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. In fact, you can count them using the fingers on only one hand.

Still, the native Calendar is better than what a fancy web page can muster. Wouldn't it be nice, then, to access Google Calendar in iPhone Calendar—and have everything sync back and forth just right? No problem: Syncing is easy to set up.

Ready, Set, Sync

To set up Google Calendar syncing in iOS Calendar:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Go to Accounts.
  4. Select Add Account.
  5. Tap Other.
  6. Go to Calendars.
  7. Select Add CalDAV Account.
  8. Enter https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/[email address]/user. Use your Google Calendar account's login email address for [email address]) under Server. For instance, if your email address is example@gmail.com, enter https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/example@gmail.com/user.
  9. Tap the Google Calendar account's email address under User Name, too.
  10. Enter your Google Calendar password under Password.
  11. Option: Tap Google Calendar under Description.
  12. Tap Next.

To sync Google Calendar with iPhone Calendar 2.1:

  1. Make sure you have no conflicting iCal, Exchange or Outlook calendars with which to synchronize. iPhone Calendar can sync with only one calendaring source.
  2. Go to Google Sync in iPhone Safari.
  3. Tap your iPhone under Manage devices.
  1. Make sure all calendars you want to sync are checked.
  2. Tap Save.
  3. Press Home.
  4. Tap Settings on the Home screen.
  5. Go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  6. Go to Accounts.
  7. Tap Add Account.
  8. Choose Microsoft Exchange.
  9. Go to Email.
  10. Enter your Gmail address.
  11. Enter m.google.com under Domain.
  12. Tap your full Gmail address under Username.
  1. Enter your Google Calendar password under Password.
  2. Option: Tap Google Calendar under Description.
  3. Tap Next.
  4. Enter m.google.com under Server.
  5. Tap Next again.
  6. Make sure Calendars is On.
  7. Turn on Mail to enable push Gmail in iPhone Mail.
  8. 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.
  9. Tap Done.