How To Sync Outlook with iPad

Dear Computer Lady,

I just got an iPad-5, and I would like to put the information from my laptop on it, including contacts, saved e-mails, etc. as well as synchronizing future info.

I have a dell laptop running Windows 7 and Outlook 2003.

Can you help me? Jerrie

Dear Jerrie,

I also have an iPad and Outlook on my computer, and have tried several different methods of synchronizing contacts, calendar and emails.

I have used iTunes to sync with Outlook.

I have tried syncing Outlook with Google and then Google with my iPad.

I have tried a couple of third party apps that were supposed to sync Outlook with my iPad.

While everything I tried worked to some degree, none of them worked well enough to commit my data to.

Here is what I have ended up doing.

I no longer use Outlook for my email. I now download all 5 of my email addresses into Gmail, and have installed the Gmail app on my iPad. Now, I can check my mail on any device that has internet access, and when I delete or move messages on one device, the changes are automatically reflected on all the devices. In addition, Gmail filters out almost all the junk mail.

I use iCloud for my calendar and contacts. I use the built in apps on my iPad, and open on my desktop and laptop. Again, I only have to enter a contact or appointment once, and it is instantly available on all my devices.

I would love to know if anyone else has found an easier way to sync everything.



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    • June 7, 2013

    Thanks for the info on keeping the screen clean. I do use a screen protector. It came in a package of three. I’ve cleaned it several times. I am wondering what is the life span of the screen protectors? How often should they be replaced?

    Thanks. Mary E.

    • DaveWest
    • November 22, 2013

    Thanks for the guide! Does anyone know how to sync iPad to computer?

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