The N900 is specified as supporting Mail for Exchange/Exchange Server. However, the internet is littered with users looking for a way to get this service to work, especially with Google Sync. I kept on getting error messages, such as “Error in communication with Exchange server” and “Exchange server is not responding“. This is one area where the N900’s imperfections show.
It took me some time, but I finally got it working. No; it didn’t take rocket science. The solution is very simple. It is my opinion that Nokia simply needs to put out more detailed information to assist their customers in getting the best out of their devices.
To get Exchange Server to work with syncing your Google calendar and contacts, make sure that your N900’s Contacts and Calendar do not contain any items before your first synchronisation. Do not restore your calendar or contacts from a previous backup using PC Suite.
Settings to watch out for
1. Open the Settings menu on your device and start the Mail for Exchange application.
2. Proceed to set up a sync profile, paying attention to the following details:
- Username: Your full Google email address, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org or Google domain email e.g. email@example.com
- Password: Your Google Account password
- Domain: leave empty
- Exchange Server: m.google.com
- Port: 443
- Secure Connection: Yes
- Sync Email: Disable***
- Sync Calendar and Tasks: Enable
- Sync Contacts: Enable
***You must disable Email sync here in the Mail for Exchange (MfE) application. If you need to setup your Gmail or Google domains email, do so in the Mail application. Its the way to go until Nokia fixes whatever is wrong with the MfE application on the N900.
You can select any options for the other settings not specified above, but you need to pay attention to those I have specified. Anything else, and its a hit-and-miss affair.
Once you are done, your first synchronisation should go through without any hitches, and depending on the sync shedule that you selected, your N900 will keep your contacts and calendar entries on your device in sync with Google Calendar and Contacts.
I have both Google Sync via Exchange Server and my Google domains mail working flawlessly on my N900. Now, you can too.