Connecting to the Gmail Calendar With Outlook on a Mac
By Andy Walton
Microsoft's Outlook for Mac program does not allow you to sync your calendar to Google directly. However, it does allow you to sync with certain other calendar applications, such as Mac OSX's built-in iCal program. This creates a workaround if you want to use your Google Calendar through Outlook for Mac because iCal can sync to Google. Configuring iCal to access your Gmail calendar and then syncing Outlook to iCal enables you to give Outlook for Mac direct access to your Google calendar entries.
Open iCal and click on the “iCal” toolbar option. Select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu to open the Preferences box.
Click on the "Accounts” tab and then click on the “Plus” icon to begin creating a new account.
Select “Google” from the “Account Type” menu, and enter your Gmail login details into the Email Address and Password fields. Click “Create” to sync your Gmail account with iCal.
Open Outlook for Mac and click on the “Outlook” toolbar option. Select “Preferences” from the drop-down menu to open the Preferences pane.
Select “Sync Services” to open the Sync Services window.
Check the “Calendar” box in the Account panel, and check the “On My Computer” box in the Select the Accounts to Sync window. Select “On My Computer / Calendar” from the "Outlook Folder to Add New Items To" drop-down menu. This configures Outlook to sync its contents with iCal.
Close the Sync Services window, and click “OK” on the following warning box to complete the process and sync your Outlook installation with Gmail.
- Information in this article applies to Outlook for Mac 2011. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
Andy Walton has been a technology writer since 2009, specializing in networking and mobile communications. He was previously an IT technician and product manager. Walton is based in Leicester, England, and holds a bachelor's degree in information systems from the University of Leeds.