Gmail Calendar Not Syncing on iPhone

When you set up a Google account (and enable Calendar by default), your Gmail calendars should sync without a problem. These days, the setup is so easy that it all happens automatically once you sign in with your Gmail/Google credentials.

But there’s this remote possibility that Google/Gmail calendars are not synced to your iPhone’s calendar, and that can be a big problem. If you rely on mobility and your calendar a lot, this is going to be a very huge issue. Fortunately, you can fix it easily.

Gmail Calendar Not Syncing on iPhone: Tips to Fix the Issue

Check for the Calendar Switch

One of the first things you should check for is a switch for Calendar.

Step #1. Open Settings tap on Passwords & Accounts.

Tap on Settings then Password & Accounts

Step #2. Tap on Gmail → If there is multiple accounts, Tap on the Gmail account you added Make sure the switch for Calendars is turned on.

Tap on Gmail and Turn On Calendar on iPhone

It’s entirely possible that you switched off Calendars when setting up the Gmail account (intentionally or accidentally). Turning it on will sync the calendars. Also, after turning it on, quit and re-open the Calendar app.

The Fetch/Push Setting

After the “demise” of a way for apps to use “push” in iOS 7, apps like Gmail have to rely on Manual refresh or something called “Fetch.”

The Fetch/Push settings seem to work for Calendar events too. So, if you do not see your Gmail Cal events show up on your Calendar, this is one of the things you should check.

Step #1. Go to Settings → Passwords & Accounts.

Tap on Settings then Password & Accounts

Step #2. Tap on Fetch New Data → Now, tap on the Gmail account → Tap on Fetch (if you want updates to show up automatically) or Manual (if you want to refresh things manually.)

Fetch New Data Manyally for Gmail on iPhone

Also, under Fetch New Data, scroll down to the Fetch section and pick a time interval (15 mins, 30 mins or Hourly). You can also pick the “Manual” option.

Fetch New Gmail Data on iPhone

When you pick a time interval (after selecting the Fetch method), the Calendars will automatically fetch data from your Gmail calendar at the set interval. For Manual, you will have to pull down to refresh the calendars (from within the Calendar app → Calendars.)

Sync Default Calendar

Step #1. Go to Settings tap on Calendars.

Tap on Settings then Calendar on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Sync → Select All Events.

Sync All Calendar Events on iPhone or iPad

Also, just to be sure, tap on Default Calendar. And then pick a Gmail calendar as default.

Set Gmail as Default Event Calendar on iPhone or iPad

No Gmail calendars showing? Re-check the first part “Check for the Calendar Switch.”

Re-add your Gmail Account

If nothing works, remove the Google account. To do so, tap on Settings → Passwords & Accounts → Tap on Gmail under the “Accounts” → Tap on Delete Account Button.

Now re-add the account by Going to Settings again and tap on Passwords and Accounts → Tap on Add Account under the “Accounts” → Tap on Google → Follow on-screen instructions.

When you do this, everything gets reset. Just before you add, make sure there’s no restriction in Gmail Calendar.

Wrapping Up

Hope this guide has helped you solve the Gmail calendar syncing issue on iPhone. In case it has not, don’t hesitate to comment your query below comment box.

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