Sync Google Calendar with iPod

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If you use Outlook 2007, Google Calendar and iTunes and own an iPod – this tip might be helpful to the two of you. It’s not really anything new… but I didn’t think Outlook would share calendars that it’s subscribed to… Fortunately, it does.

  1. In Google Calendar go to Settings > Calendars. Choose a Calendar from those available to you. This will bring you to a Calendar Details screen.
  2. At the very bottom, you’ll see options for Public and Private Addresses for calendars. Right-click on the iCal button and copy the link location.
  3. Paste the link location into your browser’s address bar.
  4. Replace http:// with webcal://
  5. Hit enter.
  6. This should bring you into Outlook 2007 where you can subscribe to your Google Calendar.
  7. Your Google Calendar should now be available in Outlook!
  8. Open iTunes and plug your iPod into your computer.
  9. If your iPod supports it, your iPod settings will have a Contacts tab available to you.
  10. Under Calendar, select Sync calendars from Microsoft Outlook. If you don’t use Outlook’s calendar – choose ‘Selected calendars:’ and choose your Google Calendar(s) from the list.
  11. Hit apply… now every time you sync your iPod, you’ll pull down your calendars as well!

This tip would probably work similarly on the Mac by using Apple’s iCal app.

  • UPDATE: If you’re looking for a solution to sync Google Calendar with Outlook 2003, there’s an app called gSyncit you might be interested in… More info here.
  • UPDATE: Google released Google Calendar Sync which will allow for bi-directional syncing between Outlook and Google Calendar and it’s not as crappy as this solution is. While it would be preferred if you could simply sync directly with Google Calendar via iTunes (much like you can do with Google Contacts)… it’s still not a feature that Apple’s made available. One can only wish it’ll be included at some point in the future.

13 thoughts on “Sync Google Calendar with iPod

  1. I bet a similar technique would work to sync Google Calendar to a Blackberry or Palm device through Outlook. One potential problem would be an Exchange server in a Corporate environment. Just a thought…haven’t tried it myself.

    Do you know if you can subscribe to your Google Calendar in Outlook 2003?

  2. RemoteCalendars… it’s been a while since I used it, and the last time I tried to install I had some problems. But, it’s designed to allow you to subscribe to internet calendars in Outlook 2003. But yeah, you’re absolutely right… if you can get the data into Outlook or a comparable email/calendar app… you could probably get that data onto a Blackberry, Palm or Windows Mobile device.

  3. I bet a similar technique would work to sync Google Calendar to a Blackberry or Palm device through Outlook. One potential problem would be an Exchange server in a Corporate environment. Just a thought…haven’t tried it myself.

    Do you know if you can subscribe to your Google Calendar in Outlook 2003?

  4. You can with something called RemoteCalendars… it’s been a while since I used it, and the last time I tried to install I had some problems. But, it’s designed to allow you to subscribe to internet calendars in Outlook 2003. But yeah, you’re absolutely right… if you can get the data into Outlook or a comparable email/calendar app… you could probably get that data onto a Blackberry, Palm or Windows Mobile device.

  5. Well, considering I sold my PDA (a Dell Axim) well over a year ago… being able to have my Calendar (and Contacts) with me whenever I have my iPod is a good thing. I haven’t really needed the full functionality that a Windows Mobile/Palm/Blackberry device offers. And the reality, for me at least, is that I carry my iPod (both the 80Gb video and 2nd gen shuffle) more often than I did my PDA…

    I agree that it’s a lot of work to get it setup at first, but once you’ve done it you’re done with it.

  6. Well, considering I sold my PDA (a Dell Axim) well over a year ago… being able to have my Calendar (and Contacts) with me whenever I have my iPod is a good thing. I haven’t really needed the full functionality that a Windows Mobile/Palm/Blackberry device offers. And the reality, for me at least, is that I carry my iPod (both the 80Gb video and 2nd gen shuffle) more often than I did my PDA…

    I agree that it’s a lot of work to get it setup at first, but once you’ve done it you’re done with it.

  7. Jay

    Good news to be able to sync with the Itouch – does anybody know if the Iphone is capable of sync with Google Calendars whilst mobile?

    I ask this in advance of buying one.

  8. Jay

    Good news to be able to sync with the Itouch – does anybody know if the Iphone is capable of sync with Google Calendars whilst mobile?

    I ask this in advance of buying one.

  9. Google Mobile App

    It works with Google Apps for Domains as well.

    If you’re using a PC, you can now use a combination of Google Calendar Sync + Outlook to keep your calendar in sync. Google Calendar Sync allows for two-way updates, so if you make changes on your iPhone/iPod touch it’ll write them to Outlook and then Google Calendar Sync will upload your changes to Google Calendar. It’s still a very kludgy setup… but I don’t know of anything better, short of just using Google Calendar via Mobile Safari. (On a Mac, you can use something like Spanning Sync to accomplish the same thing.)

  10. Jay, not that I am aware of. BUT, there is an app available for the iPhone/iPod touch that allows you to easily access all of your Google Apps at the push of a button. See in iTunes: Google Mobile App

    It works with Google Apps for Domains as well.

    If you’re using a PC, you can now use a combination of Google Calendar Sync + Outlook to keep your calendar in sync. Google Calendar Sync allows for two-way updates, so if you make changes on your iPhone/iPod touch it’ll write them to Outlook and then Google Calendar Sync will upload your changes to Google Calendar. It’s still a very kludgy setup… but I don’t know of anything better, short of just using Google Calendar via Mobile Safari. (On a Mac, you can use something like Spanning Sync to accomplish the same thing.)

  11. Carlo

    I don’t have any outlook on my pc and I don’t have any MAC. I tried google to ics format, airset, yahoo to ics, they all wont work. Anybody else have some other bright ideas out there?.

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