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Android 4.1 no sync
So your Android 4 device suddenly stopped synchronizing and you don't know how to get it back on track. It just happened to me, and I was stunned.
My previous smartphone, running Gingerbread aka Android 2.3, already had a pretty bad trap in that area. You had to know that it was not enough to look at the account setting with a green synchronize symbol next to it—no, you had to tap on it, which was not at all obvious, and check all the separate synch settings.
Android 4 makes matters worse. No matter how long you look at your account settings, if synch is generally off, then the checkboxes after each synch setting are gone, and the old method of re-enabling them one by one no longer works. So where is that setting?
The global synchronization setting is now hidden in a quite different place where I would never have looked for it on my own: Data usage.
In the main settings menu tap on Data usage. You should see the statistics graph, but there is still no synch setting. Only when you tap the three dots in the top right corner, you get another menu that contains the setting Auto-sync data.
That is it. You want that checkbox checked.
Don't ask me why and how that check mark disappeared. I have no clue. It has happened to me only once so far.
While you are there, you might as well check "Show Wi-Fi usage" also, unless you are totally uninterested in those statistics. The "Data roaming" setting also hides there, as does the data-saving setting "Restrict background data", which you may want to have checked while you are, temporarily, I hope, in a low-data situation.
That's it. Enjoy!
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