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How to Sync Google Calendar with iPhone Calendar

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You can count the ways in which the iPhone's Calendar application is better than Google Calendar in Safari. You can, in fact, count them using but one hand's fingers.

Still, the native Calendar is better than what a fancy web page can muster. Would it, then, not be nice to access Google Calendar in iPhone Calendar — and have everything sync back and forth just right?

If you have no other calendars with which to sync, Google Calendar in Calendar app will indeed be nice and syncing — and easy to set up.

Sync Google Calendar with iPhone Calendar

To set up Google Calendar syncing in iOS Calendar:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  • Now select Add Account… under Accounts.
  • Tap Other.
  • Choose Add CalDAV Account under Calendars.
  • Enter "https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/[email address]/user" (not including the quotation marks and using your Google Calendar account's log-in email address for "[email address]") under Server.
    • If the email address is "example@gmail.com", for instance, enter "https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/example@gmail.com/user" under Server.
  • Tap the Google Calendar account's email address under User Name, too.
  • Enter your Google Calendar password under Password.
  • Optionally, tap "Google Calendar" under Description.
  • Tap Next.

Sync Google Calendar with iPhone Calendar 2.1

To set up Google Calendar syncing in iPhone and iPod touch Calendar:

  • Make sure you have no conflicting iCal, Exchange or Outlook calendars with which to synchronize. iPhone Calendar can only sync with one calendaring source.
  • Go to Google Sync in iPhone Safari.
  • Tap your iPhone under Manage devices.
  • Make sure all calendars you want to sync are checked.
  • Tap Save.
  • Press the Home button.
  • Tap Settings on the Home screen.
  • Go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  • Tap Add Account... under Accounts.
  • Choose Microsoft Exchange.
  • Enter your Gmail address under Email.
  • Enter "m.google.com" (not including the quotation marks) under Domain.
  • Tap your full Gmail address under Username.
  • Enter your Google Calendar password under Password.
  • Optionally, tap "Google Calendar" under Description.
  • Tap Next.
  • Enter "m.google.com" under Server.
  • Tap Next again.
  • Make sure Calendars is ON.
  • Turn ON Mail to enable push Gmail in iPhone Mail.
  • Turn ON Contacts only if you have copied your existing contacts to Gmail. Otherwise, your existing iPhone contacts will be replaced with your Gmail address book contents.
  • Tap Done.

(Updated January 2013)

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