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Q: Can I sync my Google Calendar with Apple's iCal and iPhone?

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  • Apple iCal
  • Google Calendar
  • Calendar sync
  • iPhone calendar sync (indirect)

Answer

Google Calendar allows you to subscribe to one or more calendars via standard web links that are understood by Apple's iCal. Once a Google Calendar is synchronized with your desktop iCal application it can also be synchronized with your mobile device. However, for more robust Google Calendar and Google Contacts iPhone synchronization see [archive:Can I sync my iPhone or iPod touch with Google Calendar and my Gmail Contacts?]

  1. In Google Calendar click the Settings link in the upper-right hand corner
  2. Click on the Calendars tab
  3. For the calendars you would like to sync click Share this calendar to go to a different set of tabs
  4. The one you are brought to automatically is Share this calendar and you want to select Calendar Details
  5. Scroll to the bottom and you should see an option that states Private Address with options XML, ICAL and HTML
  6. Click the ICAL option and it should provide you a link to copy
  7. Copy the link using COMMAND-V or Edit menu > Copy and open iCal on your computer
  8. In the iCal menu bar select Calendar > Subscribe
  9. Paste the link copied from Google Calendar and hit Subscribe; this should pull up the calendar from Google Calendar

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February 07, 2012

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