How to Sync Google Calendar With iPhone Calendar

Keep track of your schedule on every device

What To Know

  • Go to Settings > Calendars > Accounts > Add Account > Google. Sign in. Tap Next > select Calendar > Save.
  • Then, open the Calendar app, and select Calendars. Manage the calendars you want to see there.

This article explains how to sync Google Calendar with the iPhone Calendar app. These instructions apply to iPhone models running iOS 15.

How to Sync Your iPhone Calendar With Your Google Calendar

Apple's iOS operating system supports connections to Google accounts. To sync your iPhone and Google calendars:

  1. Open Settings on the iPhone.

  2. Scroll down and select Calendar.

  3. Tap Accounts.

  4. Select Add Account from the bottom of the list.

    Path to Add Account screen on iPhone
  5. In the list of officially supported options, select Google.

  6. Enter your Google account email address and password, selecting Next after each entry.

    Add Account screen in Calendar app on iPhone
  7. If you only want to sync the calendar, deselect everything except Calendar. Optionally, select the other sliders for Mail, Contacts or Notes if you want to sync them to the iPhone.

  8. Tap Save and wait for your calendars to sync with your iPhone. Depending on the size of your calendars and the speed of your connection, this process can take several minutes.

    When the sync is complete, Gmail appears in the Calendar list.

    Gmail in the iPhone Accounts list
  9. Open the Calendar app.

  10. At the bottom of the screen, tap Calendars to display a list of all calendars to which your iPhone has access. It'll include all of your private, shared, and public calendars linked to your Google Account.

  11. Tap the circled red i beside the calendar name to change the default color associated with the calendar.

  12. Select or deselect the individual calendars you want to appear when you access the iOS calendar app. In the upper-right corner of the screen, tap Done.

    iPhone Calendar screens

Limitations

Google Calendar supports several features that do not work on Apple's Calendar app, including the room scheduling tool, the creation of new Google calendars, and the transmission of email notifications for events. To use the features, you must access your Google account.

Can You Sync Multiple Google and Apple Calendars?

Got more than one Google account? You can add as many Google accounts as you want to your iPhone. The calendars from each account will be visible in the iOS Calendar app.

Google Calendar and Apple Calendar Bidirectionality

Neither Apple nor Google supports the merging of calendars, although merging calendars is possible using some workarounds. So, because each calendar is separate and has different security requirements, you can't see any non-Google calendars loaded on your iPhone from within your Google account.

Alternatives for Syncing Google Calendar to an iPhone

Google offers a version of the Google Calendar app for iOS in the App Store, and several other developers offer iPhone apps that integrate with Google Calendars. For example, the Microsoft Outlook app for iOS integrates with both Gmail and Google Calendar. Either of these is a good choice for people who want to access their Google Calendar but prefer not to use the stock iOS Calendar app.

Tips for Syncing Calendars on Your iPhone

Only sync the calendars you know you'll need on your phone. Calendar items generally don't hog space unless you have a ton of attachments in your appointments. However, the more devices that sync to a calendar, the more likely it becomes that you'll run across a syncing collision. Limiting your iPhone to just the necessities reduces the risk that other calendars will incur a sync error.

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