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Windows 7: Outlook and iPhone Calendar

21 Jun 2010   #1
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Outlook and iPhone Calendar

Hey,

If I have calendar items already on my iPhone, and I decide I want to start syncing with Outlook, is it safe for me to just enable the calendar sync, or do I risk overwriting the iPhone data instead of the Outlook data?

I would greatly appreciate it if anyone knows the answer to this question.


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22 Jun 2010   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I thought you had the option to decide which way to sync, or to allow a 2 way sync?
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22 Jun 2010   #3
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Can you please point that out to me? I know there is a place where you can force it to override the iPhone data, but I need to force it to override the PC data, just to be sure there is NO risk of losing stuff from the iPhone.
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22 Jun 2010   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I can't pull a screenshot because I'm syncing with Exchange. Plug your Phone in and look through the options for configuring the Calendar to see what you find. Nothing happens until you apply those changes.
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22 Jun 2010   #5
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

I think it is safe to start doing it without fear of removing all your calendar events.

Make sure you don't have the overwrite calendar data on iPhone box ticked though, that will lose you your data.

The worst thing that could happen would be be that your Outlook Calendar becomes a different calendar to the one on your phone but I don't think this should happen (assuming there's nothing on the Outlook Calendar to start with).

Just to be safe ensure you have a backup of your phone from today (done automatically while syncing with iTunes).

You may also want to consider using Google Calendar which can 'push' your calendar to your iPhone and Outlook without any wires involved, you also get the added benefit of being able to access it from any internt enables device via Google Cal online if you forget your iPhone.

Oli
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22 Jun 2010   #6
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
I think it is safe to start doing it without fear of removing all your calendar events.

Make sure you don't have the overwrite calendar data on iPhone box ticked though, that will lose you your data.

The worst thing that could happen would be be that your Outlook Calendar becomes a different calendar to the one on your phone but I don't think this should happen (assuming there's nothing on the Outlook Calendar to start with).

Just to be safe ensure you have a backup of your phone from today (done automatically while syncing with iTunes).

You may also want to consider using Google Calendar which can 'push' your calendar to your iPhone and Outlook without any wires involved, you also get the added benefit of being able to access it from any internt enables device via Google Cal online if you forget your iPhone.

Oli
Thanks, that was exactly what I needed to know! Might look into Google Calendar as well. +1
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22 Jun 2010   #7
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BCXtreme View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
I think it is safe to start doing it without fear of removing all your calendar events.

Make sure you don't have the overwrite calendar data on iPhone box ticked though, that will lose you your data.

The worst thing that could happen would be be that your Outlook Calendar becomes a different calendar to the one on your phone but I don't think this should happen (assuming there's nothing on the Outlook Calendar to start with).

Just to be safe ensure you have a backup of your phone from today (done automatically while syncing with iTunes).

You may also want to consider using Google Calendar which can 'push' your calendar to your iPhone and Outlook without any wires involved, you also get the added benefit of being able to access it from any internt enables device via Google Cal online if you forget your iPhone.

Oli
Thanks, that was exactly what I needed to know! Might look into Google Calendar as well. +1
No problem, you're welcome.

Don't forget to mark this solved when you get it done.

Oli
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22 Jun 2010   #8
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

OK well it turns out the sync did overwrite the calendar. Thankfully it was backed up. Apparently there were some very old calendar items in Outlook from a long time ago, and that was enough to make iTunes think I wanted Outlook to have priority.
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23 Jun 2010   #9
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

To fix the auto sync problem, in iTunes go to Edit->Preferences->Devices and check the box which says 'Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically'.

Make sure you have deleted all the calendar events from Outlook and it should work.

However I would recommend using Google Cal over anything else simply because it is easier to setup in many respects.

Oli
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23 Jun 2010   #10
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
To fix the auto sync problem, in iTunes go to Edit->Preferences->Devices and check the box which says 'Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically'.

Make sure you have deleted all the calendar events from Outlook and it should work.

However I would recommend using Google Cal over anything else simply because it is easier to setup in many respects.

Oli
I did try checking that box, but it still tried to automatically sync. Not sure why.

I am going to be looking into multiple alternative sync options, including Google.
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