How to Sync Apple Calendar With Google

by Lynford Morton

If you are tired of toggling back and forth between your Apple Macintosh and Google calendars, a simple sync might be the answer. Apple's iCal application allows you to import your Google Calendar and have it appear in iCal. As you update your calendar on Google, the changes are reflected in your iCal account and vice versa. This takes advantage of iCal's ability to see several calendars on the same screen and helps you monitor your calendar programs more efficiently.

Launch your Apple computer's iCal application.

Select "Preferences" from the "iCal" menu.

Select the "Accounts" tab.

Click on the "Plus" button on the "Accounts" tab.

Create an account. To do this, select "Google" from the "Account type" pop-up menu. Input your Google email address and password, and then hit the "Create" button.

Specify account details. You can rename the Google calendar in the "Description" box or leave it as the email address. Choose the calendar refresh rate. This will control how often iCal checks your Google account for updates.

Close the "Accounts" tab. Do this by clicking on the red button in the top left corner of the window. Your Google mail should appear in your calendar's list, and both accounts should sync automatically.


  • check You can change the display color of your calendar by right-clicking on the name and selecting "Get Info." Choose a new color from the drop-down menu.


  • close Trying to sync by selecting iCal's "Subscribe" feature will create a one-way update. The Google Calendar appearing in iCal will be read-only.

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About the Author

Lynford began writing as a public relations professional and freelancer after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Southern Adventist University in 1988. His work has appeared in "Black Enterprise" and Washington View. As a ghost writer, he has also been published in a Washington Post op ed and USA Today advertorials. He authors a blog, PRWorkshop.

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