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Can Icloud sync with google calendar and gmail?

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  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,345 points)
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    Feb 29, 2012 7:58 PM (in response to ithos)

    ithos wrote:


    Wow. That's rude.


    I have a very clear understanding of how synchronization works, how the CalDAV protocol works, what an ical file is, how that relates to subscriptions, and the distinction between one-way and two-way synchronization. I have 18 calendars distributed across an Exchange server, Google calendars, and iCloud, and they are all synchronizing between two MacBook Pros (both running 10.6), a MacBook Air, a Mac mini, a Mac Pro, an iMac, two iPhones, and two iPod touches. When I make changes on one device, those changes propagate to all others.


    I'm sorry this does not work for you.

    I'm sorry but clearly you do not understand synchronization at all, you have independent subscribed calendars which you view in combination, if they were synchronized you would only need to view one, because they would be the same.


    Do this


    Put an event on the iCloud calendar, go to the Google calendar only and see if it is there, viewing the iCloud calendar in Google is not the same as viewing the Google calendar!

  • hengirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 3, 2012 12:39 PM (in response to ithos)

    IT WORKED!! Thank you so much! When I updated to IOS5 my husbands google calendar that I was subscribed to wasn't showing up on my phone or iPad. Now it works. I went to the and it worked.

  • emailslipknot-0 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 8, 2012 4:42 PM (in response to Sephecles)



    thanks, I know its hard for anyone to believe.

    I wish I had taken a screen shot, had I known this (g calender in icloud) was not supported. lol




    I had gmail cal working in iCloud (web access) with lion 10.7.3.

    I can replicate it but I guess it must be some how I managed via outlook 2011 via iCal via mail via iTunes

    I can't put my ginger on it.


    Now I am very frustrated asi deleted it n now cant find how to.

  • hombibi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 12, 2012 3:26 AM (in response to Csound1)


  • lister Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    So Im assuming that google calandar doesnt sync to the web icloud? I have an iPhone 4s and have the calandar reading fine on the device, but not sure I can add something on the iphone and sync this too google. Maybe apple are only allowing thirdparty apps to integrate

  • RosieClaire Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Chathamsolutions -thank you so much.  I thought I was going crazy. I don't think I had that much trouble setting up the calendars last time. All I did was click on your link in your #9 step and my new iPad synched immediately

  • Leann O. Level 3 Level 3 (635 points)
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    Apr 20, 2012 10:44 PM (in response to macAddict69)

    macAddict69, thanks for that link. I tried it and it worked for me.

  • saudi01 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 2, 2012 10:25 PM (in response to ithos)

    Hi ithos,


    I also have set up my subscribed Google calendars into iCloud (and therefore to my iPhone) and all worked fine.  Then, a month or so ago, all of the events disapeared.  The calendar is still subscribed, but it is empty.  It is not empty on the Google Calendar web site.  I have tried deleting everything and starting again, no change.  I get no errors subscribing, however no events show up.  This happens on several of Google publically available holiday calendars. 


    You have any ideas?


    Thanks in advance.

  • hanz.h Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 5, 2012 3:12 AM (in response to Csound1)

    Not adding to the rudeness on here, I'd like to weigh in:


    What ithos describes is in fact syncing. That is, syncing calendars across devices.

    And, agreeing with Csound1, it it NOT syncing across calendar hosting platforms. So far, so easy.


    Now why would you want to sync across hosting platforms, or why would I want to have two identical calenders (if on different platforms or the same)?


    (Almost) everyone has a google account, so just use google calender.

    I never had any trouble handling my google calender from iCal (Snow Leopard or Lion) or iPhone (native calender, CalenGoo app, or recently WeekCal.). After finding out about the infamous "Step 9", that is.


    So, all group related calenders are on google and I think it's not just good enough, but very handy to be able to show or hide these single calenders in my apps and in google calender's web interface.


    My private calender is on iCloud at the moment but I'm thinking about going back to google, just because this app named Cue (tells you what your day looks like in a very nice and handy fashion) doesn't read iCloud. And if you want to share your private one with non-iCloud users, go ahead and switch to google. There is no single advantage in using iClouds calender that I can think of.

    My use of iCloud is down to contact and notes syncing. Notes because of the handy integration in


    Or did I miss the point? Is there a real-life use to syncing two calenders hosted on different platforms? (Other than the one-way-street method that ithos described) Maybe there is, just as much as there's use for tools like

  • Taser_This Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    I have just left iCloud for syncing calendar and contact.  I am done with Apple cloud services. 


    I had tremendous trouble when MobileMe changed about 18 months ago, and now again.  It is completely not worth dealing with this contast involuntary disruption. 


    What pushed me over the edge is that when I discovered I could not sync with the places I wanted to sync when using iCloud (Google Contacts and Calendars) and my Android phone via Missing Sync, when I went into the iCloud control panel and simply unchecked Calendar, to disable sync with it, it told it could do that but that it was going to delete those Calednars from my local Mac. 


    Are you kidding me?  Ultimately I saved my Calendars, walked away from iCloud, and then reinstalled them.  But the whole purpose of stopping sync to iCloud is to have and use the Calendars on your local Mac.  But Apple/iCloud erases them for you?  Talking about a trap!  Forget them. 


    Uploaded the contacts and calendars to Google, then connected Address Book and iCal to Google in their respective preferences area, and all works well, inlcuding Google contact and calendars syncing with my Andorid phone.  Beautfiul.  So much nicer than dealing with Apple on this. 


    Using OSX 10.7.4. 


    I'll use iCloud for Back to My Mac, otherwise I am not looking back. 

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,345 points)
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    Jul 8, 2012 4:19 PM (in response to lister)

    lister wrote:


    So Im assuming that google calandar doesnt sync to the web icloud? I have an iPhone 4s and have the calandar reading fine on the device, but not sure I can add something on the iphone and sync this too google. Maybe apple are only allowing thirdparty apps to integrate

    Like iCloud Google is a cloud service, and it contains mail, calendar and contacts amongst it's services. iCloud services run on iCloud and Google on Google, they do not run on each others. But you can do the same things in either, so choose one.

  • James Bellringer Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    If you want to get your iCloud calendars on your Android device, I found this app (which costs £1.99) works brilliantly. Even keeps the same colour scheme for all my calendars. There are different ways (which all seem to work fine) described for getting your google calendar to appear in iCloud, but subscribing works best for me.


  • martymankins Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 23, 2012 3:31 PM (in response to hanz.h)

    "Is there a real-life use to syncing two calenders hosted on different platforms?"


    If you are using two different platforms (like iOS and Android or webOS) and want the same calendar access on both systems, then this is a needed option.  Before when contacts and calendars were stored locally on the Mac, 3rd party apps like Spanning Sync could sync the data.


    With iCloud closed (mostly) to 3rd party utilities for accessing and having write access to contacts and calendars, this makes two-way syncing very difficult.


    Moving to Google and using only Google for calendars and contacts is an option that I explored, but iCloud is pretty seameless in how it works (as it should since it never leaves the Apple world).  Plus there are differences in field customization for contacts that are an issue for me.


    The idea of these platforms being open, semi closed and closed are a hinderance to those of us users that need cross platform syncing.

  • jeffanon Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Aug 8, 2012 12:05 PM (in response to ithos)

    Do I use the web interface for calendar operations? YES. I use Google Calendar because it is sharable with all users, not just those who have Lion and Mountain Lion. My wife still has Snow Leopard. We share calendars effortlessly. The only thing I ever used iCal for was to have reminders on my computer that I could snooze for different periods of time. in the new Mountain Lion calendar, that ability has disappeared. I suppose I'll keep it so on the rare times when I'm not connected to the web I can see the items in my Google calendars, but otherwise I'm not sure what use Calendar is. Google does it better.


    PS: I am a great Mac lover, since the first Mac, but Apple is really #2 to Google for calendar and email functions.


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