2-Way Sync - Google Calendar (Gcalendar/Gcal) and iPhone

Trying to get your Google Calendar agendas onto your iPhone? It used to be VERY complicated, when I first published this article about 4 years ago. You had to create accounts with MobileMe, and use third-party services like SpanningSync or NeuSync, to make it work. It was unnecessarily complicated, probably due to the fact that Apple and Google don't particularly like each other and were not bending over backwards to make their product/service work with their largest competitor.

Now, though...it's much easier. MUCH easier. Let's review the steps here.

  1. Click your Settings icon (the gray/silver one with gears in it)
  2. Scroll down and choose the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option
  3. Choose the Add Account... option
  4. Choose Gmail
  5. Enter your name (optional), Google account address (usually your Gmail address), your password, and a description (optional)
  6. Click the Next button in the upper-right corner
  7. It will verify that the credentials you've entered are correct, and will advance you to the next screen
  8. By default, Mail is on, and both Calendars and Notes are off. Switch Calendars to on. (Turn Mail off and Notes on, if you like, or keep them the way they are)
  9. If you already have a calendar on your iPhone, you'll be asked to either keep that calendar alongside the Gcal you're importing in, or to delete that calendar. Make whatever choice is appropriate for you.
  10. Click the Save button in the upper-right corner.

That's it! Give your phone some time to download all of your calendar events; depending on how many calendars and events you have, and the speed of your connection, it could take more than a couple of minutes.

Two-way Sync: Events that you create (or change or delete) in Google Calendar elsewhere will port over to your iPhone, and events that you create (or change or delete) on your iPhone will show up in your Google Calendar. The frequency that this is done depends on your Push/Fetch settings, under your Mail, Contacts, Calendars screen.

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Veronica Bright 8 years ago from Nebraska

Very good. I don't know a lot about google calendars, or cell phones for that matter, but I'll bet my kids will like it! :)

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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

This is great information for people interested in using Gcalender and Gcal, livelonger. Very nice concise explanations for these functions.

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deeno 8 years ago

Yeah, doesn't work on my PC...Mobile Me has no provision to work through a proxy server, so it can't sync with my Outlook on my work laptop while I'm in the office.

You'd think a program of this caliber would have provisions for proxy servers. Maybe in the future, but currently Mobile Me is a Mobile Mess.

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livelonger 8 years ago from San Francisco Author

I agree, Deeno, still a mess. I'm only using Mobile Me for the calendar syncing, and, as you can see, it's still not a very simple solution.

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Guru-C 8 years ago

Thank you, Livelonger! I have an i-Phone and Mobile Me and this is a very lucid explanation to a question that's been baffling me. As always a great hub!

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livelonger 8 years ago from San Francisco Author

Thanks, Guru-C!

A coworker is trying to get NuevaSync to work, which would bypass the need for MobileMe for calendar & contacts sync. Will publish something as soon as I find out!

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pixelspotlight 8 years ago from Missouri

Very interesting... thanks!

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esocial 8 years ago from California

This looks like it could be great! Need to check it out, thanks for the heads up :)

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eugie17 8 years ago from online (everywhere)

Good work,

I don't much use my mobile with internet, I use a PC or Laptop most of the time

lovitts 8 years ago

Almost...this is the solution I've been looking for. I'm using a PC and want to sync multiple gcals via push to my iphone. Currently use OggSync to go thru Outlook, but still no push. With the solution here, I can get gcal --> Outlook --> Mobileme, but in MobileMe, all of my separate calendars from gcal/outlook are combined into one. Am I missing something or is there a way to sync to separate mobileme calendars?


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mp 7 years ago

Thanks so much for the clear step by step instructions... very well laid out and researched... thanks for the Hub... great work.

nt 7 years ago

very good (rim to blackberry)

WeLoveFitness 7 years ago

this can be done. I can confirm!

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SidneyMorgan 6 years ago from Australia

Thanks so much - works brilliantly! Great explanation and hub!

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retirementvillage 6 years ago from Philippines

Nice info, Great hub! it helps a lot! thanks..('',)

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