iCloud (or iTunes) works, i would stick with it - it does a pretty good job. I actually kinda like syncing with itunes better because it works with the folders in place, whereas icloud addin sucks the calendar and contacts into the icloud folder. But you need itunes open and the device either plugged in to the computer or on the same wifi network.
 

Vincenzo

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Can iTunes sync the calendar without the need to plug in a cable? Can it do it automatically or do you have to initiate the sync manually?

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Diane Poremsky

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Yes, it can. You need to enable wifi sync and turn cloud sync off on the device, then it will show up in iTunes. I need to write it up - but here are screenshots - the first sync might need a cable, it should say in iTunes.

Enable wifi sync under Settings. It will only sync when the device is on the same wifi network. iTunes needs to be running and it might only sync when charging. (First sync requires the device be charging, I'm pretty sure it synced last night when it wasn't charging. Will need to double check.)

wifi-sync.png

On the info screen, it will either look like this or have something about iCloud sync. If iCloud sync is on, disable it on the device.
itunes.png
 

Vincenzo

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When you say turn iCloud sync off, do you mean to turn it off for everything? ie Photos are no longer synced to the cloud?

I ask because I know people who have lost pictures when their iPhone locked up during an OS update and the phone needed to be restored. I've since told them to leave iCloud on, and then when they had their next iPhone lockup up and needed a restore, their pictures were easily recovered from iCloud.

I know you can set the iPhone to back up pictures to the computer every time you connect a cable, but a lot of people never connect a cable. So for them, leaving iCloud set to back up Pictures is a life saver. (or photo saver anyway).
 

Diane Poremsky

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No, it's just turned off for calendar and contacts on the phone.
 
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