FAQ > Questions > How to configure your iOS device (iPhone, iPad) to work with Google Sync

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Google Sync is the feature that allows your iOS device to synchronize over-the-air with your Gmail mail, Google Contacts and Google Calendar. It uses microsoft's Exchange ActiveSync and it works really well. This is by far the recommended method of synchronizing your mail, contacts and calendar with Google Services.

There are a few requirements and recommendations:


  1. Google Sync is only supported on Apple iOS versions 3.0 and above. You can check your current version by going to Settings > General > About > Version. If you're running an iOS before 3.0, upgrade to the latest iOS on Apple's site: http://www.apple.com/ios/ before setting up Google Sync.
  2. Perform a sync with iTunes to ensure that Contacts and Calendars from your iOS device are backed up to your computer. This should be done so that you do not lose your contact info.


On your iOS device do the following:


  1. 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 CalDAV to sync Google Calendar and IMAP to sync Gmail.

  5. 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.
  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.
  9. Tap Next at the top of your screen. 
    1.  Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.
  10. When the new Server field appears, enter m.google.com.
  11.  Press Next at the top of your screen again.

  12. The account will then be verified and you are set. Your e-mail contacts and calendar will start populating withing the next few minutes. 



Last updated on August 9, 2011 by CompuTrain User