gSyncit: An Option to see Outlook Calendar in Google
After Google Calendar Sync was discontinued 9 years ago, most of its users were panicking. Some felt pissed off and turned to other services such as iCloud or Outlook.com. Some users with mild usage perhaps went back to stone-age fashion of simply manually exporting/importing .ics files. Google followers went straight to G Suite subscription. Yet, another group of users did not compromise and sought for a free or paid syncing Outlook Add-in. This Outlook add-in enables users to conveniently continue using Google Calendar service without paying Google monthly fee.
Choosing Outlook Add-in?
In addition to EVO Collaborator for Outlook, we will explore other similar Outlook add-ins. Many Outlook users opt for these add-ins to ensure compatibility with Google Calendar service. While the previously free Google Calendar Sync add-in now requires payment, it can be frustrating for users. However, paid software often offers valuable tech support. Let’s begin with gSyncit, one of the Outlook add-ins on our list.
gSyncit Starting Guide
gSyncit, an established Outlook add-in, has been available even before the discontinuation of Google Calendar Sync for Outlook. Apart from syncing Google’s calendar, contacts, tasks, and notes, it also supports cloud notes from various other services., for example: Toodledo, Todoist, Evernote and etc. Starting from version 4.0, it also supports contact and calendar synchronization with other CardDAV/CalDAV services, such as iCloud, GMX, Aol and so on.
Configuring and Syncing
- Download from CNET and install gSyncit.
- Open Outlook and you will be asked if you like to activate or go for trial.
- At top, click on gSyncit ribbon.
- Click on Settings button to the left. In the pop-up window, click on Google-Sync at top-left corner to open configuration menu.
- The most annoying part of gSyncit is that you have to individually configure from scratch for contact, calendar, task and note you want to sync with. Let’s take a look at the calendar part. In the screenshot below, enter Gmail account and finish OAuth routine first. Then, choose the calendar from a list on Google’s server as well as a local folder on Outlook where you want store the calendar entries.
- If no options need to be specified, then click on OK to store settings. If you are an advanced user and know what you are doing, then you can click on other tabs to finetune sync rules, sync calendar period, default value for newly created entries (available or but/private or public), color of entry, attachment and etc.
- Now, click on Sync button in the screenshot of step #3 to start synchronization.
- Finetuning can be very detailed. If you read user manual thoroughly, then you can personalize settings according to your own preferrence.
- Support of syncing cloud notes. Some users take notes on Tasks. Some others use note app on their mobile devices. If the latter, then syncing cloud notes comes in handy.
- Support of other CalDAV and CardDAV. Users of other cloud services can also benefit from this feature. Seemingly, this feature was added starting 2016 after seeing EVO Collaborator for Outlook with the similar multi-services support.
- Support of Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. Even with this backward compatibility, I still strongly recommend you to use at least Outlook 2013 or 2016. The reason is that Outlook 2010 has minor glitches and is not running as smoothly as Outlook 2013 and 2016. Yet, Outlook 2003 and 2007 had reached the end of their life cycle.
- A paid software with further tech support available via e-mail.
- Fineturning is too much to handle. Some typical users just want to simply enter Google account and password as well as assigning sync calendar/Outlook folder. Then, it is done and sync will start.
- No automated sync timer can be configured, such as auto-sync every 10 minutes.
- Every sync session will scan through entries all over again. When there are hundreds or even thousands of entries, it will take a lot of time.
- There will be a conditional discount from version 4 to 5. Customers with older versions need to pay in full price if upgrading to the latest release.
- English is the only option for UI language.
- Tech support can only be obtained via filling up forms on its website and the wait time is usually 24 hours.
Despite some drawbacks like repetitive configurations, lengthy sync sessions, and paid software upgrades, gSyncit offers extensive configurable options for knowledgeable users. The trial version has the advantage of no expiration date, but it does have limitations such as a cap of 50 syncable entries and the inability to delete entries. This means that it cannot be used indefinitely for free, as it’s challenging to maintain entries below the 50 limit. Additionally, the lack of software UI in languages other than English may pose difficulties for non-English speakers when fine-tuning advanced options.