For a year, I’ve been using a third-party application to try and sync my calendars between a desktop computer at work, my laptop, and my desktop computer at home. On top of this, trying to keep phones in sync with events has been… a challenge.
This morning I set my work computer to sync with my Google calendar. This is a feature Google added this summer. I am going to detail how I got this to work with Mac OS X Leopard and iCal 3.0.5. Others migrating here to Leopard may want to take advantage of this functionality.
- Set up a Google Calendar account. If you’re a Goochland teacher, you can do this through your Google Docs access. Click on “Calendar” in the top-left-hand side of the Google apps environment to access the calendar.
- Fire up iCal version 3, that supports CalDAV.
- Read over the instructions found at LifeHacker. I used this as a guide, but made changes to get it to work.
- Grab the correct URL from Google. Under calendar settings, visit the Calendar Address section, and grab the URL for iCal.
- In iCal, go to Preferences and visit the Accounts area. You’re going to add a new account for Google. Put in your Google account information (email and password) but under “Advanced”, for the URL, add the URL you copied from step 4. I changed the http:// header to https:// for encryption.
- Close the iCal settings, and a new calendar should appear in your sidebar.
- You can “Get Info” on this new calendar (right-click) and change settings, such as how often it syncs with Google.
What’s the point?
You’re now using Google to keep your calendar. You can enter appointments on either iCal or by going to Google’s online calendar. Either way, the two calendars will remain in sync.
Furthermore, I can repeat this process on more computers (even using desktop calendars other than iCal), and keep my calendar in sync on every computer I use. No matter where I add items, they’ll be sent to Google, and to all the other sync-ed calendars.
Lastly, if you sync your phone with your desktop calendar, it too will grab the items from there, and consequently, those that are on your Google calendar.
If you have success with these instructions, drop me a line in the comments.