How to move your Calendar app events to Google Calendar

By , Jun 29, 2016

iOS Calendar to Google Calendar

It can sometimes be difficult to get all your different platforms to play along nicely, especially when they’re all competing against each other to try to be the better one.

Fortunately, when it comes to the Calendars app, there is a way to export your calendar events to Google Calendar so you can still see all of your important upcoming events from your Google account on any of your devices.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to export calendar events from your Calendar app to Google Calendar.

Exporting Calendar app events to Google Calendar

You might want to do this for a number of reasons, including any of the following:

  • If you’re using a PC and don’t have the OS X Calendar app
  • If you prefer Google Calendar over the Mac or iOS one
  • If you’re trying to convert from the iOS ecosystem to Android

No matter whether you’re on a Mac or an iOS device, exporting your Calendar app events to Google Calendar is possible. The process is definitely a whole lot easier to do from a Mac, but we’ll be showing you both methods in this tutorial for your convenience.

Exporting your Mac’s Calendar to Google Calendar

The easiest way to import your Calendar app events to Google Calendar isn’t from your iOS device, but rather from your Mac. To do that, you’ll need to create an ICS file and import it into Google Calendar. Here are the steps to make this happen:

1) Open the Calendar app on your Mac.

2) From the Menu Bar, click on File > Export > Export…

Calendar Mac File Export

3) Next, give the ICS file a name, pick where you want to save it, and then click on the Export button.

Mac Calendar App Export

4) Now you will want to open your favorite web browser and load Google Calendar.

Google Calendar Safari

5) Click on the Settings cog at the top right of the web interface, and then click on the Settings option in the drop-down menu.

Google Calendar Safari Settings

6) Now you’ll open the Calendars tab and then click on the Import calendar button.

Google Calendar Safari Import Calendar

7) In the next pop-up prompt, click on the Choose File button.

Google Calendar Safari Choose File

8) Locate the ICS file you made earlier and select it from the Finder file browser, then click on the Choose button.

Google Calendar Safari Choose ICS File

9) Now with your file uploaded, you’ll have to click on the Import button from the Google Calendar importing interface:

Google Calendar Safari Import

10) And that should complete the import. You can click on the Close button when you’re prompted to.

Google Calendar Safari Close

Now that you’ve imported your Mac’s Calendar app as an ICS file into Google Calendar, your ICS file events should appear in your Google Calendar web app.

But… let’s say you don’t have a Mac; doing this from an iOS device is a bit more complicated.

Exporting Calendar app events without a computer

If you don’t have access to Mac, the process is a little bit more cumbersome. Nevertheless, we’ll walk you through the steps.

Link your Google account to iOS

The first step in exporting any of your Calendar events from iOS to Google Calendar is making sure that you are signed into your Google account on your iOS device. This is a pretty simple thing to do, and if you’ve ever added a new email account to your device before, then you’ve probably already done this before.

1) Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to the Mail, Contacts, Calendars preferences pane.

Add Google Account to iOS in Settings Step 1

2) Next, tap on the Add Account cell to begin adding your Google account.

3) Tap on Google from the list of email account providers.

4) Sign in with your Google account credentials to finish signing in to your Google account on your iOS device.

Sign in to Google Account on iOS in Settings Step 2

Once you’re all signed in, you can give yourself a pat on the back, because you’ve completed the first baby step in syncing your iOS calendar with Google Calendar.

Enable Google to Access your iOS Calendar

After you’ve confirmed that you’re signed in, you will need to ensure that iOS is giving Google permission to access your iOS calendar. To do that, you’ll follow these steps:

1) Launch the Settings app and open the Mail, Contacts, Calendars preferences pane.

Enable Google to Access iOS Calendars in Account Settings

2) From your list of accounts, tap on the Gmail account you want to transfer iOS calendars to.

3) Next, make sure that the Calendars toggle switch is turned on in the Gmail account settings. If it already is, then you’re ready to move on.

Transferring your iOS Calendar events to Google Calendar

Once you’ve enabled your Google account to access your iOS Calendar as outlined above, you’re ready to move on. You can now transfer any event on your iOS Calendar to your Google Calendar.

To do that, you’ll follow these steps for each and every event that you want to move over to Google Calendar:

1) Launch the Calendar app from your Home screen and find a date with an event you want to transfer to Google Calendar.

Transfer iOS Calendar to Google Calendar Step 1

2) Tap on the date in the Calendar view, and then tap on the event itself.

3) Once you’re looking at the lone event in the event viewer, tap on the Edit button at the top left of the interface:

Transfer iOS Calendar to Google Calendar Step 2

4) Now, tap on the cell labeled Calendar.

5) Next, you will be able to choose a new place to display the Calendar event; you’ll pick your Gmail account instead of Calendar.

6) Once selected, ensure that your Calendar app settings point to your Gmail account, and then tap on the Done button to save your changes.

Transfer iOS Calendar to Google Calendar Step 3

And now you’ve just transferred that event to Google Calendar. You can confirm that you’ve done it right by signing into Google Calendar on your computer’s web browser and checking the date that you added the event to. In our case, you can see that our event was added to the proper date in Google Calendar:

iOS event displaying in Google Calendar

That’s all there is to it!

The events that you add to Google Calendar in this way are going to remain in the iOS Calendar app despite adding them to the competing Calendar service, so this means you’re still free to use your iPhone to view events from the iOS Calendar app.

Wrapping up

Whenever you might have the need to import your Mac or iOS device’s Calendar app events from an Apple device to Google Calendars, where there’s a will there’s a way. Now you can keep all of your platforms up to date with one another.

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If you found this tutorial helpful, or you know of a better way to accomplish this task, please let us know in the comments below!

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  • coLin

    does not show the events after importing. did I do something wrong?