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Will thunderbird calendar sync with iPhone?

I want to know if the calendar in thunderbird can/ or will ever sync with my new iPhone
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  • CHAMP
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    Yes, this works fine when syncing over the air. All you need is a CalDAV Server (Google Calendar for example provides a such server) to host your calendar events and iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

    You can either use the Provider for Google Calendar to access Google, or also CalDAV, see this link.

    For setting up the iPhone, you can use either exchange sync or caldav
    • Hi Philipp. Is there (or will be there) a way to directly sync lightning with Iphone 3gs calendar? I mean, using caldav Server could work but is too complicated if you have to manage 4 or 5 calendars at once...
      I0m looking for a solution able to replicate the sync between iphone and mac ical. If possible, if any :-)
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    Hello Fabio,

    direct synchronization with an iPhone is not planned for the near future as we don't have enough developer resources and there is a viable alternative.

    If you don't want to set up your own calendar server, you can always use Google Calendar for synchronization?
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  • Why would one do all these "fixes" when it works perfectly fine with Outlook?
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    ...and if you don't have Outlook or Google calenders?
    Just Thunderbird and an iphone?
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  • Lydia,

    as I've previously mentioned, direct synchronization with an iPhone is not planned for the near future as we don't have enough developer resources and there is a viable alternative.
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    • Gosh, a direct answer a mere year and a bit after I made the comment...Okay, I get it, you guys are busy and the software is free, so what do we want, our money back?

      If i had the skills I would 'step up' - but I am merely a User, not a programmer. That said - Iphones are getting ever more popular, and those of us who don't use gmail, etc, because our work doesn't trust the cloud are stuck with Outlook
    • Every solution has limitations.
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    Ian, you are right...Many in the world are using Thunderbird/lightnin and would like to sync simply by USB cable (I do this with MyPhone Explorer on SonyEricsson old model phone).
    Through Google calendar is possible (not for contacts..) but it's a "on air" sync so we have to pay ( a lot here in Italy) to connect the server. It is not the best solution .
    I'm asking many main smartphone producers to include lightning inside their PCSuite; nothing in plan or no answer. I think they all are losing a big business opportunity. I will buy a new smartphone (any producer, any OS) only if I will be able to use the best Mail-contact-Calendar-Actibities solution (Mozilla ! )
    Ciao Lorenzo
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    If I would write a commend, I would write EXACTLY what renzo_f wrote.
    And it's not only the price thing, some of us despise "clouds" too!
    Not to mention the multiple calendars and no To-do synch too.
    I prefer carrying a printed daily agenda in my pocket than buying a smartphone if the only alternative is to use Google Calendars! lol

    PS. Thanks for all your efforts & support nontheless!
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    At issue is that I want to use Thunderbird's Lightning, not Google calendar, and I would very much like to sync my Lightning calendar with my iPhone. Is this possible? iPhones are incredibly popular and such facility would make many people very happy. I don't want to have to support multiple calendars.
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    I am in same position - I want to use thunderbird - I don't want to use outlook/google (if I did I would be using them now) and I don't feel good about apple/iphone not providing easy syncronisation to this...after all, they will only add more clients to their client base - good market sales relies on providing solutions to client needs -no?
    Please note apply/Iphone : there are an ever increasing number of smart phones providing flexible options for clients at an ever increasing level of quality, and yes, at a much lower rate...
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  • I’m frustrated
    I will be one of many I suspect who have set up thunderbird to try, realised it wont sync with an iphone, and abandoned it to go back to outlook. Pity - looked good otherwise
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    Calendar sync between Thunderbird and iPhone is very possible and not difficult.

    I posted a pdf tutorial here : http://www.4shared.com/dir/9bJryQBL/s...

    I finally decided that enough is enough and I am replying to this post in the hope that someone else will benefit from this by not experiencing my same aggravation. I followed a guide online that said I should sign up for a service called NuevaSync, which led to a series of complications and duplicate entries. Do NOT sign up for this service: it is unnecessary. The whole process is actually very simple, uses free open-source software, takes minimal waiting and once you know what you’re doing, it can be accomplished in about 4 minutes. Even if you don’t know what your are doing, it takes about 20 minutes.
    I will go through the software you will need and a systematic process to make everything work.

    Things you will need:

    iPhone
    computer (I used a windows XP PC but it’s pretty much the same for mac)
    Gmail account (for accessing Google calendar)
    Thunderbird email client
    add-ons for Thunderbird: ‘Lightning’ and ‘Provider’

    Step-by-step:

    Google Calendar side//
    1. Before doing any of these steps, I assume you have a Google Calendar already.
    2. Navigate your internet browser (on your computer) to calendar.google.com and login.
    3. Click on “Settings” link in the My Calendars area
    4. Click on the name of your calendar. It should be under the section “My Calendars” and the name of your calendar should be clickable. I named mine GOOGLE UNIVERSAL. Your will probably be called something different. Click on the name of your calendar.
    5. At the top of the page instead of saying “Calendar Settings (like in the previous picture) it will say “_Name of your calendar_ Settings”. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.
    6. Find the part that says “Private Address:” Left click on the “XML” box
    7. A box will pop up. Copy and paste the link on that pop up. It will probably look something like http://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/....
    8. Save this link because you will need it for the Lightning/ Thunderbird part of the setup. Congratulations! You have completed the Google Calendar portion of the setup.

    Lightning/ Thunderbird side//
    1. Open up Thunderbird, make sure you have the newest version.
    2. From the top menu, go to TOOLS → ADD-ONS
    3. Towards the top left there should be a icon that says “Get Add-ons,” click on it.
    4. In the search bar type in “Lightning” and install it. It requires a restart of Thunderbird to complete the process.
    5. Repeat the process to install “Provider”
    6. If you already have either of these add-ons, update to the newest versions
    7. From the top menu, go to EVENTS AND TASKS → CALENDAR, or in Windows XP, use the shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+C
    8. Right click in the area where it says calendar (inside of the red circle) and select “New Calendar”

    9. After selecting ‘New Calendar,’ click: ‘On the network’ → ‘Google Calendar’ and copy and paste the XML link you saved from the Google Calendar portion. It will probably look something like http://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/....
    10. At this point Thunderbird will probably ask your for your Username and Password, enter them now and click next
    11. Fill out the name for your calendar, if you want change the color and click next.

    12. At this point, your calendar should automatically synchronize with your Google calendar online. Congratulations! You have completed the Thunderbird/ lightning portion of the setup.

    iPhone side//
    1. I am fuzzy because I did it when I first got my iPhone but I will describe the steps the best I can on this part.
    2. On the iPhone, click on, SETTINGS → MAIL, CONTACTS, CALENDARS → ADD ACCOUNT... → GMAIL.
    3. Fill in your Name, Gmail address, password, and click “Next.” It will verify your information.
    4. It will give an on/off switch for “Mail,” “Calendars,” and “Notes.” Make sure “Calendars” is switched “ON.” For the other ones I just keep it “ON” too but that is up to you. Click “Save.”
    5. Congratulations! You have completed the iPhone portion of the setup.
    6. To check if it works, add an event to one of the calendars (Google, Thunderbird, iPhone) and see if it pops up on the others. I hope this helped synchronize your calendars. If there are any questions or parts I left out, feel free to email me, I welcome comments.

    Troubleshooting//
    I noticed there’s a tendency for the updates to lag anywhere from 5 seconds to 1 minute. For Google Calendars and Thunderbird, refresh the page or click on another date so the system reloads the data, otherwise you will not immediately see your event. The iPhone shows when it’s transmitting data and if that indicator doesn’t show up in the top left corner then it’s not updating yet. I usually reopen the app, click on another day or switch views from weekly to monthly because for some reason it seems trigger the sync/ update process.

    Additional Specs//
    Computer: Windows XP Service Pack 3
    Phone: IOS 4.1 (standard, not jailbroken)
    TB: Thunderbird 3.1.6
    Add-ons: Lightning 1.0b2
    Provider For Google Calendar 0.7.1

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    • Nope you do not have to be logged into gmail for it work between iPhone and Thunderbird, it will automatically sync when you when enter a new event into the calendar. The only time you login is to initially setup your calendar, after that, it's all automatic. FYI it is also possible to sync your facebook events to your iPhone; a quick search on google reveals how to go about that.
    • I followed the instructions above but my calendars are not syncing. I have tried logging into google calendar and still no success. I put the item in the iphone calendar, do i need to put it in one of the others instead?
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    If you don't want to use Google Calendar, you can sync directly with BirdieSync (http://birdiesync.com/synchronize-iph....
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    I have followed all the steps quantum zero has stated above - and everything is working EXCEPT...

    when appointment invitations come via email through Thunderbird - and you accept them - they only go into the local calendar (which doesnt then synch to Google Calendar). When you remove the local calendar inside lightning you then can no longer accept any invitations via thunderbird.

    anyone worked out the fix for this??

    Ollie
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  • Hi, I have a sony erricson X10. Will i be able to syn my thunderbird calendar and contacts with my phone?
    Thanks
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    I’m glad there are 3rd party solutions for calendar syncing but of course wish we had a developer who could implement an official solution
    Roland Tanglao (Thunderbird Technical Support Lead) May 15, 2012 23:31
    Hi All:

    I am going to close this topic because it is old and going off in multiple directions. If you need to sync iphone and Thunderbird and android, check out rcampbell's solution at:

    https://getsatisfaction.com/mozilla_m...

    If that doesn't help, please create a new support topic with your specific calendar syncing issue rather than finding an old generic topic like this one.
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