How to set up and sync Gmail, Google Contacts, and Google Calendar in iOS [Tip]

Setting up different things on iOS devices is easy as hell but setting up and syncing Gmail, Google Contacts, and Google Calendar isn’t one of them. To make setting up these services easier and enable syncing between them and your iOS devices LifeHacker has shared a super useful and easy tip that not only allows you to setup the said services but also enables real time push syncing with your iOS device.

When setting up new Gmail account on on your iOS device select Microsoft Exchange instead of Gmail, this will allow your device to sync not only your mail but your Google Calendars and Contacts directly to your iOS device. After following this method you will be able to see your calendars and contacts updating on your device automatically.

Follow these steps

  1. Open up the Settings app on your iOS device and go to the “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” section. Hit “Add Account”.
  2. From there, choose Microsoft Exchange as the type of account (again, don’t choose Gmail).
  3. 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”.
  4. Press the Next button at the top of the screen. It should pop up a message saying Unable to Verify Certificate—if it does, just hit cancel. Then, type in the new “Server” box that shows up at the top of the screen. Then tap Next.


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