Google Calendar & iPhone Calendar

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by SureShot, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. SureShot macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2008
    Is there a way to sync the two, free preferably, but if not what is the best paid service?

    I want it so that if I use the calendar program on my iPhone it pulls data from my google calendar. If I add an event with my iPhone to the calendar program it will also put it online via my google calendar.

    I just want to have to use one calendar! The only way I have found is to not even use the calendar program on the iPhone and just log into google calendar with safari. Not as fun or easy but is it the only way?

    Thank you!
  2. ugp macrumors 65816


    Jan 7, 2008
    Inverness, Florida
    So far I have not seen an anything that will do this.
  3. Xtal macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2008
    hopefully google will release a native calendar app for the iPhone! Native gmail would be nice too (for threaded discussions etc).
  4. ottergal macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008
    I'm doing this via an instance of Outlook on my laptop. You sync your Google and Outlook calendars, then sync the iPhone to Outlook. You don't have to set up any Outlook email. Works like a charm so far. I can add calendar activities to any of the 3 (although I will most likely use Google and the iPhone iteslf) and they all play nicely together.
  5. balofagus macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    Spanning Sync will allow you to sync between Google Calendars and iCal. They have a 15 day trial but it will cost you a one-time fee of $65 to purchase to application.

    Edit: Apparently Busy Sync can also do it. Plus, their trial period is 30 days, and the software is only $25/computer.
  6. iphone3Gnewbie9 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008

    first post here, so bare with me. my husband and I are getting the new iphone 3G, just waiting for the lines to die down:D He will be using exchange through work for email, calendar, etc. I on the otherhand will be hopefully using my gmail calendar syncing with outlook as you have done.

    my question is, what version outlook are you using? I realize the link you provided said google calendar syncs with 2003 or 2007. I ask, because I have outlook 2003 on my computer, and was under the impression that the iphone did not support this version, just 2004 and 2007.

    Guess I'm hoping the new iphone now supports 2003, and that maybe, just maybe that is the version that you are using, I hope, I hope.

    oh, I'm also on a PC windows XP.

  7. ottergal macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008
    I'll check for sure when I get home, but I'm running a windows XP laptop and I'm almost 100% sure that I'm running Outlook 2003. This is all I have Outlook doing, so... I dunno? Maybe it's working because I didn't know it wasn't supposed to? I've tested all 3 entry methods and everything copied over (alerts and all) just like it should have. I'll confirm the Outlook version when I get home in an hour or so! (and we're all 3g newbies, aren't we? ;)

    UPDATE: okay, I've confirmed that I'm running Outlook 2003 with Service Pack 3 installed.

    Hope this works for you!
  8. iphone3Gnewbie9 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    FANTASTIC!!!! Thanks Ottergal:D

    Now if we can just get the new 3G iphone, but neither me or my husband want to sit in long lines. We've waited over a year (our Verizon contract just expired), a few more days isn't (I hope) going to kill us. LOL

    BTW, what color and storage space did you get? I'm hoping for 16GB black, hubby too.

    Also, do you sync contacts through your Outlook? Currently I'm using windows for my ipod video (because that does not support Outlook 2003, only 2004 & 2007), but I would love to transfer them into Outlook 2003 and have them all sync together for the 3G iphone. but if not, the way I'm doing it works, and I'm sure it will work for the iphone 3G.

    Thanks, I'm sure I don't have to ask, but are you LOVING the phone???

    Thanks again for your help, I'm am SO excited to get this phone!!
  9. ottergal macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008
    I love my phone. Love it. Want to sleep with it under my pillow, love it. ;)

    I left TMobile after 10 years to get this phone - when they announced it a year ago I knew it needed to have a 3G chip and a GPS chip as minimum hardware so when they announced that it did I started doing more research. I waited in line on Friday for 7 hours to get it (which is hard to explain to people and if I knew the line was going to take that long I would have waited!)

    I got a 16g black one, I have an 80g iPod that's almost full so I knew that more storage was going to be better.

    I'm running my contacts through the Windows contact list, not Outlook... but that's because I wasn't using Outlook until my brother clued me in to the calendar link. According to the settings it will sync with Outlook contacts, but I'd pulled my address book off my old phone into Windows so it was easiest to go from there for me. I might swap them out one day just to get everything in one place, though.

    I think you will love the phone. I can already see it changing the way I think about what I do because I haven't had data on my phone until now. It was great to go to lunch with a friend, decide to see a movie, pull up local theaters and see showtimes and know we had enough time to get a little shopping in! Good luck picking yours up and enjoy!!
  10. iphone3Gnewbie9 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    Thanks again ottergal!!:)

    Cool! I've been with Verizon at least 10 years, and though I love them, AT&T service in my area is equal to Verizon if not better, and they have the iphone, which I want. I'm a sahm, and I need a calendar, contacts, etc, and hubby said he'd get me one, so we're jumping ship as soon as 2 black 16GB's become available:)

    I think if I was alone and still single, I would have waited on line Friday for 7 hours, but with kids and hubby, I don't have the time or patience. LOL As they say, all in good time.

    Good to know that it will sync contacts with the Outlook, I don't have many in the windows, so I may start putting them in Outlook for D day.

    Was the set up easy/flawless? This is all kind of new to me, but I'm guessing if I follow the link you provided, I'll be able to set this all up when I get my 3G iphone. Though, if I have questions, could I ask you?

  11. ottergal macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008
    It was super easy to do.. and if you run into something nasty trying it let me know! The main problem I had was completely user error... I wasn't seeing it sync between the calendars but it was all settings. And I'd missed where the application pretty clearly said "SYNC". :rolleyes:

    It's the little things, right?
  12. iphone3Gnewbie9 macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    Hey Ottergal, THanks!!

    I was playing around with my outlook and google as I don't have the iphone yet. I got my gmail account to sync with my outlook, but I came across a problem when I tried to sync my outlook calendar with google calendar. Actually, the process was very easy, but when it tried to sync I got the dreaded error message: google claendar sync supports microsoft outlook 2003 and 2007, your version is and sure enough when I click on about outlook I do have version 2002.

    I could have sworn I had 2003:mad:

    Now we're trying to figure out how to get 2003 or 2007 on my "OLD" computer. Hubby thinks buying a new computer is the way to go. I'll believe that one when I see it.

    Well, thanks for all your help, and hopefully I'll figure this out. I'll keep you posted!!
  13. MemphisDave macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2008
    I have sync'd my work Outlook to my iPhone, however, i want to keep my personal schedule off my work outlook. I downloaded the new GoogleSync to transfer my home outlook to my Google Calendar. Since iPhone can really accept one Outlook at a time(erases previously calendar sync'd), I'm trying to figure out how to merge my Work Outlook with my Home Outlook Calendars on my iPhone 3G.

    I thought I would by closer to merging the two outlook calendars by having the GoogleSync working from my HomeOutlook<-2way>Google Calendar...but I cannot find a free way to sync my Google Calendars(syn'd to my home outlook sync'd) into my iPhone(currently syn'd w/work outlook).

    I'm not sure why Google Calendar does not talk with Google Mobile. I have set up my mobile settings but it's set on email selection, not SMS.

    Anyone have a Work Outlook they want to keep separate from their personal Home outlook (all pc based) and want both calendars to Merge on your iPhone 3G?

    Let me know if you have a work around!
  14. MemphisDave macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2008
    The only work around i found for my problem

    but it does not drop my Google calendar task into the iPhone calendar. At the end of the day, i'm still working with two calendars. My work Calendar through iPhone Calendar and my home calendar through Safari-Google Calendars.

    I may just end up scheduling in my personal calendar stuff in my work Calendar since it works so well in my iPhone.

    Or i can pay for this GooSync Service
    - but there is no guarantee they won't erase over one another(work outlook & Google Calendars).

    My best bet is to put work and personal into one calendar and sync them to my iPHone...
  15. whyamihere macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2008
    ...missing the point...

    all these comments from outlook users and about using outlook are just dandy... unless you don't have outlook, which is the point of this thread. we don't want to (can't) sync from outlook cause we don't have outlook 2003/7. i have everything in my google calendar and have forever, it can be exported in ical format, so there should be no problem doing exactly what the creator of this thread suggested (syncing google and iphone calendars) (pretty sure it was already possible on the old iphone if JB'd).

    now all we need is a wonderful person to come along and create the app to do so (and believe me, i would be happy to pay $9.99 if it means not having to upgrade from my perfectly fine office 2000 to office 2003/7).

    so i guess we'll just wait :::taps foot impatiently::: :rolleyes:
  16. radiotowers macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2008
    BusySync has worked flawlessly for me. I now sync my iCal and Google Calendar with it, and have MobileMe taking my iCal and pushing it to my iPhone. So everything's pretty much always in sync! No idea on the Windows side...
  17. peteo macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2007

    Ive found what every ones looking for!
    They have a free service(no app needs to be on the iPhone) that grabs your google calender and syncs it using MS exchange! Push works too!! you can sync down your main google calender and any google calender you have write access too. This is a god sent and works really well. I also added another calender to google cal for my work and have it syncing with outlook (my work uses oracle connector so I use a plug-in called ogg sync that syncs my work stuff with google cal)

    Also syncs with google contacts (Back up your contacts first. It can blow away all your current contacts!)

    read more about nuevaSync here:

    Now its time to return my un opened MobileMe!
  18. ottergal macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008
    I was just coming back to post this. My brother sent me the link and I was going to check it out. I haven't set it up yet, but he says it works great (minus that whole contract thing). Keep in mind it's still in beta.
  19. whyamihere macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2008
    brilliant. working beautifully so far (it syncs from iphone to google and vice versa). :D

  20. Xtal macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2008

    I have a certain reluctance giving away my google password to a sketchy website with no privacy statement or contact info... I have to assume they pay their bills by trawling through my data, selling my entire identity to the highest bidder.

    Think spam, identity theft, etc.

    Don't get sucked into this scam!
  21. dboreham macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2008
    Hey there Xtal : I am David Boreham and I own the company that
    runs Nuevasync. I'm not a lawyer (if I were, I guess I'd be spending
    all my time writing privacy policies), but I suspect that your post above
    could be actionable. In any event, let me set the record straight :

    1. We are not spammers, identity thieves or similar.
    2. We are software engineers.
    3. We developed Nuevasync to test and demonstrate some sync protocol
    software we developed over the last year. For that purpose, and the
    number of users we attracted then, offering a free service made good
    business sense for us because we received the benefit of improving our
    code quality.
    4. The site ran very nicely for months, UNTIL the iPhone 2.0 was launched
    the other week.
    5. We now have thousands of new users and our servers are melting. We also
    have quite a few stability issues that have arisen as we took on huge
    numbers of users.
    6. Our policy is to do whatever we need to do to help the existing users.
    (who have signed up and trusted us even though our web site was not slick
    and we have no posted privacy policy).

    Therefore, once we have achieved stable service for our users, we (actually
    I) will have some time to write the policy and post it.

    The short version would be : our policy is to not use your personal information
    for any purpose other than to provide our sync service.

    Now, since we have so many users now it is unlikely that we can
    continue to offer a free service indefinitely. This will probably lead us
    to explore other business models, to cover our costs. None of these
    will include selling private information. A business that depends on
    selling information about people just seems wacko to me, certainly
    immoral, and I would hope illegal.

    If you have any concerns or questions you can e-mail us at :
  22. md28 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2008
    maybe this question has already been answered, but is there a way to sync Windows Calendar with the iphone calendar? I have vista and i cant seem to find a solution. Any suggestions?
  23. Xtal macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2008
    David, thank you for addressing my concerns. I would like to apologize for the tone of my post above.

    md28: Nothing syncs to Windows Calendar in Vista. You will need to use Outlook (for local sync) or Google Calendar (paired with NuevaSync's service).
  24. honavery macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    FYI, I signed up for just about 10 minutes ago. You no longer have to provide your Google password to set it up, just your user name. It works flawlessly so far. One caveat, is you can't sync Calendars other than ones that are yours, or you have full rights to edit. It says on the page they are working on that. So for instance, the calendar I have for the Ohio State Buckeyes schedule will not sync to my phone.
  25. shadyInCA macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2008
    I set up googlesync to get my calendar into outlook 2003, and then I setup iTunes to pull calendar data from outlook, but even though I see it saying it is syncing my calendar, nothing comes over from outlook

    Am I missing something?

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