How to Sync Your Google and Apple Calendars

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Reasons to sync your Google Calendar with Apple's Calendar app are many. Perhaps you have all your appointments and reminders in Google Calendar but prefer Apple's Calendar interface and native notifications. Or maybe you find yourself bouncing between the two as you use both Apple and non-Apple devices. Or maybe your work contacts use one but you primarily use the other. In any case, you can add any of your Google Calendars to your Apple Calendar and keep the two in sync. This way, you'll have up-to-date calendar information available to you no matter what device or program you're using.

Set Up Your Google Calendars in Apple Calendar

To add your Google Calendars to Apple Calendar and have them synchronize automatically

  1. Open Calendar on your Apple device.

  2. Select Accounts.

  3. Choose Google from the drop-down menu that appears.

  4. Click Continue.

  5. Follow the instructions to add your Google account info.

  6. Click Refresh Calendars to set how often you want your Google and Apple calendars to sync.

Your Apple Calendar will now automatically show any information you've entered in any calendars you see under My Calendars in Google.

If you have multiple calendars set up in Google, you can choose which ones get synced to your Apple Calendar:

  1. Go to Google's Calendar sync page.

  2. Select the calendars you'd like to sync with Apple's Calendar app.

  3. Deselect the calendars you don't want to be synced with Apple's Calendar app.

  4. Click or tap Save.

  5. Refresh your Apple Calendar to check that your preferences are reflected.

A Few Notes

Several Google Calendar features don't work on Apple Calendar. These include Google's Room Scheduler and emailed event notifications. Also, you can't create new Google calendars using Apple Calendar.

If you previously set up syncing using Apple Calendar's Delegation tool, you must turn that off to allow the more current method to work. To do this:

  1. Open Apple Calendar on your Apple device.

  2. Select Calendar in the top left corner.

  3. Choose Preferences.

  4. Click Accounts.

  5. Choose Delegation.

  6. Deselect all of the selected calendars.

To Temporarily Pause Syncing

If you'd like to stop appointments and events on your Google Calendar from showing up in your Apple Calendar, the process is easy:

  1. Select Calendar.

  2. Choose Accounts.

  3. Click on the account you don't want to sync and deselect the checkbox.

  4. To resume syncing, recheck that checkbox.

You should now see all your Google Calendar info in your Apple Calendar again.