How often have you missed a meeting because you added a reminder on your PC with Google Calendar but were using your iPhone’s Calendar app the whole time?
If you think this doesn’t happen frequently, you’d be wrong. However, it doesn’t have to happen to you, even if you use an iPhone with a Windows computer.
You will need to sync iPhone Calendar with Google Calendar on your Chromebook or Windows laptop to avoid this occurrence.
In this post, you’ll learn to sync your iPhone calendar with Google Calendar to avoid missing meetings because you’re not fully invested in the Apple ecosystem.
How to Sync iPhone Calendar with Google Calendar
While many iPhone-only apps don’t synchronize with their counterparts from Google, the calendaring app for both platforms does work well with themselves.
But syncing your iPhone’s Calendar with Google Calendar could result in a lot of missed features. Google Calendar supports many features that haven’t made it to the iPhone’s calendar app yet.
If you use an iPhone with a computer that’s not running macOS, you may need to sync your iPhone calendar with the Google Calendar that you’re most likely to be using on your PC.
Here are the steps required to sync the calendar apps for the iOS operating system and the OS-agnostic calendar app from Google: Google Calendar.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to Passwords and Accounts
Password and Accounts is the area of your phone where you add the external accounts that you want to synchronize with the existing accounts on your phone. It also houses all of the accounts you use on the various apps on your iPhone and links them with your iCloud.
Depending on what version of iOS you’re running on your iPhone, this option may as well be Accounts and Passwords.
- Select Add Account from the bottom of the list that shows up and select Google
You can add an account to the accounts already on your iPhone. From the options in this list, select Google. Google is one of the external service providers that are officially supported by the Apple Calendar app.
- Sign in to your Google account
At this stage, you need to enter your Google account and password to sign in to your Google account. This may be a bit more tasking if you’ve set up two-factor authentication, but it should work at the end.
This may be unnecessary if you already have an app using a Google account.
- Sync your calendar entries from Google Calendar with your iPhone
After signing in to your Google account successfully, you’ll see Mail, Contacts, Notes, and Calendar options with toggles after them.
If you want to sync all of the emails from your Gmail account to your iPhone, turn on the toggle for Mail. Turn on the toggles for Contacts and Notes to sync your contacts and Google Keep notes, respectively.
Since this guide is about syncing your iPhone calendar with your Google Calendar, we assume you only want to turn on the toggle for Calendar, deselecting everything else.
After selecting everything you want to sync, hit Save and wait for a couple of minutes for your iPhone’s calendar app to import all of your calendars from the Google Calendar app.
- Select the calendar entries you want to import
After importing your Google Calendar entries, launch the Calendars app on your iPhone to see all the calendars that your iPhone imported from Google Calendar.
From here, you can select all of the calendars you want to see whenever you fire up the Calendars app on your iPhone.
Should you sync your Google Calendar with your iPhone?
Syncing your Google Calendar with your iPhone’s calendar app is only one of the numerous ways to bring your Google Calendar to your iPhone.
If you don’t use Apple Calendars a lot, you may want to consider using the dedicated Google Calendar app for iOS. While syncing your iPhone calendar with Google calendar won’t bring Google Calendar features to your iPhone, this will.
Also, syncing your Google Calendar with your iPhone will authorize your iPhone to import Google Calendar entries.
This essentially means that the calendar entries don’t leave your phone, even when you sign out of your Google account.
If you consider this a privacy problem, you should use Google Calendar for iOS. It brings your calendars when you sign in, and it wipes them when you sign out.
Can you sync multiple Google Calendars with your iPhone?
Yes, you can sync the calendars from as many Google accounts as you want, as long as you can access the emails and password of those Google account.
I hinted above that the iPhone calendar technically imports your Google calendar entries. In that sense, there is no problem in importing calendar entries from hundreds of Google accounts as long as you can keep repeating the steps required.
Also, syncing your iPhone calendar with Google Calendar expectedly syncs all-new calendar entries you make from your iPhone.
Every time you create a new event or reminder, it syncs with your Google Calendar and remains there even if you disconnect your Google account from the iPhone.
Managing calendars can be so frustrating, but nothing is more frustrating than entering duplicate calendar entries on multiple devices because you don’t use the same app across all your devices.
Google and Apple know this, and the iPhone calendar app has a feature that lets you sync it with Google Calendar.
Since Google Calendar has more features than the calendar app on the iPhone, you should expect some feature drops if you go the synchronization route.
To avoid feature drops, you can install the Google Calendar app on your iPhone, instantly bringing all of your calendars from Google to your iPhone.
Either way, you’ll be syncing your iPhone calendar with Google Calendar, which is the ultimate goal.