Fix Android Phone Auto-Sync

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When my Droid Pro stopped fetching my Gmail automatically, I thought it might be time for a new phone. But no, the two-year-old device running Android 2.3.4 has lived to see another day.

If your phone isn’t fetching any of your important Google account data, like calendar events or Gmail, read on for one not-so-obvious way to fix it.

The first thing you might want to check is the Account sync settings, which you can reach by going to Settings > Accounts and then tapping an account name.

Yes, that’s right. Despite what the Internet may say, this phone does not have an “Accounts & Sync” menu option.

If you do see checkboxes, you’re in good shape. Just check the boxes for the items you’d like to sync. But what if you see nothing?

Don’t despair! You may have turned off sync accidentally with an all-to-easy-to-press button on the Power Control widget.

Just turn it back on and you should be good to go.

But what if you don’t see the power control widget? No problem. You can add it by tapping and holding an empty space on one of your home screens. It’s an Android widget.

It’s easy to confuse this Android widget with Motorola widgets with similar functions. However, none of the Motorola widgets control sync.

Yep, not those buttons.