Synching iPod Touch Calendar with Google Calendars

I was asked today how in the world I could get an iPod Touch to sync to a Google Calendar. I had another setup working by adding my Google Calendar to my iCal and then anytime I synched my iPod, those events would be synched to iCal and in turn my Google Calendar. Well, our schedules change quickly and often, and this was not working as well as I had liked. I felt like I could miss some events that I have added on my iPod (since we CAN’T have an iPhone – we are stuck with Verizon).

I knew that it could be done, I just hadn’t had the excuse to sit down and spend some time to figure it out. The good news is, it IS possible and not too hard to set up – I just got it working for myself. You’ll need to follow two sets of instructions – one to select which calendars you want to sync (if it’s more than your default calendar – the first one on the calendar list), and one to set up the synching.

Your Gmail Administrator needs to check one box in the Mobile section of the Domain Management for your educational domain to allow calendar and contact synching. Here’s the instructions on what setting needs to be altered.

Alright. Here are the instructions on how to set this up on the iPod. I did the below in the reverse order, and had to repeat my first step. So, give this a try in this order and hopefully it will work the first time.
– Follow these instructions to choose which calendars to sync – Note: follow the second set of instructions under “Google Apps alternate instructions”
– Follow these instructions to set up synching on the iPod Touch.

Now, on Calendar on the iPod, I have a new section of calendars called “Exchange” where I can view my synchronized Google calendar events. If I add an event on that calendar, it will automatically sync to Google calendar (and iCal for me because I’ve set it up that way) and vice versa. Adding an event on your synched Google calendar will “push” that event to your iPod over the wireless network without having to plug in and sync to iTunes.

Very slick. I am glad that the problem was brought up so that I could have an excuse to take the time to figure out how to do it for myself. I’m VERY happy to get this working! 

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