Set up Google Sync with your iOS device
Follow the steps below to setup Google Sync on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
Requirements and Backing Up Data
- Perform a sync with iTunes to ensure that Contacts and Calendars from your iOS device are backed up to your computer. Learn more.
- Check your Safari cookies settings to see if it is set to "From Visited" or "Always". If it's set to "Never", you're more likely to be prompted to solve a CAPTCHA.
- If your organization uses Google Apps, your administrator needs to have Google Sync enabled before you can use Google Sync. Note that after you set up Google Sync, your administrator may also have additional device management capabilities (such as remote wipe or password requirements). Contact your administrator for more details.
Getting Started1. Open the Settings application on your device's home screen.
2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
3. Press Add Account....
4. Select Microsoft Exchange. iOS 4.0+ allows multiple Exchange accounts. However, if you're on a device that doesn't let you add a second account, you could also use IMAP to sync Gmail, CalDAV to sync Google Calendar, and CardDAV to sync contacts.
Enter Account Info5. In the Email field, enter your full Google Account email address. If you use an @googlemail.com address, you may see an "Unable to verify certificate" warning when you proceed to the next step.
iOS6 users click here to follow these setup instructions:
6. Enter your Google Account password as the Password.
7. Press Next at the top of your screen.
8. Enter m.google.com in the Server field.
9. Leave the Domain field blank.
10. Enter the user email address as the Username.
11. Press Next at the top of your screen again. Skip to step 12.
6. Leave the Domain field blank.
7. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username.
8. Enter your Google Account password as the Password.
Notes about passwords
- Be sure that you have a strong password for your Google Account.
- If you see an error message saying "Invalid Password", you may need to unlock your account by solving a short CAPTCHA. Go to https://www.google.com/accounts/UnlockCaptcha.
- If you are a 2-step verification user, please use an application-specific password instead of your regular password in this field.
- Check your Safari cookies settings to see if it is set to "From Visited" or "Always". If it is set to "Never", you're likely to be prompted to solve the CAPTCHA.
9. Tap Next at the top of your screen.
9a. Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.
10. When the new Server field appears, enter m.google.com.
- To access m.google.com, set the language to English (US).
Set up "Send Mail As" featureEnable "Send Mail As" feature
Gmail and Google Apps users can send mail from a custom "From" address using the web browser on their iOS device or computer.
- Sign in to Gmail using your web browser.
- Click the gear in the top right.
- Select Settings.
- Select the Accounts tab.
- Under Send mail as, click Add another email address you own.
- In the Email address field, enter your name and alternate email address. If you want this address to be your default one, deselect Treat as an alias.
- Use Gmail's servers to send your mail.
- Click Next Step >> and then click Send Verification. Gmail will send a verification message to your other email address to confirm that you own it.
- Open your other account and either click the link in the message Gmail sent or enter the confirmation code in the Accounts section of your Gmail settings.
- Go back into your Gmail settings and set this account as your default one.
After you've made these changes, your iOS mail app may still show you're sending mail from your primary account and not this new address. However, when your recipient receives the email, your address should appear as the new address you've set up in "send mail as". Send a test email from your device to make sure your email appears how you want it to.
For additional info and alternate directions for Google Apps customers, see Sending mail from a different address.
Additionally, Gmail and Google Apps users can send mail from their iOS mail app using a custom "From" address. To enable this feature, do the following:
- On your iOS device, go to http://m.google.com/sync/settings.
- Select your device and check Enable "Send Mail As" for this device
With Google Sync for iOS, the default setting when you Delete email in your iOS Mail app is that Gmail will archive the message and not delete it. When you Enable "Delete Email As Trash" for this device, pressing Delete in your iOS Mail app will delete that email from your device and send it to your Gmail Trash.
To enable this setting, go to http://m.google.com/sync/settings in your mobile browser. Note that this page is only available to users who've selected English (U.S.) as their language.
If you accidentally delete a message that you didn't mean to delete, you can find it by signing in to your Gmail or Google Apps account in a web browser and going to the Trash. By default, the Trash is emptied from Gmail every 30 days.
Enable Mail, Calendar, and Contacts
12. Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync. To receive and respond to meeting requests on your device, both Mail and Calendar need to be turned on, and New events needs to be enabled in your Google Calendar settings.
To enable 'New events', sign in to your Google Calendar using the web browser on your phone or computer. Go to Calendar Settings > Calendars > Click on the Notifications for the calendar you want to sync. Under Email check 'New events' (and any of the other Invitation settings you want enabled e.g. changed events, cancelled events, event responses), and click Save.
13. There are three options for keeping your contacts synced. You can keep your device's contacts and sync just your My Contacts group, you can sync only Google Contacts and wipe your device's contacts, or you can merge your contacts via iTunes and sync only the contacts that stream with your phone.
13a. If you would like to keep your existing contacts on your device select the Keep on my iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) option when prompted. This will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes. If you choose to keep existing contacts, you will sync the contents of the My Contacts group.
13b. If you have all your contacts in Google and you want to start syncing them to your device and don't want to keep the contacts on your phone, tap Delete Existing Contacts. If there are no contacts on your phone, the contents of your All Contacts group will be synced.
13c. If you have all your contacts on your device and want to import them into Google, you can synchronize your Google Contacts with iTunes. All Contacts and Calendars that you sync with iTunes will be put into the On My iPhone Contacts and Calendar groups on your phone. iOS currently doesn't allow you to move Contacts or Calendar events from the On My iPhone groups to the Google Sync groups.
You've set up Google Sync! Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your device. You can also open the Mail, Calendar, or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync. Note that if you've recently signed up for Google Apps for Business, Education, or Government, it can take a few hours (up to 24) before you're able to sync with your mobile device.
Next see Using Google Sync with iOS Calendar.
Experiencing setup or sync issues? See the Known Issues page.