Email, calendar and contact sync advice

  • Hi

    I hope you are all well.

    I am hoping to get some advice regarding email, calendar and contact synchronisation on my UT phone.
    I am currently using my gmail for the contact sync but I am planning on leaving google and set up an email address with a company has some morals.
    What I need is to be able to sync my contacts and access my emails and calendar on my UT phone. In the contact sync the only option for an email provider seems to be for google.
    Can anyone provide any recommendations where I can get these all working on my UT phone with a different (preferably free) email provider?

    Thank you

    Kind regards

  • Hi @ko ,

    What I would do (and what I did) is to use Nextcloud to sync your data.
    The "Calendar" app is able to sync with Nextcloud and it works fine.

    For contacts, in my experience you don't change them so often, so I make a manual backup using VCF format and I back it up using my nextcloud account.
    To switch from google, you can simply export your contact list as VCF and import it to Nextcloud, it's fast and easy.

    For email services, I use protonmail and disroot.
    On UT I set my IMAP account in Dekko2 which works fine for me.

  • Everything sync very well but contacts. I'm sure you will find your way to sync calendars and data with nextcloud.
    To sync your contacts, several attempt have been donc but none is working smoothly so far.
    Here are the page to look at to try syncing your contacts :

    if you manage to make it work, please share the way to success.

  • Hi @AppLee,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I will try with the solution you are using.
    Are you using the ubsync app to sync your files?

    I may have to go back to my android phone temporarily as the UT phone (nexus 5) started entering some digits on the emergency dialler by iteself while it was locked and on charge. I only realised due to the dialpad sounds - something strange going on there. Should I report this as a bug?


  • Hi @Thatoo

    I will try the solution suggested by AppLee but I am hoping to find a solution which does the sync in the background without me worring about it.

    I will post what I find here.


  • @ko I use UBsync for my files.
    But the Calendar app uses the account system of UT. It's all native.

  • Hi @AppLee

    Thank you - I will try and get this set up in the next few days.

    Kind Regards

  • Hi @AppLee, @Thatoo, others

    I hope you are all well and thank you again for your help and advice.

    Just an updated:

    This is what I did to get my phone close to what I need. 
    The phone is taking updates from the stable channel.

    Please note - this works for now but I cannot guarantee how long it will work but at the most, the crontab may need to be set up again with the two tasks.
    I will need to monitor my contact and calendar exports in the Documents folder for the modified timestamps now and then.

    I set up nextcloud account and installed ubsync on my phone. Marked my Documents folder as a backup dir (among others) in ubsync

    I set up 4 scripts (.sh files) with execute permissions in Documents - this will also keep my scripts backed up - they will not have execute permissions if you need to pull them down from nextcloud:!/bin/bash
    export display=:0.0
    export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=$(ps -u phablet e | grep -Eo 'dbus-daemon.*address=unix:abstract=/tmp/dbus-[A-Za-z0-9]{10}' | tail -c35)
    syncevolution --export /home/phablet/Documents/utcalendar.ical backend=evolution-calendar database=Personal
    syncevolution --delete-items backend=evolution-calendar --luids '*' export display=:0.0 && export dbus_session_bus_address=unix:abstract=/tmp/dbus-t5OB5i75dT && syncevolution --import /home/phablet/Documents/utcalendar.ical backend=evolution-calendar database=Personal
    export display=:0.0
    export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=$(ps -u phablet e | grep -Eo 'dbus-daemon.*address=unix:abstract=/tmp/dbus-[A-Za-z0-9]{10}' | tail -c35)
    syncevolution --export /home/phablet/Documents/utcontacts.vcf backend=evolution-contacts database=Personal
    syncevolution --delete-items backend=evolution-contacts --luids '*'
    export display=:0.0 && export dbus_session_bus_address=unix:abstract=/tmp/dbus-t5OB5i75dT && syncevolution --import /home/phablet/Documents/utcontacts.vcf backend=evolution-contacts database=Personal

    To do the initial import I exported my contacts and calendar from gmail and renamed the files as utcontacts.vcf and utcalendar.ical and placed them in the Documents directory.
    syncevolution needs a blank line after every END:VCARD and END:VCALENDAR in the contacts vcf and calendar ical files respectively.

    I connected my phone to my laptop and did the following:

    On the terminal:
    adb shell
    Note: After restarting the phone the drive will become read-only again from what I can tell (no promises) - I did not do these are root:
    sudo mount -o remount,rw /
    crontab -e

    add the following - you can change the frequency to suit your needs:

    30 2 * * * /home/phablet/Documents/
    31 2 * * * /home/phablet/Documents/

    I am not sure how crontab works as every time you open it the filename is different but my scheduled tasks are present.

    I have set up a tutanota email account so the only thing that I will not have on my UT phone is email notifications.

    I think I have covered everything.

    If you spot any problems or issues please let me know - thank you and good luck.

    Kind Regards

  • Hi, @ko
    Glad you managed to make it work.

    And thanks for sharing the details about how you proceeded.
    Can you mark your topic as a question (using the "Topic Tools") and then mark it solved so it will be easier for other people to find it out ?

    If you can't, ping me and I'll do it for you.

  • Hi @AppLee

    Thanks - I have marked it as a question and as solved.

    Kind Regards

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