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Google Calendar Won’t Sync With iOS? Try These Fixes

Tim Brookes 05-06-2014

After spending weeks looking for a solution as to why Google Calendar refused to sync certain calendars with iOS, it turns out there are a couple of fixes for what is a rather common issue.


Some people find their calendars won’t sync at all, others have trouble getting new events to show up – and I had a peculiar problem whereby only certain shared calendars were appearing. Hopefully by the end of this article, Google Calendar will play nicely with your touchscreen toys.

First Things First: Visibility

One of the most common reasons your calendars might not be showing up is because you haven’t enabled them in your iOS Calendar app. This might seem like a simple thing to note, but it’s worth checking before you dive in and start changing settings when you don’t really need to.

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Open the Settings app and navigate to Mail, Contacts, Calendars, then select your Google account. You want to ensure that the Calendars option is enabled in this menu – if it’s not, you’ve found the culprit (but keep reading, just in case).

Next open the Calendar app and tap the Calendars button at the bottom of the screen. A menu will pop up showing all of the calendars currently being pushed to your device. If you notice certain calendars are not ticked, do so and they will be added to your visible calendar. You can also “pull to refresh” this menu, which forces iOS to look at your Google account for new additions.


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If you find that the calendar you want is unticked, you’ve just found your issue – it was syncing all along, it was just hidden. This menu is useful for turning off non-critical Calendars if you have a particularly hectric schedule.

Pushing Google Calendars to iOS

My problem wasn’t a case of the (shared) Google Calendar I wanted not being visible on my device, it flatly refused to show up in the Calendar app at all. This pointed to a problem on Google’s end, but when I checked it from the web everything looked fine. There was no suggestion that my shared calendars weren’t being pushed to my device, and there was no option to seemingly enable it.

Despite trawling the help documentation, I missed one very important link which I ended up finding in the comments section of a long list of articles I trawled to try and resolve the issue. You need to specify which calendars are pushed to your device using Google Calendar Sync Settings, which is oddly absent from the main Google Calendar web interface.


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I did this from my desktop browser, and noticed all of the calendars that weren’t appearing on my iPhone or iPad were unchecked. Google recommends you do this from the device itself, but I had no issues doing it from Chrome while logged in to the relevant account. After checking everything, go back to your Calendar app, hit Calendars, pull down to refresh and any absent calendars should show up.

This solved my issue, and it may well solve yours, but there’s always one more step to take.

More Drastic Measures

If you’ve tried both of the techniques mentioned above and your Calendars still aren’t working, it’s time to take more drastic measures. This essentially involves deleting your account under Settings > Mail, Contact, Calendars by tapping the scary red Delete Account button under your Google account settings.


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Upon re-adding your account, ensure you use a new application-specific password if you are using two-step verification What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity. It is commonly used in everyday life. For example paying with a credit card not only requires the card,... Read More (and you should be Lock Down These Services Now With Two-Factor Authentication Two-factor authentication is the smart way to protect your online accounts. Let's take a look at few of the services you can lock-down with better security. Read More ), as some commenters have mused that this is a leading cause. This is particularly true for users returning after restoring their iPhones from a backup.

You can set up a new application-specific password in your Google Account Security Settings – give it a descriptive name and delete the old one while you’re there. After verifying your credentials, your Google Calendar should be pushed to your device (provided you check the Calendars box while setting up).

Did It Work?

If your calendars still aren’t showing up, run through visibility settings and Sync Settings as per above. If they still aren’t there, login to your account from a desktop browser and confirm they exist on the web version.


Otherwise, you may want to run through our guide on syncing Google Calendar to your iPhone How to Sync Google Calendar With Your iPhone Want to sync Google Calendar with an iPhone and manage your time efficiently? Follow these steps to stay on top of your events. Read More once more to make sure you have everything right. We’ve also looked at how to sync an Outlook calendar to your iPhone The Best Way to Sync an Outlook Calendar With Your iPhone Need to sync your Outlook calendar with your iPhone? Here's how to do that, including using the Outlook app for iPhone. Read More .

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  1. amanda
    June 13, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I tried to fix the same exact problem you were having for over a week! The link in the second step fixed it immediately. Thank you so so much!!

  2. Marcella
    September 21, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    I tried everything you recommended in this article. However it doesn’t seem to work. Today I received a new iPad. And with configuring my gmail accounts they are just not showing up in my calendar. Although it does work on my iphone. I really can’t figure whats different between what I did on my iphone a year ago and what im doing now on the ipad. All seems fine except that calendars are just not showing:(

  3. Cynthia
    April 10, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Yep, that second step was the solution. Thank you!

  4. Alex
    January 4, 2018 at 10:07 am

    It worked indeed. Step 2 was the key. Thank you.

  5. Stacey
    October 14, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Summary: The entries to my google and iCal calendars from my laptop show up on my iPhone calendar. However, I enter most of my events into my iPhone calendar and they don't show up on my laptop calendars. Details: My iPhone default calendar is my gmail. This shows up in my iPhone calendar just fine. However, when I go to my gmail on my MacBook, the items I've entered into the calendar on my iPhone don't show up. There are just some recurring items that I set up a long time ago (and those items do show up on my phone!). I double checked that my gmail is my default calendar on the iPhone and even turned the entries from that address a yellow color to be totally sure. Yep, they all turned yellow. Still none of those entries are showing up no my laptop gmail calendar. When I go to my iCal on my laptop, my gmail account is checked, but it is only showing the same thing that google calendar on my laptop shows, none of the entries on my phone are showing up here either. Do I need to get the link for my iPhone's calendar to add to my calendars on my laptop to get them to go both ways? P.S. Ive tried checking most of the stuff you mentioned above and none of they all look correct.

    • Jeremy
      March 7, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Hi Stacey - did you ever resolve this? I have the exact same problem?

      • Stacey
        March 9, 2018 at 2:01 am

        HI Jeremy,
        Sadly no. I can’t figure it out. ?

  6. Emma
    September 17, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you so much! I had the same issue you did and it worked perfectly once I'd ticked the right calendar! Saved my life (or at least made it easier)

  7. Sanjay Banati
    September 7, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Everything was fine and just one fine day the synchronization stopped. I have done all the measures above but without any luck.
    Though I am able to synchronize the contacts and notes but not the calendar as I cannot even find it.
    Please advise.

  8. Jancie
    August 24, 2017 at 1:52 am

    OMG I have been trying for weeks to get google calendar to sync to my daughters new phone thank you so much!!!! It was the google calendar sync setting!

  9. Stephanie
    March 10, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for the step by step. My google calendar now shares events with my iPad, BUT my iPad won't share with google :( this is why I don't like apply products, they dont seem to play as well with others!
    Anyone else have this problem or know what I am doing wrong? I showed up for work at 730am on a day i wasn't working because my iPad calendar didn't give my google calendar the event :(

    • Tim Brookes
      March 14, 2017 at 12:03 am

      Hi Stephanie,

      I'm having some trouble working out which bit isn't working properly for you, do you mean that if you create an event on your iPad that it won't show up on your Google Calendar?

      If so make sure that your default calendar is set up correctly (where all new events are sent to) under Settings > Calendar > Default Calendar.

      If the problem is that your iPad isn't showing events under the Calendar app, make sure your settings are correct here: http://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect

      As a last resort you can always download the Google Calendar app for iOS and use that till you fix the issue. It should hopefully avoid any undue early starts anyway: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/google-calendar-make-the-most-of-every-day/id909319292?mt=8

      Hope this helps,


  10. Whitney
    February 9, 2017 at 4:17 am

    My calendar syncs fine on all my devices, however some things that my boyfriend adds to our shared calendar does not show up on mine! I tried all of these steps nothing is working!

  11. Julia
    January 25, 2017 at 2:39 am

    I was able to sync after I opened the app and checked events and reminders. I had the events unchecked...

    • Jess
      February 2, 2018 at 12:51 am

      Where do you see the reminders tab? My google calendar is syncing fine with the exception of any appointments or reminders that I input from my desktop.

  12. Josette Covington
    January 23, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    I seem to have two different problems.
    1--syncing contacts. I enter new contacts on my iPhone and in icloud, and my google account is listed as one of the accounts used for syncing. But when I sync, my contacts do not appear under my google contacts. The only contacts that are in my Google contacts are ones from years ago, when I had an Android phone.

    2--syncing calendars. Even though my iphone and icloud contacts are not showing up on my Google contact list (see #1), when I look at the Google calendar app on my phone, all of the birthdays are there. However, the Google calendar on my PC does not show many birthdays--only birthdays for old contacts that happen to be in my Google contacts .

  13. Claes
    January 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Couldn't figure out why the shared calendar worked in the iPhone, but not the iPad.
    Finally solved it: the account on the iPad was set up as an Exchange account, the iPhone was set up as a google account. Mail, etc. worked fine on both devices
    I deleted the Exchange account, and entered it again, but as a google account. Now the same calendars show up.
    Finally success!

    • Tim Brookes
      January 17, 2017 at 2:28 am

      Glad you could fix the problem. If you recently updated the iPad's software, or restored it, or something similar then that's what broke the Exchange integration. Google stopped authenticating "new" devices when it decided to stop allowing Push email for general users, and instead use Gmail integration which relies on Fetch.

  14. Jetter
    January 1, 2017 at 2:19 am

    You are a miracle worker!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Google Calendar Sync Settings- never would've figured that out on my own! I had no idea how to proceed- everything looked synced and ready to go but the google calendar would not appear on my phone. Thank you thank you thank you!!

  15. Melissa
    December 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I feel like I have been searching for answering to my Google / iCal issues for ages. This is the first article I found that actually helped me resolve them.
    Thank you SO much.

  16. Franseda
    December 5, 2016 at 10:49 am

    It works. Thank you.

  17. Jamie
    November 13, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you! I was fighting this for a while, looking for third party calendars, etc.

    For me the fix was to enable the sync settings through the web UI.

  18. Jennifer
    October 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Yes!! thank you do much!!

  19. Sura
    October 12, 2016 at 3:05 am

    I had to get a new iphone 6 and have updated to the new IOS. The only things that will sync from my computer to my iphone calendar are the events I have added. None of the other calendars that I have synced to on my desktop are showing on my iphone. I've tried all the suggestions listed here and still can't get anything to show. I'm desperate.

  20. Charlie
    October 4, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Hi-thanks for a great article. My problem seems to be from the phone end. I get the events from my computer to my phone, but when I add events to my phone, it doesn't send it to my computer calendar(Google calendar). I have all the appropriate buttons checked on the phone. I'm hesitant to delete the calendars and start again. Any thoughts?

    • Tim Brookes
      October 6, 2016 at 2:03 am

      Hi Charlie,

      I'm pretty sure I know where the problem is.

      Go to Settings > Calendar > Default Calendar. There you can specify which "default" Calendar new events are added to. By default this will probably be your iCloud/Apple calendar. You can change it one of the Gmail calendars you are subscribed to an new events will be pushed to the server.

      I think there's an option to select a calendar when you add events too.

      Hope this helps!


      • Charlie
        October 6, 2016 at 10:07 pm

        Brilliant!!! Thanks so much for making my like so much easier. Your suggestion was spot on.

        • Tim Brookes
          October 7, 2016 at 3:06 am

          Awesome, I'm glad it helped you out. I have had this problem myself in the past :)

        • David
          January 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm

          Same here! Thank you, Tim.

      • Terri Owens
        November 23, 2016 at 5:40 pm

        Thank you! I just updated iOS 10.1.1 and lost the calendar settings!

        Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Carmen
    September 18, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much. I've been looking for a solution for so long, only your article gave me the solution. My problem is that in Google Sync Settings the events were not checked. Thanks again :)

  22. Kelle Villarreal
    September 18, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Here's my issue. I use Google calendar for my salon biz and the ONLY reason I haven't switched to an iPhone is because the quickest I can get an iPhone to sync with Google calendar is 15 minutes. The calendar syncs immediately with Android phones. I cannot have this 15 minute lag time as I could make several appointments in a 15 minute time frame which could cause me to double book myself. Does anyone have any advice or is it even possible to make an iPhone sync immediately with Google calendar without the 15 minute sync?

  23. Sally
    September 11, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks-- I had to delete the Google account and re-enter it, it worked like a charm. Veru helpful.

  24. Kelly
    August 21, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I had the same issue as you did, push sync setting! It solved it, ty for sharing !

  25. Miss Kay
    August 8, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Worked foe me. Thank you

  26. Kevashen Govender
    July 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    it worked for me.. Great stuff

  27. Kiara
    June 29, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    OMG.... Mine was the cellular data being Off for Calendar too. WEIRD

  28. Brian Matthews
    June 28, 2016 at 3:12 am

    I had tried every step in this article and others from another article. Nothing would work. But then I read in the comments that some people had re-started their iphones. This worked for me! Thank you. I just didn't think of the re-start.

  29. Allan
    June 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Perfect - solved my problem. It was the synch settings. By the way - I couldn't find any way to get to that page from the Google Calendar browser interface - could only get there by using he link you embedded. Very strange. Thank you very much for this.

  30. Jeff Rush
    May 24, 2016 at 1:25 am

    WOrked! I had to reboot the phone (Iphone 6s) and it showed up.

  31. Steve Jorgensen
    May 18, 2016 at 1:50 am

    In my case, it turns out that at some point, the calendar syng with Google from iOS stopped working for email addresses that are not @gmail.com. I had to enable gmail for the account, and then use the new email address for that for the credentials on my iPhone. That worked.

    Before I tried that, I tried installing the latest iOS update (to 9.3.2) which did not solve it.

    • Kelle Villarreal
      September 18, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      Do any of your Google calendars sync immediately or does it take 15 minutes to show up on your Google calendar when u create an event?

  32. Giselle
    May 13, 2016 at 4:24 pm


    This worked for me...

    "You need to specify which calendars are pushed to your device using Google Calendar Sync Settings, which is oddly absent from the main Google Calendar web interface."

  33. Texstack
    May 10, 2016 at 5:18 am

    The sync settings page worked!!! Thanks so very much for the wonderful instructions. :)

  34. Kyle
    May 6, 2016 at 4:27 am

    The sync settings page worked for me. Thank you for providing such a thorough write-up. I would also add instructions on setting up your default account on chrome. For me, I am using chrome as three different logins. One of them is the default, so whenever you click the sync settings link it open up the default account, which in my case, was not the correct account... so you need to be able to change the default google account for this link to work.

  35. Kristin
    April 28, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    THANK YOU - The ONLY thing that worked for me was deleting my Gmail account and re-adding it.

  36. Matt
    April 16, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    After adding google syncing again, I had to restart my iPhone for the Google account section to even show up in the Calendar app.

  37. testdrive
    March 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm


    >>You need to specify which calendars are pushed to your device using Google Calendar Sync Settings, which is oddly absent from the main Google Calendar web interface.

    this did the trick!

  38. Edward
    March 18, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Apple calendar sync with google but Google doesn't sync with apple

  39. Maan
    March 18, 2016 at 10:48 am

    FUN fact; i was struggling with this problem; even after i did all these steps nothing worked' and suddenly i realized cellular data for google calendar was off :) i turned it on; and everything rocked

  40. Matt
    February 27, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks for the info Tim! Your "Pushing Google Calendars to iOS" solved the issue for me.

  41. John
    February 27, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    My calendars stopped synchronizing all of the sudden and nothing I did, including deleting the accounts, worked. Using the Google Calendar Sync Settings and turning some calendars off did the trick. I suspect that the act of saving what calendars I wanted reset something on the backend that allowed the sync to start again.

  42. Rebecca
    February 18, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Thank you SOOO much - I had done all of these things and still wasn't seeing all my calendars. Finally deleted the account and re-added (drastic measure!) and it worked! I would have never thought that was what I needed to do. The old "reboot". :) Thank you!

  43. Mickey
    January 28, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Thanks for prompt response. I deleted the account and then added it back. Don't know what the issue was, but it did the trick. So it goes....

    • Tim Brookes
      January 28, 2016 at 5:53 am

      Ah yes, the old "turn it off and back on again" trick. Glad it's working now, thanks for letting us know.

  44. Mickey
    January 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Great advice. I see the account I want to activate in Sync Settings but the check mark is gray and won't click to blue (active). Ideas?

    • Tim Brookes
      January 28, 2016 at 3:18 am

      Hmmm that's an odd one, is this a personal Gmail account? If it's a Google Apps account tied to a domain, it could be because the domain administrator has disabled mobile access.

  45. Andy
    January 26, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Google calendar sync settings solved it for me. Didn't even know about that setting. A couple of calendars were not ticked to sync. Thanks.

  46. Letitia
    January 8, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Very Helpful


  47. Elinesterado
    January 2, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Yes, the Google sync setting step solved it for me too. Thank you so much.

  48. Erin
    December 31, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I tried everything and am so thankful I found this. I did not know about the Google Calendar Sync Settings. The one calendar that would not sync was not even listed because it was not checked. Thank you so much! VERY HELPFUL!

  49. Brendan
    December 9, 2015 at 5:33 am

    As well as the info above, which was great. Also ensure that the account is added on the device as a google account, not an exchange or other account.

  50. Duane
    November 24, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Here's my peculiar find: when creating entries on my iPhone, as I type the location, the iPhone presents matching options for me to select from. So, for instance, if my appointment is in Toledo, i start typing "Toled.." and the iPhone shows "Toledo, OH USA". If I select the iPhone offering and save the appointment, the appointment DOESN'T show up in my Google Calendar on line. However, if I instead just type "Toledo" in the location box and avoid selecting the iPhone offering, it DOES show up in my on line Google calendar.

  51. Anonymous
    November 10, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I was going crazy trying to figure out why one shared calendar wasn't syncing to my phone. Step 3 worked, I check the box, went back into Calendars on my phone, pulled down to force the sync, it worked marvelously.

  52. Anonymous
    September 30, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Genius. Thank you! Sync setting for device was the issue!

  53. Anonymous
    September 29, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks so much! Step 3 took care of my issue - it was a the fact that the calendar was not selected to sync to iPhone.

  54. Anonymous
    August 19, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Followed ALL the steps and still no google calendar...

  55. Anonymous
    June 17, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I had already done all of these things for my calendar and I realized that I did not have my google calendar set as my default calendar, so you may want to go into settings, click mail, contacts, calendars, scroll all the way to the bottom and select default calendar, then choose your google account and it will begin syncing everything you enter from that point on into your google calendar.

    • Anonymous
      July 14, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      This solved the non-syncing issue for me. Thanks, bruh.

    • Anonymous
      August 19, 2015 at 1:28 am

      Hoping this was going to solve my problem...Google calendar wasn't there for me to choose as my default.

  56. Ron Warner
    June 2, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I got to option #4, still having problems, and thought "Of course, I need a new app specific password!" So then I deleted my account from my iPhone, generated a new app specific password and added my account again. Here's the kicker, though... it never asked me for the app specific password. It told me to provide my Google password instead (on a dialog injected by Google). The mail worked, but none of the calendars synced. So now, instead of just missing a few newer calendars, I'm missing all of my calendars (and I probably have around 15). It might be worth mentioning I finally upgraded to iOS 8 a couple of days ago. Does iOS 8's Mail app have a way to circumvent app passwords? If so, why does my Google account say it last used my (now defunct) app password about an hour ago, but has never used the new one I just created. Argh! Thanks for the article, though.

    • Ron Warner
      June 2, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Oops. By option #4, I just meant the "Drastic Measures."

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2015 at 6:48 am

      Hi. I have exactly the same problem. Did you find a fix?

      • Anonymous
        October 27, 2015 at 6:03 pm

        Yes and no. I don't recall how, but I got back all the calendars that were already synced. I never got the new ones I was trying to add, though. I just got the Google Calendars app and check that when I need to see the other calendars. Bummer.

  57. Blair Anessi
    May 31, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you soooooooo much! I was fighting the same battle as you and had been looking for the last year to find a good reason why not all the calendars were showing up in the Calendar app. That link was all it took. It's so great for Google to not publicize that well! Anyway, like you, doing it from my desktop worked fine. I can finally get rid of Calenmob and every other Calendar alternative. Thanks again.

  58. megan moran
    May 30, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you so much! The ticket for me was uninstalling and reinstalling my Google account on my iPhone. Solved in seconds!

  59. Dan Klein
    May 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Fantastic, solved a very frustrating problem. The Google Calendar Sync Settings was the ticket for me. Thank you.

  60. Andrea Sands
    May 26, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    YAY! The Google Calendar sync settings worked for me. Thanks for this post.

  61. Anonymous
    May 13, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    THANK YOU. The Google syncing issue and the work you did to figure it out solved 1.5 years of me not getting it and downloading other calendar apps! And now I'm the computer genius of the office. ;)

  62. Chris
    May 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    None of these things worked for me with my hosted Gmail domain account. The suggestion to go to https://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/calendar/W7QSlI5dGtE worked though. Read Scotts1865 post about setting up your calendar on your iOS device not by checking the Calendar option for your email account, but rather adding a new CalDAV account. I've been searching for this answer for months, and I now finally have it working!

  63. Larry
    May 5, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Thank you! This was the most annoying problem and this article helped me fix it in 30 seconds! You rock!

  64. Julija
    April 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    The third option helped! Thank you so much.

  65. Patty
    April 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Thank you so much! The sync tool did the trick. Very frustrating to look for something that isn't there.

  66. Diane
    April 4, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Beautiful! I had to take the more drastic step, but it worked like a charm. Thank you so so much!

  67. Marlen
    March 2, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks again Tim!! :)

    • Marie
      March 4, 2015 at 12:13 am

      Tim, there is something I considered today....my microsoft account email is my windstream.net email... not my gmail. when I set up this computer, I set up a HP Simple Pass....logged in once with my regular email but now use a four digit pin. Anyway I can change the way the calendar logs me in?
      since my windstream is one of the accounts on my phone and ipad, this probably explains why when I enter a date on the gmail app, it shows up on the others...but not the other way around (since the app doesn't have access to my gmail)

  68. Marie
    March 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    thank you for your reply,Tim. I have my gmail/google calendar marked as my default calendar on both my ipad and my phone. As I said, new info would sync to the pc app, but former entries did not show up on the pc. But...what I discovered today is that if I open gmail through my browser on my pc (Firefox, btw) and click on the calendar...all of my dates are beautifully synced there. It appears that only the gmail app won't sync the previously-entered dates...the desktop browser/website version does just fine. I just added it to my home page/start pages and will use it that way.... unless.... you have any incite on why the pc app won't function correctly. (again: windows 8.1 OS on my HP Envy touchscreen computer)

    • Tim Brookes
      March 3, 2015 at 5:41 am

      Hmm the only thing I can think might help in this case would be if you removed your Google Account from the app and re-added it again. There's a chance that the missing information would be downloaded when you login again... but no guarantee!

  69. Marie
    March 2, 2015 at 4:31 am

    I can add new dates to either my phone, my ipad, or my computer, and they will all sync...but what about all the dates already on my ipad ?? I have a new computer (IOS 8.1) and want to use the gmail calendar app...but I don't see why I need to re-enter all the dates. Why don't my already-entered-on-my-ipad dates show up....it's all the same gmail address.

    • Tim Brookes
      March 2, 2015 at 5:10 am

      Marie – there's a good chance you have added those events to a different (default) calendar on your device. The best way to remedy this is to edit events not showing up, and change the "Calendar" field to your Google Calendar account. This will push the events to Google Calendar, which will mean the desired info is available on all of your devices.

      You will also want to adjust the default calendar on your device, under Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Calendards > Default Calendar.

      Hope this helps!

  70. Marlen
    February 27, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks Tim! Will do!
    In trying to do the same to my daughter's 5s, she does not have to choice of a "default" calendar at all! Wonder if you know why?

    • Tim Brookes
      March 2, 2015 at 3:37 am

      Hi Marlen,

      That is possibly due to the fact that your daughter has only one calendar synced to the device. It's also possible that she's disabled various Calendars, just like you can disable Contact lists and Mailboxes for your various accounts.

      Head over to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and tap on each account. You'll see a set of toggles for Contacts and so on – ensure any of the Calendars you want on the device are switched on under each account.


  71. AJ
    February 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    This solved my problem. Thanks so much for doing all the legwork and saving the rest of us SOOOOO much time! xo

  72. Marlen
    February 27, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Hi Tim, thanks so much for your wonderful post!!! Spent my entire afternoon looking for an answer and thank God I found this!!!
    Now, it looks like the events I added before I fixed my calendar problem, were added to my iphone only, and are not syncing to my google calendar...they are only visible on my iphone calendar! How do I make those events (many) sync to my google calendar? :(

    • Tim Brookes
      February 27, 2015 at 12:55 am

      Hi Marlen,

      Glad the article helped you out! As for your events – I believe the only way of doing this would be to edit each event (individually). In the field where it says "Calendar" you will need to specify your Google Calendar.

      You'll also want to head to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and scroll right down to the bottom, under "Calendar" change "Default Calendar" to your Google calendar. All future events will (by default unless specified otherwise) be added and subsequently pushed to your Google Calendar.

      Hope this helps, it's a shame there's no quicker way.


  73. Anonymous
    February 26, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Awesome. Thanks so much for the help.

  74. mr blah
    February 22, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you!! The third tip solved it instantly, very grateful...you are a saint!

  75. Brady
    February 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    You Freaking Rock! A Gentleman & A Scholar, You Are!

  76. Anonymous
    February 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Google Calendar Sync Settings worked for me. ;)
    Finally able to add a few calendars shared by others. You rock!

  77. Carolyn
    February 17, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you so much!!!! I have been trying for months to figure out why my Google calendar wouldn't sync. I generated an app specific password, and voila!

  78. Ian
    February 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Fantastic. As many have already commented on, the sync page. WTF. Where on earth would one locate that? Fixed the problem immediately. Cheers

  79. JC
    February 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    wow, that was invaluable. thank you so much for your info

  80. Christie
    February 9, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I followed google.com/calendar/sync select but I have some showing not available for syncing but I can see them when I am on my desktop computer?

    • Tim Brookes
      February 12, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Is this for a Google Apps account, like a work email address that uses a URL other than @gmail.com? Or is it personal?

      If it's the former you may need to contact the administrator for your Google Apps Domain and let them know you can't get your device to access the calendar. Much of the time it's a permission issue.

      Have you tried sharing them from desktop anyway? Did that work?

      Did you remove your account from your iPhone and re-add it? Sometimes that works!

  81. NS
    February 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you! This resolved my issue. Great article.

  82. Manoj
    February 5, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Superb! The sync setting was a master-piece information. If you had not given the link we would be searching and still clueless.


    • Tim Brookes
      February 12, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Really glad it could help you out, somewhat stunned it's still giving so many people issues!

  83. Sammi
    February 4, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    We spent two days trying to sync g calender.
    It was the security setting not to allow "less safe applications"
    Who would have thought of that...
    Thank you so much

    • Tim Brookes
      February 12, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      Thanks for letting us know, it's probably worth pointing out (for anyone else looking for solutions) that if you're using a Google Apps account (with an @yoururl.com inbox for example) then only the domain administrator can do this.

  84. DebbieKat
    February 3, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I had all the settings set up correctly. Had to take the drastic step and delete and re-add my gmail account.

    • DebbieKat
      February 20, 2015 at 4:43 am

      Followup... Well, I guess that didn't work as well as I expected. :-( Missed an appointment today that was only on my iPhone google calendar that never synced with my website google calendar. I give up. Maybe it's time to move to a different calendar. Pissed.

  85. Anonymous
    January 26, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Great! Thank you!

  86. Anonymous
    January 22, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Thank you!!!

  87. Anonymous
    January 12, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I used the sync link to make the calmdar show up a couple days ago and though my problem was solved. Now new events are not showing up. I have reinstalled and tried everything but no luck....

  88. Jon Dale
    January 8, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    We had this same issue:

    Two ios devices syncing to the same account on google. One of them saw the calendars just fine. The others didn't.

    Tried the usual suspects:

    Deleting and then adding back in the google accounts in settings.

    Still no sign of the google calendars in the calendar app.

    Here's what fixed it for us: a settings reset. Settings > General > Reset Setting (not settings and data).

    Once it rebooted the calendars all showed up right away.

    Hope this helps someone.

    • Tim Brookes
      January 9, 2015 at 3:10 am

      And the solutions continue to flood in! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Hunk Manbeef
      January 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      This finally helped me after trying everything else in this thread several times. Thank you so much.

  89. sam y
    January 2, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Spent a couple of hours searching for the right answer and I found it on your webpage thank you very much

    • Tim Brookes
      January 2, 2015 at 1:38 am

      Very glad the article was able to help you, but rather surprised this is still such an issue - come on Google, sort it out!

  90. Anonymous
    December 31, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    A follow-up on my the comment: I believe that the reason I had to delete and re-add my account was because I had previously added my Gmail account by selecting the Exchange option instead of the Google option when identifying what type of account I would be adding. I did this to enable Push for my Gmail account. Apparently it came at the expense of my calendars syncing fully.

    • Tim Brookes
      January 2, 2015 at 1:59 am

      Yes and no. Google disabled Google Sync, which was the service that allowed you to use Exchange for Google's email addresses and have proper push email. Everything should have continued working until you removed that account from your iPhone/iPad. If you try and re-add your Gmail as an Exchange account now it will fail.

      It's definitely possible that this was to blame, but I personally only experienced the problem after I'd switched from using the push-friendly Exchange method of doing things.

      Thanks for letting us know :)

  91. Anonymous
    December 31, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I had to delete my account and reinstall it, but then everything was good. Thank yu for the very detailed article!

  92. Andrea
    December 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks to Scotts 1865, I think a solution has been found for those running goggle apps only. The link is https://productforums.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/calendar/W7QSlI5dGtE

    I've just set it up and mail, calendar & contacts appear to be syncing perfectly. Fingers remain crossed!

    Good luck, all, & happy new year :)

    • Tim Brookes
      January 2, 2015 at 2:04 am

      Interesting. Using the Exchange method of adding a Google account relies on the outdated Google Sync platform which has been dropped. It's the reason you can't get proper push email on your phone any more... so I'd be very surprised if this worked any more (and if it does work, it probably only works for the Calendar?).

      Personally I've had no requirement to do this with a Google Apps account (for this very website), I added it as a Google account and had to select the services to sync using Google's elusive preferences.

  93. AMZ
    December 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I have a problem not descried above. Entries in Google calendar show on my iphone, but new entries created on my iphone don't show up on Google.

    • Laura
      May 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Same problem here, and got it resolved like this: the default calendar on my iphone was google exchange and it did not show up on my computer. So (by this point I was very frustrated) I deleted all accounts for mail and calendars on my iphone and then gave those that I actually use. My bad but to this day i do not know what is that google exchange :-s

  94. Ann
    December 16, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    That's it!!! Fixed. I'm sooooo grateful. Ann

  95. Jo
    December 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you! I had to go through ALL the steps, but my calendars finally showed up!!!

  96. Thomas
    December 1, 2014 at 7:39 am

    On my iPhone 6 which I set up as a new device when I got it about a month ago all Google services worked fine until recently when I noticed that neither the changes I did in google.com/contacts nor those in google.com/calendar replicated to the phone. My e-mail however continues to work fine on this device.

    I literally tried everything you suggest and now my Google calendars aren't even showing up in the Calendar app anymore, nor are my Google contacts showing up in the Contacts app.

    What is this? A nudge to make me use an Android phone perhaps? No way, this will never happen!!!

    Anything else I could try?

  97. Marie
    December 1, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I have the calen mob app installed in my Iphone 4s that our boss wants us to use at work. It recently began not syncing when I open so no new events show up. I get a message on startup to retry using the correct e-mail and password. I went to settings and re-entered and I get a message that my verification failed. I can log on from my desktop and the calendar works and my Samsung tablet app works as well. Any ideas?

    • Tim Brookes
      December 2, 2014 at 3:05 am

      Are you using two-step verification (two factor authentication/2FA) on your Google account? If so you will need to create an application-specific password by logging into your Google account and going to the Security section.

      Aside from that it could be something to do with the app itself, by the sounds of it. The advice in the article is for Apple's in-built Calendar app.

  98. Jeremey
    December 1, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Deleted and re-added 3 times, calendars is checked, it is a shared calendar that I have permission to view, I found the hidden sync settings, and they do show up on the Google account from a web browser.

  99. Jeremey
    November 30, 2014 at 12:07 am

    I did all of these things, still not showing. Halp.

    • Tim Brookes
      November 30, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Oh dear, best run through a list of things you have tried!

      Have you deleted the account and re-added it? Did you check the Calendars option? Are they shared calendars for which you have permission to view them? Did you find Google's hidden Calendar Sync settings?

      Failing this – do the calendars show up in your Google account from a web browser?

  100. hobiejeepguy
    November 15, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks Tim, that Synch Settings page did the trick. Appreciate the time you spent here; saved me my saturday morning. Now back to cartoons.

    • Tim Brookes
      November 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      That's exactly what we like to hear – glad you've got those priorities sorted :)

  101. Sarah
    November 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    THANK YOU!!! I couldn't get my calendars to show up either and your information fixed it!!

    • Tim Brookes
      November 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Sarah, really glad this helped. I'm rather surprised we're still having people looking for solutions to this issue to be honest... it's been five months since we published the article!

  102. Deb
    November 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks very much - worked a treat, and I didn't know about two-step verification. I did have to reinstall, then turn my phone off/on to finally get the calendar to appear on a restored from back up iphone 5.

  103. Kathy
    October 27, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I ended up having to delete and re-add my account and it worked! Thank you so much!!!

  104. Anonymous
    October 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    WOW! that was more than helpful!!!

  105. todd
    October 18, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    i had a couple of google contacts that didn't make it to my phone...do you have a similar blog troubleshooting contacts like you do here with calendar?

    • Tim Brookes
      October 21, 2014 at 12:52 am

      Hmmm no I personally don't sync Google Contacts because Gmail adds every email address, and allowing it turns my contact list into a rather large mess.

      For what it's worth I don't think there's a sync settings page for contacts, and I never saw anything while trawling through docs for this article!

  106. tom corbett
    October 16, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    OMG that hidden sync page... just made my year. You're a l?i?f?e? time-management saver!

    • Tim Brookes
      October 20, 2014 at 2:36 am

      Glad it was helpful! I too had a small victory moment when it all started working for the first time in months ;)

  107. Nikki
    October 16, 2014 at 1:24 am

    This was very helpful, and solved my calendar problem. I had to use "more drastic measures" and it did the trick. Thank you!

  108. Glenn
    October 15, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks for the article. The sync settings was my issue also.

  109. Ken
    October 7, 2014 at 12:31 am

    It did not work.

    In trying to troubleshoot an issue with duplicate calendar entries I deleted my accounts on an iphone 5c with ios 7.1.1. When re-added the accounts, the email works but, the calendars do not appear anymore when I open the calendar app and tap "calendars". They were all there before.

    I have calendars selected for visibility on the iphone and all mailboxes were selected on the sync settings in a Chrome mobile browser window on the phone. I have also powered the phone off and back on again.

    Maybe these companies have decided not to play well together anymore.

    • Tim Brookes
      October 8, 2014 at 12:15 am

      Hmmm that's odd Ken. I can't really see what else you could try, have you definitely enabled "Calendar" under Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendar > [Your Google Account]?

      You say "all mailboxes were selected" – I wonder if you were on the Calendar sync page or another (hidden and mysterious) Google settings panel.

      Just to reiterate, the link is: http://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect (login from the affected Google Account)

      Failing that... maybe there's a permissions issue? Are these shared Calendars? Are you using a Google Apps account? Is it possible the domain administrator hasn't enabled mobile sync?

    • Ken
      October 15, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      It seems there can be a long lag of perhaps days. I gave up after the second day of tinkering with it. It finally appeared when I checked today, 10/15.

    • Ken
      October 16, 2014 at 12:03 am

      FYI it is a standard google account. I believe all your instructions are correct. I have seen a comment on other site that said it can take "awhile" to work. I wouldn't have thought that it could take days though.

    • Tim Brookes
      October 20, 2014 at 2:35 am

      Thanks for letting us know Ken, I thought you might have stumbled on another Google Sync issue we'd have to figure out for a bit there!

  110. Adam
    October 6, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    You are a legend stupid google that sync settings link saved me a lot of bother =]

    • Tim Brookes
      October 8, 2014 at 12:11 am

      I'm pretty surprised that this continues to be an issue! I thought Google might have fixed it by now, seeing as there are a few blog posts out there highlighting the issue.

      Glad you got it fixed. Come on Google, sort it out!

  111. Tim
    October 5, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Thank you! Your link to the hidden sync settings page did it for me.

  112. Anonymous
    September 30, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks to you I found my calender, at last! :-) Thank you, your article were very helpful!
    /Elin, Sweden

  113. Mike
    June 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    One other thing to do on the iPhone is consider getting an app from the iTunes store called Calendars 5. I think it is superior to the calendar on the iPhone, was a snap to set up, and has (thusfar in two years) been bullet proof.

  114. Bill
    June 9, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Thanks much! That sync settings page is what I needed.

  115. Ruth Soper
    June 6, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Definitely helpful thanks. Yes how do you sync iOS calendars with Google Calendars?

    • Tim B
      June 6, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Pretty sure it's two-way, so once it's working (and downloading) your calendar, anything you add from your iPhone/iPad will be pushed to your Google Calendar.

  116. Michael
    June 5, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Nice! ..... This was excellent information.

  117. Mason
    June 5, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    OMG...this sync settings webpage. I was never able to find that either. Thanks so much for that!

    • Tim B
      June 6, 2014 at 1:03 am

      Yuuuuup! I simultaneously kicked myself and cursed Google when I found it, glad the article helped you out.

    • Josh Miller
      January 13, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      How do you navigate to the sync settings webpage through the calendar website, without using that link?

    • miranda kate
      January 19, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      THANK YOU SO MUCH TIM B.!!! Couldn't find this info ANYWHERE!

    • Mike
      April 15, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      My iPad has been wrecked through all the ios8 updates. Apple finally replaced it and now my google or any other calendar will not load. Even Apple can't answer why. It's turned on and set up properly (many times) lol , however when you go into the calendar itself, no calendars show up other than the default birthday, holiday and the iCloud calendar. The account is setting up right because notes and emails work perfectly. Just putting this out there because many times "we" figure out things before they do.

      Thank you for any ideas?

      We even tried adding a yahoo calendar.