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iPad / iPhone : Setup Gmail as an Exchange Account / Full Calendar, Email, Contact Syncing and Push Support

This recipe will explain how to setup your iPad or iPhone to use Gmail as an Exchange Account and in turn allow you to sync your Google Calendar, Gmail Email and Contacts to Google over Exchange (Push email).  Google has been gracious enough to allow full Exchange and Push support for the iPad and iPhone.

Setting up your Gmail / Google Exchange account.

1. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts Calendars > Add Account

2. Choose Microsoft Exchange

Fill in the form as such.

  • Email: your gmail address
  • Username: gmail user name
  • Password: gmail password
  • Description: anything you like (by default does your username)

Tap Next

3.  It will prompt to accept a Certificate, tap on Accept.  (if you do not get this prompt, just continue to Step 4)

4. Next, it will then ask you for the Server address.

We will enter:  m.google.com

Tap Next once we have this filled in.

5. Lastly we will be asked for what items we want to sync.  By default Calendar, Contacts, and Email should be ON.  Tap Save when your done.  The account should now be all setup.

To configure your Sync options, once your done; go back to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then Tap on the Account we just made to change the Days to Sync options, etc.

However, if your like me and have multiple calendars; only your main default one will show.  We can allow syncing of multiple calendars via a Google Sync page.

6. On your iPad / iPhone, open Safari and go to m.google.com/sync

7. Click on your Device and then choose the Calendars you want to sync.  Click on Save and your other Calendars will start syncing.


  • -To get a grip on your Contacts in Gmail, go to your Gmail account and click on Contacts.  I would recommend using Groups and then adding common Contacts to the appropriate Group.  By default, Gmail will not add any of your contacts to this Contacts list; but will keep them in the Global Address List (GAL) so you can still search ALL of your Gmail Contacts
  • -Gmail by default will add anyone you send an email to to the “Other Contacts” list. Again, you have to move contacts to your “My Contacts” list to get them to show in the Address Book.
Jimmy S
Jimmy Shttp://blogs.tech-recipes.com/jimmyselix
Jimmy Selix is an early adopter that loves to be one of the first on the block to have the latest and greatest in technology and gadgets. Another love of his is being able to share his knowledge to others seeking it. Feel free to drop any comments or questions that you may have.


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