In my last article, I explained how to enable Google Sync on iOS devices running firmware version 3.0 or above. While not providing an experience similar to that on Android; with some careful setup, you can get the most out of Google’s services on your iOS device. With Google Sync, setting up your account as Microsoft Exchange on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad provides the best results. However, Apple initiated the support for Google Sync with iOS 3.0, and only started supporting more than one Exchange accounts on one device with iOS 4.0 and later, so if you have a device running an earlier version of the firmware and cannot upgrade for any reason, your only call is to use CalDAV to sync your calendars and IMAP for Gmail.
In this article, I’ll guide you through setting up Google Calendar on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad using CalDAV for both regular Gmail users as well as Google Apps users. We’ll also go through how to choose which calendars to sync using CalDAV.
Setting up CalDAV Calendar Sync
Please note that CalDAV calendar sync will work only on devices running iOS 3.0 or later. It will let you stay in touch with your calendar and schedule right at your fingertips, with no hassle on your part.
Google Sync can also be run simultaneously with CalDAV, should you feel the need for it.
Step One – Adding a CalDAV account
On your iOS device, go into Settings, open Mail, Contacts, Calendars and choose Add Account.
Select Other from the account types, and tap Add CalDAV Account.
Step Two – Configuring the CalDAV account
In the next screen, enter your account information — enter google.com in the Server field; enter your full Google account address or Google Apps username in Username field; input your Google account password in the Password field; set any description you’d like to appear with this Calendar account; hit Next at the top of screen to continue.
After the initial setup is complete, simply launch the Calendar app on your iPhone to see your calendar. Syncing will automatically take place.
Choosing Which Calendars to Sync
When you sync your Google Calendar with your iPhone, only the primary calendar for that account is synced by default. In order to enable sync for multiple calendars, just follow these steps:
For regular Gmail users
Launch Safari on your iOS device (or use any web browser for that matter), and enter the following address:
https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect. Sign in to your account by providing your details. Select the calendars your want synchronized and click Save.
For Google Apps users
Launch Safari on your iOS device (or use any web browser for that matter) and enter the following address: https://www.google.com/calendar/hosted/your_domain/iphoneselect (make sure to replace the “your_domain” part with your actual domain name). Sign in to your account by providing your details. Select the calendars your want synchronized and click Save.
That’s it for the whole set up. You’ve successfully synced your Google Calendar to iPhone; and that’s provided you with the following features through the native iOS Calendar app:
- Creating and editing events
- Responding to events and updating RSVP status
- Modifying alert reminder times
- List of pending invitations
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