How to Set Up Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts on iOS

How to Easily Sync Your Gmail, Google Calendar and Contacts On iOS

Our friends at Lifehacker shared a heck of a tip today. Setting up Google’s Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts on your iOS device can be a multi-step process. This tip makes it all one step.

The iPhone is a fantastic phone, but if you’re a heavy user of Google services, it can be a little confusing to set up your Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts to sync with iOS. The default method’s no good. Here’s the better way to do it.  Thank goodness for this, because we know that the official Google Gmail App for iOS was a flop.

You can get all your Google services syncing (complete with push sync¡ªthat is, messages push to your phone as soon as you receive them) with iOS by setting up just one account. The trick is to choose Microsoft Exchange at the prompt instead of Gmail.  It’s a bit of a hack, but it definitely works:

The key is when setting up a new Email account, choose Microsoft Exchange instead of Gmail. It gives you access to contacts and calendars, and everything will sync on your iOS device seamlessly. Whenever you add a new contact or calendar invite, everything will move over in real-time.

  • Open up the Settings app on your iOS device and go to the “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” section. Hit “Add Account”.
  • From there, choose Microsoft Exchange as the type of account (again, don’t choose Gmail).
  • Type in your Gmail address under Email. Leave the Domain field blank and enter your full Gmail address under Username (including the,, or other suffix). Type in your password and give it any description you like. Mine’s just called “Gmail”.
  • Press the Next button at the top of the screen. It should pop up a message saying Unable to Verify Certificate¡ªif it does, just hit cancel. Then, type in the new “Server” box that shows up at the top of the screen. Then tap Next.

Set Up Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts (Properly) on iOS

From there, you should be all set. You can turn on Mail, Contact, and Calendar syncing from the account settings page that shows up. Note that pressing the trash can icon in the Mail app will archive a message, not delete it completely. If you want to delete it, you can hit the folder icon and choose Trash from the menu to move it to the trash. For more information on setting up Gmail with iOS, check out Google’s help page on the subject.

After that, you should be ready to rock with no headaches. Everything will update in real-time so there’s no need to do manual syncs or worry about push notifications.

From lifehacker