iPad Quick Tip: Enabling Multiple Google Calendars

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I recently set out to enable Google Calendar (s goog) syncing with the iPad Calendar (s aapl) and found some of the online documentation on this subject to be a bit out of date. After digging around, I found that you can set up and sync multiple Google Calendars from within the native Calendar App on the iPad without ever needing to use your computer.

Quite different from iOS 4, iOS 3.2 does not yet support calendars with your Gmail account. Instead, you need to set up a CalDAV account.

To do this on the iPad, open Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and tap on Add Account…, then select Other and choose Add CalDAV Account from the list of choices under the Calendars list.

Next, enter www.google.com as the Server, and use your Google Account Information for the User Name and Password fields. At this point if you exit Settings and open the Calendar, you will find that only one calendar is accessible: your default Google Calendar.

If you have multiple Calendars set up in Google Calendars, there is one last step you need to perform. All the how-to’s I found indicated that you need to use your desktop browser in “developer mode” to act as an iPhone Safari Browser by changing the user-agent setting as well as disabling JavaScript. I found that this course of action no longer works. Something must have changed on Google’s side. Instead, I simply navigate to www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect from the Safari Browser on my iPad. From here I can see all of my Google Calendars and I can select which ones to sync with my iPad.

Now, when I open the native Calendar App on iPad, I can see all of my Google Calendars. I’ve added entries, and they’ve all synced nicely. In our household, we have a master Family Calendar on the iPad that everyone can update from a central place. We then subscribe to each published calendar from our personal devices. For family occasions, school events and other shared activities, this is a convenient way to share information with the whole family and still have one central point of control that all can access and update.

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22 Comments

E

FINALLY … after days of frustration, this one worked! you’re heaven sent, haha.

Graham Old

Great. Tried various ways and nothing worked but this did first time. Cheers.

Steve Burlew

I was so excited to find this, and followed everything, but nothing has changed on my ipad calendar. Any idea why it doesn’t work for someone else?

BG

Thank you Geoffery! This worked perfectly! My wife and I use the following for our devices/equipment:
1) iMac for main computer
2) Blackberry phones (sorry….would love an iPhone but my company doesn’t support/allow it)
3) iPad’s for both of us.
4) Gmail for everything, including multiple synced calendars for our family.

Unlike most threads I have read, I do not coordinate or sync with Outlook or Microsoft Exchange. I tries other options as suggested in other threads including the option of using my Mac to act as a workaround in developer mode. I tried your method and it worked perfectly!

Thanks again for posting!

RandomPixel

Hey, any idea how I can use my user@domain.com as senders address on my iPad. Even though I change the “email@address.com” field it reverts to gmail username once I exit the settings :( This is annoying as it’s working fine on my Macbook Pro and was working on my iPhone 3GS … This is really the biggest worry after following your perfectly good how-to on my calendar issue

Frank

Thanks, Geoffrey. Exactly what I was looking for and you made it super easy. Best wishes, Frank (from Singapore).

John

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I’VE BEEN TRYING TO FIX THIS FOR WEEKS AND HAVEN’T FOUND A SOLUTION YET UNTIL NOW!!!! IT WORKS!!!!

Tara

Thank you for the updated info it was really helpful, the only problem that I have is my gmail account has an @business name instead of @gmail.com so I am unable to log in through the link that you posted… is there a way around that?

Thanks!

Ed

This Works Great. I was following the older post by jkrun etc and it didnt work. This is it. Dated August 30th 2010

todd

thanks…the other methods bever worked. now I have multiple calendars on my ipad. great tip!

Richie

I didn’t realise you could do this, this article has been a big help, thanks!

farfa11e

Thanks! This was exactly what I was looking for. I have my work Exchange account set up on my iPad, so I couldn’t GoogleSync with Exchange. I already see my work calendar on iCal on the iPad. Now with CalDAV, I can see my and my family’s Google calendars too. Perfect! Very easy to use and helpful guide.

Geoffrey Goetz

Even that technique refers you to the same m.google.com/sync page to select which calendars you what to sync. That site is still not working for me on the iPad. The alternative URL http://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect does work for me on the iPad. Either way, as CalDAV or Exchange, you will need to configure which calendars you want to sync.

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