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.