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How to syc contacts, calendar with DAVx5 - mailbox.org & Android

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I'm gonna translate a fancy article from the German user forum.

Hope you guys like it!!

DAVx5 from F-Droid Store constitutes the coolest tool for syncing contacts and calendar between mobile devices and the mailbox.org web office. The OX Apps never convinced me.

In the following I'm going to show how to set this up. I use a Nokia with Android 9.

DAVx5 version 2.4.0.1-ose.


Guide:

1. Get DAVx5 from F-Droid Store:


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2. Open up DAVx5.

3. Agree to the suggested exception to "battery optimization" for DAVx5.

4. In case you get asked to "Allow the app to run in the background", please allow this.

5. On the right bottom, please press the orange coloured "+" symbol.

6. Choose “Login with URL and user name”.

Base URL:https://dav.mailbox.org

User name: Your Mailbox.org main address

Password: Your Mailbox.org password

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Note: During my tests it was not necessary to enter the exact calendar and contact ID. This was done automatically in the background.

7. If you have entered all data correctly, you'll see the context menu "Create account". There you may choose an incisive name for the account, as you may open various accounts (also from other e-mail providers).

I left the contact group method with the default setting.

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8. Now you are led to the overview of the existing sync-accountsm (orange background). You'll get prompted to allow for access permissions: calendar, tasks and contacts. For me it's sensible to grant these! Hence do allow access.

9. Now you'll see CardDAV (this allows for syncing contacts) and CalDAV (this allows for syncing caelndars) they like they're displayed in the mailbox.org online office.

Choose the folders that you want to sync.

10. Via the cog wheel you can adjust more details.

11. Press the "circle arrow" in order to sync now.

12. Verify the settings in your contact or calendar app on your android phone. Check out settings - accounts for the entries of the DAVx5 account. Should it not have been activated, do so now. Like this contacts and calendar entries from mailbox.org are shown in your app.

13. Be advised: The mailbox.org birthday calendar is only virtual. It gets its data from the birthdays entered in the contacts.

You wanna see the birthdays of your contacts in your normal calendar also? Get the Birthday Adapter.


The same is valid as above: Make sure the provided data from Birthday Adapter is blended in. Verify your calendar's settings.

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Super simple steps - thank you. Completed set up using DAVx5 and Simple calendar apps in under 10 mins :)

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Yes..., another vote for DAVx5 over OX sync.

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Just tried it, and it didn't work for me. Said, "Couldn't find CalDAV or CardDAV service." Has mailbox.org changed anything from its end in the last 8 months?

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Mine is syncing just fine. A plain vanilla setup about 8 months ago, no issues at all.

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Mine is definitely still syncing, and I followed the steps above when I set it up. Of note, I use my own domain with mailbox.org, and I used my login email address (with that other domain) in the "username" box.

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Just wanted to say thanks for this guide.

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If I may; I followed this guide, but am having some difficulties. First, my initiative with MB is to eliminate my accounts with Google. Sadly, I still used an Android phone, so my ability to do that is limited. Nonetheless, I'd like to get away from Google Calendar, and have thus downloaded Simple Calendar from Fdroid. However, it doesn't appear that DAVx5 seems to recognize Simple Calendar? I've tried entering data from both sides of the sync process: in Simple Calendar, and in Mailbox.org, but am not seeing any synchronization of those test entries.

Is DAVx5 set up to only recognize the "system" calendar, which may, on stock Android, be only Google Calendar? I've searched through the settings in both DAVx5 and Simple Calendar to make sure that the "default" calendar is Simple Calendar, but I'm not seeing that.

I may also be missing a basic principle here.

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AFAIK it will only sync with the stock calendar, but your Simple Calendar should point to your stock calendar for syncing. I think you have to connect them in android settings (Simple Calendar and stock Calendar), not through DAVx5. (ie. it's Simple Calendar <-> Stock Calendar <-> DAVx5 <-> Mailbox.org)

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I just downloaded the free version of Simple Calendar and it works just fine with DAVx5 and the Mailbox.org calendar. Once I pointed DAVx5 to my Mailbox.org calendar, I then turned on CalDav sync setting in Simple Calendar, and selected my mailbox account as the source.

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Works fine.

Thanks for your help!

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It works quite OK except it Syncing the Android Contacts is not full or complete - some entries are missing.

How to fix it?

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