How to Setup Google Calendar on Your iPhone

Even though my company officially uses Microsoft Exchange, including the calendar function, I use Google Calendar. I do this because a few people outside the company need access to my calendar. Google Calendar allows me to give access to anyone I want, provided they have a Google account.

A Week from My Personal Google Calendar

However, using Google Calendar with my new iPhone 4 was not as straight forward as I had hoped. When turned the calendar function on within my iPhone’s Gmail account, I only got one calendar. (I actually have five different Google calendars.) Some people suggested that I set up my Gmail account using the Exchange option, but that did not work.

After an hour or so of research and hacking, I finally figured it out. Here are the steps I took to get all my Google calendars to show up on my iPhone:

  1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to the Google Calendar Sync Settings page. If you are not logged into Google it will prompt you to do so. This is what my page looks like. My Thomas Nelson appointments are synced to my main Gmail account. “GH” refers to my wife Gail’s calendars. (We share our calendars with one another.)

    Google Calendar Sync Settings

  2. You should see all of your calendars listed, including your shared calendars. Some calendars (e.g., “Weather” and “US Holidays”) are not available for syncing. Check the ones you want to appear on your iPhone. Scroll down and tap on the Save button.
  3. Open the Settings app on your iPhone. It should look similar to this:

    Main Settings Screen on the iPhone

    Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendar. You should now see all of the email accounts you have set up. Mine looks like this:

    My Mail, Contacts, and Calendar ASccounts

    If you don’t already have your Gmail account set up, tap on Add Account, select Gmail and follow the directions.

  4. Tap on your Gmail account. It should look similar to this:

    Gmail Account Settings

    If the Calendars switch is on, turn it off. You should immediately get a prompt that looks similar to this:

    The “Delete from My iPhone” Prompt

    Click on the button that says “Delete from my iPhone.”

    Now turn the Calendar switch back on. (If the Calendars switch was off originally, then just turn it on.)

  5. Go to your iPhone Calendar app. Click on the Calendars button in the upper left-hand corner. You should see all of your Google Calendars, including shared calendars listed under the Gmail section. Mine looks like this:

    The Calendars to Show Page

    Tap on all the calendars you want to include on your calendar. A checkmark will appear to the right of each one you select. You can change this any time you want. When you are finished, tap on the Done button at the top of the screen.

    It may take a few minutes for your phone to download all of your calendar appointments from the Google servers. However, if all has gone well, all of your appointments should appear on your calendar with the same colors you use on the Google Calendar. Here is a screen shoot of my Google calendar on my iPhone 4:

    A Sample Screenshot from My iPhone 4

Note: If you decide to add a new calendar to your Google account and want to include it on your iPhone, you will need to add the calendar in Google, then repeat these steps again, making sure that you select your new calendar in Step 1.

I was surprised that Google didn’t provide these step-by-step directions. They are usually very good about documentation. I had to root around in several tech forums before I stumbled on the solution.

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  • gailbhyatt

    I love having my Google calendar, on my phone, right at my iCalendar icon. And more than than, I love having your Google Calendar and mine synced. Whenever I'm out, and need to schedule something, I have immediated access to your calendar, too. Love that! You're the best!

    • Beth Chubbuck Maybee

      It’s so good to see your smiling face Gail!  I ran across Mike’s blog when doing a Google search for a promotional email I was writing.  So good to reconnect, if only virtually, with you two.  All the best!

      • Michael Hyatt

        Awesome, Beth. So good to hear from you. Are you still in Michigan? We are still in Tennessee.

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  • W Vanderbloemen

    Thanks Michael! I'm trying to figure this out for Google Apps, as our firm runs on a google platform, and I'm having a bit of a time. I'll try applying your process and see if it works.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Let us know if it works for you.

    • @jeremydeyoung

      not sure if this helps but I use google apps iphone4 and i am able to sync following this Google Guide

      • skeggsjp

        Thanks for sharing this particular link. I was able to go here, follow these directions, and finally get other's calendars to appear on my iPhone.

        Really appreciate you sharing this Michael.

      • Johnlittle

        This worked for my default calendar in Google Apps but iphone 4s running IOS 5.1 does not show any other google apps calendars from that same account.

        Any additional help out there?

        • Trish

          I have this same problem.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

          • Guest

            This worked for me:

            Go to Select “Sync” from the list of apps (you might need to change language to US English). Pick your calendars. They should now show up on the phone.

          • Caponti33

            Thanks. This trick plus the initial steps worked!!!! So glad I found this site, I have hated having to go to the web to see all calendars.
            ~ carol

  • kevin

    Any way you can tackle how to keep sync from triple duplicating your contact list too?

    • Michael Hyatt

      That’s a whole other problem. I did fix that and am considering writing a blog post on it. It’s off-topic here, so I will wait to address it in that post. Sorry to keep you waiting. Thanks.

  • @Kraft

    Not quite the same, but I'm using an iPod Touch 2G. The above procedure worked for me with iOS3 (perhaps the previous OS as well) at separate times with two different Google Apps accounts (one Standard, one Educational/Non-Profit).

    When upgrading to iOS4, I lost all access to my calendar via this method. Tried to delete and add the account again with no luck. In the end, had to enable the calendar function of the Gmail account and disable Google Sync's option completely. Still, I only have access to calendars I own. No access to calendars that are shared/editable with me if I do not have manage sharing rights.

    The post gave me hope to try again. Will post result.

    (Off-topic: Typed the comment, then logged into Twitter and lost everything but the first 'graph).

    • Michael Hyatt

      I apologize for you losing your original comment. The Twitter API has been flakey for the past several days. I think Twitter is working on their infrastructure in the never-ending quest to keep up with their growth.

  • Luke DeMoss

    Have you encountered any issues (or your assistant) with scheduling internal meetings between Exchange & Google? I would love to use the Google calendar for work, but am in an exchange environment with people sending meeting requests, etc.

    • Michael Hyatt

      My IT guys are using something at the server level to sync my Exchange calendar to Google Calendar. We do see occasional problems. They are difficult to isolate. That’s the problem with so many different systems; you don’t have one product or company to blame!

      I’d eventually like to switch everything over to Google apps, but it’s no small task when you have 500+ users.

      • @lukedemoss

        If possible, I'd love to figure out what they are using to do the sync. Thanks for the info!

  • petermag

    Here's how I do it. Get a Google Nexus One with Android. ;)

  • jraymondcpa

    This information just saved me a lot of time & headaches

    Thanks all!

  • Kari

    So if I follow these instructions and I add an event to my calendar through my iPhone, it will show up on my Google Calendar on my computer? I guess I'm asking if it syncs both ways.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Yes, that is correct. In my testing, it synced both ways.

      • annie

        Mine is not syncing both ways…I just realized that anything I put on my "iphone" calendar will not automatically go to my Google calendar. Any idea how to get that to happen? (there didn't used to be a difference between the two!).

  • Brian Burquest

    Michael great post. Just curious are you able to add calendar invites for a calendar entry from your iphone in the calendar app…or do you have to go to the actual google calendar? Thanks for the work on this one.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Unfortunately, I don’t know, because all of those go through my assistant. Anyone else tried this?

      • Vincenzo Vecchio

        Unfortunately with this type of configuration it seems not to work. The only way to add people to events is configuring the iphone with the official Google sync process, using MS Exchange. In that way (which worked well for me) you can invite people and also see who has replied to the meeting invitation.

  • Jason Parrish

    I wanted to suggest Pocket Informant to you. It is a native Google Calendar App for iPhone. It has so many more views and is so much more powerful than the built in calendar that for a Google Calendar user it is a no brainer. It is mildly exorbitant for an iPhone app at 12.99 but definitely worth it for a heavy calendar user.

  • Clare

    Thank you – this was really helpful…

  • Amanda

    YOU ARE HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I was having the same problem, you seriously just made my day!!!

  • boxbanger

    Wow, the genius's at Apple had no clue. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions–it seems so easy now and it works perfectly!

  • Kirk Love

    Just saw this post now via a Google search.

    Question: I take it the Gmail settings for iPhone 4 and iOS4 are different than the iPad which still runs iOS 3.2.1. Because I don't see a Calendar option via the Gmail set up, just mail. I take it I have to stick with Exchange set up on the iPad until it gets iOS4 correct?

    I have to say this solution though is much more elegant and simple.

    • ipadder

      no! just go to mail under settings, add new account and select other. there you will see that you can add a caldav and then select your google account. i have this working on ipad and iphone.

  • Marc Levenson

    I would like to sync my iphone 4's calendar to my Google Calendar. Your steps definitely got it merged into the phone FROM Google Calendar. Thank you for that. Now I want to do the reverse. The reason is because I use a PC, and I do not use Outlook. iTunes doesn't back up my calendar unfortunately, so I wanted it to do so via my gmail Google account's calendar. Tell me this is possible, please.

    • ipadder

      here is the way i have found to do it quite easily (warning you may not like it but it works).

      1. Stop using the apple calendar and only use your gmail calendar.
      2. go to settings/mail and scroll all the way at the bottom, change default Calendar to your gmail calendar (you get too choose).
      3. now every time you enter an event/meeting on your iphone it gets pushed to your gmail calendar

  • megmit

    thanks so much for this post. it was very simple and easy to follow! Now I have my Google calendar and couldn't be happier.

  • Leon Chia

    Just discovered this – worked perfectly on my iPhone 3GS – thank you so much! Now I can delete the Google Calendar bookmark!

  • Jessica

    Just wanted to tell you that I used this method and it worked like a charm – thank you so much for sharing! I've been trying to figure this out for weeks.

  • Chloe

    Thank you- I was dying trying to figure this out!

  • Jeremy

    Thanks for this, Michael. Didn't quite work for me the first time, but then I saw @jeremydeyoung's comment and the link he posted ( made it happen.


    • Roger Tsitakis

      I have in the past synced my Gmail calendar via Exchange. I am trying to sync it again for my new iPhone 5 but it says “Server error”. So the trouble is that I cannot sync my Gmail calendar with my iPhone via exchange. What should I do?

  • missaup

    Yes! I have been wondering the how to get ALL my Google calendars synced to my iphone4 and thanks to your post, it worked like a charm!

  • Gustavo

    Excelent! Works perfectly!

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  • Tyler

    It does not appear that this synced your other personal calendars, only your shared calendars. Is that correct? I want to get my other personal calendars to sync, and am not having success.

    • Tyler

      I just figured it out, I apologize. I was going to the regular Calendar Settings page on my iPhone and selecting my calendars, instead of

      Thanks for the very helpful post!

  • DanielN

    Thx! I have been looking for a solution for some time now… this works!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! I had the same problem and was relieved to find your post! Savior!

  • Fergus

    I found I could do this much easier through the computer. I just clicked on the link in your explanation and it took me to my gmail account and sync settings. Once I clicked on the calendar I was missing I saved it and almost instantly it was on my iPhone 4. Didn’t have to mess with ANYTHING on the iPhone itself.

  • beth g sanders

    Yes. It worked like a charm. You just changed my geeky life.

  • Scott

    You are the MAN…thank you!

  • Mary Margaret

    THANK YOU so much!!!! These are the first directions I’ve found that actually made sense and that I could follow – it worked beautifully! What a blessing… thank you for taking the time to share this.

  • Nanny Keyna

    I am a FT Nanny and trying to keep my schedule straight with the boys’ and their parents can be such a pain! Now we can share our boys’ calendar with no problem on our IPhone 4s! THANK YOU!
    Nanny Keyna

  • Adeline Esc

    Your instruction is GREAT!! Worked like a breeze for me!!
    Many thanks, ADA GSY

  • Dana 728

    Thank you! I couldn’t figure this out for the longest time! It took a few minutes to sync but once it did it worked perfectly!

  • TP

    Thank you!!

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  • Sam

    Thank You!  This was driving me crazy!

  • Dora

    Thank you so much! Was such a headache not having all my calendars on my phone!

  • Laura

    Thank you!!!

  • IBMeToday

    Thank you SO much for this post. It’s exactly what I needed to get mine and my wife’s calendars together on my new iPhone. We can continue to share our calendars with one another just as we did with our Blackberry phones.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Great. I’m so glad.

  • Kassi Kakkoufas

    Thank you! It worked perfectly on my iphone – but for some reason it hasn’t worked on my fiance’s. He is on a different network, and the only difference that I have noticed is that when I turn his calendar on/off (step 4) it doesn’t really delete – it just says “Turning Off Calendars”.. I don’t what to try – So I was hoping you could help me out!?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry. I don’t know what to suggest on that one.

    • Doug Hardy

      Did you find a solution Kassi? I’m having the same problem.

    • Doug Hardy

      Kassi – try shutting down the iphone and restarting, then delete the calendars. It finally completed the task after a reboot.

  • guest

    thank you!

  • User

    This is a perfect guide.  Thank you.

  • Mandy L Cyr

    This worked great for me.  Now, what if I add an event into my phone?  How do I get that to update to my google calendar?

    • Michael Hyatt

      It should sync automatically. Try it.

  • Diona

    This appears to have fixed my issues. I turned off my .me calendars and am using BusyCal to sync with Google.

    I can see now why I had issues with missing events. They were being added to the .me calendar and not Google. The complexity was confusing and is easier to understand without mobile me in the mix for calendars.

    Thanks for the concise, easy to read post with photos. Much appreciated.

  • Agotshalk

    THANK YOU!!! This information was hard to find. Your instructions were clear and the screen shots easy to see.  Now my calendar works as I thought it would.

  • Tlczek

    Wow! Thank you! This is definitely what should have been the first search result on Google. That link to the Google Calendar Sync Settings page is priceless. Thanks again!

  • GV1977

    Thanks! One question, now that I can see all my calendars (including shared google calendars), any way that when I add an event I can choose to add it to the shared calendar. I can do it through the google calendar app, but on my iphone 4 I only see an option to add the event to my google calendar (no option to add to shared google calendar)

    • Michael Hyatt

      I am not quite sure what you mean. I have seven Google calendars, all of which are shared with other users. I can pick any of those when I add an event on my iPhone.

      • Gv1977

        Thanks for your quick response Michael. For some reason the first time I did it I could see the shared calendar on my iphone 4, but couldn’t add an event to the shared calendar. I went back to Google sync settings, unchecked the shared calendar, and then checked it again, and it fixed the problem. I can now see and add an event to the shared calendar. Must have been some weird glitchy thing. 

  • Sarah Showers

    perfect, I’ve been wondering how to do this since I juggle several google calendars. Great help, thanks!

  • Katherine

    Super helpful! Thank you!

  • Guest

    Took me a few tries but it worked.  I would never have figured this out myself. Thanks!

  • Melissa Laracuenta

    Thank you! I have been trying to figure out how to do this for a few hours now! I appreciate your detailed instructions

  • Bigsur

    His was amazingly helpful and you provided the solution I’ve been looking for for months now!

  • Jester

    Excellent, helped me a lot :D

  • Jim

    I found this post to be quite useful. Thank you. I have a different problem that may or may not be related. I was having my multiple Google calendars sync with my iPhone for a few weeks. Then suddenly, they stopped syncing and I get a “Password Incorrect” error on the phone when I open the calendar app. I’ve tried Unlocking Captcha, and I’ve spent hours reading forums, but I am still frustrated for a fix.

    Any idea? Thanks in advance.

  • Tony Brasunas

    Perfect! This worked. NOTE: I needed first to delete the “Exchange” account I created this morning, per the instructions on Google’s site. 

  • Tony Brasunas

    Perfect! This worked. NOTE: I had to first delete the “Exchange” account I created this morning, per the instructions on the google site.

  • Uberclimber89

    HEY it didn’t work for me at first, but I found out it works only when I go to the Google calendar sync page on my laptop, NOT with my iPhone. FYI try that if it doesn’t work at first

  • Mkicklighter

    Your instructions worked great for my iPad.  Thanks!!!!

  • Lolleezloop

    Hi this did not work for me, When I origanny started using Google calender, it automatically transferred my calender in to My phones calender app. I wanted to tranfer a new calender onto my phone and synch it with my all my other calenders within the iphone calender app. Now the google calender that originally tranferred on its own has dissappeared & the other google calender I use is only available in a seperate icon on the phone so I have to jump between screens to have a look at all of my information. VERY annoying!

  • David L

    Would have been helpful if I’d have found it before enduring the same process alone. I guess that’s part of the price we pay for convenience. You’ll probably notice a similar lack of the typical Google documentation with anything Apple related. Steve Jobs and the Google founders enjoyed a symbiotic relationship prior to a falling out that occurred when Google decided to get into the phone business. Steve Jobs had mentored Sergey Brin so the fallout was significant and the two companies have seen each other as competitors since.

  • Jan Evett

    Thank you!  I have been trying to figure this out for 6 months!  Obviously, this post was very helpful.  Much appreciation! 

  • Shaunalanda1981

    That was the best help ever! Thank you so much I have been looking online for this info for a while now :)

  • Matt

    Works like a charm, thanks!

  • Tj Gldsmth

    Thank goodness to this page and google.  Obviously, your directions are spot on, I always thought there was a way to get my wife’s calendar (with all the kids’ stuf) on my iPhone, and it was your site that showed me how.  Perfect thanks.  (Google gets some praise here because 1- the calendar feature on the web is awesome and 2- it was a Google search that brought me here!

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  • No

    This information is old.  Setting options here doesn’t update your calendars you can sync.  The new link is

    • Skinnerg

      Ah, but with the link above, it tells me to log in via my computer / whereas this very useful post enables me to sort the issue right from my phone!! Great, thanks so much!

      • Skinnerg

        Oh, and it DOES sync. Did it in the last 24hrs.

  • bdubs

    Thank you so much for posting this. I spent over an hour trying all sorts of things to get my accounts synced to my phone. This saved me so much more frustration.

  • JulieD

    Went to the Google Calendar Sync Settings page you identified above on my desktop instead of my iPhone 4 and made the selections there.  WORKED GREAT!!!!  And didn’t have to worry about activating Google Sync either.  Thanks!!!!

  • Deanna Varble

    THANK YOU! You are the only person/company’s instructions that worked. You ROCK!

  • Scottmicklo

    OK.  I am good up to step 5.  But my screen of calendars only lists gmail, not the other calendars that i have in my gmail account.  Is there something I need to set either in IPHONES or in GMAIL calanders so it can find them?  I only list the gmail account and birthdays.  thats it.

    Do you think anyone can help????????


  • Madniki

    Excellent…thanks a lot…very helpful. I was almost sending back my iPhone to Steve Jobs ;-)

    • Madniki

      I reply to myself since it actually did not work….When I turn on the iPhone calendar application, only one agenda shows….maybe because I have the 3GS version…

  • Kath

    the Google Calendar to Outlook to Iphone 4 Sync worked the first time I did it but now it isn’t working anymore…any ideas?

    Kath in Lauderdale By The Sea attempting to use my Iphone4 to save the Turtles and need my calendar to sync…help?

    • Michael Hyatt

      Sorry, I don’t.

  • Lindsrb

    You are the only one that could help! Thank you!!!

    • almutei

      Great how to. Thanks!

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  • Ingrid

    Thank you for the visuals. It did help until I got to step 5. My iphone 4 shows the different calendars, I checkmarked them and press done, however none of the events that I have on my google calendar shows up on the iphone calendar at all.  Don’t know what to do now. :( I even had to add “other” CalDAV account in order to get the google calendar to show up on step 5. Help.

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  • Chemnerd

    I have been trying to figure out how to do this since I got my iPhone three months ago.  You’re explanation was so easy to follow!  Thanks so much for your help!! :) :) 

  • Bfjhling

    I’ve been trying to sort that for ages – great work, thank you!

  • Asfadsf

    awesome! i have been looking for a solution to this forever

  • Stampsicles

    Thank you for this page!  You’ve saved me a whole evening and more trying to figure this out!

  • le

    Thanks. This was very helpful.

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  • Kds72

    yes it did work, thank you so much for sharing!!

  • James

    Worked for me, thanks!!

  • Christine

    Thank you so much! This was very helpful :)

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  • Emmargross

    Thank you so much for this very helpful page. I have been struggling to get this work for some time on my iPhone and you solved it!

  • Amy L

    This is the method I used and it works quite well. I’m running into an issue now with disappearing older entries on my iPhone (but not on the Google Calendar site). Has anyone else experienced this? It seems like once entries are a certain “age”, they fall off my iPhone. It’s pretty annoying because I do need to refer back to things in the past at times.

  • Johnlmc

    this is so great ! i’ve been diggin around for an hour. it works now. thanks!!!!!

  • Paul

    This helped a lot on my wife’s phone. However, two problems still exist:
    1. one of the calendars that is checked everywhere in settings does not show on the iphone calendar;
    2. the gmail account shows mail, calendar and notes, but not contacts. How do I get it to sync contacts?

    This has been the most helpful instructions I’ve found – thank you so much.

    Paul in Portland, OR

  • Adixon28

    worked great, thanks!

  • Mclean Joanna

    Thanks! Just what I was looking for! Such a HUGE help:)

  • Mj

    exactly what I was looking for.  Thanks!

  • Tony Caselli

    I just wanted to thank you for these instructions!  This is the second time (once with each new phone!) that they’ve come in incredibly handy! 

  • Glasgowduo

    What a life saver

    And maybe ios5 means you don’t have to do Step 4 anymore? I forgot – and it worked!

    Thanks again

  • Doggone

    A thousand thanks to you!!!  This has been driving me nuts, and I am so happy to have found your page.  It worked like a dream and now my ALL of my calendars are active and fully functional!  Thanks again!

  • The Discombobulated Mommy

    This worked for my husband’s iphone 4, but for some reason it isn’t working on the iphone 4s, any ideas of what I need to change? I can’t seem to access our joint calendar. It appear on the screen.

  • Jpz1

    THANK YOU!!! That helped me so much

  • susan t

    thanks so much…was tearing my hair out as have a new iphone4 and am a bit of a technophobe(…it’s a work tool!).
    perhaps you can answer this question (or two…) for me as well…
    can i add a contact from a missed call, or a text number or just from a call received?

  • guest

    thank you, thank you, thank you!!! spent hours last night trying to get my 7 google calendars to show up needed for work. i truly can’t say thank you enough. 

  • DanielleBSN

    Thanks so much for your help!  A friend of mine referenced your page, and I had been trying to figure out this problem for hours after getting an iPhone for the first time yesterday.  The explanation could not have been anymore perfect!!  Sincerely, Danielle  :-)

  • DanielleBSN

    Question: (somewhat related) My g-mail had a significant number of duplicates when it originally synced with my iPhone.  I went through my g-mail contacts, and deleted all of the duplicates (went from approximately 1600 to 300 contacts).  I used your method for resyncing the calendar to resync my contacts, but even when I start all over…it’s still syncing the duplicates to my phone (even though I no longer have duplicates on g-mail).  Any suggestions for fixing this (a proper sync) without having to individually delete each duplicate on my phone?  Your input would be awesome!!  Thanks so much…Danielle

    • Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry, but I honestly don’t know.

  • Joe Pollicino

    Thank you for this. Been trying to figure it out for a while. So happy!

  • Joey Pohle

    You are the man!!!

  • Ranvir Gujral

    Just came across this. Super helpful. Thanks.

  • Quitabnana

    Worked like a charm!  Thanks so much!  I have been trying to figure this out since I got my iphone 4S last week.  I was stumbling around in ical and all over the phone to no avail.  You’re a life saver, I put everything in my calendar and also use more than one calendar (one for my son’s activities, significant other, work, personal development, etc…) to make sure I get where I’m supposed to be at the proper time and I can see how I allocate my time to various activities.

  • RCW

    Hopefully you can help me with this.  I’m trying to help my Dad set up his iPhone with his new Gmail account.  He doesn’t have any contacts in gmail or appointments in google calendar.  All of his contacts / appointments are only on his iPhone because his old PC just crashed.  I set up Google Sync, thinking that all contacts / calendar appts would sync from his phone to gmail but that didn’t work.  I don’t want to erase the appts / contacts from the phone because that is the only place they are stored.  Any way of syncing from the phone to Gmail?


    I just got an Iphone 4s, my first apple since a family Macintosh pc from 1980 something. I’m loving it and was extremely iritated by not getting my gmail calendar to sync. Your post saved my sanity!! Thank you so very much for posting this for iphone rookies like myself!

  • Jason L.

    This was really helpful.  I have my google apps account set up as an “Exchange” account and as a result I can only add my main google apps account calendar.  So I followed your example and added my google apps account as type “Gmail” and only enabled it for calendars, and voila, now I can select the other calendars from my google apps account.  Perfect!  Thanks again.  /Jason

  • Pam

    Thank you!!!  I just got my 4s today and could not figure out for the life of me how to sync all 3 of my calendars!  This is the first thing that pops up when you Google it! 

  • Heidi

    thank you!!!!  

  • Camels4u

    That is great! It works – thanks for sharing

  • Spenser j

    You are the greatest!

  • Guest

    I did this…..I followed the directions exactly and now I can’t find my gmail calendar at all…..any suggestions?

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much for posting this. You rock.

  • Aswifty123

    yes thank you soooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Punkshine

    Great instructions! Thanks!

  • James

    Excellent, glad I found your instructions. This allows me to sync all my calendars and have available all those idiosyncratic bells & whistles of each one. Thanks! James 

  • Glen Hewlett

    Just want to say thanks for the info.  I missed a step (the final sync with google on the iphone) and i tried searching the net for the answer but I couldn’t find it until I came back to your website and read it again.  This is a great way to share calendars.  You the Man!

  • Help

    It still showed up under the same calendar. Is this only work for the iphones before the 4s?

    • Michael Hyatt

      No, it is working for the 4s on my phone.

  • mzimm

    We have two iphone 4s.  I was able to follow these directions and sync phone to see multiple google calendars.  But we followed the same steps for my husband’s phone, and he is only getting one calendar to show.  When we go to you can choose to sync to iPhone, but it doesn’t state which iPhone.  Can you only do one phone per account? 

    Had no trouble at all with this on the iPhone 3GS.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Does he have a separate Google account? I think he will need this. However, within Google you can share one another’s calendars. For example, I have all my wife’s calendars and she has all mine. They both show up on our iPhones.


      1. Open from iPhone 
      2. Choose switch language, switch to English
      3. Then you will see list of all your Devices ( iPhone 3Gs , iPhone 4, etc)
      4. There settings for each device – which callendar to see.Direct link to list of your devices is at

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  • Adrian Fusiarski

    Thanks goodness for that. Micheal, I have had an iPhone for three years now and this is the first time I’ve actually managed to get GMail/iPhone sync to actually work. Top notch post, thank you!

  • David

    Tanka a lot for your guide. It helped a lot!!!

  • Chuckandcarrie

    I use the app Calengoo for iPhone. I love it – looks just like my Goole calendar. Also very powerful and syncs both ways. Only thing was that it didnt work with the Notifications screen in iOS 5. So, although I never use the native Calendar app, I just set up it up to sync with Google as well (probably similar to what you described) so that things pop up in the calendar section of The Notification screen. This works great for me because the interface of Calengoo is SO much better.

  • Bradhlincoln

    Thank you so much Michael for taking the time to write the straight-forward, easy-to-follow instructions for adding other people’s Google calendars to an iPhone!  I followed along exactly, screen shot by screen shot and it worked exactly as the instructions said so. Now I can finally start getting my wife’s Google calendar events! I was stumped—but no more. Thanks!!! 

  • LanaVallo Beauty

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I have been using my iPhone calendar for several month now, but only could see one main calendar form Google calendar. After I followed these recommendations, I can see and edit ALL of my Google calendars on my iPhone. And the fact that these directions are so well illustrated made setting up the calendar much easier. This definitely made my day!

  • bags

    You are a lifesaver! It did not allow me to follow your directions step by step but you but me on the right track.

  • JoK

    You are an absolute God-Sent!!!!  I wish I could hug you….I was trying to find this solution for DAYS and everything was complicated and NONE of it worked.  Then I found your easy fool-proof solution.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU a million times over…you solved a huge headache for me!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome!

  • Dmack9185

    Thanks great directions, appreciate the help

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for taking the time to document this!

  • mark


    I followed your instructions precisely, and I still can’t get one of my own calenders to sync with my phone. It just never shows up in the list.

    Any ideas why?
    I do have two google accounts setup as exchange on my phone, and the name of the calender is multi-word, but I noticed a bunch of yours are as well….

    Let me know – it’s quite inconvenient the way it is.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Sorry. I’m afraid I don’t know.

  • Soyoung

    Thank you for this helpful column!

  • Hrrstore

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!  Excellent, easy instructions that worked flawlessly! I was surprised Google didn’t post this either.  THANK YOU for taking the time to put this on the web!

  • Noone

    Great! It was so simple…

  • Russ Troester

    Thanks for the tip! I had a bit of a hiccup on mine – tried turning calendars “on” then “off” again multiple times – finally had to delete that Gmail account and set it up again. Now it’s working fine. Thanks again!

  • Russ Troester

    Thanks for the tip! I did everything exactly as you described – several times – but it wasn’t until I actually deleted then reconfigured my Google Apps account (using Gmail on iOS5 – I did not set it up as an Exchange account) that it finally worked. However, these tips were still appreciated and helpful. Thanks again!

  • Hbek1

    I am just not able to get to the google calendar sync seeting in safari. How do you get that page?

    • Michael Hyatt

      You have to do it on your mobile device.

  • Rrr

    Excellent! Works great. Thanks!!

  • Terri

    Wooohoooo!!!! You rock, Michael!!!  I have been LONGING to have all of my calendars available to me on my phone and now they are.  Thanks for such concise and easy instructions.  Just a bit of info – I am running an iPhone 4 on iOS 5.  Worked like a charm!  Thanks again.  ~TERRI

    • Michael Hyatt

      Awesome! I’m glad it worked out for you.

  • Jessdemers

    With all apologies to your lovely wife, I would literally kiss you on the mouth if you were standing in front of me right now.  This has been driving me CRAZY.  Thanks so much!

  • Mheinrich9326

    thank you so much.  Your link to define what calendars will sync was what I needed.  Worked great!

  • John

    Thank you!
    Step 4 is not required…

  • David Reber

    Thanks Michael! Worked like a charm and I am able to drop another app!

  • lazataz

    I tried to do this to get a shared calendar off of my iPhone that I no longer want to subscribe to. Unfortunately it didn’t work. Any ideas for how to get rid of this?

  • MasterOfTheHat

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    I was going nuts trying to figure this out!

  • phil

    This worked for me, but all I had to do was go to the link at the top of the page: Google Calendar Sync Settings and then select all the calendars that I had.

  • AB

    Fantastic help!

  • Victor3p_9

    Magnificent! Thank you very much. How do you manage your gmail contacts list on your iPhone 4? How do you sync gmail contacts with iPhone’s?

    • Michael Hyatt

      Actually, I don’t. So I am not sure. Sorry.

  • NitishAmin

    Yes, yes, yes! THANK YOU

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  • Good life granola

    Worked perfect!

  • W. Mark Thompson

    Excellent! You are a Productivity Master. Going to go set this up immediately! …after I read another post or two.  :)

  • William B

    I’m importing an ICAL from another site into my Google Calendar.  I’m able to see the items on the browser, but unable to do so on the phone unless I select “copy to my calendar”.

  • Russ

    Worked like a champ!  Thanks!

  • Guest123

    Thank you so much!!! This was so helpful!

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  • Stevencbarrett

    This was great, fixed the calendars.
    Thank you!!

  • Adrian Gutierrez

    This worked perfectly & instantly Michael.  Thanks for adding the tutorial! Sharing it with every nerd I know.

  • Cam_worldsurf

    Thanks Heaps Michael. Saved me a lot of time. It seems your blog is going well. This is now the 3rd thing you have helped me with, via my google searches…well done!

  • Alex

    Dude, you’re my hero.   :)

  • Randy

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!  I’ve been trying to work this out for a couple of days now.  Your instructions worked right away…seamlessly.  I volunteer as part of the Production Team at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA and our schedule is automatically updated in my Google Calendar.  Thanks to you, I now have access to this information on my iPhone!  THANK YOU!!!

  • Natlaie

    This was a fantastic article. You guided me through the process quickly and easily (something Google did not manage to do). Thank you!

  • jamie

    Thank you so much! i have been trying soooo hard to find a way to sync google calendar with my iphone. it works now :D .  your directions were easy to follow.
    Again, thank you so much :)

  • dmigl

    Thanks. This worked perfectly for me!

  • Anonymous

    Michael, thanks for this – it’s most helpful to sync with the Google Calendars for the various organizations of which I am part.  I actually didn’t know that Google Calendars were so well supported on the iPhone, so thanks for leading the way..
    Happy Holidays!

  • Garrattsdamp

    worked for me, to me 2 minutes thanks to you hours…

  • Jonestech

    Wow!! thanks a bunch!!!

  • Charlottebartol

    Thank you so much!!!!

  • Cristina Ishmael

    Thank you. This was very helpful!

  • Shelley Aistrup

    Fabulous.  Worked like a charm.  Thank you!

  • Redlofmaps

    This was definitely helpful.  I was syncing mail, contacts, and calendars with Microsoft Exchange, which apparently only allows you to sync with your primary calendar.  I am still using Microsoft Exchange to sync contacts but using Gmail to sync mail, calendars, and notes.  It works like a charm!

  • Gian Toyos

    Excellent. Very helpful, thanks.

  • Angel7haven

    BRILLIANT!!!!! Sorry for the shouting but it was very frustrating to find the answer and thank God for your help! Thank you! God Bless you!

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  • Karen

    Thanks for posting.  I am having trouble getting past step 1 from the safari page. Did you type into the browser?  This just brings up web pages, not like the creen shot you show.  Any advice?

  • myrapintor

    What a great training session! And what a great tool to use to better organized! Thanks.

  • Marymel66

    Thanks!  Worked to perfection!

  • Dwat

    Thanks for the help,  never would have figured that out…

  • Rachel

    Thank you so much.  It was not nearly as straight forward as when I added all of my google calendars to my iPod Touch all those years ago.  I appreciate your walking me through this convoluted process.

  • Marlyse Comte

    Thank you!! This solved my problem fully. Very happy to have those calendars finally integrated on the iPad/iPhone. Unfortunately I still have not figured out how to get additional TASKS calendars sync’ed with the Reminder app (or to show up as an iCal task calendar).

  • Pointlesschatter

    THANK YOU!!!!  I have been rooting around on forums to find out how to view all of my calendars, and I felt so lost!  Thanks to your advice, it worked like a charm, and I didn’t feel completely inept!!!!!  THANK YOU!!!!

  • ASM

    Thank you!!!  I didn’t even realize for a while that my shared calendars were not showing up!  I just assumed they would as they had on my android.  Loved the clear instructions and screen shots!

  • guest

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!  I have struggled with this for hours and you walked me through the fix in minutes!!!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

  • Christian Coughlin

    Good work thank you for your help

  • matthew

    I followed all the instructions for syncing my new Iphone 4s with my multiple gmail calendars, and no matter what i did, my primary account would not show up once I went over to the Iphone Calendar app.  I finally found a solution, I had to setup this particular account, for whatever reason, by entering the account under “exchange” instead of the default “gmail” setup iphone provides.  follow instructions here:

    • Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for sharing what you learned!

  • Asecondsolution

    This didn’t work for me, and the instruction on Google’s site didn’t either. It still only shows me my main calendar. :(

  • BigT619

    Thanks!  Worked like a charm!!

  • guest

    thank you SOOOOO much, this was seriously bothering me!!

  • Noah Fleming


    Thank you. As a reader of your blog I was surprised to find myself back here when googling for a solution to these calendar issues :-)


  • Dwaldon

    I found this thread awhile ago, and recently needed to dig it back up… still works perfectly! Thanks!

  • Jennifer Cardine

    Thank you!!!

  • Emilyj383

    Thank you.  This was amazing.  I had been getting very discouraged with my brand new iphone now I am so excited to have all the info I need at my fingertips.  Thanks again

  • Sato@Nagasaki

    Thank you so much from Japan.
    I was so puzzled to see all the calendars were OK with my iPad, while the same settings showed only one calendar in iPhone.
    Your post was so helpful. It’s like a bottle of water in the middle of the desert.

  • Cheryl

    Great tutorial!  Thank you!

  • Joe Weber

    Google apps are the best, but the problem is that the iPhone is 10x better than Android, so it was so frustrating having the best phone and the best calendar app but no way to make them play nice together! But after my business partner found your article and got his accounts to sync in perfect harmony, he showed me what he did and I was able to get everything in order for myself in a giffy.

    Many thanks for this detailed article!

  • Doug S.

    Thanks Michael.  You da man!  Yeah, this should have been a lot easier to figure out and not sure why all the google sites said you had to set up gmail via the exchange server when this was even easier

  • Missymv25

    Amazing instructions!  I had to try 3 other sites before finding this one and this was the only one that worked!  Thanks!

  • Fannon

    I used this and it worked, kind of. Note that if you set up your google account on your iphone using “Microsoft Exchange” (Which is what google’s instructions tell you to do), you will NOT be able to view your additional calendars. Once I set up the gmail account (which allows only mail, notes and calendar), I was able to view all of my calendars properly using this method. The instructions for setting up google sync are here This will allow you to do your contacts as well, but again, I was not able to sync any calendars other than my primary calendar. I had to set up the “gmail” account as well to be able to access the additional calendars following your method. Thanks for posting this!

  • Erin Mann

    You are AMAZING!!! I’ve been wondering how the heck to do this. I figured it would be something this simple but obviously didn’t have it figured out. PERFECT instructions (and nice touch with the pictures). Thanks so much! Now I can see everything on my phone! Yippee!

  • Enrique Agois

    Thanks. It woeked perfectly to sync google calendar into my iphone. However, iphone calendar data does’t pass to google calendar. Is there anything I’m missing?

  • Ljlmin

    this worked perfectly. thank you so much!!

  • Melissa

    This worked for my iPhone perfectly, but not for my husband’s. I have my own gmail account with email and all, but my husband has a hotmail account which he uses for his gmail calendar. Would this be an issue? I can’t seem to get the Gmail calendars to show on his phone. HELP!

  • dana

    Fantastic guide, thank you so very much! Now my partner and I are totally sync-ed! :)

  • Bellarican88

    wow thanks!!! I was trying to figure this out for DAYS!!! THANK YOU!!

  • Stacey

    Thanks so much!  That was way easy :)  Also I was able to just click the link to the Google Calendar Sync Settings page straight from my PC and check the calendars I wanted – Didn’t have to go through my iphone which I think might save some people some time.  Either way I’m just happy to have my calendar on my phone!!

  • Eric

    Where on earth did you find the “Google Calendar Sync Settings” link. Searched all over because i was missing 1 shared account in my iPhone calendar (which was visible in every other view, mobile-web, desktop, ical etc). Thanks, saved my week ;)

  • AJ

    This is one of the best-explained ways to do this that I’ve seen. I’m in a class and have posted all of the assignments on a google calendar that I share with my classmates. Two of them aren’t from the US, so they really need simplified instructions. I’m hoping this does the trick! Thank you!

  • Steph

    Thanks so much for the step by step instructions!  I had been struggling with this issue for the past two days and had nearly given up on being able to see all of my google calendars on the iphone!

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  • Beth Chubbuck Maybee

    Great blog Mike!  I just found your blog while doing a random Google search for a promotional email I was writing.  Hope all is well with you and Gail and the girls.  I look forward to following your blog!

  • Joel Smythe

    Thank You! I have been frustrated with this for some time now . . . thanks for walking me though the process!

  • Nadine Patterson11

    Thank you.  Very Helpful :)

  • Eric du Toit

    I found your article which was very helpful.  After reviewing, I have a slight deviation.

    I ended up setting my gmail account up as an Exchange account and then visiting where I enabled “send mail as” and was able to check all my additional calendars.

    It worked better for me as I needed the “send mail as” and calendar options.

  • Schneido2

    THANK YOU!!!! Ditto, Google and/or iPhone should have made it much easier. This was super simple. Much better than creating another Exchange account. 

  • Lio

    Thanks Michael, that actually helped me achieve the icing on my cake !
    Now I can run My business from my towel on the beach and know it’s accessible to evryone everywhere ! What great tools we have now. Thanks Steve Jobs, thanks Google thanks world ! 
    What wonderful wizardry comes next ? 
    Maybe soon we will all tune to each others heart so well that no one will need to be left out of this amazing progression?!

  • Jwhelmer4

    This was great because I had to go through this process to get the + prompt to appear on my calendar. It wasn’t there on my new Iphone and I was frustrated. so thanks

  • Keith

    This worked perfectly for my iphone 4s but my wife tried to add our shared gmail calendar and it didn’t work for her. iCal is showing up blank. Any thoughts?

    • Michael Hyatt

      You might try completely uninstalling that account and reinstalling. I had to do that on my wife’s phone.

  • Laura

    Worked for me! Thanks you sooooo much! This problem has taken up a lot of my time. Wish I’d found you a while ago!

  • Freedom Spice

    Thank you. Yes it worked for me after my phone started acting up and no longer syncing. 

  • Caroline


  • Gail Hyatt


    For all you readers, I have to learn this stuff just like you. Just because Michael Hyatt and I live in the same house, doesn’t mean I have his 24/7 tech support.

    I was setting up my new iPad (the hand-me-down from Mike because he found he just wasn’t using it — yay me!) and noticed that it didn’t have both of our calendars on it. So I asked him a “quick question,” or so I thought, about how to get both of our calendars on the iPad. 

    And you know what he said … with a smile of course?! He told me to go on his website and look up his post on how to setup google calendar on your iPhone 4. (Come to find out most instructions that work on the iPhone will also work on the iPad.)

    Anyway, then he left for a lunch appointment. I was stuck. I was on my own.

    And guess what? I read this post. Did what it said. And voilá, presto, it worked!

    Thought you’d like to know. :-)

    • Michael Hyatt

      I’m so glad this was helpful, honey. See, you can do this stuff! Love you.

  • Ryan

    I had an issue where my Wife’s iphone calendar was synching fine with Google, but mine was not.  Anything she added on her iphone was suddenly not showing up on my iphone after working fine for months.  I followed this procedure, and now it works perfectly!  Thanks!

  • Hlrick

    My phone had stopped syncing with Google Calendar.  I followed your instructions and magically the events synced.  Thanks SO much!!

  • Ada Alicia Sierraalta

    Thank you! I also have a gazillion calendars. Syncing makes life so much easier.

  • stu

    One thing commenters are referencing but not explaining is this page:

    On your iphone:
    – Go to
    – click the “Sync” icon and sign in
    – click on “iphone”
    – and finally click those extra calendars that still aren’t syncing

    I don’t know why clicking the calendars on Google Calendar Sync Settings in step 1 doesn’t do this, but it sure didn’t for me.  Perhaps because this is the first device I’m syncing, who knows. Anyways, got my bunch o’ calendars working now, thank you greatly for pointing me in the right direction!

  • Glittle58

    Thank you for this detailed set of instructions. My calendar had gotten to where it didn’t sync from my phone to my gmail acct. When I turned off the calendar button in the iPhone settings, then turned back on, everything started working again.

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  • Kelle Reach Franklin

    thank you so much for this incredibly clear and accurate set of directions!@a00276134618e1ef6202378d2373ec4e:disqus Spent an hour last night trying to bring in my shared google calendars, with no luck, and then I just spent about an hour researching how to do this online and was so confused and not even sure if I was looking at the correct thing. I’m not sure how I stumbled onto your page but am so glad I did. Thank you!!

  • Jann Freed

    Excellent.  I don’t know how you make things so simple and the photos so clear.  I followed your directions perfectly.  Thanks.  I am new to iPhone and new to Macbook Pro.  I learn so much from reading your blog.  

    QUESTION:  Could someone tell me how to move an icon (i.e. calendar icon) on my phone from the second page to home screen?  O my Droid, I would hold and drag, but that does not seem to work.

    HELP?  Thanks in advance.  I am sure it is easy, but this is new and I should probably know how to do it.

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  • Alexander D. Fiege

    Okay, so that worked. Now anything I enter from Google Cal makes it into iCal. So how do I get the things I enter from iCal to sync back to Google Cal?

  • Rachel

    Thank you thank you thank you! I have been trying for weeks to get this setting correct for my husband and I to have our calendars synced.  I have searched all over the internet and tried multiple ways.  This is the only way it WORKED!! And right away with easy to follow picture directions.

  • Dave

    Thank you so much, worked perfectly!

  • Kevin Pettersen

    Perfect!  Exactly what I was looking for!  Thanks for saving me a lot of time and frustration. 

  • Dianewoodardtech

    This worked great! Thanks!

  • Kayla Gail Anthony

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! I’ve searched and searched to fix this problem. Glad you outlined it with such easy steps!

  • ccb

    thank you soo much!!

  • Lucymarianne

    Thank you – this was driving me insane until I followed your fix. 

  • Erin

    I got an iPhone 4 yesterday. For the life of me, I could not figure this procedure out! A million times, THANK YOU!

  • guest

    Thanks – I usually have no trouble figuring these things out and was having a heck of a time with the calendars.  This worked great, thanks so much for sharing.

  • Doug

    Thanks for this article! 

  • Kel

    I did as you suggest, “Open Safari on your iPhone and go to the Google Calendar Sync Settings
    page. If you are not logged into Google it will prompt you to do so.
    This is what my page looks like. My Thomas Nelson appointments are
    synced to my main Gmail account. “GH” refers to my wife Gail’s
    calendars. (We share our calendars with one another.)

    I get a page that asks me to sign in with my Google Account.

    When I do that I get a message that says, “Your browser’s cookie functionality is turned off. Please turn it on. I HAVE done so; cookies and pop-ups are enabled. Can’t get past this. And now all my calendars have been deleted from my phone! HELP!!!

    One more potentially complicating factor is that the Google Calendar that I want to sync my iPhone to is associated with my main email address, which is My Gmail address is Can you tell me how I can negotiate this? Thanks!

  • greatful

    Than you, Thank you, Thank you! Google help was sooo not helpful. You solved my problem. Thank you :)

  • Jbrunk

    Thank you!
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!I spent several housr trying to figure this out. You just made my life SO much better

  • Priscilla

    I tried your instructions twice, but has not worked. Any other advice you can give? I have my original calendar, but all my other calendars will not sync. Please advice.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry, I don’t. Thanks.

  • Vaxess

    This worked for me perfectly!  Thank you so very much.  :)

  • Sherryriedel

    This worked perfectly ! Thank you so much,,,

  • Van Hoof Frank’re the best. After searching for hours this post helped me out. You’re helping people from all around the world with this post. Greetings from Antwerp.

  • Liam Petitt

    Brilliant! Thank you very much!!

  • Tanya Shields

    Thanks for this – spent all day trying to sort this.  All up and running thanks to your instructions.

    • John Tiller

      Glad this helped, Tanya. Would you believe that this is one of the top all-time posts on Michael’s blog? Feel free to check out the other leadership, productivity, social media, and publishing resources here, too. There’s lots of good, easily-accessible stuff. Let us know if you need help with anything else!

  • LucyC

    Incredibly helpful to have this set out in such a straight-forward way. Thank you.

  • Maillena

    Brilliant, thanks  a lot

  • Walt

    The directions were good BUT it deleted my previous apple callender events! Yuck. Now I have to go find them!

  • Jessica Fisher

    God bless you! That has been frustrating me to no end. And the first few google searches didn’t help! Thank you for being a wise and eclectic blogger. :)

  • Daniel Wilson

    Thank you so much! I’ve been searching for something like this ever since I started using the Calendar app and only stumbled upon this article today.

  • Angie Bunnell

    thankyou! this worked, although all the colours did not transfer over properly

  • Patrick Mulroy

    Great instructions, worked very well – Thanks for the information…

  • Beth1128

    Thank you! This was so easy and I wasted too much time before finding your solution.

  • Rsaulsbury

    My question is: where did the Google Calendar app go? I use weekly view for multiple Google Calendars for both family and work, and the Google app was just right on my previous iPhone. My whole color coding system is gone too. The embedded iPhone calendar is totally inadequate. (But thanks for instructions! At least I got those calendars installed!)

  • Klines_99

    Thank you so much. I was ready to pull my hair out trying to find out how to get this to work. This worked like a charm!

  • Adam

    Really appreciate you posting this concise and helpful guide.

  • MakkaPakka

    Church? How about Sport?

    • Joe Lalonde

      If church isn’t your thing and sports are, I guess yours would look a little different (-:

  • Rgohacki

    thanks, now I can sync info from my calendar again! It stopped working before, now it works, however, it only works from my computer to my phone. If I add it on my phone it’s not showing on my desktop! Thanks for your help!

  • Georgia Cross

    Thank you! I “Googled” how to set it up and got several results..happily, your was in the top rankings and since I know you, I went with your tutorial. Worked great and saved me so much time trying to figure it out.

  • Dlzimber

    Thank you!!!! Worked perfect and hopefully now I will stop missing people’s birthdays!

  • Bob

    Thank you so much. I have been trying to make this work forever.

  • Lisanelson_2

    Thank you so much.   I was getting so frustrated trying to figure this out!

  • Erika A.

    Thank you so much!!! I was breaking my head trying to figure it out.


  • DMiller

    thank you! it worked! not having my 3 gmail calendars on my iphone was driving me nuts!

  • Bchell

    Thank you!

  • guest

    You are awesome!  Thank you for the very clear instructions… I’ve been struggling with this one for a while, and was starting to get very disappointed :-/  I can now fall back in love with my ipod touch :P

  • Fcangel1

    Thank you!!!

  • Lilianwt

    This worked very well for me. Thank you so much.

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  • Catherine

    Thank you for this! Saved me a lot of hassle. :-)

  • Mike

    Thank you for the How-To.  I still had to do a little work in Google itself, but your step by step got me up and running.

  • Lauren Dandridge

    This is exactly what I needed. Thank you very much! Some other directions I found had me doing it through Microsoft Exchange, which made no sense to me, and ended up being redundant with things I already had set up.

  • Matt

    helped so much. thank you!

  • Iddora

    Thank you!

  • Adrian

    It worked!  Thank you!!!

  • guest

    Thank you!!!!!!!

  • Gregg Lebovitz

    Thank you for this informative posting. It helped me solve a problem I have been wresting with for a while.

    I have one question: why did you have to disable and enable your gmail calendar after syncing with Google via safari? I did the  just the sync and all of my calendars appeared without a hitch. Am I missing something?

  • Smscott

    This was very helpful! Thank you :)

  • Guest

    This was very helpful, but I’m unable to add events to the shared calendar.  Should I be able to do that? 

  • Jennifer Fenton

    Thank you soooo much!!! My boyfriend and I also share calendars and I have been trying for MONTHS to get all of my calendars plus all of his calendars onto my phone…subscriptions didn’t work, and like you I could also only get 1 calendar to show up through the standard syncing. I am SO relieved…you’ve saved me many sleepless night!

  • Kristyroloff

    Thank you. This was a simple and fast and easy solution, and taught me how to get not only my multiple google calendars on my iphone, but my husbands and others that i ‘subscribe to’. This will make my life much easier and more organized.


     First thanks for wonderful step-by-step guide !

     I had trouble to make it work for me, but finally i got it working. For people who have trouble too, can read my (zdravko.g) answer at forum thread bellow.

     Would be nice if author adds this trick of others, cause this guide is first to show at google search.

  • Iorek

    thank you

  • Ccamachopr

    Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge

  • Mjohnson

    This did not work for me. I’m still not able to edit any event created on my laptop using my iphone 4. 

  • P O Ruby


  • Lklitten

    Fantastc guide! Thanks a lot!

  • jared

    Thanks! Worked great. 

  • BACON MANia Truck

    Michael – thank you so much for doing the legwork on this one, and presenting the solution so simply and thoroughly. New 4S is showing all my Google Calendars now. Worked just like you said it would!

    • Michael Hyatt

      Awesome! So glad to hear.

  • Guest

    Have been trying to do this for a month since I got my iPhone. Thank you for the clear instructions! Very helpful. 

  • Eliciabrandon


  • John

    You description of the non-obvious way to do this worked great! Thanks!

  • Jona Comendador

    Hi Mike. Is there a way to delete or hide past appointment invites on Google Calendar when using the iPhone app?

  • Supajoo

    I never write comments but i must say this article really helped. I had just added my gmail account calendar but not all my calendars were available. Only went i went to google calendar sync settings page, all were updated on my phone. So thank you very very much!!

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  • Bangkokmaster

    Michael , that was really useful, thank you. I trawled, unsuccessfully, through a whole host of forums. Google’s were no use. Glad I find yours.

  • stevenperry

    Thank you for taking the time for figuring this out, and then making the effort to post the solution.  Looks like your efforts have helped hundreds of people in need.  Charity comes in many versions, and I salute you for yours!

  • Pallante

    I am bummed I can not use Siri to load appointments in my Google Cal…or can I?

  • Alex

    Thanks man! Yours was the first Google result for “iphone 4 share calendar”, and it was exactly what I was looking for.

    • Michael Hyatt

      I’m so glad to hear that. It’s amazing how much traffic this post continues to get. It also tells you that Apple and Google could do a better job making this a little easier.

  • Kelly

    Worked like a charm with the iPhone 4S. Some little details were different (e.g. I had to click save before I got the “Delete from my iPhone” prompt, but everything was essentially the same.

  • Faithjensen5

    Absolutely fantastic!!  Thank you so much!  I have been struggling with my other calendars not showing on the phone today!  This was absolutely the easiest tutorial to follow to get the calendars to sync properly.  Thank you for posting your knowledge!

  • ColinC

    Man, I should have known you’d have a post on this. 
    I was trying to set it up and it certainly wasn’t intuitive. Thanks for sharing your challenges so we can benefit.

  • Don Van Dyke

    Thank you so much for your instructions for google calendar on iphone! I have several calendars and my wife accesses it from her computer…. so glad to have it set up right! THANK YOU!

  • Deanne


  • Prila

    Yeah! Thanks so much! I was trying to figure out how to do this forever!

  • Sue

    It works on my iPhone 4S! Your instructions were the simplest I found. Thanks!!!

  • Ann Sattley

    Adding this to my evernote in the notebook “how to do stuff”. thanks.

  • Chuck Balsamo

    To do what you’ve suggested, I deleted my google exchange set up… then redid it using gmail set up. It worked as you suggested… and I now have multiple calendars… 


    I lost my contacts, because that option is only available with exchange setup.

    HELP?? :)

    • Chuck Balsamo

      I’m posting another comment so I can follow this thread by email… 

    • Michael Hyatt

      Sorry, Chuck. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to fix that. Have you talked with an Apple Genius?

      • ChuckBalsamo

        Thanks for the fast reply!! Not yet, but I’ve spent days trying to figure this out… can’t believe how many millions of articles are written because google and mac won’t play nice!! lol

        How are you getting contacts to sync on your iPhone? 

        On the one hand I get calendars, and on the other I get contacts. Can’t I have both… it’s 2012. :)

        • Michael Hyatt

          Actually, I don’t sync contacts between Google and my Mac. I only use what is on my Mac. Sorry.

          • ChuckBalsamo

            I got it! Leaving gmail as you suggest in this post… and I’m syncing my contacts (only) through iTunes. 

            The only problem is that updates only occur when iTunes syncs. 

            Can’t believe what I’ve had to go through… would figure that Outlook MAC would find a way to sync with google and iPhone… 

            Thanks and God bless you.

  • James

    Many thanks! Your post is now the one that comes up when people are trying to find out why all their Google calendars don’t sync.

  • guest

    My google calendar isn’t used through a gmail account..just my regular email. Nothing I seem to do is working. I downloaded an icalendar app that’s suuposed to sync it with using the email and password listed in google calendar and that’s not working either. ANy help? I might be taking this phone back and sticking to andriod if i can get this to work!

  • Monique

    Thank you!!

  • Angie

    THANK YOU so very much for sharing this! It has really helped me with syncing my husband’s calendars and my calendars together (several times!). 

  • Mibhali

    Thank You!  This really worked and I appreciated the step by step instructions for someone like me who is not tech savvy.  I did the exchange without success and this was found at a height of frustration – Thanks!

  • Crystalharlow11

    THANK YOU! You just solved a mystery I had given up on long ago with my iPhone! Now all my work calendars are working.

  • Sfer

    These instructions worked perfectly. Thank you

  • Joshuah


  • TheTechGuy

    Is there any way to have invitations show up (the icon on the bottom right) when using google calendar? I haven’t been able to get this to work. 

  • Jon

    I have been struggling with this for a week now.  I have tried multiple approaches, including adding a caldav acct and your solution, but none seem to work.  When I get to step 5 of your directions, there are no gmail calenders displayed.  This has been so frustrating… SHould I just completely erase my google account off the iphone and start over? 

  • Guyko

    Good advice thanks.
    However did you know that you can achieve the same result by changing the Google Sync settings on your desktop? They will apply automatically on the iPhone.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Good to know.

  • Andrea(LilKidThings)

    THANK YOU for taking the time to do this. I have had my iphone4 for a year and never did get this figured out. You saved me!

  • Nfouche

    This was very helpful, thank you!

  • Alisonjones04

    Thank you!!!

  • Vikasperla

    Awesome….this instructions are the best and the easiest I found.  Thank you thank you and again thank you

  • Katakoche

    Thank you!! Have been trying to figure out how to do this for ages.

  • Dannycag

    Great posting! Completely forgot how to sync them onto my phone and this jogged my memory, really useful! Thanks!

  • Bhopali

    Yours was the only SANE method that worked for viewing my google calender on my iPhone ! You saved me from hours of tension. Thanks !

  • Bhopali

    Micheal , May I ask you more questions ?? Could it be pertaining to eNotate device ??

  • Fred

    Thanks so much for this information.  It is exactly what I have been trying to do for months and, as you pointed out, doesn’t seem to be documented anywhere.

  • Buttercup Bus VW Campers

    Fantastic – I was struggling with this on my new iPhone – this resolved it perfectly!

  • Anthem

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!  And thank you!  My calendars – very randomly – disappeared this morning!  And this worked immediately.  

  • Knpatt

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Have 3 calendars to manage and your steps were exactly what I needed to do!!

  • Aholl50

    Great step by step instructions! I had the same exact problem And have had to figure it out a few times by going back and looking around for articles. I have now bookmarked this one so I have an exact ‘recipe’ next time this happens.
    Thank you!

  • Andrehamoui

    It worked! Thank you!

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  • Andrew F. Butters

    So today I noticed that my alternate Google calendars were not syncing to my iPhone. On my phone I went to the page and checked to see that my calendars were selected – the weren’t. So I checked them and saved and expected to see them appear. They didn’t. So I searched The Googles for my problem and came across this article which took me to the Google Calendar Sync Settings page and all my calendars (except the default) were unchecked there too! Checked them all and saved and I’m back in business. So, in summary, thanks for this article.  Now, if you happen to know why those items would have been UNchecked on my behalf (I certainly did not do it) that would be good to know too :)

  • Christian

    Thanks Michael, this works great for me.
    I also tried the extra exchange account mentioned many times on the net but your solution did the trick !
    Regards Christian

  • Nhehemann

    How do you repeat an item added on your iPhone to Google calendar?  I am not seeing any option for repeat.

  • Fatmananji

    I was so frustrated with losing my calendar on my new iPhone but then you solved my problem.  Thank you soooooo much.  God bless you!

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  • Casandra Hutchinson
    • Michael Hyatt

      I didn’t have too much success with this in the past. I haven’t taken time to re-analyze. Perhaps they have improved the documentation.

  • Aquarelinha

    This did not work for me. It did once when I first set it all up but suddenly all calendars disappeared except the default google calendar
    What else can I try? Thx for the help!

    • Michael Hyatt

      I would start over. This has worked for hundreds of people (see comments above). Thanks.

  • Ktdeals

    Thank you!  I’ve been wondering how to do this for a while…

  • Kris

    Yes! It worked, thanks a LOT!

  • Amettler

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I’ve spent hours trying to figure out how to get my shared calendars to come up on my iPod (same interface as the iPhone). Within 30 seconds of reading your step 1, all is working perfectly. Thank you so much! Google’s shared calendars work beautifully to keep my husband and I on the same page.

  • Lizzy

    Thanks mister not only my Google calender works now on my iPhone, I also found an interesting website for my carreer thoughts!

  • Hoyt_heather

    Thank you for posting this! I have been racking my brain trying to figure this out.

  • Cmartin

    such a headache till after I followed this.  Thank you so much

  • Jj

    So close but yet so far. I can get my default google calendar to show up, but my others, (famiy / sports / etc) is not coming through. In google sync settings there are checked as shared. Anyone have any ideas???

  • AquasafeSystems

    This is a great article. Didn’t know you could do this, and hate the iPhone calender. I currently have to go on my laptop to access my calender through gmail, but not anymore, thanks for this post. 

  • Fer O’Neil

    I have used this information several times to setup my own calendar and my friend’s too. With the loss of some Google functionality with iOS 6 and iPhone 5, have you tested whether the gmail calendar workaround still works?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I have not.

  • Kiran

    Much appreciated!!!! All I was missing was the check mark on the “Google Calendar Sync Settings” page which is impossible to find on Google’s help page or through their settings tab. This explains why my own calendar was synced, but not the shared calendar I had added. You are a life saver!

  • Kiran

    Much appreciated!!!! All I was missing was the check mark on the “Google
    Calendar Sync Settings” page which is impossible to find on Google’s
    help page or through their settings tab. This explains why my own
    calendar was synced, but not the shared calendar I had added. You are a
    life saver! 

  • Kate Mines

    i have used this before and it always worked but now its not maybe because of the ios6??? ugh, anyone know why its not working.  i added a calendar, checked it, went through all the steps above but it wont appear on my iphone calendar only on my google calendar on my laptop browser.  help!!!

  • bradblackman

    I added a new calendar for a board I’m on, and had to go through the method to get it to work. I think it was trying to sync with my old iPhone (had to have it replaced.) 

  • PElle B

    This saved me a great deal of time. Thank you so much

  • LARAimages

    YES! After repeated notices of ‘wrong password’ I realized I still had Exchange activated. I turned it off, and then followed your steps and my calendar is synced. Thank you very much! 

  • j-me

    Thank you so much! I was ready to bring back my iphone after switching from an android! Been trying to sync multiple Google Calendars for the past 2 weeks. This absolutely did the trick!

  • Guest

     Great job! It worked fabulously. I didn’t run all the steps, I just had to add the new calendars I wanted to sync. Then run calendar on my iphone and it did it!

  • Dan

    Thanks for this. Been using a web app that taps into a few Google calendars in my account but I’ve not been able to view ten in my iPhone natively until now! Spot on instructions!!

    Ps I had the exchange activesync method setup which isn’t compatible; only the main calendar shows up, but I had my old imap settings stored (just inactive), so now mail comes via exchange settings and calendar via imap. But hey it works.

  • Brlawrence

    Thanks for writting up this procedure. I have a question. I have Iphone 4. I have google as my calendar. I find that, once I add the appointment in Google in  my Laptop, it does not Sync up in a PUSH fashion to  the Iphone calendar. I had open the calendar in my iphone and allow it to clock for a while , which is when it syncs up. It does not seem to push automatically. Is there a way to do that , where the calendar items setup in google calendar gets pushed to iphone calendar, without having me to open the iphone calendar and wait for it to sync up ?

  • Huss

    Hey, thanks for this, it was very helpful.
    Just a quick question, the iPhone shows the calendar events, but not tasks.

    Is it not possible to show the Tasks too?

    • Michael Hyatt

      I don’t know. I don’t use that feature. Sorry.

  • Bob

    Thank you very much
    On off switch was perfect

  • H.Weber

    Thank you!!!!  I was getting frustrated with not having all my Google calendar’s on my phone.

  • Hgipson03

    Instructions were flawless for iPhone4 & iPad.  NOW my calendars sync perfectly.  THANK YOU

  • Klaus

    Thanks for the quick hint and tip it works great.

  • Lee

    worked for me, now I have the availability of a calendar on newest device.  My old Nokia telephone synced with my computer calendar.  That tel. died and the one I use to use didn’t have the calendar capabilities like new iphone and google.

  • Stephanieelizabethbrady

    Thanks for the great advice :) Worked seamlessly!

  • Sprite1774

    Thank you so much for this – it’s taken me ages to try and get more than one calendar working on my iphone 4.
    It was simple to follow and the photos really helped.
    very much appreciated!

  • Dave

    So helpful! Never would’ve figured that out. Thanks!

  • Dave

    Thank you!

  • Ddagnino710

    This was extremely helpful, especially the visuals.

  • Sarah

    THANK YOU for this!  I’ve been going nuts for several days trying to figure out why my main calendar wasn’t displaying on my iPhone.  It’s a small issue in the scheme of things, but you made it better.

  • Sherry Rawlyk

    Thanks so much!
    My google calendar was working fine the way I had originally set it up. Then I installed my iPhone update and my calendar stoppped working.
    Your directions were simple and perfect.
    Thank you!!!!

  • Punkrockqueen15

    Totally worked!! Solved all my problems. Merci :)

  • Dgmomrow

    Wow Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!

  • JScottWilson65

    It doesn’t work for me no matter how many times I try to do it.

    • Jscottwilson

      What the heck am I doing wrong? I see nothing but thumbs up on all the stuff and mine doesn’t work at all.

      • Michael Hyatt

        I’m sorry; I don’t know what to tell you. As you can see from the comments, it seems to be working for most people.

        • Jscottwilson65

          Does it matter that my webpage shows a padlock at the top of it?

  • OMunoru

    YOu are amazing. Thank you! I spent so long online trying to work this out, and now you have solved it for me in a few easy steps (the pictures really helped).

    One thing though.. might be a good idea to warn the person to write down all their appointments before they delete the iPhone calendar. I lost all of mine. Thankfully I have a good memory!!!


  • Laura

    Thank you so very very much for this clear and incredibly helpful step by step process.  When I upgraded my phone’s operating system, my calendars got “lost”.  Your directions have enabled me to combine my apple calendar (which I love) with my google calendar (which I need).  Thank you!!!

  • Sam

    Very helpful Sir, even on the Iphone 4s

  • Debbie

    Thanks so much! Worked perfect on my Iphone 4s. My work just switched to Google Mail and Calendar and this is going to be a life saver!

  • Teasa E

    Wowewe, you sure helped me! Live by my google calendar and was manually re-entering everything! Will be watching you closely because you’ve got skills! Thanks!!!

  • Angela Beck

    Thank you! Worked perfectly and now I don’t have to enter things multiple times to get them to show up on all my various calendars!

  • Sinnaever

    I had to enable my wife’s calendar through then select sync, then select iphone, then click on the calendars I wanted to sync. For some reason the calendar steps you had did not work for me. However I had to turn off my gmail calendars and then back on again like you had mentioned. All is good now and works like a charm. THANKS!!

  • Shane Jackson

    Thank you for the simple explanation.

  • Heide Hermary

    no, this is totally outdated. Can you please update these instructions to show how to download the google calendar app on the iphone?

  • Lbk

    Worked on Iphone 5 as well, Thanks

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  • Christi

    Thank you so much. It worked!

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  • Alba Castells

    Thank you, very usefull.
    I just want to add this procedure doesn’t work unless you set English as google language. Something like this happened to me with google some time ago.

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  • LinnaeHoppe

    brilliant!! super helpful! thank you!!

  • Bruce H

    Michael, is your calendar sync still working? I’ve just read that Google has cancelled the service in Dec 2012 (

    • Michael Hyatt

      So far it is. But I am pretty much using straight Google now.

  • Debra Hilton

    Thanks for these directions, Michael.  They worked perfectly.  Do these also sync with iCal on my computer?

    • Michael Hyatt

      Only if you setup Calendar (formerly “iCal”) to Sync with Google calendar in your Calendar settings. Thanks.

    • Michael Hyatt

      That, I don’t know. I don’t use iCal. You’d have to check. Thanks.

  • Bortscha

    This was great help, thanks! Borka

  • Wil Mortensen

    Worked perfectly. Thanks

  • Rachel

    Thank  you for the detailed instructions. Worked perfectly.

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  • Jkraphael

    Thanks! So easy and so quick! I love my Google Calendar. Can’t image not having it on my new iPhone!

  • Jm4737

    Thank you for this post. Fixed it in a jif. 

  • Caryn

    Thanks for that! Very useful!

  • Costarsoloed

    Didn’t work for me unfortunately :-(

    • Doug Hardy

      Did you get stuck with the wheel spinning and the “turning off calendars” message? That’s what I get.

  • Jessica

    Thanks, Michael! I can now view my work calendar on my iPhone.

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  • Theodorek9

    Ah thanks, changed my google password due to fraud activity notice, then couldn’t get calendar back on my phone for some reason. your instructions saved me. 

  • Michele

    totally worked. bcal is now not messing up my iphone calendar app

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  • KennyG

    Worked, but only after I also went to from
    iphone safari, and enabled my other calendar.
    (for some reason enabling the calendar only at
    wasn’t sufficient). To be clear, I had to enable my extra calendar
    on both of those sites, then go to mail settings and turn the calendar off and
    back on.

  • Daniel Fleet

    Huge help today. Thank you!!!

  • T60 Productions

    Thank you so much for this post. I’ve been so frustrated with the Google Calendar app. This is MUCH easier! You’re the best… thanks again. –Tony Gnau

  • AB

    AMAZING step by step help- THANK YOU.

  • Tami

    Finally!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  • W. Price

    Big help. Thanks!

  • Richard Abbott

    Hi Michael,

    Looks like this is an old thread but I found it incredibly helpful. I have always used the Exchange approach to syncing Google on my IOS devices. It worked fine for email and my primary calendar but I couldn’t get my Nozbe calendar to show up. This did the trick!

    Thanks so much for the help.


  • Tracy

    Thank you. I somehow deleted my calendar and was at a loss as to how to do this. Worked like a charm!

  • Ximena Leroux

    Thanks for these instructions — I share my (ie, my family’s) Google calendar with my husband, and now he can see this calendar on his work iPhone.

  • Jeremy Carter

    This only appears to work if you are using a gmail account as your Google Calendar email address. I am not. Therefore step 4 and beyond do not work as described above :-(

  • drowninggirl

    This was a lifesaver, thanks Michael!

  • Danielle

    Does this apply for iPhone 5? I just tried your steps on my daughter’s phone and nothing appeared. Please help.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I used it on mine. It worked fine. I’m sorry for your trouble.

  • andreaholloman

    Thanks for this! Made the setup process so much simpler.

  • HH

    Thanks so much, worked like a charm :)

  • julie

    Worked like a charm! Thanks.

  • Laurel

    Thank the lord. This actually works.

  • Gregor

    Worked a charm. Thank you.

  • Pea

    I added my google calendar as CalDAV account (under Mail, Contacts & Calendars — Add account — Other — Add CalDAV). I have now my Google Calendar listed within the Calendar application of iOS.

    But after experimenting with the same couple of times, I noticed that the moment ‘Google Calendar’ is added, the original Calender ‘on my iPhone’ (that was listed before adding google calendar) disappears and it is the same with Reminders. The moment my google calendar is added, all my reminder lists disappear and I have only ‘Completed’ showing in the Reminders and Reminders app becomes unusable.

    Does it happen with anyone else as well?

    Any suggestions/soultion?


  • Andrew

    Thank you for clear instructions. Are you able to modify an existing calendar event on your iphone to be on a different shared calendar, and then see the changes sync on google calendar elsewhere?

  • Meg

    This worked! Thank you :) I had it set before and when I changed my password, everything was changed with calendars as well. Now I am back and running!

  • LC

    Great advice. Worked for me – now I can see everything and I get my events posted on my computer at Google and on my ipod. Thank you so much.

  • Danielle

    So helpful! Thank you.

  • One Who Stupidly Followed Your

    Not only did it NOT work but I lost everything I had in my calendar to date. Your advice is BOGUS and should be removed from the internet!!

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  • george

    Do you know how you can stop getting shared calendar appointment reminders?

  • Rachel King

    Previously you couldn’t sync US holidays and one other…I forget. But now I guess you can. I followed your procedure and it worked perfectly. Thanks so much! Now everything is just as it is in my calendar on my desktop.

  • Anna

    Dear Michael, your system worked sooooo good. I have iPhone 4, got system upgrade recently but it was not in a way – your system is so clear and easy to understand. thank you for posting it and helping us. All the best, Anna.

  • jkk

    FABULOUS! Thanks so much. The folks on Apple chat could not fix this for me. With your instructions, I was up and running in 2 minutes. Bravo! This is my first smart phone (I know, I know)and first Apple product. I was nervous, but you made it easy. You, my friend, are getting bookmarked.

  • John sparks

    Apple have stopped supporting both caldav and exchange options for google calendar syncing. The only way to make it work is to add a subscribed calendar for each google calendar you use. To do this first of all log into your google cal account using your computer, click on the calendars list on the left and choose settings, on the next page click on the name of the calendar you want to add, scroll down to the ‘private address’ section, it will have a choice of iCal, XML, HTML etc, click on iCal and it will generate the URL youll need, copy and text it or email It to yourself, pick it up on your iphone and copy it. Next go to your iphone settings, mail contacts calendar, choose add account, scroll to bottom and choose other, then choose ‘ADD subscribed calendar’. Paste the URL into the server field, I will then verify and come up with a further screen asking you to put your google user name (your email address for this calendar) and password. This wll then work. Repeat for any other calendars you have. Hope this works.

    • Dany T

      thank you!!!

  • SBG

    Thank you so much for this! I was actually trying to find a solution to NOT seeing all shared calendars and notifications and just getting mine and this works by in ticking calendars you don’t want on your iPhone! Perfect!

  • PanarchyInTheUK .

    Brilliant! Thanks so much. I had to close Calendar so it could refresh and allow the new calendars to be added. Makes a nice change for instructions to work, particularly several years after they were written. Thanks again, Lisa.

  • New iPhone User

    Thank you so much! I was almost upset that I got an iPhone. Glad there are great people like yourself that post quality information!

  • David Bliss

    Works for me. Now I have a work calendar on my iPhone. Thanks a million!!!!

  • RJ

    Thanks Michael:
    I spent 2 days trying to sync my Outlook to my Iphone4. I finally realized that it will not sync with anything less than an Iphone5. After a tremendous amount of research I came across your post and it worked perfectly. I now use the Google Calendar and it sync’s to and from my PC and I am thrilled. Thanks again.

  • HowardBrazee

    I found other links that say the same thing, I added the Gmail account OK, turned off everything and then turned on “Calendar”, but when I go to my iDevice calendar, I only see my iCloud calendars.

    Note: I have been trying to get my Google calendar on my wife’s iCal on her Mac the way it shows up on mine, and while the account is added, every time I try to make it active, it tells me a secure connection could not be established.

    • ConcernedCanadian

      What version of iOS are you running? On iOS 7, when you view the calendar app, at the bottom of the screen in the middle is “calendar” – tap that, and it should bring up a list of all the iCloud calendars as well as all the Google calendars.

      Another thought – do you have Google’s two-factor authentication set up? If so, you may need to create an individual password for the phone to access. I can’t remember the exact process to do so, but it should be fairly easy to find.

      • HowardBrazee

        I’m using the current versions of IOS & OSX. My phone and my pad and my Mac are showing my Google calendar. I haven’t checked my wife’s phone, but whenever I try to activate my Google calendar on her Mac it fails. Her account is what we use for iCloud, mine is what we use for Google calendar.

  • Andrew

    This didn’t entirely work for me because I don’t have a Gmail account, just a plain Google account. The iPhone settings app kept giving me an error message when it couldn’t log into IMAP.
    What worked for me was to set it up as a CalDav account (under Other in the Accounts section of the iPhone Settings app). I followed these instructions:

    Thank you though for the tip about how to turn certain delegate calendars on and off.

  • Al Getler

    Well, this was helpful!

  • Kyra Baehr

    Before i switch my phone calendar off and back on I need to know I am not going to lose my current Ical appointments since I have had that already in action as well. Thanks for this page and I am hoping I can get an answer on this also. Kyra Baehr

  • Lindsay

    This was so helpful…just what I needed and easy to follow! Thank you!

  • Julia Royal

    So I followed these directions and can now see my goggle calendar on my iPhone calendar app. My question is of I add an event on my calendar app, will it show on my google calendar?

    • Michael Hyatt

      It should. Have you tried it?

  • sharonspost

    Not happy! Followed all the instructions and lost my whole calendar!

  • Guest

    Thank you!!