How to Add Google Calendar Invites to an iPhone Native Calendar

by Adrian Grahams
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The Apple iPhone comes with a native calendar app that you can link to your Google Calendar without having to download an additional app or synchronization software. Google uses the Internet open standard CalDAV protocol for linking the iPhone calendar with its own calendar service, and you can set this up in the Settings application on your iPhone. After linking your iPhone with Google Calendar, all meeting invites and appointments on your Google Calendar will also display on the iPhone. The system keeps the two calendars synchronized so you can create and view meeting invites and appointments from anywhere.

Step 1

Tap the "Settings" app icon on your iPhone's home screen.

Step 2

Touch the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" tab on the Settings screen.

Step 3

Tap "Add Account" at the bottom of the screen.

Step 4

Tap "Gmail" in the list of available account types.

Step 5

Enter your name as you want it displayed in the "Name" field.

Step 6

Type the Google Account or Google Apps email address that you use to access Google Calendar in the "Email" field.

Step 7

Enter your Google Account or Google Apps password in the applicable field.

Step 8

Type a brief description of the account in the relevant field.

Step 9

Tap the "Next" button in the top right corner of the screen.

Step 10

Wait a moment for Google to verify the account.

Step 11

Toggle the "Calendars" tab to the "ON" position if it's not already activated.

Step 12

Press the "Home" button under the iPhone display screen.

Tap the Calendar app. The iPhone Calendar now syncs with your Google Calendar.


  • The information in this article applies to the Apple iPhone running iOS 6 operating software. It may differ slightly or significantly with other versions of iOS software.


  • Use the same process to sync your Google Calendar with the Apple iPad and iPod Touch.


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About the Author

Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.

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