How to sync iPhone/iPod with Google Calendar

Posted in iPhone, iPad, iPod, iOS on April 8, 2017
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If you have an iPod Touch or an iPhone, it's now easier than ever to sync with your Google Calendar. Before I was using NuevaSync which is a great service that's free and works with Google Calendar, Google Contacts, and Plaxo. But now you can sync directly through Google as long as your iPod has firmware 2.2 or higher. Here's how...

First of all, back everything up that you need to. Upload any contacts or calendars from your phone to your computer because the iPod will delete them all during setup. It's kind of annoying, but it's great once you're synced up. I went through this process myself and everything went smoothly.

Here's the link to the official Google page from where I took these instructions and pictures: Setting up Google Sync with your iOS device

1. Open the Settings application on your device's home screen.
2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
3. Tap Add Account....
4. Select Microsoft Exchange.

Enter Account Info

5. In the Email field, enter the name of the account (anything you'd like).
6. Leave the Domain field blank.
7. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username.
8. Enter your Google Account password as the Password.
9. Tap Next at the top of your screen.
10. A new Server field will appear. Enter
11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.

12. Select the Google services you want to sync. Currently only Contacts and Calendarare supported.
Make sure that you have uploaded your data before proceeding.

13. Press Sync twice when warned about data loss.

You've set up Google Sync for your iPhone. Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your phone. You can also open the Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.

12 Responses to “How to sync iPhone/iPod with Google Calendar”

  1. Beth King says:

    I have a similar problem. I set this up with Microsoft exchange a few weeks ago, but it is no longer syncing and I have no idea why not. And, when it was syncing it was only sending stuff from my Google calendar to my ipod Touch. Nothing was traveling from my Touch to Google. I 1) need help trouble shooting this, and 2) need a way for it to treat my Touch as the primary calendar. If there are discrepancies, I need it to resolve them in favor of my Touch. I keep my Touch with me to make appointments, and want to use my desktop Google Calendar as a backup. HELP!

    • Did it sync before, and for how long? Are you using the latest OS from Apple? Are you syncing to your Gmail Calendar, or the calendar from Google Apps for Domains? One option would be to remove your calendar settings and set it up again (which you've probably done). Or you could backup your iPod Touch and restore it through iTunes and set up your Calendar again.

  2. bryan says:

    I have an ipod touch and have setup an exchange account to sync ipod cal with google cal.

    I only want certian entries from ipod to sync with google. no problems yet.

    then I kept getting “log into exchange msg”.. I deleted exchange account.. now all entries I had synced with google are gone on ipod and Google…. ?????

    I have tried to restore ipod from backup.. no cal entries recovered..

    any ideas beside rebuilding


  3. Student says:

    Does this work with Google Apps? My school e-mail is running through the Gmail service and I cannot get my e-mial or calendar set-up?

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  5. Sarah says:

    Hi – I have the same situation as felid81 – already getting my Outlook calendar and contacts from work brought in via microsoft exchange and owuld like to be able to overlay my personal calendar in Google, but it says it only allows one exchange active sync at a time.

  6. felid81 says:

    This sounds great but I already have a microsoft exchange account that I’m using and the ipod touch says I can only have one set up at a time. any suggestions on what to do?

  7. Fredric says:

    Great explanation! It works. It’s weird to have to configure a Google service in Apple iPod as a Microsoft Exchange service, but it works – and easily too… Thanks very much.

  8. nelson brunelli says:

    I have a Itouch(firmware 2.2). I followed all steps but the SYNC bottom doen’t appear for me. What wrong am I doing? Thanks

  9. Christy S says:

    Thank you so much for this great info. Worked like a charm for me.

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