iPhone and iPad Productivity

How to Force Shared Google Calendars to Show Up on iOS

Dan Price 21-09-2018

Shared Google calendars are a great way to keep people organized. Whether it’s your household, your kids, or your colleagues, they offer an easy way to know what the people that matter to you are doing.


However, if someone shares a calendar with you and you own an iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device, you might not be able to see the calendar (even if you’ve synced your Google Calendar to your iPhone).

And we don’t mean that you have to open the Calendar app and tick checkbox next to the calendars that you want to display. The shared calendar won’t show up there. Worst still, deleting and re-adding your Google Account credentials won’t make any difference; you still won’t be able to see the calendars that were shared with you.

So what’s the solution?

How to Force Shared Google Calendars to Show Up on iOS

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It’s certainly not clear how you’re supposed to get shared calendars to show up on your phone. The solution is not evident at all.


Nonetheless, follow the simple step-by-step instructions below and you’ll be looking at your shared Google calendar in no time:

  1. Launch your preferred web browser on your iOS device.
  2. Type calendar.google.com/calendar/syncselect in the address bar and hit Enter.
  3. Fill in your login credentials.
  4. Scroll down to the Shared Calendars section.
  5. Mark the checkboxes next to the shared calendars that you want to be visible on your iPhone or iPad.
  6. Hit the Save button.

Note: After you make the changes in your Google Account, it can take a few minutes before the calendars appear on your device.

Now close the browser and open the Calendar app on your device. At the bottom of the screen, tap on Calendars. You should now see the calendars you just selected appear. Tap on the appropriate checkboxes to toggle them on or off.

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  1. JoE
    September 7, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you so much !! Was driving me crazy !!

  2. Kristina
    April 1, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Finally an article that worked! Thank you.

  3. Trisha
    March 17, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    I'm sure there is a super obvious reason for this...When I follow the above steps, I have a shared calendar that is not showing up in the "shared" section. Do you happen to know why?

  4. pat
    March 11, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Woo hoo, thanks!

  5. Michael B
    December 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Perfect! This worked on the Calendar app on my iPhone 8 running iOS 12.1.1. It took less than a minute for the shared calendar to appear after hitting Save on the browser. Thank you!