How to sync Google Calendar with iPhone Calendar

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  1. Keep track of your schedule on any device
  2. How to sync iPhone calendar with Google Calendar
  3. Limits
  4. Can you sync multiple Google and Apple calendars?
  5. Google Calendar and Apple Bidirectional Calendar
  6. Alternatives to Using Google Calendar on iPhone
  7. Tips for syncing calendars on your iPhone

Keep track of your schedule on any device

In the early days of iPhone, syncing Google Calendar with the iPhone Calendar app was a complicated process, but current versions of iOS support Google Accounts with no extra steps. Adding your Google Calendar events to the iOS Calendar app is just a few taps away.

How to sync iPhone calendar with Google Calendar

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

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Select Passwords and Accounts.

    Earlier versions of iOS called it Accounts and passwords

  3. Select Add Account bottom of the list.

  4. Select from the list of officially supported options google.

  5. Enter your Google account email address and password. If you’ve set up two-step verification, you’ll need to sign in to your account to set an app password and use it as your password when you set up your iOS account.

  6. Click Further † You will see sliders for mail calendar contacts and notes † To sync only the calendar, deselect all except The calender

  7. Click 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.

  8. Open the app The calender

  9. Click at the bottom of the screen Calendars to see a list of all the calendars that your iPhone has access to. It contains all your personal, public and public calendars associated with your Google account.

    Click on the red circle I next to the calendar name to change the calendar’s default color, or even rename it, then click Finished at the top of the screen.

  10. Select or deselect individual calendars to display when opening the iOS calendar app.

Limits

Google Calendar supports several features that don’t work in the Apple Calendar app, including a room scheduling tool, creating new Google calendars, and sending event email notifications. To use these features, you must be signed in to your Google account.

Can you sync multiple Google and Apple calendars?

Do you have more than one Google account? You can add as many Google accounts to your iPhone as you want. Calendars from any account appear in the iOS Calendar app.

Google Calendar and Apple Bidirectional Calendar

When you sync your Google account with your iPhone, any information you add to it using the Apple Calendar app goes back to Google Calendar. Even if you disconnect your Google Account from iPhone, appointments you create will remain in your Google Calendar.

Neither Apple nor Google support calendar merging, although calendar merging is possible with some workarounds. Because each calendar is separate and has different security requirements, you won’t be able to see non-Google calendars downloaded to your iPhone from your Google account.

Alternatives to Using Google Calendar on iPhone

Google doesn’t offer a calendar app for iOS, but 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, so it can be a good choice for people who want to access their Google Calendar but prefer to avoid the default iOS Calendar app.

Tips for syncing calendars on your iPhone

Only sync the calendars you need on your phone. Calendar items generally don’t take up much space (unless you have a lot of attachments with your appointments); however, the more devices syncing to the calendar, the more likely you are to encounter some sort of sync collision. By limiting your iPhone to only the essentials, you reduce the risk of other calendars getting a sync error.

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