The Samsung Epic is Sprint’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S. It’s an Android phone, which means it works great with the Google Apps suite, but not so great with Microsoft Office apps like Outlook. The software I use to sync my Android phone with Outlook is CompanionLink. They offer a version of the app specific to your phone and make it easy to choose the right software based on how you want to connect to your phone.
One of the key reasons I like CompanionLink is that it offers the option of updating Outlook with any changes I make directly on the Samsung Epic. If I meet someone at a social media event, I can enter their contact info in my phone and the info automatically shows up back in my Outlook contacts too. So far CompanionLink is the only app I found that didn’t screw up my contacts.
The trick to connecting a Samsung Epic to sync with Outlook s to use a Gmail account as a kind of middleman between the phone and Outlook. CompanionLink keeps all your contacts and calendar appointments in sync with Gmail. You configure your phone to connect to the Gmail account and everything is automatic from there. Maybe the best part of this process is that it doesn’t require you to actually connect your phone to your computer. You sync Outlook to your Samsung Epic over the Internet.
The steps required to sync Outlook with your Samsung Captivate are pretty straight forward.
1) If you don’t currently have a Gmail account, go sign up for a free account.
2) Download and install CompanionLink. It’s not free, but it’s also the only app I tried that didn’t completely break my calendar by adding duplicate events.
3) Configure the Gmail account on your Samsung Captivate to connect your calendar and contacts so that all the data from Outlook is automatically passed to your phone.
After those three steps are complete, you should be able to keep your Outlook and Samsung Epic data in sync without any additional configuration or headaches.