Google Calendar on iPhone

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Since iOS 3.0, CalDAV was introduced allowing Google Apps Calendar or Google Calendar to be used to sync with iPhone calendar. The setup is pretty straight forward. But the tricky part is figuring out how to access the Shared Calendar of your friends that you have added to your calendar!

But just for the record, here’s how you can add your Google Apps Calendar into your iPhone.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Under Accounts, select Add Account….
  4. Choose Other.
  5. Under Calendars, select Add CalDAV Account
  6. Enter the following details:
    Server: www.google.com
    User Name: email@yourdomain.com (Google Account or Google Apps Email Address)
    Password: your password
    Description: My Gapps CalDAV (or whatever name that’s suitable)
  7. Click on Next on top of your screen.

You Gapps CalDAV will be setup and ready to go in your Calendar. However, it will by default be opening only your own calendar. So how do you sync your shared calendar too!

Simple! Just go to:
https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect
while logged into your Google Account or Google Apps Account. You will then be given the option to select or uncheck calendars appearing in your Google Calendar you will want to have them sync-ed on your iPhone.
Google Apps User can go to
https://www.google.com/calendar/hosted/yourdomain.com/iphoneselect
replacing ‘yourdomain.com’ with your actual Google Apps domain name. I have tried simply using the link above, and all is fine too.

Overcoming Gmail “All Mail” Folder in IMAP

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Wahoo! Google blog about this quite a while back and i didn’t realise it.
They have this new add-on currently experimental in their labs section, while gmail is still in beta, so almost everything is labs!

So the problem here is Gmail IMAP offer a very good means for almost everyone to sync their email in mail, iphone and thunderbird etc (outlook sucks in imap features, especially with gmail). BUT the “All Mail” label in gmail can get quite irritating when u start seeing duplicates emails in your “Inbox” and “All Mail” folder. and even more irritating when search produce 2 email of exact same thing from the 2 folders, of cos, there was recommendation like this to remove it from spotlight, but if your gmail account have 4gb of email, you are actually using 8gb to cache 4gb of your email.

So come “Advance IMAP Setting for Gmail”, simply go to “Settings” then under the “Labs” tab, search for:
Advance IMAP Controls
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Enable it, and simply go to the “Filters” tab to exclude your “All Mails” label from showing in IMAP.
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You can read more about this in google’s blog linked below.

Source: Google System Blog – Advanced IMAP Settings for Gmail

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