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iCal Doesn’t Sync with Google Calendar? It’s a Simple Fix
July 31, 2012
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iCal Doesn’t Sync with Google Calendar? It’s a Simple Fix

So I recently came across an issue with iCal where I couldn’t sync it with my Google Calendar. I couldn’t fix the problem on my own so I went to do a Google search on how to sync iCal with my Google calendar. Surprisingly, not much came up on a Google search on how to fix this issue. I did find a lot of other people asking the same question, “I can’t get my iCal to sync with my Google calendar” so I decided to research the issue myself to see what was going on.

It’s a Simple fix:

Check to see if you have Google’s two-step verification on. It turns out that if you have Google’s two-step verification on you will not be able to sync iCal with your Google calendar. The first thing you need to do is go into your Google settings and grab a unique password for iCal. All applications need a unique password when two-step verification in turned on. Now instead of signing in with your normal Google password use the unique password you just made and use that to sign into iCal. Everything should sync and work as normal.

Google’s two-step verification is great and I recommend using it for added security on your Google account but when you’re using third-party apps or even Apple applications to access your Google account you always have to remember that you need a unique password. You cannot use the standard Google password to sign into your Google account from a 3rd party app.

So that’s this week’s tip. I know it helped me! Drop tips in the comments below. The best ones make future blog postings!


13 Responses

  1. Brilliant!!!
    Finally – after a week’s search on all the ‘official’ sites I got it to work.
    Thanks … *bowing*

  2. Manish

    Almost a year since this article, I still had a problem today configuring Google Calendar with the Mac Calendar app. The above suggestion obviously did not work, since I don’t have 2FA configured. But found help elsewhere, sharing the same: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/calendar/DTx2Ne5k1uI

  3. Irena

    I have 2-step verificaiton enabled on my gmail account and tried to get an application specific password for the iCalendar. However even with that it did not work. Here is the message I am getting when trying to sync iCal to Google Calendar:

    The URL “…” encountered HTTP error 404. Make sure the URL is correct.

    The URL is the private address of my Google Calendar

    1. You might need to make it a public link. A 404 error means the link is not found. Probably because it’s private. Hope that helps.

  4. didn’t work for me since i don’t have 2 step. just plumb can’t get the two to sync. apple gives me the message that my calendars are not on a secure server. and will not finish the account set up in ical. makes no sense since my calendars ARE on a secure server.

  5. So how do you get the unique password from google?

    1. Account Settings, Security, Scroll to the bottom of the page and under “Connected applications and sites” click “Manage Access”, scroll to the bottom and generate a new password for the application you are using.

      I know this is a brief explanation so I may do a full tutorial in the near future.

  6. Andy Brown

    What a convoluted piece of shit google is. It’s only strength is its search engine. Anything else pales by comparison to Mac or any other company. Gmail is another useless piece of shit, I have never used an email that’s so difficult to understand. It’s unfortunate that there are so many people using that free piece of junk. Nothing included Necroid aka Android is as easy to use as Apple. NOTHING. It’s truly plug and play. Google is glorified Microsoft and nothing else.

    1. I tend to agree although their apps are just slightly better than Apples so they have the slight edge. Their voice search is way better than Siri and obviously they are years ahead of Apple’s Map technology.

    2. I’ve also been using IXQuick.com as my default search engine. Although the NSA is tracking everything anyway it’s a small consolation that maybe they don’t know what I search for.

  7. didn’t work for me either… :(

  8. Mandi

    I was so excited that this might work. Alas, it did not!

    1. No? What happened? Not all my tips work but I try to leave as many as possible behind in the hope they help in the future.



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