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Are you juggling iCloud/Apple Calendar and Google Calendar, and wondering if there’s a better way to manage both Calendars? In this article, we’ll do a thorough step-by-step explanation of how to sync an iCloud/Apple Calendar with a Google Calendar.
How to manually sync iCloud/Apple Calendar with Google Calendar by importing
The manual method of syncing an Apple/iCloud Calendar with a Google Calendar is by sharing the Apple Calendar and importing it into the Google Calendar.
By following this step-by-step guide, you can sync one Apple Calendar with another Google Calendar.
- Open the Apple Calendar. You can open the iCloud/Apple Calendar by visiting https://www.icloud.com/calendar/.
- Hover over the Apple Calendar you want to sync with Google Calendar. The calendars are located on the sidebar on the left, below the Calendar section.
- Click the Profile Picture Icon on the right of the Apple Calendar you want to share. After clicking the icon, a modal with the title Calendar Sharing will pop up.
- Toggle the Public Calendar (switch it on). This will make the Apple Calendar public, and generate a new Webcal URL.
- Copy the Webcal URL generated when toggling the Public Calendar toggle. You can copy the link by clicking the Copy button provided by Apple Calendar.
- Open Google Calendar. You can open Google Calendar by visiting https://calendar.google.com/
- Find the Other Calendars section. The Other Calendars section is located on the left side of the page, on the sidebar.
- Click the + Icon. The plus icon is located on the right of the Other Calendars section.
- Click From URL. After you click the plus icon, a modal pops up. You should click the option that reads From URL.
- Paste the URL we copied from Apple Calendar. In step 5, we copied the Webcal URL that we generated from the Apple Calendar, by enabling Calendar Sharing. We should now paste that URL inside the From URL field in Google Calendar.
- Click Add Calendar. Your iCloud/Apple calendar is synced with your Google Calendar.
Your iCloud/Apple Calendar is now synced with your Google Calendar. You should be able to see all the iCloud Calendar events in your Google Calendar.
With the use of Calendar Automation tools, you are able to sync multiple calendars in real-time, without a need to share the calendars and make them public.
Benefits of syncing Apple Calendar with Google Calendar by importing.
- Meeting transparency: Your iCloud/Apple Calendar events sync with Google Calendar, providing you with the visibility of your schedule. This helps you have an overview of your schedule, and saves time, as you won’t have to check multiple calendars to see your availability.
- The service is free of charge. You don’t have to pay for the service, as it’s provided by Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. Note that there are some serious disadvantages that come with syncing Apple Calendar with Google Calendar by Importing.
Downfalls of syncing Apple Calendar with Google Calendar by importing
- Not secure, with no privacy controls. When you sync your iCloud Calendar with Google Calendar by sharing, you’re basically making the iCloud Calendar public. If that’s not bad, workspace administrators can also see your private events along with their details.
- The sync is not in real-time: Note that Google Calendar will not automatically sync with iCloud/Apple Calendar. You will notice a considerable amount of delay in your events (up to 24 hours).
- Leads meeting conflicts. Another significant downfall is that if your team members use the Find a Time feature in Google Calendar, they won’t be able to see events outside your Primary Google Calendar. Given that the iCloud/Apple Calendar we imported is a Shared Calendar, they won’t be able to see the busy slots in it, leading to scheduling conflicts.
- Takes time to set up: Note that you can sync one Apple/iCloud Calendar at a time. If you want to sync more calendars, you’ll have to go through the same steps again.
Is there an automated way to sync Apple Calendar with Google Calendar?
Calendar automation tools such as OneCal have made it easy to automatically sync calendars, in less than a couple of minutes. The bad news is that they don't support Apple Calendar yet. One of the reasons might be that Apple Calendar is not as popular as Google Calendar or Outlook.
Use OneCal to sync multiple calendars
Although we don’t support Apple Calendar yet, you can still sync Outlook and Google Calendars in real-time, by blocking time to your calendars and avoiding meeting conflicts.
In order to try OneCal, you can sign up for a 14-day free trial, no credit card is required