You can set up and sync Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many other accounts right to your iPhone or iPad

Whether you use Apple’s iCloud, Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Outlook or Exchange, or something else, it’s easy to set up all your mail, contacts, and calendar accounts to sync to your iPhone or iPad. You can enable iCloud when you first set up your new iPhone or iPad, or enable any service at any time in Settings. Here’s how

How to set up iCloud mail, contacts, and calendars on your iPhone or iPad

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Tap iCloud.

Enter your iCloud email and password and tap Sign In.

Turn On the services you want to sync with your iPhone or iPad. By default most, if not all, of iCloud’s services are turned on.


How to set up Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts on your iPhone or iPad

If you want to add your Google account to your iPhone or iPad’s system apps, you’ll want to go to Settings > Mail, Calendar, Contacts.

Under the hood, Apple is using the open standard IMAP, CalDAV, and CardDAV services to handle syncing Google services; unfortunately, Gmail retro-fitted support for IMAP, and it can be quirky at times—especially if you like Gmail’s labeling system.

If you want to use the built-in iOS Mail app and its unified inbox, however, and you don’t have a paid account, it’s your only option.

Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.

Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.


Tap on Add Account.


Tap on Gmail.


Enter your login information for your Google account.


Tap on Allow when prompted with the “iOS would like to…” screen.

iphone3Tap on the Gmail button.

Under the account heading you can choose which services you’d like to sync: Mail, Contacts, Calendars, or Notes by moving the corresponding slider to the right.


Tap on Save.


After you save your account, you can access your settings at any time by tapping the Gmailentry under the Accounts header. If you’d like to change the description from “Gmail” to something more apt, tap the Account button, then tap the Description field.

You can also choose to run Google’s services in Google’s own iOS apps.

Gmail – Download now

Google Calendar – Download now

Other Google apps – Download now

How to set up Google Sync on your iPhone or iPad

The Google Sync setup is nearly identical to Exchange: You just need to have a paid Google account and enter the following settings.

Open the Settings app.

Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.


Tap Add Account.


Tap Exchange

Enter your Gmail or Google Account email and password (the description field will automatically update as Exchange).


Tap on Next.



Enter as the Server.

Leave the Domain field blank.

Enter your full Gmail or Google Account email address as the Username. (Yup, just like above.)



Tap on Next.

Move the Calendars Slider to the right to sync your calendar’s account with your device’s.

Tap on Save.


Success! Your Gmail calendar will now sync with your Calendar app on your iPhone, so any existing or new events made in your Google account or on your iPhone will be visible and updated in both.