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  1. jean christophe
    March 14, 2014

    Yes, very née, but the account in pref keeps saying “a secure connection hash”t been able to be established”… And nothing happened !

    Thanks to help !

    • Annoyed
      April 4, 2014

      Same thing, on 10.9.2

    • D
      July 14, 2014

      Did you ever figure out how to setup your google calendar on your mac? Mine also kept saying “a secure connection hasn’t been able to be established” :-/

      • Sarah
        October 2, 2014

        I had this problem. I fixed it by going to my Gmail account, Security settings and changing Account permissions: Access for less secure apps to “Enabled” – hope that helps!

  2. Thomas Slomka
    May 8, 2014

    Nice article. Your method works well. Have you been able to get your iCloud calendars to sync up to a Google calendar?

    Imagine you have two iCloud Calendars, Two Exchange Calendars and you manage all of them using the desktop app Apple Calendar. You also have all of them synced up to your iPhone and iPad. Now all you want is to display all of them on a web page so folks can see your availability…. This use to be possible pre-Mavericks by publishing each of the calendars to Google and then publishing the Google calendar to the web.

    If you can solve that you’ll make a lot of folks happy.

    • Wayne
      May 9, 2014

      No I haven’t found a way to do this. I did look long and hard. Hence this solution I described where you have the master calendar in Google, and you can share this to the web and to iCloud. But iCloud won’t share to Google. Apple doesn’t have much love for Google.


  3. Pete
    May 30, 2014

    Wayne – amazing! Who’d of thought I’d find you.
    Anyway – maybe you can help. I’ve just upgraded to Mavericks, and have lost all my iCal data, now that they have put me on to Calendar. Do you know of any way I can get it back, and then import it into Calendar?

  4. Chawn Crawley
    June 3, 2014


    Great write-up and thanks for getting it out there!
    I’ve been using Google calendar for quite some time in order to keep track of work and family. Honestly, my usage isn’t terribly elaborate or complex, but I’m still working to simplify things more. Currently, I’m using Fantastical to punch in fast entries from my mobile devices and things are just fine there.

    Only trouble I have is figuring out what app I should be running on the OSX side. Fantastical is there but it only works in the menu bar.

    Since I’ve no use (that I’m aware of now) for posting my calendar to my website, do you recommend sticking with Google or maybe rolling back to a strait iCal system?



  5. Dean Linnell
    July 9, 2014

    Thanks for the article. I’m not sure if I’m understanding this correctly but here’s what I want to do:
    My wife uses iCal and has our whole family’s schedule in there and it’s synced with my iCal. Works great. However, I’ve just switched to Android and have begun using Google Calendar. I want all our activities to sync from her iCal to my Google Calendar. How do I go about this? If I can’t see my family’s activities in my Google Calendar I’m pretty well screwed. Help!!

  6. Joanne Scott
    July 27, 2014

    I have the exact same issue with my husbands android syncing to our iCal on our Mac at home. Hope someone can help us out with this…

    • Joanne Scott
      July 27, 2014

      My husband just uploaded an app called “smooth sync” for cloud calendar for $1.99 and he can now view all of our family iCalendars!

  7. Doro Schmitt
    August 5, 2014

    As in the other websites, too: THIS IS NOT A SYNC!!!!!!

    This is how i can use my google calender in my iphone. A sync would be having the same data in both calendars.
    I openend 1000 sites now where everybody talks from syncing but it’s all shit

    • TH
      November 5, 2014


      This is not synching. Updating the calendar on my iPhone and having the update show up on my Google calendar is synching.

      • Wayne
        November 6, 2014

        You can update the calendar on your iPhone and the update shows up on the Google calendar. I’m not sure how that’s not a sync. And if you want more than one calendar, just make another Google calendar. I guess what this post is attempting to describe is a work-around for the fact that Apple prevent you from syncing with Google calendar.

        You can’t use an iCloud based calendar to sync because Apple don’t want to play nicely with Google. You need to start from Google and go the other way They are doing to Google what Microsoft did to Apple in the 90’s when Apple could read PC floppy disks but Microsoft wouldn’t read Apple disks. It’s a shame Apple didn’t learn from that experience! Thankfully Google try to play nicely with everyone.

  8. AG
    November 19, 2014

    It isn’t syncing because all you’re doing is updating a Google calendar on an iDevice. Syncing would be updating an iCal and having those changes appear on a Google calendar either on the same device or on another.

    My wife uses iCal on her iPhone, while I now use Google calendar on Android. Changes on one do not appear on the other. I wish they did.

  9. Jeromy
    December 26, 2014

    I have tired the google calendar settings to allow less secure apps, but still no dice on getting my gmail calendar to work on Ical. anyone have any other ideas?

  10. H25
    January 8, 2015

    I was able to sync the two by adding the account through iCal preferences and syncing my Gmail account as indicated above. My appointments made in Google Calendar showed up, but there were some “triangle + !” error messages that were annoying. I went through google help and followed this link https://www.google.com/calendar/syncselect — my correct info was already selected so I just saved it and the errors went away! My google calendar events all show up in iCal now–but as posters said, not the other way around. It seems like you have to export/import iCal into Google Calendar, but I haven’t fully looked into that.

  11. Llind a
    January 25, 2015

    Nice idea but I do not have an Internet accounts button on my System preferences file or on my IMAC. Now What?

  12. Caro
    January 29, 2015

    Thanks a lot for the advice! That is exactly what I need it.

  13. February 4, 2015

    To the author of this article:
    Are you really that stupid? You’re questioning the use of google calendar.. Every argument you use for using Apple calendar is also available in google calendar. The only difference is that with a google calendar you can do all of those things on EVERY device you want. You can share, view, edit ,… with everyone on every device.
    And now you’re making some workaround because of the incapabilities of the apple calendar… I think it’s time for you to throw away those blinkers…

    • Wayne
      February 6, 2015

      I’m sorry, I think you’ve completely misunderstood the article (or not read it). It’s not questioning the use of Google calendar at all, it is actually telling you how to use google calendar, step by step.

  14. Mohammed
    February 27, 2015

    Great help, thanks.Is there an easy way to get my ical events to show up in my google calendar?

    • Wayne
      February 27, 2015

      No way that I know of except to copy them across in Calendar app. Apple can see gmail calendar but not the other way round.

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