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google calendar syncI recently made the switch from Google Android to Windows Phone 7. Although the calendar application (like the rest of the mobile platform) is much slicker and easier to use, the contrast in support for Google integration is noticeable. I should add that Microsoft is not really at fault here. They’ve done as well as they could in providing account integration and synchronization for their competitors’ products. Kudos for that.

Sadly, some things need some additional tweaking to get them to work properly. For me this was the Google Calendar synch. You can add your Google Calendar account to your Windows Phone rather easily. However, by default your Windows Phone does not synchronize multiple calendars. Here’s how to fix this, and enjoy all Google Calendar goodness on your Windows Phone without purchasing any third-party synchronization applications.

Step One: Add Your Google Account

Before we get started, you should add your Google account to your Windows Phone. If you’ve done so already you can skip this step. Otherwise, go to settings and select email+accounts in the System tab.

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In the email+account tab, select add an account. Enter your Google username or email address and password and allow your Windows Phone to do an initial Google calendar sync.

Step Two: Sync Your Calendar

With your Google account added, we first need to allow it to synchronize your Windows Phone with Google Calendar. From the email+account overview, select your Google account. If you haven’t renamed this yet, it should simply go by the name ‘Google’.

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In your Google account settings, under content to synchronize at the bottom of the page, make sure Calendar is checked. With these preferences, your Windows Phone will already synchronize with Google Calendar. However, if you have more than one calendar associated with your account, only the primary calendar will be synchronized. To rectify this, we need a little help from Google.

Step Three: Google Sync Preferences

Using your Internet Explorer on your Windows Phone, go to “http://m.google.com/sync/“. If all is well, you should see the name of your phone, or simply ‘WindowsPhone’ at the top of the page.

Important: in some cases, you will receive an error message telling you that ‘Google Sync is not supported’ on your phone. Even if you’re using a valid smartphone! If you’re viewing the page in a language other than English, change the language to English (US) for the moment.
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After selecting your phone, you’ll be able to specify which calendars you want to synchronize with your Windows Phone, by selecting up to 25 calendars under My Calendars. For all casual and even most professional users, this should suffice.

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To view these calendars, your phone should again synchronize with your Google account. You can wait until this happens automatically, or go to the email+accounts page, long press on your Google account and select ‘synchronize’. When it’s finished, all the calendars you previously selected should have appeared in your Calendar app.

What else do you like to do, or would like to be able to do on your Windows Phone? Let us know in the comments below!

  1. Annonymous
    February 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    To every persen ever considering to buy a Windows-Phone: Don't do it. It's the worst OS possible. It's better to buy Mozilla than this! Honestly. Android is the way to go. It has about 10x the funcionality of WP.

    • Uldis
      December 9, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Yeah, well I have had Android and Windows Phone and I must say it is a matter of taste. I personally (strongly) prefer Windows Phone.

  2. Jen B
    October 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    This is outstanding information! Thank you soooo much. I now like my phone a little more!

  3. victor
    October 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks! this was just what i needed! :D

  4. Kathytm
    October 9, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  5. Andy Daniel
    September 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks for a really helpful article! Worked perfectly!

  6. GodSponge
    September 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    What I want to know is how to sync multiple google calendars to outlook.

    • Simon Slangen
      September 21, 2012 at 6:41 am

      Hi GodSponge,

      Saikat wrote an article detailing how to do this on Windows computers.

      If you're using Mac OS X, one way to do it is to sync iCal with Google Calendar, then sync Outlook (2011) with iCal. Here's a forum post detailing how to do it.

      Hope that helps.

    • GodSponge
      September 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      I have Google Calendar Sync already. The problem is it only syncs ONE calendar. I need bidirectional access in Outlook to more than one.

  7. amar
    July 14, 2012 at 2:54 am

    awesome.. thanks .. wasted an hr trying to work this out..

  8. Mick
    June 19, 2012 at 3:46 am

    This was perfect! Thank you!

    My new Lumia just keeps getting better and better.

  9. Mick
    June 19, 2012 at 3:46 am

    This was perfect! Thank you!

    My new Lumia just keeps getting better and better!

  10. stew
    June 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    this was awesome and so helpful!

  11. Anthony
    May 7, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Good stuff Simon. What advantages does using Google Sync over just adding the other Google accounts and only sync the calendar?

    • Simon Slangen
      May 7, 2012 at 5:12 am

      Hi Anthony,

      There's only a difference when you have more than one calendar associated with your Google account. By default, only the primary calendar is synchronized. Through Google Sync, you can enable these other calendars to be synchronized as well.

    • Ulrich
      September 19, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you so much

    • Ulrich
      September 19, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you so mu h

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