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How to Sync Google Calendars To Your iPod Touch/iPhone

09 Oct

While searching the seemingly infinite expanse of Google for directions for syncing my iPod Touch with my Google Calendar, I finally found a solution. The traditional solution is to sync you Google Calendar with mail.app or Microsoft Outlook and then sync it with iTunes. I had been using OggSync for a while, but it never seemed to actually sync the Outlook calendar and my Google Calendar correctly, 100% of the time. The only way I can stay organized with with Google’s products including Gmail and Gcal, so proper and functional syncing are a necessity.

Alas, my Google searching yielded acceptable results. I found a service called Nueva Sync which uses Microsoft Exchange servers to sync your Google Calendar with your iPhone or iPod Touch calendar. The instructions are simple (taken directly from Nueva Sync’s website):

  • Sign up for an account here.
  • Before setting up your device, first configure your services on the NuevaSync site.
  • From the main menu screen open “Settings”.
  • Select “Mail, Contacts, Calendar”.
  • Select “Add Account”.
  • Choose “Microsoft Exchange”
  • Under “Email”, enter the e-mail address you used for NuevaSync registration. When you enter your e-mail address to sync, your device may warn you about a certificate being invalid. This is particularly likely if you use a GMail address. It isn’t referring to our certificate or our service, so don’t be concerned. It is part of Apple’s auto-configuration feature as it tries to guess the appropriate server name based on your info. Our SSL certificate is valid and secure.
  • Under “Username” enter your NuevaSync username.
  • Under “Password” enter your NuevaSync password.
  • Under “Description” you can leave the default or enter a description of your choosing.
  • Tap “Next”.
  • Your Apple device will display a message “Verifying Exchange account information” for a few moments.
  • When it has finished, it will display a new field, “Server”. Enter “www.nuevasync.com” as the value.
  • Tap “Next”.
  • On the next page, turn off “Mail”. Also turn off any other category you do not wish to sync. For example, if you want to sync only your calendar, make sure “Mail” and “Contacts” are both turned off. If you want to sync contacts and calendar, all you should turn off is mail.
  • Tap “Save”.

For calendar users only:

  • On the “Mail, Contacts, and Calendar” settings page, scroll to the very bottom.
  • Tap “Time Zone Support”.
  • Toggle “Time Zone Support” off. This will make sure that each calendar item is saved with the device’s complete time zone information.

Since this method uses Microsoft Exchange, changes you make on the Google Calendar will show up nearly instantly on your connected iPod Touch or iPhone and vice versa.  The only drawback is that this service is new and relatively unknown.  There is no guarantee that your password is safe, so I would check your account for irregularities just in case.  Let us know in the comments what your experience is like with Nueva Sync.

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Posted by on October 9, 2008 in General, Product/Service Review

 

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37 responses to “How to Sync Google Calendars To Your iPod Touch/iPhone

  1. flevour

    October 24, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the precious advice! By the way, NuevaSync is being authorized to Google using OAuth, so you aren’t actually giving away any password.
    That is to say the thing is pretty safe as for what concerns your Google password.

     
  2. Dawn

    November 1, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    OMG I am SO grateful for this tool!! I’ve been going CRAZY trying to figure out how to get this to sync directly with my ipod Touch and I’ve been unable to find anything else that works!!! I’m SO thrilled!! THANK YOU!!!!

     
  3. obaid

    November 2, 2008 at 12:58 am

    This thing works perfectly. Thank you!!

     
  4. shm

    November 26, 2008 at 1:06 am

    any ideas if you already have an exchange account (from work)?…and then you also want to sync your GCal to the touch?…remember you can only use ONE exchange account

    this fix doesn’t help users like me who need to stay sync with a work cal AND the Gcal

     
  5. singraham

    November 29, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Works like a charm. Thank you.

     
  6. jack attack

    December 2, 2008 at 3:43 am

    worked immediately for me! though im a bit concerned over the safety of my info a bit.

     
  7. Hashem

    December 4, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Stopped working today for some odd reason

     
  8. gary

    December 5, 2008 at 11:58 am

    after search for a solution for so long, I couldn’t believe how easy this was. It works, works, works!

     
  9. Chris Fuzy

    January 5, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Fantastic solution! I’ve been trying to do this for months. Thanks so much for your excellent suggestion.

     
  10. Lauren

    January 14, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Mine still isn’t working. I’ve follwed all of the directions, and it was working at one point, but now it isn’t. I’ve deleted and reinstalled everything. Anyone else have problems and get it figured out? I could really use the help!

     
    • Steve S

      January 15, 2009 at 9:05 pm

      If you’ve deleted everything and retried the whole process without success, I’d recommend emailing Nueva Sync and seeing what they have to say about your problem. I wish I could help more, but I don’t actually work for the company.

       
  11. Scott R

    January 15, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Any ideas when it stops sending data? I tried troubleshooting via Nueva’s website, reset and lost everything and now it won’t sync at all.

     
    • Steve S

      January 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm

      Scott,

      I recommend re-registering and completely starting over with the instructions. If that doens’t work, try to get into contact with Nuevasync.

       
  12. Scott R

    January 16, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Steve,

    I did basically that, deleted account on iPod and started over. It didn’t look like it was doing anything again so left it overnight and when I picked it up in the morning, everything was there. Not sure what happened but it looks ok now. Thanks for the feedback!

     
  13. Hugo

    January 21, 2009 at 12:33 am

    You Sir, are THA BOMB!!!

     
  14. anny

    January 31, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Excellent! I’ve been looking for an easy way to do this for days.

     
  15. Max

    February 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    hello
    i’m not that tech savvy so i don’t really understand what exactly this does, but does it mean by setting up neuvasync on itouch, i can get an updated copy of my Google Calendar every time i connect to wifi with itouch?
    also, does it work two-way? as in if i add an event to calendar in itouch, does it add the event on the Google calendar the next time i connect to wifi?
    thanks, Max

     
  16. charles

    April 8, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks man, very useful

     
  17. Sean D.

    September 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Yes, Thanks a Million.

    Have years worth of info in a google calendar. Just purchased an iTouch. Works great to sync all that data to the iTouch calendar.

     
  18. Vermishki

    October 7, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Yeah it works, but how can you have multiple calendars?

     
  19. Levi Johnson

    October 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Yes!!! it works! The site looks kind of scammish (to me anyway), but it’s legit.

     
  20. Mario A

    December 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks for the advice, it works great!

     
  21. Jan Nielsen

    January 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Thank you for true blue value. This works perfectly. You ought to have a paypal donation button. I wouldn’t hesitate to pay for this tip.

     
    • Steve S

      January 8, 2010 at 12:21 am

      Thanks a lot for your kind words. I’m glad I was able to help you out! I wrote this guide after being very frustrated with the process and finally figuring it out.

       
  22. Ricki

    January 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    THANK YOU!!! Been looking at this for a few days and couldn’t figure it out.

     
  23. Connie

    January 11, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Wow, what a miracle. Thanks so much for putting time into figuring this out and sharing it with us baffled ipod touch owners.

     
  24. tim

    January 13, 2010 at 11:21 am

    i just set up nuevasync with my ipod touch. the nueva sync site shows that it’s communicating with my device, but no info shows up in my calendar app. any idea how to remedy this?

     
  25. karen

    May 24, 2010 at 12:18 am

    We have two iphones with 2 google calenders. How do we share this calenders if we both have nueva accounts?

     
  26. Cheryl Waye

    July 22, 2010 at 9:54 am

    My Ipod Google Calendar is finally syncing. Thank you so much

     
  27. Matt Burns

    January 11, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Neuvasync are now charging $15 for use of this service.
    Any ideas of an alternative free site if there’s one out there?

     

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