Sync Google Calendar with Outlook 2016, 2013 and 2010

I'm sure by now all of you are aware that the old good Google Calendar Sync is not supported any longer. And you don't need to have the third eye to understand at least one reason why they discontinued it. Microsoft and Google are the biggest competitors fighting for the leadership and market share, and all's fair in love and war… It's not only clear why we, users, should suffer.

Anyway, apart from Google's Calendar Sync, there exist a number of ways and free tools to sync Outlook and Google calendars and hopefully this article will help you choose the best approach.

How to synch Google Calendar with Outlook (read-only)

Using this method you can set up one way syncing from Google Calendar to Outlook. Outlook will periodically check the Google Calendar for updates, and if any new or modified events are found, they will be downloaded and displayed alongside with your Outlook appointments.

Copy Google Calendar's URL

  1. Log into your Google account and click Calendar on the Google bar.
    Log into your Google account and click Calendar on the Google bar.

    If you are logged into your Gmail account, then you will need two clicks instead of one. As you probably know, about two months ago Google rolled out the new update and all of a sudden the Calendar button disappeared from the G-mail page's task bar. Anyway, click on the Apps launcher icon Apps launcher icon and select Calendar from the list of apps.

  2. Hover over the needed calendar in the calendar list at the left-hand part of the screen, click the drop-down arrow that appears to the right of the calendar name, and then click Calendar settings.
    Hover over the needed calendar in the calendar list and click Calendar settings.

    This will open the Calendar details page.

  3. If your google calendar is public, then click the green ICAL icon next to Calendar Address. If it is private, click the ICAL button next to the calendar's Private Address.
    Click the ICAL button and copy the calendar's URL.
  4. Copy the calendar's URL. Now you can paste this URL into any other application that supports the iCal format (.ics) and access your Google calendar from there.

Synchronizing with Outlook 2010, 2013 and 2016

Method 1:

  1. Open your Outlook and switch to Calendar > Manage Calendars ribbon group.
  2. Click Open Calendar button and choose "From Internet…" from the drop down list.
    Click Open Calendar button and choose
  3. Paste your Google calendar's URL and click OK.

Method 2:

  1. On the File tab, select Account Settings twice.
    On the File tab, select Account Settings twice.
  2. Switch to the Internet Calendars tab and click the New… button.
    Click the New… button on the Internet Calendars tab.
  3. Press Ctrl + V to past the Google calendar's URL, and then click the Add button.
  4. Click Close to close the Accounting Settings dialog.
  5. In the Subscriptions Option dialog box, type the folder name for the imported calendar and make sure the Update Limit checkbox is selected. If you want to transfer the attachments within your Google Calendar events, select the corresponding option too and then click OK.
    Name the imported calendar and make sure the Update Limit checkbox is selected.

That's it! Your Google calendar has been added to Outlook and you can see it under "Other Calendars".

Google calendar has been imported to Outlook and you can see it under 'Other Calendars'.

Note! Remember that the Google Calendar imported in this way is read-only, the lock icon lock icon is displayed in the lower right hand corner of all imported Google Calendar's events, meaning they are locked for editing. Changes made in Outlook are not synced with your Google Calendar. If you want to send the changes back to Google Calendar, you need to export your Outlook Calendar.

Calendar Sync / Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook

Updated on 1-Aug-2014.

Google officially announced "Google Sync End of Life", including the Google Calendar Sync, last year. And on 1 August 2014, our good old Google Calendar Sync has finally come to an end, alas.

Initially, this section contained a backup download link for Google Calendar Sync and instructions on how to make it work with new versions of Outlook 2010 and 2013. But since all that stuff is of no use any longer, we have removed it.

I'm explaining this so that you won't be confused if you come across mentioning of that magic link in early comments to this post. Even if you find it somewhere else, it would be of no avail because Google Calendar Sync has stopped functioning altogether.

So, what alternative does Google offer to us now? I guess everyone already knows - Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook plug-in. This new sync app supports all versions of Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and Outlook 2016 and automatically syncs e-mail, contacts and calendars between Outlook and Google apps servers. It can also simultaneously copy data from a company's Exchange servers.

A fly in the ointment is that Google Apps Sync is available only for paid accounts as well as for Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government users. If you are one of those lucky customers, you may find the following resources helpful:

Download Google Apps Sync for Outlook - on this page you can find the latest version of Google Apps Sync and watch an introductory video that will help you quickly get started with this plug-in.

Work with your Google Calendar in Outlook - detailed guidance on how to set up and use Google Apps Sync with Outlook 2016 - 2003.

Free tools and services to sync Google Calendar with Outlook

In this section, we are going to look into some free tools and services and see what benefits they provide.

SynqYa - free web service to synchronize calendars and files

You may consider using this free service as an alternative way to handle your Google and Outlook calendar synchronization. A really nice feature is that it allows two-way syncing, i.e. from Google to Outlook and in the reverse direction. Synchronizing between Google and iPhone is also supported, which adds one more argument in favor of SynqYa.

The sync process is pretty straightforward and requires just two steps:

  • Sign up for a free synqYa account.
  • Authorize access to your Google calendar.

Setting up syncing between Google and Outlook calendars with SynqYa

Wrapping up, this service seems to be a decent alternative if you don't have the admin rights on your computer, or if you are reluctant to install any Outlook add-ins, or if your company has a strict policy with regard to installing third-party software in general and free tools in particular.

SynqYa Pros: no client software, no installation (admin rights are not required), syncs Outlook, Apple iCal and other calendar software with Google Calendar.

SynqYa Cons: more difficult to configure (based on our blog readers feedback); syncs with one calendar only; no option to check for duplicates, meaning if you have the same appointments in Outlook and Google, you will have these entries in double after syncing.

Calendar Sync for Outlook and Google - free 1-way and 2-way syncing

Calendar Sync is free software to sync Outlook appointments with Google events. It supports one-way syncing either from Outlook or Google as well as 2-way syncing by last changed appointments/events. It also lets you delete duplicate items in Outlook and Google calendars. Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 are supported.

The following screenshot demonstrates how to configure the syncing settings:
Calendar Sync for Outlook and Google

Calendar Sync Pros: easy-to-configure, allows 1-way and 2-way syncing, a portable (zip) version is available that does not require admin rights and allows using the proxy settings.

Calendar Sync Cons: Free version allow synching appointments / events only within a 30 day range.

Outlook Google Calendar Sync

Outlook Google Calendar Sync is another free tool for syncing Outlook and Google calendars.  This small tool doesn't require admin rights, works behind a proxy and supports the following versions:

  • Outlook -> Google syncing (Outlook 2003 - 2016)
  • Google -> Outlook sync (Outlook 2010 and 2016)

Outlook Google Calendar Sync

I have to say that I did not try this tool personally, but the manufacturer warns that this project is currently undergoing a lot of development and therefore bugs are inevitable.

Paid tools to sync Outlook and Google calendars

Updated on 1-Aug-2014.

Initially, I did not plan to include any commercial tools in this article. But now that the former top player (Google Calendar Sync) is out of the game, it probably makes sense to review some paid tools as well, and see how they compare to each other.

Below you will find a quick overview of the syncing tool that I tried personally. I will probably add some more tools in the future if you find this info useful.

CompanionLink for Google

This application can synchronize calendars, contacts and tasks between Outlook and Google and lets you select the categories to be synced. Also, it does support syncing of multiple calendars, which is a big plus. The tool works with all versions of Outlook 2016 - 2000.

The configurations process is very straightforward and you will hardly need any guidance. I will just point out a few key steps and features below.

To start configuring, you can click on the Settings icon in the CompanionLink group on the Add-ins ribbon tab in Outlook, or click the CompanionLink icon on the desktop, or find it in the programs list.

  1. First off, select what devices you want to synchronize (naturally this is Outlook and Google in our case):
    Select the devices you want to synchronize.
  2. Now you choose what items (calendars, contacts, tasks) you want to sync and whether it shall be one-way or two-way syncing. To do this, click the Settings button under Microsoft Outlook and you will see the following options:
    Choose the items to sync and one-way or two-way syncing
  3. Clicking the Settings button under Google will display the "Google Settings" dialog where you enter your Gmail credentials and choose what calendars to sync - the default one, selected, or all.
  4. And finally, you can click the Advanced button in the lower-left corner of the Settings window, switch to the Auto Synchronization tab and select the time when you want to have the items get synchronized automatically.
    Configuring auto synchronization

You are all set now. Of course, you can switch between other tabs and play with other settings if you want to. For example, you can set the Category Filter on the corresponding tab.

The Mac version of CompanionLink is also available that supports 2-way syncing between Mac and Google.

If you are interested to try the CompanionLink syncing tool, here is the product's page - CompanionLink for Google. A trial version is not publically available, though, and you would have to provide your email address to get it. I personally hate this practice, but they probably have some reasoning behind it. Currently CompanionLink offers two pricing models - one-time license for $49.95 or 3-month subscription for $14.95.

CompanionLink Pros: feature-rich, easy-to configure; supports 1-way and 2-way manual or automatic syncing of calendars, contacts and tasks; can sync multiple calendars; the company provides free phone support.

CompanionLink Cons: only paid version is available, complicated procedure to get a trial.

gSyncit - software to sync Outlook calendars, contacts, notes and tasks with Google

gSyncit is an add-in for Microsoft Outlook purposed for syncing calendars (as well as contacts, notes and tasks) between Outlook and Google. It also supports synchronization with Evernote, Dropbox and some other accounts and lets you edit Google calendar events imported into the Outlook calendar.

The gSyncit tool has a free and paid version. Both versions allow 1-way and 2-way syncing of calendars, tasks, contacts and notes. A while ago, this was one of the most popular free tools with just 2 significant limitations -  syncing just one calendar and a pop-up appearing on Outlook start with a 15 second delay. However, the changes introduced in version 4 have made an unregistered version almost useless:

  • Synchronizing one Google and Outlook calendar;
  • Synchronizing 50 entries only;
  • Does not sync deletes for contacts / notes /tasks entries;
  • 2 popups on Outlook start, one after the other, which will make you wait for 15 seconds and 10 seconds respectively;
  • Automatical syncing is disabled in the free version.

So, currently an unregistered version of gSyncit can be used for evaluation purposes only, alas. If you want to remove the above limitations, you will have to buy a registered version.

How to configure Outlook and Google calendar syncing with gSyncit

  1. You start by clicking the Settings button on the gSyncit tab on the Outlook ribbon.
  2. In the Settings window, choose what items to sync on the left pane and then click the New button.
    Configuring Outlook and Google calendar syncing with gSyncit
  3. After that you create a new mapping by specifying 3 essential things:
    • Click the Verify Account button to enter your credentials and verify your Google account.
    • Click Select Calendar… under Google Calendar section to get the calendar URL.
    • And finally, click Select Calendar… under Outlook Calendar section to choose the Outlook calendar you want to sync with. It may be something like "\\personal folder\calendar" or "\\account_name \calendar".

    Creating a new mapping with gSyncit

  4. For additional options, switch to the Sync Options tab and check the options you want. For the 2-way syncing, select both "Sync Outlook to Google" and "Sync Google to Outlook":
    Set up 2-way syncing between Outlook and Google.

    Of course, there are a handful of additional options on other tabs, but in most cases the settings on the Sync Options tab absolutely suffice.

  5. Now you only need to click OK to save a new mapping that will link your Outlook and Google calendars together.

    Once a new mapping is created, you simply click the appropriate button on the ribbon and your Google calendar will get synced with Outlook straight away.
    Click the appropriate button on the ribbon to have your Google calendar synced with Outlook.

If you'd rather have automatic syncing, head over to the Applications Setting tab > Sync Options and configure your preferred synchronization intervals. You can also enable automatic syncing when Outlook starts or exists:
Configuring automatic synchronization with gSyncit

If you want advanced options, the following ones may come in handy:

  • Synchronize all appointments or within a specified time range only (Sync Range tab).
  • Sync Outlook appointments from certain categories only (Categories tab).
  • Remove duplicate appointments (Sync Options tab).

Summing up, if you are an active user of both calendars, gSyncit is definitely worth your attention as a tool to automate Outlook and Google calendar syncing.

gSyncit Pros: easy-to-configure, allows 2-way syncing of calendars, tasks and contacts; additional options such as pre-configured automatic syncing, removing duplicate items etc.

gSyncit Cons (free version): displays a pop-up window on Outlook start preventing Outlook usage for 15 seconds, supports syncing with one Outlook calendar only, synchronizes 50 entries only, and does not sync deletes.

Import / export calendars between Outlook and Google

Using this method you can transfer a copy of your calendars in the iCalendar format from Outlook to Google and in vice versa. However, the imported calendar snapshots are not updatable and you need to get a new snapshot every time the calendar gets updated. This does not seem to be the best approach if you are actively using both calendars, though it may work if e.g. you plan to get your Outlook calendar into Gmail and then stop using Outlook.

Importing a calendar from Google into Outlook

  1. Copy the Google Calendar's URL as described above (Steps 1 -3).
  2. Click the calendar's URL that shows up.
    Click the calendar's URL that shows up.
  3. When the basic.ics file is downloaded, click on it to import the calendar into Outlook.

The imported Google calendar will open side-by-side with your Outlook Calendar and will be available under Other Calendars.

Note: The imported calendar is static and it won't update. To get the latest version of your Google Calendar, you should repeat the steps described above. Alternatively, you can subscribe to your Google Calendar and have it updated automatically.

Exporting Outlook calendar to Google

  1. In Outlook Calendar, select the calendar you want to export to Google to make it the active calendar in the view.
  2. Switch to the File tab and click Save Calendar.
    Switch to the File tab and click Save Calendar.
  3. Type a name for the iCal file in the File Name field.
    Type a name for the iCal file in the File Name field.
  4. Click the More Options button to specify the date range and detail level.
    Specify the date range and detail level.

    Tip: Click the Advanced button for two more options: 1) whether to export private items and 2) whether to export attachments within your Outlook calendar items. If you choose the latter, be aware that this might significantly increase the size of the iCalendar file.
  5. Click OK to close the More Options dialog and then click Save.

    That's it! You have performed all needed steps in Outlook and now let's finish the process on Google Calendar's side.

  6. Log on to your Google Calendar account.
  7. Click the little black arrow next to My calendars and choose Settings.
    Click the little black arrow next to My calendars and choose Settings.
  8. Under Calendar, click the Import Calendar link.
    Click the Import Calendar link.
  9. Click the "Choose File" button and browse for the .ics file you have created earlier and click Open.
  10. In the drop down box next to Calendar, choose the Google Calendar where you want to import your Outlook appointments.
  11. Click the Import button to finish the process.
    Click the Import button to finish the process.

    Note. Similar to Importing a calendar from Google into Outlook, the transferred calendar is static and won't update along with the changes you make in Outlook. To get the recent version of your Outlook calendar, you need to repeat this procedure.

Well, in this article we've covered several tools and techniques that will hopefully help you sync your Google calendar with Outlook. If none of them meets you requirements in full, you can check out various paid services, such as OggSync, Outlook Dav, Sync2, GooOut and many others.

Important Note! Please be sure to use only one syncing method described in this tutorial at a time, or else you may end up having duplicate calendar items in Outlook and Google.

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446 Responses to "Sync Google Calendar with Outlook 2016, 2013 and 2010"

  1. John Moen says:

    Thanks....very helpful...looked all over g-calendar for export....NADA. Your post saved the day!


  2. NN402 says:

    Do my tutorial it will work for free:

  3. Rick Roemer says:

    I have downloaded and installed the latest ver of Google Calendar Sync(, I am using Win7 Pro 64bit, as well as MS Office 2010 64 bit. Every time I close and reopen the Outlook File/Options tab, the check has been removed from the com addin for Google Calendar Sync, and it no longer syncs. Can you please give me a solution. I use a Google Apps account that is the standard free one.

  4. Hi Rick,

    Make sure the Google Calendar Sync add-in is not listed in the Disabled Items (Options tab > Add-ins > choose "Disabled Items" in the drop-down list at the bottom of the window next to "Manage" > Go). If Google Calendar Sync is on the list, select it and click "Enable", then check it again in the Add-ins list. Hope this helps.

  5. Andy Baker says:

    Thanks very much for this information; it's absolutely priceless!

    Why have Google and Microsoft made this such a difficult process?

    • Ken says:

      Because they are competitors and have no interest in working together. Unless of course they can get money out of you for it.

  6. Mark McCormick says:

    I looked everywhere for info on how to do this. Thanks Svetlana for your great article and for providing many options to do this. Well done!

  7. Hi Andy and Mark,

    Thank you very much for your comments and kind words!
    I cannot understand either why they made so difficult what should be (and used to be) very simple.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Many thanks!! The old google sync tool still works for my outlook express 2010.You have made my day.

  9. Ryan says:

    Great article. Best explanation I could find on the web, much better than the official google explanation at!topic/apps/IC6WOLh2-vw.

    I hope you get a lot of traffic, because you really made this easy.


  10. Thank you very much for your kind words, Ryan! It's really nice to know that my article has been helpful. And thanks to everyone who has taken a minute to leave a comment!

  11. NeviL says:

    What a great article and so concisely written. Many many thank, ive just got a new pc with win8, I hope it all works with that, will post and let you know. All the best ...

  12. Lex says:

    Incredibly useful. I've just upgraded to Outlook 2013 and was despairing I'd lost any hope of syncing with my google calendar (and therefore my phone / tablet).

  13. Russ says:

    Thanks for the great info. I am using the good old gmail sync option for calendar. Does this work for contacts? If not, is there a free sync for outlook to gmail contacts?

  14. Hi Russ,

    To my best knowledge, the old Google Calendar Sync worked for calendar items only. The new version of Google Apps Sync (available in paid accounts) definitely works for contacts too.

    As a free alternative, you can check out the following third party tools: gSyncit (described in this article), GO Contact Sync Mod (open source tool to synchronize Outlook contacts with Google Mail), Local Sync, Contacts Sync (paid and free versions are available). I personally tried only gSyncit and it worked just fine on my Outlook 2010 / Win7.

  15. Jim says:

    I must have deleted the calendar sync when I was deleting and uninstalling some old programs. Thank you very much! I used the download link above and reinstalled Calendar sync on my win 7 pro machine and I am using it fine with office 2010 pro. (outlook 2010) as well as with office 365 (outlook 2013)

    Thank you for taking the time to produce such a helpful article.

  16. Robmmichaels says:

    Hi, thanks for the advice how to install the old, un-supported Google Calendar Sync. It installed fine but claims my Google account and password are not correct (which they are). I am wondering if it is because I activated the 2-step authentication feature on my Google account (PW + PIN code). Do you think that is the problem?

  17. Hi Robmmichaels,

    I have never tested the 2-step authentication on my Google account and cannot state with certainty whether this can cause the issue. Anyway, you can try to switch back to 1 step authentication and see if this gets Google Calendar Sync to work.

  18. Thomas says:

    Great articles, I thought it would fix my problem. I used the old sync to keep my Google calendar updated from my work Outlook. It no longer connects giving me a message of wrong password. I tried re-entering time and time but nothing. I deleted the program and reinstalled using your link but same problem. Error states:User name and password do not match. You provided Please enter your full email address ( I am using Outlook 2010, any help would be appreciated...Thanks

  19. Hi Thomas,

    This issue may turn out to be a side effect of 2-step authentication, as reported by Robmmichaels (see comment 16 above). Do you happen to use (PW + PIN code) authentication on your Google account too or a usual 1-step authentication?

  20. Chantal says:


    I just had a technician sync my gmail addresses and calender with Outlook. I want to use Outlook for everything. The problem I have is I can't make any changes or add appointments in the Google calender while I am working in Outlook.

    What is my best option to be able to have Outlook & Google sync both way. I have Outlook 2007 and windows 8.

    Thank you,

  21. Hi Chantal,

    You can try to install the old Google Calendar Sync, as explained here: How to get the old Google Calendar Sync to work for you. It lets syncing calendars in 2 ways. If you need to sync contacts too, then check out third-party tools, you can find some in my comment 14 above. Hope this helps.

    • Chantal says:

      Hi Svetlana,

      Thank you, I finally got to install the Google Calendar Sync and it work. Thank you very much I really appreciate your support.


  22. google sync ap 2016 error says:

    Hi! So glad to have found this webpage... such GREAT info! I tried loading the Google Ap Sync as I had used it in the past with ho issues, but I randomly (about 85% of time) get an error message #2016... do you know what this is for or how I can resolve it? It is so frustrating that Google stopped supporting this sync ap. Thanks again!

  23. I have never faced error 2016 myself, but a quick search in google shows this is a common problem. You can try the solution published on this blog, the fix is described in Update 4/27/09b. Hope this helps.

  24. Thomas says:

    I did activate the two-step authentication. I believe I need to get to my trusted computer (home) to deactivate it. Will let you know if it corrects the problem...Thanks

  25. Thomas says:

    FYI, it worked. I am back to in service. Turning off the two step verification corrected the problem...Thank You so much...

  26. Hi Thomas,

    It's great that your Google Sync is up and running again! And thank you for posting this information, I think it might be very helpful for others who've run into the same problem.

  27. Edna says:

    We are a gaggle of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with valuable info to work on. You have performed a formidable job and our entire group can be thankful to you.

  28. matt says:

    Are there any privacy concerns with SynqYa? Could they use the information I give them to hack my gmail, install bots, steal my calendar information or anything like that? I like this idea but the company seems a little suspicious.

  29. Johan says:

    I used MS-Outlook 2013 but the calendar sync between Google and Outlook became such a nightmare that I looked for alternatives and eM Client is the answer. for a single email account it is free. It does automatic calendar sync, read and write from eM Client to Google Calendar.

  30. Chuck says:

    I have my Google calendar and Outlook 2010 synced(one way only: Google to Outlook) but have a few appointments (three right now and they were all reoccuring)that have not/will not clear out of my Outlook although I've deleted them on BOTH.

    They should go away from, my Outlook calendar once I've deleted from Google and they 'appear to' as they no longer show up on the Outlook calendar but the Outlook reminders keep showing up in my Outlook deleted email every TWO hours (refresh time as set) even though the appointments have been deleted from BOTH calendars

    Any idea how to actually get rid of them? Not a HUGE problem but its starting to bug me!


  31. Wayne says:

    You can set up a password specifically for Outlook, you don't need to disable the 2 step process. Go to the 2-step options from your Google security settings page. Go to "App Specific Passwords". Name your new password, ("Outlook work, Outlook Laptop" etc) and it will generate a random set of letters/numbers. Copy that, then paste it into the password line for your Google Calendar Sync program... you will now be able to sync and keep the 2-step process.

  32. Karin says:

    I am using Windows Vista and Outlook 2010. Until recently I was able to sync with my Iphone 4S with no trouble. Now I cant and Apple support has not been able to resolve. I guess my option is to sync with Google. Is there a way to sync Outlook 2010 and Google Calendar from Vista SP2? (I also need to sync contacts and notes) Thank you

  33. Hi Karin,

    I think you can try to use the old Google Sync tool. If this does not work for you for some reason, then check out third party tools, as an alternative. For example, gSyncit works with Vista SP2, though the free version provides syncing for calendars only.

  34. Paul A says:

    Great write-up, but I have to say that I gave up on SynqYa - the set-up is anything but intuitive and, after three hours of cross-eyed concentration, I have achieved nothing...

    But, good news that the Google Calendar Sync can still be found. I was afraid that a new laptop would mean the end of Gmail/Outlook calendar sync.

  35. Bob says:

    My calendar sync stopped working. It would sync 30% and give error code 2016 (or something like that). I uninstalled it.

    Then I followed your instructions and used the backup link to re-install calendar sync. Now when I try to sync I get this message: Username and password do not match. You provided Please enter your full email address (

    How do I fix this?

    Thank you.

  36. Bob says:

    I have read some more of the comments but they do not tell how (what steps) to determine if you have 2 step authentication. I don't recall ever setting it up, but how do I determine if I have 2 step and how do I change it to one step.

    BTW. I still get the Username and password don't match error message.

  37. Hi Bob,

    If you have the 2-step verification enabled, you should see the "Turn off 2-Step Verification" button on this page; if not then you will see "Start setup".

    You can find the detailed instructions on how to turn off the 2-step verification on the following page (from Google support):

    Also, you may try Wayne's solution first (please see comment 31 above). He seems to have found a way to make it work with 2 step authentication as well. I personally did not try this solution because I've never turned on 2 steps on my google account. If it works for you, please take a minute and post the result here for other users to know. Thank you in advance : )

  38. Lift says:

    On a slightly different issue, I am having trouble syncing up my outlook email on Windows 8.1 with gmail. Even when I try send and receive or update the gmail folder in outlook I dont see the latest emails that I see in the web based gmail. I use IMAP. I removed gmail and added it again. It did fine the first time and then I stopped getting new email.

  39. vin says:

    hello guys,

    i want to setup group calendar for imap/smtp mail server can anyone tell me the procedure that i will follow to setup group calendar in outlook 2010.
    so that it will sync automatically.

  40. RAIN says:

    I've been looking for this link for the old Google Calendar Sync for about 2 years to no avail. I've literally had no calender sync for 2 years. THANK YOU!

  41. ASM says:

    Hi Svetlana - I synched my gmail calendar with Outlook, and am now able to view my google calendar in my Outlook calendar. However, I would like my google calendar appointments to appear as "Busy" in Outlook when others are trying to scheduled appointments with me (in Outlook). Is g-Syncit the best option for this?

    • Hi ASM,
      It would be quite logical if it worked that way. But I've never tested this myself, so I cannot say with certainty whether the Busy status will appear in Outlook. Sorry for not being able to help you with this question : (

  42. Paul says:


    I managed to get my e-mails synced between my gmail account and Outlook 2013. (I guess that's a feature that works just by adding the gmail account to Outlook.) I need to sync my calendar and my contacts, with the calendar being the priority. I installed the old Google Calendar Sync and it looked like it installed properly, but then I read the note above in the instructions that said, "Note: Google Calendar Sync only works with your default calendars in both Google and Outlook." I have several other calendars that I created and that I share with others. Am I correct in assuming that these calendars can NOT be synced using GCS? Before I start downloading other 3rd-party tools, which of the other alternatives allow for 2-way syncing of ALL calendars under my gmail account? Thank you for your help!


    • Hi Paul,
      This is true, the old Google Sync works with the default calendars only. I'm afraid there are only 2 possible ways to get it to work with several calendars and neither is free. You can upgrade to a paid Google Apps account (a trial version is available, so you can use it first to make sure it works right for you) or use a commercial third party tool. As far as I know all free versions, at least those I tested when writing this article, work with one account only. I personally would go with the Google App account, because the fee is not very high, it provides other useful features and is sort of official.

  43. Chintesh says:

    Hi Svetlana

    I would like to import and update ics file from google to Microsoft Outlook existing Calender. I tried but it shows me as separate Internet Calender.

    Can you please guide.


    • Hi Chintesh,

      After you choose the location where to save the .ics iCalendar and click OK, Outlook will display a dialog asking you to choose whether you want to open the new calendar as a new calendar or import it into the existing one. And you click the "Import" button.
      Importing iCalendar (.ics) file

  44. Will Erwich says:

    Svetlana - You are a tremendous help with this article and follow-up posts. I did not find the help I need and thought I would ask. My company was using Lotus Notes and I was using a sync software called calsync to sync my Lotus Notes calendar one way to my Google calendar. It did not require Admin. Rights and so I could install it on my work computer. My company now went to Outlook and I can find no equivalent to Calsync... everything I've found, including all your recommendations require Admin Rights and I am not able to use them. Do you have any suggestions? By the way, here is the link to Calsync (I really want to find an equivalent for Outlook).

  45. Hi Will,

    Thank you very much for your kind words. Regrettably, I don't know any syncing tool for Outlook that would not require admin rights :( The only alternative that comes to mind is using some third-party online service like SynqYa.

  46. Kevin says:

    Hi Svetlana, I am using the old Google Sync with Outlook 2010. Works fine except when Outlook is not running I get a dialogue box asking which Outlook profile to use. 'Outlook' is my only profile and I have checked the dialogue box to make it the default profile to no avail. Is it a requirement that Outlook be running for Google Sync to do its thing or is there a registry setting I could use to force the Outlook profile to default? Thank you!

  47. Alibek says:

    Hi Svetlana,
    many thanks for generous aid. tried couple of solutions, neither of which worked for two way sync btw outlook and google cal and made google cal editable in outlook. Your post solved the issue.

    • Alibek says:

      Hi Svetlana, the google calendar sync workaround is fully functional, however the data generated in outlook is only pushed to google cal, and in magical way does not appear in android (that is synced with google cal).
      If event is generated in google cal, then both outlook and android update accordingly. Kind of tricky, and I don't understand the way outlook generated entries are pushed to google cal but do not reach the mobile.

      • Hi Alibek,
        Thank you for your feedback! Regrettably, I am totally unfamiliar with android syncing issues since I am an iphone user : ) Really sorry for not being able to help you with this.

  48. Pietro says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    I tried to download the old application but it does not exist anymore.
    Can you help me in anyway in getting the old Google Calendar Sync?


  49. Nanette says:

    Hi Svetlana, Thank you for your article. I have followed the directions using the old application of google sync and deleting the 9.5 file. However when I arrived at the {00062FFF-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\ file there was only a 9.3 file? Help.

  50. Jen says:

    I followed your directions (very helpful) but then found a download that syncs my Outlook & Google calendars actively, rather than statically. Now I have duplicates of everything in my calendar! How do I get rid of the static calendar sync??

    Thank you!

    • Hello Jen,
      For me to be able to help better, can you please specify which exactly method of static syncing you used? And what tool for dynamic syncing you downloaded?

      • Jen says:

        I followed your instructions in the section above called "Import / export calendars between Outlook and Google" because I wanted Outlook items to appear on Google, not the other way around. I then used Sync2 to get Outlook to supposedly sync on the hour with Google, but I am finding that it has not been doing so. Advice?


        • Jen says:

          update: the sync finally kicked in and I'm seeing new Outlook items in Google.

          • Jen says:

            but (fyi) the duplicates are still there from the static calendar import.

            • Hi Jen,

              Thank you for the update. You can remove duplicate items from your Outlook using this free tool: Outlook Duplicate Items Remover.

              If you also set one-way syncing from Google to Outlook, described in "How to synch Google Calendar with Outlook 2010 and 2013 (read-only)", you can turn it off in this way: in your Outlook, switch to the File tab > Account settings > Account Settings... > Internet Calendars. Select your Google calendar and click the Remove button.

              I am really sorry that my post has caused these troubles to you. I'm doing to add a note that only one synching method should be used to avoid duplicates. Don't hesitate to contact me again if I can help any further.

          • Jen says:

            Hi Svetlana,

            Thank you for reminding me that I could remove the other sync tool - but now the ODIR won't install - there's an "unspecified error" :( IDEAS?

          • Jen says:

            Actually, the ODIR page says that my Windows and Office versions being 64 bit or 32 bit make a difference - how do I find out what mine are? I have Windows 7 and Office 2010 Professional Plus.

          • Jen says:

            To be more specific, the error message says: "Unable to register the DLL/OCX: DllRegisterServer failed: code 0x80004005."

          • Jen says:

            ok, last one: Windows is 64-bit but I can't figure out how to find if Office is 32 or 64...

          • Jen says:

            Alrighty, now I know that my version of Office is 64 bit - so is there a different tool I can use to get rid of the duplicates? ODIR doesn't run on 64 bit versions of Office.

  51. Chantal says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    I have a problem with my Outlook since I have change for the 2010 version on Monday. If I set up an appointment in my cel phone or in Google calender it appear 1 hr earlier in Outlook.

    Do you know what I need to do. I had a technician work on this most of the afternoon and couldn't resolve it.



    • Hi Chantal,
      There's only one thought that comes to mind - check whether you have the same time zones and DST (Daylight saving time) set in your cell phone, Google Calendar and Outlook.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hi Svetlana,

        For some reason it is working with my cellular but still not working with Google Calender and Outlook. As for the setting they are both set for Eastern time but I don't see anything about DST.

        Should I try to reinstall Google Sync?


  52. Chantal says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    I have been doing more test and now it is not working with my cellular or google. I have try some try found on the web (because it looks like I am not the only with this problem) and one test work but then it didn't.

    Whatever I schedule in my cellular or google are ok on both platform it just that it is 1 hr off in Outlook.

    I found this

    What do you think of this program. Is it worth it?



    • Hi Chantal,

      As far as I understand, they recommend switching to a paid version of gSync. I cannot say anything about it because I tried only a free version of this tool when writing this article. It worked fine for me, but on the other hand I’ve never had this 1 h. late problem, so I do not know whether gSynс will really be able to solve the issue.

      Anyway, I believe it's worth trying free means first : ) BTW, the link you found also says the problem is related to DST "It all started when they changed the dates for daylight savings time. Apparently Google Calendar Sync is coded in such a way that it recognizes the old dates for daylight savings time."

      I've found Microsoft's recommendations for Outlook and time zones that do not observe daylight saving here, probably this will be helpful:

      • Chantal says:

        Hi Svetlana,

        Thank you, I will wait and see when GMT change to DST on March 26 if this get resolve otherwise I will check the paid option.

        I am in EST and we change DST on March 09.

        Thank you again and have a great day,


  53. George Hooper says:


    Great post - synchronization of google calendar and Outlook is configured and working.

    Thanks for your help!

  54. Gary Green says:

    Regarding 2 step authentication, just wanted to note that Wayne's comment in 31 above works perfectly.

    Thanks Svetlana for the best description of this process and options anywhere!

  55. Jim says:

    The link to only brings up version of Google Calendar Sync and the description says that there are "limitations" and that you should purchase the it to remove the limitations.

  56. Bob says:

    OMG thanks Svetlana, total lifesaver, one of the most helpful posts I've ever encountered.
    Thank you!!!

  57. Chris says:

    Hi, Svetlana. After reading your post and all the published Q and A's, I'm still having trouble. I use Outlook to pull my yahoo ( email from the server and into the software. I have used the Google Calendar Sync software for years to sync (2-ways) between Outlook and my gmail account so the calendar events in my Outlook populate on my (Android) cell phone, and vice versa. While no changes were made to software / settings, this stopped working recently: calendar events do not copy from Outlook into my phone, nor do events added on my phone populate into the Outlook calendar on my laptop. I have triple-checked the settings on GCS, including to be sure "2-way sync" is selected. I tried the suggestion from a previous poster to set up Google's 2-step verification + app-specific passwords, to no avail. Any thoughts?

  58. Pradeep says:

    Thanks Svetlana for the wonderful piece of information. It helps a lot.

  59. deb says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Well done!

  60. Kumar Aniruddh says:

    Worked like a charm.
    Thanks a ton Svetlana.

  61. Gabriele says:

    You are great! Thanks a lot. This is the only free working system to Sync it all!

  62. Alex says:

    Hi, I install the google sync, and every time that the program sync, they me for outlook profile, and only I have one profile, also I put the check as default, please help I don't want to choose every time the default profile.-

    • Hi Alex,

      Verify whether Google Calendar Sync is checked in the COM add-ins list:
      - In Outlook 2010 and 2013, go to File -> Options -> Add-ins.
      - Select COM Add-Ins in the drop-down list next to Manage and click Go.
      - Find Google Calendar Sync in the list. If it is unchecked, add a check and click OK. If it was checked, remove a check, then check it again and click OK.

      If the above does not help, please check out other suggestions:

  63. martyg says:

    thanks so much. super clear.
    so I have exported my outlook calendar to my gmail calendar. again.
    but this is not true synching.
    my Samsung G4 wants me to use KIES 3 for synching - which I find to be a clunky awful tool.
    before I spend more time on this - would gsynchit - or some other tool make my life easier?

    - M

    • Hi Martyg,

      gSyncit can definitely make your life easier if you are looking for syncing between Outlook and Google. As for Samsung G4, sorry I am not familiar with this device and cannot recommend anything.

  64. Tim says:

    Thank you for the information. Microsofts latest upgrade to S Planner now means that syncing on my Samsung Galaxy S4 is not compatible so hopefully gSyncit will provide me with a viable alternative. So far so good.


  65. Lori D. Kendall says:

    Svetlana, thank you, thank you! This information was fantastic! You are awesome!

  66. DrSusan says:

    Thank you sooooo... much for this information!!! After having to replace my hard drive on my laptop computer (and subsequently reinstalling all of my software), I didn't know what I was going sync my Outlook calendar with my Google calendar that my assistant needs in order to schedule my appointments since Google Calendar Sync is no longer available. The information contained in this article was a lifesaver!

    I really commend you for the thoroughness of the information that was included and the straight forward presentation of it. Everything was very easy to follow.

    Thank you!


  67. Brett says:


    I wish to echo what others have already noted. Thank you so much for a clear and intelligent article that offers multiple solutions to syncing Outlook and Google calendars AND explains the features of these options. I was going to try the Google Calendar Sync on my pc even though I knew it had been shut to new users. I had set it up on my wife's laptop prior to it being discontinued but, somehow, I had not saved the file. Finding your article, with an active link to the file, was more than I could have hoped for.

    Thank you very much for a fantastic article.


  68. Soheil Mizani says:

    hi, so thanks about all. in Iran we can't pay for google app. your advises solve my problem. Bests

  69. C. Mullican says:

    Thanks for the article, and especially for continuing to respond to comments! I recently started a new job, and here, they use Outlook, which I haven't used in close to a decade -- very different now! I have my Outlook calendar displaying on my Google calendar, and vice versa, but what I don't know is whether my coworkers will be able to see my Google calendar free / busy information. If I put a dentist appointment on my Google calendar from my phone, will they see that I'll be in late? All the details? Nothing?

    My main reason to want to sync the two is so I don't have to enter that sort of info twice, but I'm not sure how to check, other than asking a coworker to look, I guess.

    • If you use the default Outlook calendar and have shared it with your co-workers, then yes, they should see your Google appointments as well.

      >...but I'm not sure how to check, other than asking a coworker to look, I guess.

      I believe this is a very reasonable approach. To know with certainty, I'd create a test appointment and check with a colleague what exactly details they see.

  70. J. Curtis says:

    I have a Windows 7 machine and use Outlook 2013. Will the synch instructions still work as you describe in "How to get the old good Google Calendar Sync to work for you?"

  71. P. Nattakitt says:

    Thank you very much.

  72. Paul Brock says:

    Could you post an export of your registry settings because this did not seem to fix my issue. W7 + Outlook 2013

  73. Nick S says:

    On the other side of the coin, how do you totally remove Outlook calendar events from your Google calendar if you did install Google Sync? I thought I'd try Google Sync on my Win7 machine and Android phone and while it worked great, after a day I actually didn't like my work Outlook calendar events showing on my phone!
    So, I just went to Control Panel-Programs-Uninstall Google Sync and it did uninstall the app. However, my Google Calendar still has all the Outlook calendar events on it? Can I get these off?

    • Hi Nick,
      I am afraid I cannot suggest any solution other than deleting unwanted Outlook appointments in your Google Calendar manually. Uninstalling Google Sync does not delete the events that have already been synced.

  74. sachadon says:

    Thanks a lot for the document. gsyncit works for me. Thanks!

  75. Sandeep says:

    Thanks for sharing this great article. I had gone nuts hunting around the web until I found this.

    By the way, can I sync multiple Google accounts with this software?

  76. Sandeep says:

    Sorry! I missed out mentioning the software that I was talking about. It's Google Calendar Sync.

  77. StWill says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    I have been trying to sync my outlook 2007 running on my dell, ms windows vista home premium edition with my google calendar which currently syncs to my lg g2. I have followed your instructions above, installing the google calendar/sync, changing the regedit etc. but it still won't sync. As seems to be with other above, I keep getting the error message and being asked for the default profile. Any suggestions?

    • Frank says:

      Under control panel you need to open mail
      then you can can choose profile
      there should be a button that says to use a profile as default
      it worked for me

      • StWill says:

        Thanks for the info, Frank, I looked into your suggestion. It was already the default, I went ahead and told it to default there again; its still doing it. Honestly I will deal with the pop up window if I could just get it to sync! :/ Any advice is welcome.

  78. Jaka says:

    thanx for link on old Google Calendar Sync

  79. Anonymous says:

    Looking for the Google Calendar Sync that I had on my old laptop. GCS wouldn't sync some appts. and I just live with it since it seems to be a common problem. Tried your suggestion with gSyncit, all my appts. sync'ed without problems.

    Thank you!

  80. Dan says:

    This was AWESOME help. THANK YOU.

  81. Alex says:

    The loss of this feature was terrible for us! I manage an events centre. We previously added bookings to our outlook calendar which then synced to google calendar which then displayed on our website. I don't want to start just using the google calendar as it isn't as clear to look at and doesn't print out as well (i print the calendar weekly for our caretakers). I may though use the feature where I sync the google calendar to the outlook one. That could work and help us ensure that bookings are on both calendars - at the moment we having to add them to both calendars individually which isn't a biggie but it's easy to forget to add it to the google one if you have been distracted. Worst case sceanario - the appointments show up twice on the outlook calendar - at least we would be able to see where entries don't match. Thanks

  82. Rasika says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this.. It works for me straight away and it is really useful when trying to keep an eye on personal appointments in Google without peeing to the phone while working in Outlook

  83. Brian says:

    Do you know how to sync a gmail calendar if you dont have the private address for the calendar? I keep getting an error "cannot verify or add the internet calendar in outlook. verify the link is a valid calendar link"


  84. John says:

    Svetlana: downloaded the calendar sync program and installed. get an error code:

    Could not initialize Google Calendar sync for Microsoft Outlook: error 214741811 code 1006.

    Looked at the help site for Calendar sync. Cleared my browser cache and made sure that my firewall allowed Google calendar sync through. Still received the same error code. Any help would be appreciated.


  85. John says:

    Svetlana: Calendar sync is working. I had to open a port for Google calendar sync in my fire wall. I also had to go into Com Add-ins in outlook and enable calendar sync and disable windows slide show for calendar.

    This is a great post and discussion

  86. Paul says:

    Great article! I just moved to a new computer and was trying to figure out how to replace google calendar sync. gSyncit works even better!


  87. dkmangum70 says:

    Awesome post. I tried everything under the sun prior to visiting this post for syncing ONLY my Outlook 2007 Calendar with my Gmail Calendar. There are a million ways to out there to sync the other way but that wasn't doing the trick for my situation. Synqya, however, did the trick in one attempt and was fairly easy to set up.

  88. Sam says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    Here is another Free Calendar Sync software. You may add this to your free app list.

  89. Steve A says:

    Hello, and thank you for this great information. I installed gSyncit and am concerned with how slow the process is . I have never had a sync program that did not fly through the process. I have 300 contacts and it takes several seconds for each contact and also about 10 seconds for each contact with a photo even when there have been no changes. Is this normal?

  90. Stephen says:

    Thank you for this very simple and easy step by step guide. This had been bugging me for ages until i found your post.

  91. JP says:

    Many thanks for the tips and links!!! Installed and works very well.....why or why do "those folks" have to continue to screw with their users???

  92. Magnus Trönnberg says:

    A big Thank You to you, Svetlana!

  93. Max says:

    YES! Thank you!
    now i can see what our cubscouts are doing when my boss asks, are you busy next week.
    super easy too!

  94. Jo says:

    Thanks, that was very helpful!

  95. Sharon says:

    Thank you Svetlana. Your post has saved my day. I had to upgrade my OS to Windows 7 and thought I'd never get my calendar sync to work again.

  96. Paul says:


    Excellent piece of work, very generous of you to share, well done

    I have for many years been frustrated that I can't see what is in my work (company secured) MS-Outlook schedule calendar when arranging things in my personal (Google) calendar and to a lesser extent, vise versa

    Now I can. I have set up a monthly reminder to respectively export / import both calendars, which whilst not as perfect as real-time syncing, is a million times better than having to make tentative arrangements and then try to remember to check my work calendar the next time I am in the office....and then remember to firm up with my friends / family the previous 'tentative' status of our arrangements!

    well done you!

  97. CM says:

    Thank you for the link to sync outlook and google. Do you have an active blog for I would like to sign up and learn more from you.

  98. Feroz says:

    You are just great! I have tried so many of the ways but it didnt work until I have found your ways. Thanks. As it is only a "Read only" option, can you advise a way to make it workable to read/write also? Great help thanks.

    • Hi Feroz,

      Thank you for your kind words. Regrettably, writing is not possible because of the limitations of the iCalendar protocol that is used for syncing Google Calendar and Outlook.

  99. Ahmad says:

    Hi dear
    Thanks for this helpfull info, i was looking for quit long timd
    and it worked for me with outlook 2013 without any errors
    old good Google Calendar Sync

  100. Alice says:

    great explanation thank you! but do you know if there is a way to have an update made to my phone calendar automatically show up on my outlook calendar too? it never works 2 way it seems.

    • Thank you Alice,
      Please verify whether your phone calendar allows two-way syncing with google calendar. If it does, then it should work with Outlook too if you use Google Calendar Sync.

  101. Bernardo Annoni says:

    Great Post! Helped a lot!

    hugs from Brazil!


  102. Tom says:

    I followed your instructions on 2-way syncing using the old Outlook Sync tool. Am Running Outlook 2007. Get this message:

    Task 'Internet Calendar Subscriptions' reported error (0x0004002B) : 'Outlook cannot parse the property "CREATED", near line 17486. The property is being ignored.'

    What am I doing wrong?

  103. Andrea says:

    Hello Svetlana,
    I downloaded and installed Google Calendar Sync: it worked like a charm and now I have the 2-way synchronization OUTLOOK - GMAIL calendars I was looking for.
    A big thank-you from Grenoble!

  104. Marcelo says:

    Thank you Svetlana, the "back up link" was very helpfull to me!

    A big hug from Chile!

  105. Rafael says:

    Thanks! The first method did the trick!!!

  106. Tom says:

    Hello, I am curious if you think the Google Apps Sync for Outlook will work ONLY on hosted exchange, or will it also work if we ran Office365?
    Thanks in advance, great post!

  107. Matt says:

    I have Outlook 2010 and had been using Google Sync. Yesterday I tried to sync and the Google login window popped up. (This did not happen before.) I tried logging in but every time my email and password would not save and just disappear. Could this be something related to security settings on my computer or something related to my google account? Thank you.

    • Hi Matt,

      Try to log into Gmail via web. It it works fine, then most likely the problem is in the 2-step authentication feature on your Google account. Comments 31 and 37 above explain how to get it fixed. Hopefully, these solutions will work for you too.

  108. Jack Runion says:

    Hi Svetlana. Great page. Finally got Google Calendar Sync to work. Thanks.

    But I did try the first option and when I came to "5. In the Subscriptions Option dialog box" I couldn't find that box in the Outlook 365 that I am using. Am I missing something?

    • Hi Jack,

      This option is available in the desktop version of Outlook 2013, which is included with some Office 365 plans. If you are using the online version, this method of importing a calendar is not available, sorry.

  109. Brendan says:

    I just downloaded and installed Google Calendar Sync and it's on my pc, but I don't know how to "run" it. I've clicked on the icon on the Start menu, but nothing happens. I've looked in Outlooked (yes, I've restarted both Google and Outlook), but don't see anywhere to launch Google Calendar Sync. Help?

    • Hello Brendan,

      Usually, the Google Calendar Sync starts syncing automatically at the time interval you set during installation (step 3 in this article). If this does not happen, check out Outlook's Disabled Items (File tab -> Options > AddiIns > Disabled Add-ins > Go). If you see Google Calendar Sync in the list, enable it. If it is not there, then most likely you will find its icon among hidden icons in your system tray.

  110. Linda says:

    Hi Svetlana,
    As the outlook calendar/google calendar sync were not working properly, I followed the instructions

    1. Click the Start button, type regedit in the “Search programs and files” field and click on regedit.exe.

    2. The Registry Editor will open and you navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{00062FFF-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}\

    I then deleted the folder 9.5 (leave 9.4 intact!).There was no 9.4 option.

    I now get the error message 214731977 & I am concerned that if I shut down the computer, I will not be able to reboot it.

    Do you have any suggestions, please?
    I am using windows 8 with outlook 2013

    • Hi Linda,

      Oops, in that case you should not have deleted 9.5. And I should have added the corresponding notice to the article, sorry for that omission. I have just added more details pertaining to that fix so that others won't stumble on the same stone.

      Anyway, I believe that nothing wrong will happen to your computer. In the worst case, you would need to reinstall Google Calendar Sync. To do this, please perform the steps below:

      1. Close Outlook.
      2. Exit Google Sync. Find it in the system tray, right-click and select Exit from the context menu.
      3. Make sure there is no hanging Google Calendar Sync process in the Task Manager (right click the taskbar and choose "Start Task Manager", then switch to the Processes tab).
      4. Go to the Control Panel, Add/Remove programs, find Google Calendar Sync and click uninstall.
      5. Install it again.

      FYI, Google Calendar Sync does not always work in system configurations like yours (Office 2013 and Win8). It works for some users and does not work for others, no one knows why...

  111. David Mendels says:

    Thank you, thank you , thank you. You saved the day.

  112. Alex says:

    I am now impressed, gSyncit is brilliant and it now gives us an excellent method of automatically backing up our Google information, very happy teddy, thanks.

  113. lacivilservant says:

    Do any of these work if you're using the web-based version of Outlook as opposed to the desktop version?

  114. Linda says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    Thank you for your reply. I followed your instructions, however, 9.5 has not been reinstated in the registry.

    The Google sync process in the Task Manager seems to be working but a sync does not occur & I continue to get the following Error message “Could not connect to Microsoft Outlook: error – 2147319779.”

    Prior to deleting 9.5 the sync was working, but only one way, even though the 2 way sync had been selected.

    Any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated, as I really miss the sync process.


    • Hi Linda,

      This is very strange indeed. Please try out the following steps:

      1. Close both Outlook and Google Calendar Sync and download this file (right-click it and select "Save link as"). The file contains the standard settings of the 9.5. branch.

      2. Save this .txt file to some location.

      3. In Windows Explorer, right-click the file and choose to rename it. Change only the file extension from .txt to .reg.

      4. Double click on the .reg file in Windows Explorer to import it to the registry.

      BTW, 2-way syncing works a bit slower than 1-way, that is why you should set the syncing interval 10 minutes or more. When done, please allow about 30 minutes for the syncing process to start.

  115. Linda says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    Thank you for providing the download. Sorry to be difficult but I do have a couple of questions. When I saved the file the ".txt" extension didn't show. On opening the file it shows that it is in Notepad format but the "File name" does not include the ".txt" file extension. In the "Save as type:" it indicates that it is to be saved in ".txt" format. I added the ".reg" extension, but got no further.

    I got stuck on point 4. Double clicking on the ".reg" file opens it but what steps are needed to import it to the registry?

    Hope you can help.

  116. Linda says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    I figured out how to import the file into the registry. Thank you for your assisting me with this process. I am now waiting to find out whether or not the sync is going to work. No error message presented, as it did previously, so I am hopeful that it is going to work as it should. I'll let you know. In the meantime thank you so much for your help.


  117. Linda says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    I just want to say a big thank you. Everything seems to be working perfectly now, albeit only as a one way sync from Google to Outlook, but I'm thrilled all the same.

  118. Sara says:

    I recently update my Outlook to 2013 version. Previously I had my google calendar linked to my phones and outlook. If a changes was made on the calendar (on any device) all calendars would update. Now the Outlook 2103 calendar will not update with changes made on google calendar nor will changes made on Outlook update on the google calendar. Is there a way to sync Outlook and Google Calendar with updates (not read only).


    • BlossomStein says:

      Use the backup link above, install calendar sync; it takes 2 minutes. It syncs calendars both ways between Outlook and your gmail calendar.

      • Sara says:

        Thank. After installation,there was not a pop up window. Only the option to close the download box.

        • Hello Sara,
          You need to run the downloaded file and finish the installation. You should see the configuration settings during the installation as described in the article. Alternatively, you can right-click the Google Calendar Sync icon in the system tray and select Options. Choose 2-way syncing and click Save.

  119. BlossomStein says:

    I've been using calendar sync for years on my work desktop. I ALWAYS keep copies of programs like that when I download them because Google USUALLY makes changes that adversely affect my computer chi. However I haven't been able to locate it anywhere. THANK YOU for that backup link!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  120. Lences says:

    Dear Ms. Svetlana, Thank you very much for your post.
    Now I can sync my google calendar with my work calendar in outlook 2014.

  121. Hol says:

    Thanks so much! Very helpful! I was going to spend hours transferring info from Outlook to Google but with your help, it took less than 5 minutes!

  122. Nathan says:

    Do any of these have an option to do a one-way sync, Microsoft Outlook calendar to Google Calendar, like the no longer supported Google Calendar Sync?

  123. Mike G says:

    Did anyone else just get an email from google calendar team stating that the old sync app is going to cease functioning after August 1st?

  124. Leef says:

    Well, it looks like there could be another mass visitation to this site as Google has just announced that Google Calendar Sync (GCS) will be nonfunctional in little more than three weeks from the date of this post.

    I see that a few options beyond GCS have been discussed here, including gSyncIt, GO Contact Sync Mod and SynqYa. I am looking forward to further discussions of the options, and if I try one, I'll report back with my impressions.

  125. Ms. G says:

    I have just received the following email from the Google Calendar team:

    Important Announcement about Google Calendar Sync
    Almost two years ago, we announced that we had ended support for Google Calendar Sync. Starting on 1 August 2014, this app will no longer sync events between your Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar.
    You can continue to access all of your Google Calendar events at or on your mobile devices. Follow these instructions to uninstall Google Calendar Sync from your computer.
    - The Calendar Team

  126. Diane says:

    Hi Svetlana,
    Thanks for all the great information in this column. I have been using G Calendar sync (old link) with Outlook 2014 for 8 month. I Received the note below from the Google Calendar Team today: I guess GOOGLE scanned computers looking for the old ap? Have any of your followers had real issues about using synqya? Do you still recommend it?

    "Important Announcement about Google Calendar Sync
    Almost two years ago, we announced that we ended support for Google Calendar Sync. Starting on August 1, 2014, this app will no longer sync events between your Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar.
    You can continue to access all of your Google Calendar events at or on your mobile devices. Follow these instructions to uninstall Google Calendar Sync from your computer.
    - The Calendar Team"

    • Hi Diane,

      Please don't worry, Google does not scan computers. I guess the message was sent to all Google accounts that got connected to gsync in the past months.

      As for synqya, I used it for a very short period, just to give it a try, and did not notice any issues.

  127. Andy says:

    Yup - same here :( Google Calendar Sync finally coming to an end...

  128. Johan says:

    Google stop support for calender sync 1 Aug 2014

    Google is becoming more and more like Apple. They want to control everything so that they can make more money. When I chose Android, syncing was a great option. Now they are ending it, trying to force me to use Google apps, which will cost me $5/month, which translates to about $50 in my country because of our currency.

    Calender sync is such a simple and small software, yet they want so much money for it. I do not need the other services.

    Google, I have lost trust in you. You are now just like Apple. First you stole my 32G SD card with Kit Kat, now calender sync, what next. Now that you have grown up, you are becoming a bully. Well, you are losing me as a customer.

    There are other 3rd parties, but how long before Google puts an end to that? I am angry!!!

  129. Tom_B says:

    Great Blog!! I'm looking forward to what Svetlana's comments are and the best next steps and App's being used to continue syncing with Google Calendar.

    Tx Tom

  130. Aaron says:

    Just received this email today. Are they going to break calendar so we can't use the old app?

    Important Announcement about Google Calendar Sync

    Almost two years ago, we announced that we ended support for Google Calendar Sync. Starting on August 1, 2014, this app will no longer sync events between your Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar.

    You can continue to access all of your Google Calendar events at or on your mobile devices. Follow these instructions to uninstall Google Calendar Sync from your computer.
    - The Calendar Team

    • Rachel says:

      Aaron, I received the same email. It looks like Google is going to break their system so that Google Calendar Sync no longer works at all. Not surprised; they want to charge for syncing calendar/tasks now.

      • Thanudcha says:

        I received the same email too.. I only need google calendar sync from my outlook. Are there any option that still free for sync outlook -> google calendar.

        • Hi Everyone!

          I've got my email from Google only this morning, but I was already prepared to it due to your comments : )

          As Rachel rightly noticed, we should not be surprised since it's obvious that Google would want to get paid for the job they do, especially after they released the Google Apps Sync for paid accounts.

          There are still several free alternatives that support both 1-way and 2-way syncing between Outlook and Google calendars. I'd recommend trying gSyncit or Synqya in the first place, as time-proved solutions.

          Anyway, I'm going to research for other free tools and in case I find any decent ones I'll post my findings here.

          I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has posted feedback on this blog. THANK YOU!

  131. Laurent says:

    Great blog, very clear, thanks a lot. But those solutions - synqya for instance - will they be useful after August 1, 2014? Thanks.

  132. Diane R says:

    Hi all,

    I am trying to use Google Apps Sync to sync my Gmail calendar to my outlook calenders. My emails already come through but when I try to use Google Apps Sync an error message comes up with

    'Google Apps Sync is not enabled for your domain'

    Can anyone help me to solve the problem?

    • Hi Diane,

      Please keep in mind that Google Apps Sync is available for Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government accounts only. If your domain is in this category, you should definitely contact Google support for assistance.

  133. Sergio says:

    Hi Svetlana, I've received, as all, the google email this morning...and after several attempts and search, I've finally found your blog with a lot of useful instructions ! I've installed "gsyncit" and it works GREAT ! Thanks to you :-)

  134. Leef says:

    It sounds like the free version of gSyncIt does everything that GCS does plus more (up to 50 contacts), but to get full functionality you must pay. On the other hand for one PC at $20 or two PC's at $30, getting all that functionality while precluding the need for a paid Google subscription, I'm inclined to just support the software, buy it, and be done with it all....

  135. Fred says:

    Well, yes, gSyncIt works.
    But pops up a window requiring you to clik on "evaluate" (or something like that), preventing outlook usage for 15 seconds each time you restart outlook :'(

  136. Chet Rakocinski says:

    Thank You Svetlana - your article will greatly assist us in getting through this impasse :-)

  137. Bill says:

    Thank-you for the information Svetlana

    Just wondering if anyone has tried SyncMyCal
    and how it compares to gSyncIt or Synqya...

    • Peter says: only has a demo version that syncs 3 days at a time (no auto) available. The paid version has been discontinued, supposedly to be given away for free, but they haven't actually done so. It's been so long I doubt they ever will.

  138. Susan B. Bentley says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I'd been burying my head in the sand a bit concerning Google's calendar sync being discontinued and it was only a heads-up email from them this week that finally got me looking for an alternative. Your instructions for gSyncIt were very clear and helpful - it looks like it's working so far! Cheers!

  139. Phil says:

    This post is gold. Thank you so much. Google Apps Sync for only paid customers - just another reason to fight the power!

  140. Court says:

    Used the Google Calendar sync until now and was looking for alternatives since it's going away. Like the others am sorely disappointed that Google and Microsoft can't work together... but until they grow up and figure out how to share the sandbox, thank you for this information! I set up Gyncit and it's working great for my calendar betw my outlook on my laptop, gmail calendar, and iphone. I can add, delete and edit on any of those and it flows between them.

    thank you again!

  141. Ivan says:

    after installing and updating the free version of gSyncit I find out that not only do you have to wait for 10 second every time you hit the synch button but you are limited to 50 contacts. that is a bit more limitation than the ones mentioned above.

    • Laurent says:

      I've installed gSyncit, it works well, with the problem indicated by Fred on comment 136. To sync the contacts, I use Outlook4Gmail, free, works perfectly for more or less 500 contacts.

  142. James says:

    Has anyone compared OggSync to gSyncit? Both seem to enable mapping of Outlook Categories to a unique Google Calendar that is added to your account. IN Google, you can select all of the additional Calendars, and your Google Calendar display will show the same color-coding for your Outlook Categorized appointments.

    I find this feature worthwhile, and since both of these products employ it, I am curious of any other comparative that would make the decision of which one to purchase easier. (gSyncit = $20/year; OggSync = $30/year)

  143. Leef says:

    @James - I am not aware that gSyncit is $20/year. I think the $20 buys you unrestricted license for 1 PC rather than an annual subscription.

  144. Mark says:

    Thanks for the great article. Very helpful. I am considering the gSyncit solution and have 2 questions, if anyone can answer them.

    1. Will running gSyncit create a bunch of duplicate entries on any of my calendars (Outlook and Google) resulting in multiple entries on my iPhone/iPad?

    2. Will gSyncit require me to uninstall Google Sync? I really don't want to remove Google Sync until I am sure I have found an adequate replacement as Google sync will work for another couple of weeks.

    Thanks for any thoughts.

    • Hello Mark,

      gSyncit does not require uninstalling Google Sync. However, if you had both applications running, you might have duplicate entries because each appointment would be synced twice. So, I would suggest temporary disabling Google Sync while testing gSyncit (not uninstalling, just turning it off in the COM add-ins dialog in Outlook). Also, make sure you selected the option "Remove duplicate appointments" on gSyncit's Sync Options tab.

      • Leef says:

        Never thought of disabling GCS through the COM addins! Whenever I found it necessary to disable GCS, I just took out the Google password from the GCS Google Account Settings.

        • James says:

          For what it is worth, I tried gSyncit, and selected the Category Mapping feature so Outlook Appointments with a Category assignment would be synced to a separate Google Calendar for that Category, which can be displayed or hidden in Google. Regrettably, after a few sync cycles, this created MANY duplicate Appointments on both sides.

          I switched to OggSync, and the Syncs worked very well, with categorized Appointments syncing to/from their respective Google Calendars. This has the added benefit that the Google Calender shows the Category Calendars in the same color as the Outlook Category.

          • James says:

            UPDATE: The gSyncit Support helped me resolve the issues I mentioned above, and it now seems to be a bit better than OggSync. Certainly, the one-time pricing of gSyncit is a plus. I found the documentation a bit confusing, though, especially the features that are disabled until you buy the product.

          • Debbie says:

            James - Are you still using gSyncit? I have multiple categories in Outlook, but need to sync to Google to allow the family to see the calendar.

            What were the issues with gSyncit that you needed to resolve?


  145. Iker says:

    I used the Google Calendar sync until now.
    I have found an opensource application, that enable one way sync between gmail and outlook. It works very well and no admin rights are needed.

  146. Filipa says:

    I need to sync more than one calendar between Outlook and Google Calendar. Should I use SynqYa instead of Google Calendar Sync, since this sync is only possible between the defaults calendars both from Outlook and Google?
    Is there any advantage from using SynqYa instead of Google Calendar Sync?

    Thanks for the help and for your helpful article.

    • Hi Filipa,

      The main advantage is that Google Calendar Sync will stop working altogether in about 2 weeks, on August 1, while SynqYa will keep functioning : )

      As for syncing multiple calendars, sorry I do not know, their web-site does not provide this info. But since they recommend using a dedicated publishing calendar in Google Calendar, most likely SynqYa works only for 1 calendar too.

  147. Mark says:

    Thank you, Svetlana. BTW, your company should develop a product since you make Outlook Add-ins. I would buy it!

    • Hi Mark,

      Thank you very much for your feedback!! In fact, it is more important to us than you probably think :) And here's why...

      Currently we do consider a possibility of creating such add-in. However, our initial research shows that developing a stable and reliable syncing tool would require quite a lot of time and effort. Our developers would have to overcome a number of pitfalls to get it to work consistently with all Outlook versions and localizations, and your next comment regarding gSyncit is a good evidence of this.

      So, I want to ask other readers. If you might be interested in such an add-in too (free or paid, or both versions with different sets of features), please let us know. Your feedback will be of great help to us to make the right decision. Thank you!

      • John says:

        Hi Svetlana,

        There are enough other apps in this space to mean you'll have to set yourself apart from them very well. My recommendation is based on the fact that I have been unable to find an app that syncs everything properly across Linux, Mac, and Windows.

        Basically you need gSyncit's features and syncYa's platforms.

        Another app to look at (which I wish was multi-platform, as it's all I need) is MyPhoneExplorer, available at

        PS: If you mail me directly, you'll have to go through automated white-list verification via an auto-reply to your first mail.


  148. Mark says:

    Just as a warning, Fieldston Software has posted this note on it's web page concerning it's most recent version of gSyncit. Find it at

    IMPORTANT: Effective 7/10/2014 - RECALL



  149. Mark says:

    I wanted to report that I just installed gSycnit, Version 3 and tested it. The program performed perfectly on the first run, syncing both ways. First, I added a test appointment to Outlook 2010 and ran the sync (I run the sync manually) and it added the appointment to my Google calendar. My iPhone pulled the new appointment into my iPhone calendar without any issue. I then edited the appointment on my iPhone and the appointment was updated on my Google calendar. I then ran the sync again, and it updated Outlook. I will test it for a few more days but looks like I found a winner.

    And big thanks to Svetlana for the walk through on setting up the program. It was spot on especially in some areas that might have been a bit confusing.

  150. Rista says:

    I just hope that gSyncit and SyncYa aren't using same methods and connections as GoogleSync does, 'cause they all could go off in two weeks.

    • Hi Rista,

      I think this is very unlikely to happen because Google has not announced any changes in their API that could impede functioning of third-party synchronization tools. They are just discontinuing their own software.

      • Rista says:

        As I said, I hope it's that way.

        But, if we look at the matter this way:
        Google isn't changing API so 3rd party can synchronize, and is changing API so gCalendarSync couldn't sync.
        Or - what is stopping us from using gCalendarSync if API remains unchanged?

        • Rista, thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns.

          I am not a programmer myself, but we do have a few very experienced Outlook developers here. I've just consulted one of them and here's what he says. To discontinue Google Calendar Sync, Google does not have to make any changes in their API, they can prevent gCalendarSync's code from functioning at the programming level. One of many possible ways is that Google server could simply stop responding to gCalendarSync's calls.

          Moreover, if Google changed or planned to change the API, they should make a public announcement or at least notify their partners. This is considered a good practice and this is what we expect from any trustworthy company. Anyway, we will know with certainty in 2 weeks : )

  151. Jean-luc says:

    Hi Svetlana

    Fist of all, I apologize for my english
    Thanks a lot for all these detailled solutions

    My project is to publish several meeting room calendar (defined as resources in Exchange) on my intranet, using Google czaledanr iframe

    I decided to use SynqYa to synchronize my Oultlook calendar with Google calendar ... and it works fine :-)

    But my purpose is about regenerating updated data for SynqYa, without having Outlook open !
    For the calendar, I used the dedicated function "Publish online", "Publish to WebDav server", and in "Advanced" options, I choosed "Automatic uploads .." and for update frequency "Update this calendar with the server's recommanded frequency, .."

    But with these settings, the Google Clendar is not updated without having Outlook open.

    1/ Is there any way to generate uopdated data without using an opend Otlook ?

    2/ Do yiu know where I can find this timer in Exchange : "Update this calendar with the server's recommanded frequency" ... Seems to be set to 1 hour, and I would like to chnage it to 10 mn


    • Hi Jean-Luc,

      I am afraid there is no syncing tool that could work with Outlook closed. As far as I know, all such tools use the Outlook object model to retrieve information from Outlook calendars. You can try to find some Exchange-based synchronizer, but this would be much more expensive. Sorry, I cannot help with the second question, I have no experience with Exchange.

      BTW, your English is good, and you have nothing to apologize for :)

      • Jean-Luc says:

        Hi Svetlana
        Thanks for answering quickly
        I think a work aound could be to open a RDP session for the account associated with the ressource calendar, open Oultlok, and let it run 24/7 ... I'll try

        • Jean-Luc says:

          Hi Svetlana

          the work round seems to be working ...

          but I ot a new problem with deleted meeting :
          when a meeting is deleted form the oulook calendar, the synchronization with Google Calendar (thtough SynqYa) is KO ... the meeting is still there in the Goole agenda, and I didn't found any way to solve this kind of problem
          => this is very annoying :-(

          any idea ?

          • Hi Jean-Luc,

            I am very sorry but I am not able to advise anything regarding this issue. You can probably contact SynqYa's support since they know their own product better than anyone else.

  152. Lisa says:

    I just setup my Outlook calendar to sync with gSycnit and I need help with the sync settings. I want to make sure I never loose in past calendar events from previous years, so I changed the setting to sync all appointments as I had Google Calendar Sync doing. However, it appears this add-in is constantly re-syncing all previous events that have passed where as the Google Sync didn't do each time it was syncing.
    I have over 2,000 entries and this can take longer than I would like if its going to re-sync each item every time. Please advise on what I should change my settings to make sure all 2,000 entries are always on my calendar after syncing is complete. Also, I noticed that I'm getting a pop-up box stating that some of the entries have been modified since its last sync, which is not true. Please advise on both issues if possible. I'm not sure if I have to check back here or if I will receive an email. If I never receive an email...I know to check back
    Thanks in advance.

  153. Leef says:

    I was a very hesitant gSyncit customer but finally took the dive. I went right for the purchase, buying a license for two PC's at about $30 USD. Installation went fine, but it definitely helps to look at the manual to configure it! The set-up was very straight forward when approached in a step-by-step fashion. I set it up to synchronize everything - calendar, contacts, notes, and tasks. Then I tested everything but notes. In Google, I added a "Google test event" to the calendar, "Google test contact" to contacts, and "Google test task" to the task list. Similarly, in Outlook I added an Outlook test event, contact and task as well. I then ran a manual sync (I selected the option to sync everything, so that first sync took about 10 minutes). I then ran a sync on my Android phone. When I checked, I found that the my dual Outlook and Google test entries had populated all three devices perfectly, and from what I could tell, all previous items I did not want to lose were still there, unchanged and neither missing nor duplicated. Then I deleted the test contacts from my Android & synced it, removed the test tasks directly from Google, and removed the test calendar events from Outlook. I ran a second manual sync from gSyncit, resynced my Android phone, and all test items were removed with surgical precision. That second gSyncit sync took only about twenty seconds.

    The software defaults to asking the user to confirm deletions of events, contacts or tasks in Outlook, which I realized was probably a good idea to prevent catastrophe, so I left that default alone (there, of course, is no corresponding default to confirm additions, which would render the software annoying). When I thought about it, I don't really delete anything in tasks, calendar or contacts that often, anyways.

    I highly recommend gSyncit, and this is from a very reluctant customer. It is well worth the price of admission, especially coming off GCS. It not only syncs calendar but I finally have contact, task and notes sync as well! I am about to explore the other options in the program, including synchronizing files with my DropBox Cloud, which would be a nice capability.

    I had two hesitations from the start - (1) spending money on new software always feels like a bit of a gamble, and - much more importantly - (2) I did not want to take a chance on having gSyncit step into a well-choreographed 3-way dance between my devices and screw it all up.

    I am happy to say that (2) is not an issue, and as far as (1), well, I'll have forgotten about that $30 long after I'm still enjoying the benefits of the software.

  154. peterpan says:

    I just want to say thanks! Gsyncit trial version is working perfectly for me now that Google calendar sync is defunct. I am using outlook 2013 and a Gmail account. I have constant consistent insync calendars on both computer and Android now. Exactly what Google calendar sync used to do. Thankyou for this information.

  155. Russlaw says:

    Great post! Thanks for all the clear, helpful information and all the followup. And shame on Google for pushing users away from Google Calendar and Android phones by trying to wean us from Outlook. Not gonna happen.

  156. Barth L Maher says:

    I am behind a firewall with limited administrator rights and all sorts of limitations. Had a lot of difficulty using any of the suggestions. Thank you for "Calendar Sync for Outlook and Google Calendar is one more free tool that may work a treat (thanks Sam for contributing!)." Works like a charm!

  157. Avinash Hirekerur says:

    Thanks a lot.
    gSyncit is working well for me.

  158. john says:

    thanks alot. permission to put this on my blog with source from you sir!

  159. Philippe says:


    I found this discussion very interesting ... but somewhat long.
    Could someone synthesize in a few sentences the pro's and contra's (limitations of the free version...) of the two main solutions SynqYa and gSyncit?

    • Hi Philippe,

      I will try...

      gSyncit Pros: easy-to-configure, allows 2-way syncing of calendars, tasks and contacts; additional options such as pre-configured automatic syncing, removing duplicate items etc.

      gSyncit Cons: (free version): displays a pop-up window on Outlook start preventing Outlook usage for 15 seconds, supports syncing with one Outlook calendar only.

      SynqYa Pros: no client software, no installation (admin rights are not required), syncs Outlook, Apple iCal and other calendar software with Google Calendar.

      SynqYa Cons: more difficult to configure (based on our blog readers feedback), syncs with one calendar only.

  160. Philippe says:

    Thanks Svetlana,

    This is very clear.
    I will try SynqYa.

    Best regards,


  161. Olivier says:

    Excellent article. very detailed, pragmatic and helpful. I have decided for gSyncit and it works immediately. Big applause to Svetlana. Thanks

  162. Philippe says:

    Well finally, I tried SynqYa and not very glad.
    The parametrization is not evident but not too difficult.
    However, the main issue is the following: all entries for Outlook, which were the same than those in Gmail calendar have been exported without checks ==> my Gmail calendar has all entries in double. I had to eliminate all duplicates, one by one.
    All in all, I think the best solution is the following:
    - take the discipline to enter everything only in Gmail calendar
    - then show it in Outlook, by giving the URL in Outlook, as described in this excellent article.


  163. jaime says:

    awesome tips! unlike the rest of my search results, this actually worked! I now have my google calendar syncing to my work outlook calendar!

  164. Robin says:

    Been running gSyncIt for a few weeks now. I've found it fails to sync meetings in Outlook that I am not the organiser for. Which rather defeats the object.

  165. David says:

    Like everyone else, I was very disappointed to find that google would discontinue the GCS program. I decided to try gsyncit and it has worked perfectly. I am syncing an iphone and outlook and have found no problems. I do not use the meeting functions and I can now sync contacts as well without any additional software which I could not do before with GCS. This article really helped me decide what the best course of action was for me. Thank You. Philippe, your trial and report back of Synqya was very helpful, so I really appreciate your feedback on what happened when you tried that option.

  166. Stephanie says:

    Hi All - This info is helpful. I have a question that is a follow-up to Robin's recent post: Is there a way to get gSyncIt to sync Outlook meetings for which I am not the organizer? I had this problem with GCS and don't want to choose a new solution that has this same issue. I guess if gSyncIt doesn't sync Outlook meetings for which I am not the organizer, I may have to get Google Apps Sync as part of Google Apps for Business? Hopefully, that will work. Thanks in advance for your advice on this!

    • Hello Stephanie,

      I think you'd better address the first question to gSyncIt's support who will be able to provide then most competent answer. As for Google Apps for Business, yes it includes the new version of Google Apps Sync.

  167. Thanudcha says:

    Don't sure why Google calendar sync still work for me. But if this service is stop. I decided to try gsyncit.

  168. Peter says:

    Google Calendar Sync work for me as well ?!?!

    • Google has made an official announcement that they do not _guarantee_ the correct work of Google Sync starting from Augusts 1, 2014.
      BTW, it still works for me too, but no one knows how long it will last...

  169. ac says:

    it seems to be working for me as well ??? and I checked it on both google and outlook so 2-way synching is working...does anyone one if they will still allow it ?

  170. Marc says:

    I can't find a FREE version of gSyncit, only paid version on their website?
    Can some pls refer the link for the free version.

  171. Connman says:

    Looks like it dead now - getting geneic 2016 error...
    And it was working fine earlier today!

  172. Isau Hispansaroff says:

    Hello, Now that Google Sync end-of-life is reached, I'm trying to decide between options. Any recommendations? I tried Sncqa; didn't like it because it creates multiple calendars on Outlook for each of my Google calendars. I was wondering if you knew of a solution that truly synchronized multiple calendars (and contacts) into a single Outlook calendar. Thanks so much for your help.

  173. David says:

    Great article and comments! I just downloaded gSyncIt but access to Google calendars was blocked by Google because evidently gSyncIt doesn't conform to "modern security standards" (those are Google's words). Should I be worried about gSyncIt's security?

  174. Savio Costa says:

    Google Calendar Sync has stopped working this afternoon. Worked during the night...

    Now I need to find another free synchronization mode.

    Greetings from Brazil.

  175. DIPS says:

    Excellent fix to sync Outlook and Google Calendar, thank you!! My Google Calendar Sync went down today; poof zap off it went, after about 6 months of having to manually click each time... I found this article and downloaded the software; the free version works on one pc; it seems each time you open up the app you have to let it offer a paid version for about 15 seconds then it loads. There are some nice features which let you tweak how and when and what to backup. Initially there seem to be some double entries but that is probably due to the settings I selected. Again, thank you!!

  176. R. Atkins says:

    Is any of this software able to sync without having Outlook open? That is one feature of Google Calendar Sync that I particularly appreciated. Also, some of these paid replacements are WAY overpriced: $30, $50, $60? That's nuts. I'll bet the prices all increased on August 1.

    • As far as I know, none of the third-party syncing tools works with Outlook closed.

      As for the prices, gSyncit is still priced at $20 (have just checked it), and this is one-time payment. In comparison, Google charges $50 per year but offers a handful of advanced options.

  177. Julian says:

    gSyncit works perfectly in both directions, thanks!

  178. Chuck says:

    Great post. Sync died for me today as well. Installed gSyncit and I'm happy... If anyone is not sure, it says it will not sync deletes for contacts, notes and tasks in the unregistered version.

  179. KathNich says:

    What a brilliant blog! I wish I had found it a month ago when, like everyone else, I received the dreaded e-mail from Messrs McGoogleScheister & Sons Inc..

    I wasted almost a week searching, researching, posting on blogs, forums, helplines etc, convincing Google I really WAS the admin for my account, getting useless help from clueless Microsoft support staff.. the lot, and was getting so confused by it all. At the 11th hour I found a wee posting on a blog called DroidLawyer which had a list of alternatives for GCS.

    I went for gSyncIt and invested my $19.99 (about £12.50) and I am SOOO GLAD I did. It's great, it is easy to set up, it does what I need and, by jimminy, it just works. When Fieldstone (its creators) answered my blog query about would it survive the 1st August deadline I even suggested they invest my $20 in sticky buns and a few beers (given that they're American, they probably thought I was some sort of pervert!).

    Anyway, for something simple with lots of potential, go for gSyncIt. If you don't want a 3rd party thing, there is apparently a way of doing it through setting up a pseudo exchange through but it rapidly got way above my skill set so I paid the money.

    Again, great blog Svetlana, thank you.

  180. Clankk says:

    gSyncit seems fine. Not sure what "Google calendars was blocked by Google because evidently gSyncIt doesn't conform to "modern security standards" is about. Worked fine even with 2 factor authentication setup.

    • David says:

      I was the one who posted about gSyncIt not conforming to the security standards. I sent an email to the developers and they suggested I download version 4. I was running into the problem Nico mentions in comment 184 below. One of the features of v4 is "GOOGLE OPEN AUTHENTICATION SUPPORT: Migrated all Google syncing operations to use Open Authentication for better security and compliance with Google platform requirements."

      After I did that, everything is working fine.

      Thank you, Svetlana, for such an informative article!

  181. Nikolaj says:

    Thank you!!! You were the first one mentioning Google Cal Sync was terminated and you even came up with new solutions.

  182. Paul says:

    Great original article.....extremely that Google sync is dead, I'm using gSyncit, in a corporate environment, in an Active Directory Domain. gSyncit is working ok, but won't sync from Google to Outlook.
    Outlook to Google works though, so I'm managing!!
    And yes, I DO have the settings correct,before anyone asks. :-)

    • Paul says:

      Update:After logging off a few times, still had the same problem tying to manually sync, then after it's first "auto" update, everything worked fine!! 2-way sync'ing.

  183. Nico says:

    How to configure gSyncit with my google Account ? In gmail, I received an email to informe me that an application has been bloked (gSyncit).

    Should I configure my Google Account to accept less security ? What is the real danger with this parameter ? I'm not sure that it's a good ?

    • Hello Nico,

      I don't think it's a good idea to set a lower security level in your Google account. You can contact gSyncit's support team instead, there's a good chance that this is a known issue and they may have a solution that fixes it.

  184. Yonas says:

    Great and extensive article. Thumbs up for the effort! After the discontinuation of google calendar sync, i started using gsyncit and works fine for me.

  185. ashr says:

    Since google took away google sync, this shows they do not care for their users; and now they want us to pay for new tool; bye bye android, my next phone will be Windows phone.

  186. Garman says:

    Lot of good info being exchanged here - I was sorry to see Calendar Sync get turned off the start of the month, it was a great tool. Svetlana - I'm hoping you can shed some light on my specific situation...
    I use Outlook 2013 at work and Outlook 2010 on my home PC. I have no desire to mix my work and personal email, but I did use Google Calendar Sync to sync my work and personal calendars, so one calender contained everything, and if I modified the calendar at either work or home, the changes would be updated on both post-sync. As I read through the info on gSyncit and SynqYa - it states that they only work for one calendar. I assume in my situation (having a work Outlook calendar and personal Outlook calendar that I wish to sync into one) - this represents two calendars an neither gSyncit and SyncqYa would apply to what I'd like to accomplish - is that accurate?
    Any other possible solutions/suggestions would be welcomed.
    It appears CompanionLink would do the job for $50, but wanted your feedback before puling the trigger.

    • Hi Garman,

      According to the info provided on gSyncit's home page, the registered (paid) version syncs with multiple Outlook profiles and multiple Google accounts. One calendar is the limitation of the free (evaluation) version and this is the dilemma - you cannot evaluate this feature until you pay for it.

      As for CompanionLink, yes, it supports syncing with multiple calendars and their trial version is time-limited but fully-functional. So, I'd rather request CompanionLink's trial first, to know with certainty it works in the way I want.

      You can also try OggSync ( I did not try this tool personally, but one of our blog readers did, you can read his feedback in comments 144 and 145. According to their features list, this software supports "Multiple Google Calendar to Outlook Sync" and a 3-day trial is available.

    • Garman says:

      Thanks a ton!

  187. Stevie G says:

    Tried to import from outlook to calendar 2097 events only 2017 made it ?? Did i do something wrong?

  188. Stephanie says:

    I paid the $19.99 for gSyncIt and so far, so good. So far, gSyncIt does seem to sync the meetings for which I am not the organizer, which is an improvement for me over the old Google Calendar Sync (GCS). Thank you Svetlana for all the info here. I may consider Google Apps for Business at a later date, but gSyncIt is what I will use for now.

  189. Stevie G says:

    TOPIC: Exporting Outlook calendar to Google

    At the end I received the following message....

    "Failed to import events. Could not upload your events because you do not have sufficient access on target calendar."

    Please advise and or explain in simpleton terms.

    Thank you

  190. Leef says:

    Stevie G - Are you talking about GCS, gSyncIt, SynqYa or something else?

  191. Leef says:

    So far after a week of using gSyncIt, nothing but praise for this piece of software. I bought a two-license version (home PC and laptop) for $40 (or the price of a tank of premium gas - if you drive a Mini!). Perfect and precise dance between Outlook, Google and my Android Galaxy S4 phone not only with Calendar but contacts (finally!), notes and tasks. A little hiccup in setting up contacts on the desktop for some reason (some were duplicated) - but I managed to make some adjustments and all is back to normal.

    For those scratching their heads, I really think gSyncIt (paid version) is the best option. Seldom do I even buy a $1 or $2 piece of Android software - always looking for free - but this is one purchase I have no buyer's remorse over.

    And a big thanks to Svetlana for such a great page!

  192. Massimo Bucciantini says:

    Buongiorno a tutti, da qualche giorno ho un problema con la sincronizzazione del calendario di Microsoft Outlook 2010 con google calendar. Tale operazione viene effettuata con google calendar sync ma ripeto da qualche giorno ho il seguente errore:"Google calendar sync. Error syncing your calendar. Error code 2016"
    Purtroppo trovo solo spiegazioni in inglese ma non riesco proprio a risolvere la problematica.
    Grazie Massimo Bucciantini

    • George G says:

      Google ha cancellato la sincronizzazione fra Outlook ed Google Calendar. Solamente quelli chi pagano per gli Google Apps potrebbero ancora avere sincronizzazione con Google. E uno schiffo di Google!

    • Buongiorno Massimo,

      Si ottiene questo errore perché Google ha terminato Google Calendar Sync, 1 agosto 2014 Si prega di considerare l'utilizzo di strumenti di sincronizzazione di terze parti, invece.

      P.S. The above was translated into Italian via Google translate. All grammar mistakes are Google's, not mine : )

  193. Nico says:

    How to configure gSyncit with my google Account ? In gmail, I received an email to informe me that an application has been bloked (gSyncit).

    Should I configure my Google Account to accept less security ? What is the real danger with this parameter ? I'm not sure that it's a good ?

    • Hi Nico,

      I would not recommend you setting a lower security level in your Google account. Instead, you can contact gSyncit's support team, there's a good chance that this is a known issue and they may know how to fix it.

  194. Corey L. says:

    We started using Outlook4Gmail to sync our contacts (free version) and now will be switching to the paid version ($15) to sync our calendars. I have been OVERLY impressed with it, and thought it deserved a plug. I'm not sure of the address, but google it and you should find it.

  195. Jürgen says:

    I use this one now.
    Calendar Sync for Outlook and Google Calendar (Free Software)
    I work great the first time but I have to go with the paid version to get sync only upcoming/future Outlook appointments and Google Calendar events. Otherwise the sync takes to long.

  196. benny says:

    Hi Sveta,
    I have been a devoted user of Google's Sync Calender to Outlook and for the past 2 days the syncing process stuck with error code 2016 announcement. Any suggestion to make it work again?
    Also, there was a rumor (?) that Google will stop supporting the sync to Outlook from Aug 1. Anything known about it?
    Tnx for the great help you provide here
    Please cc the response to my gmail

    • Hi Benny,

      Regrettably, this is not just a rumor. Google officially announced the ultimate end of life of their Sync Calendar tool starting from August 1, 2014. All current users received notifications (you can find the full text in earlier comments, e.g. #126) No chance that someone can get it to work again, alas.

    • Anonymous says:

      rcvd July 8 from Gmail:
      Important Announcement about Google Calendar Sync

      Almost two years ago, we announced that we ended support for Google Calendar Sync. Starting on August 1, 2014, this app will no longer sync events between your Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook Calendar.

      You can continue to access all of your Google Calendar events at or on your mobile devices. Follow these instructions to uninstall Google Calendar Sync from your computer.
      - The Calendar Team

  197. John says:

    I cannot thank you warmly enough for this article. Like many I have been adversely affected by Google's termination of its free sync service between Google and Outlook. I was planning to use Google's apps for business package, but despite considerable support from Google's technicians, it was all too complex. Also Google wants to migrate you rather than sync. This to me was too threatening.
    Google Apps are not as good as Outlook and they need to make significant improvements in their market offering. Google is acting as a bully and that's not good enough.
    I have now embarked on a trial of CompanionLink. So far, following your well presented guide I have successfully implemented the software on my PC and have every intention of purchasing it full time.
    Without your input I might not have gone this route. Grateful thanks once again and keep it up. We all need people like you!

  198. Richard says:

    I have tried several times to use gsyncit but I can't get past the verification stage. Is google being difficult with third party apps?


  199. Rob says:

    According to SynqYa, they do not offer full 2-way synchronization of your calendars! Items from Google calendar that are synced to Outlook are read only and cannot be modified.

    Cut and pasted from SynqYa's webpage:
    How can I synchronize my Microsoft™ Outlook calendar with my Google™ Calendar?
    You can synchronize Outlook and Google calendars by combining the two methods described above. Configuration details can be found here:
    In your Outlook "work" calendar modify/add/delete events as usual. Configure Outlook export and have all of your Outlook events exported to your Google calendar.
    We recommended using a dedicated Google calendar (created in your existing Google account) for your Outlook events.
    In your Google "private" calendar modify/add/delete events as usual. Configure Outlook import and all of your Google calendar events will be imported in a new Outlook calendar. This calendar is read-only that you can not modify/add/delete events in it!

  200. Amy says:

    All I want is a read-only copy from Outlook to Google. The problem is that I'm on Mac with Outlook 2011 so I can't find any webdav support for SynqYa, and most of these other apps are Windows only. Today I'm just using the ICS option, but it doesn't update frequently enough. Any suggestions?

  201. Dave Nicholson says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
    Had not realised that Google Calendar Sync was now defunct and just thought I had an error. Then I found your wonderfully helpful article.
    I have downloaded the free version of GSyncit and it is perfect. Just does the job.
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

  202. Chuck says:

    Very helpful instruction. Thank you!

    But, this appears to be a read-only it not possible to create appointments in this imported Google calendar within Outlook?

  203. KathNich says:

    Just a wee PS to reply 180 above:
    In another blog a chap had been having problems syncing appointments he made on his phone back to Outlook via gSyncit although appointments made the other way (ie Outlook to phone) were working fine. In the end, the solution was a simple one: when making appointments on the phone he was just adding them to "My Calendar", not to the calendar that was actually linked (on my phone this is a blue bar tap option at the top of the appointment screen). The lesson: check the obvious first!

    Still a great blog, Svetlana - it needs to be plonked in front of Mr GoogleMcScheister's nose to realise what a pain in the derrier cancelling GCS has been for so many people, and how much revenue he's lost - a simple $5 charge for GCS would have generated millions.

    • Thank you very much for this tip KathNich! You are so right about "check the obvious first!"

      BTW, this blog is turning into a valuable knowledge base on different aspects of Outlook / Google calendars syncing, all thanks to your feedback. And I want to say a very warm "thank you" to everyone who shared experiences and thoughts here!

  204. Param says:

    Superb!! :)

  205. Nico says:

    I contacted gSyncit's support team, but for them it's normal to decrease my security level on my Google account.

    Nobody has the same problem ?

    For them, this problem will be corrected in the version V4.

    :( :(

  206. Marck says:


    Thank you so much for all of the great info. Thanks to everybody else for sharing info. Based upon reviewing the posts, I downloaded the paid version of Gsyncit. Works fantastic!!! Problem solved as I'm using Outlook 2003 for my back up of my google calendar and contacts. I'll post any issues if I encounter them, none as of yet.

  207. Rob says:

    I tried synqYa (don't bother) and then found gSyncit works great! I'm using the free version. I have one Outlook calendar and gSyncit was easy to install and setup and works great! Note I'm only using calendar sync in gSyncit. Contacts/tasks have many limitation unless you buy the full version. I continue to use "GO Contact Sync Mod" to sync my Outlook and Google contacts.

    Since I usually "Hibernate" my computer rather than shut it down, I don't often have to restart Outlook so the 15 second delay using the free gSyncit is no big deal.

    • Liz says:

      Really helpful - thanks
      Can you confirm that GsyncIt will do the three way sync with outlook , gmail cal and iphone/iPad

  208. Amy says:

    I downloaded GSyncIt but am having an issue. Calendar invite from others are stuck in recurrence mode. So, even though the invite is for an hour, it repeats every day, or every week. Did anyone else run into this issue?

  209. Per says:

    Regarding SynYa:

    A - for me - serious limitation of SynqYa is that it will only handle events up to 60 days in the future.

    That is not sufficient. My planning horizon is substantially longer than that so it does not work for me. A pity.

  210. Michele says:

    Thank you so much for giving us a replacement for Google calendar sync. I downloaded GSyncit, followed your instructions, and it works perfectly!

  211. Ann says:

    THANK YOU! I must have missed the "we aren't supporting this" notice. When it stopped syncing I followed the link in the warning but it didn't say anything about google calendar sync . . . just a bunch of stuff about setting it up. Downloaded gsyncit and it's working great for my one calendar.

  212. Kim says:

    Has anyone tried CompanionLink for Google and if so how is it?

  213. Kim says:

    I found this small application that syncs Outlook -> Google Calendar (one way):

    OutlookGoogleSync v1.0.9 -

    works great for what I need and free

  214. K Harkins says:

    Now that the Google Calendar Sync has stopped working I found a replacement Outlook4Gmail. Although it isn’t free it works great, actually better than Google's own product did.

  215. Laura says:

    Has anyone tried Sync2 and if so what are your thoughts? On GSyncIt is the $19.99 a yearly fee or a one time charge? I couldn't locate anything on their website on that. Thank you.

  216. Hi Laura

    On GSyncIt, $19.99 is one time charge.

  217. Preeth says:

    Excellent article, and great help. Awesome people like you make the (internet) world go around...!


  218. Bestter says:

    Thanks you for your article.
    You save me...and my calendar's sync !
    I am using GsynIt and it is working perfectly.
    I bought the licence on the 8th August and I am still waiting for my Key (On their web it is 3-5 business days).
    One more time...THANKS.

    • Anonymous says:

      After several years using Google calendar, I have just changed to an Exchange calendar. No more sync issues with Google calendar!

  219. Laura says:

    Hi Svetlana, Thank you for the information. It is greatly appreciated.

  220. Torri says:

    Yes thank you! As it seems, Google Calendar Sync finally poo'ed out on me after many, many years of happy synching. The error box will not go away and my calendars are about a week out of sync; I'm so sad *sniffle*. Looking forward to using one of these solutions and getting back on track!

  221. Greg says:


    Thank you for the information!

    I went ahead and purchased the full version of CompanionLink and its not all roses! It should be noted that the synchronisation process takes a lot of time (20 minutes with house DSL WiFi); something to consider if you're thinking it will update every 30 minutes - might be taxing on resources. Also, the software does NOT allow you to edit the Gmail calendar from Outlook - not that you suggested it it, but just a clarification.

    Like Torri, I have persistent message that can't be deleted.

    • Hi Greg,

      Thank you for your feedback! CompanionLink support states that all calendar data in Outlook is read and write. sorry, I cannot check this personally because my trial has already expired.

  222. SteveD says:


    Thank you, thank you. Super helpful easy clear instructions. I've been using Googlesync for years. I loved it, worked great then I heard they were not supporting it about a year ago, but it still worked great. Then I get an e-mail saying that they are going to discontinue it altogether in August. Well seeing was believing and sure enough, sync no longer worked in August.

    I really depend on my calendar to sync between my phone, work computer and laptop. Huge scheduling issues. Started googling solutions and wasn't finding anything useful until I cam across your great article. I purchased gSyncit for my work and laptop computer and it works like a charm. The only minor issue on instruction is that in your picture you show the Outlook Calendar as \\archive\calendar. I had to use \\personal folder\Calendar to make it work.

    Great job Svet, I'm sure you will get a lot of responses since everyone will now have to make some changes. BTW I looked into GoogleApps which cost $60-50 per year and you have to go get a domain which I don't have or need.

    You should get a commission on sales with this great write-up. Thanks so much!!!

    • Hi Steve,

      Thank you very much for your feedback. \\archive\calendar is a good catch! I tried gSyncit on my backup calendar first, and forgot to re-do the screenshot later. Thanks again for pointing this out, fixed!

  223. Frances says:

    Thank you so much! Your article saved me. I'm enjoying gSync. Thanks again for your help.

  224. Mats Ericson says:

    Thanks very much for this great aricle ! This was just the information I wanted. :-)

  225. Chris says:

    The article has been very helpful and is very up-to-date. Thanks for taking the time to share this information.

  226. PDX Dave says:

    Just purchased gSyncit and it seems to work as promised. One glitch; had to set Google to allow "Less secure apps" to access my account (Google names MS Outlook as an example of a less secure app). Thanks for your help; I probably wouldn't have gotten here if not for your instructions.

    • Hi Dave,

      A few users have mentioned that the "Less secure apps" issue is solved in version 4. As stated on their page, GSYNCIT v4 is coming on August 15th, 2014 and PRE-RELEASE-BETA is available now.

  227. Luke says:

    Hello Svetlana,
    its so good to have you. My world was shaken when I read about the discontinuing of Google's calendar sync tool and its apparent only successor Google Apps...until I came upon this site. I am too an extremly reluctant person and as many, I don't want to pay money for something that isn't proven to be a blast.
    The gSyncit tool spoke to me the most among the introduced Google calendar sync tool alternatives and I tested the trial version. I must say, after a few successful tests, it left a stable and convenient impression and I made peace with the 20 bucks licence fee very quickly. It's just what I need and even much more, so I didn't hesitate spending the money. As far as the settings complexity goes, I didn't have any trouble setting it up. The preferences are neatly structured and allow the user to stay in detailed control of the software's behavior. I can highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't like leaving things to chance.
    I don't think, I would have made it without your great work and the constructive posts of so many people that had the same problem.
    So thank you, Svetlana and all who contributed to this very valuable collection of knowledge, it is greatly appreciated! The ablebits page and the Svetlana g+ blog are now in my bookmarks ;-)

    • Hello Luke,

      Thank you very much for sharing your impressions about gSyncit and for your kind words! Getting such comments is the most pleasant part of a blogger's job :) I am also glad the Internet really makes it a small world and so many nice people from all over the world have come to visit us. I've already said this many times and want to say it again - a HUGE thanks to everyone who has read this blog and especially to those who have taken a minute to post feedback here!

  228. Jen says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me so many options for keeping my life organized... I mean for helping me keep my Google calendar synced with Outlook. I chose the gsyncit tool and if it works as well as it did in the first trial run, I will purchase it. I greatly appreciate this informative blog!

  229. Mike Pruneau says:

    Do you have any information on how to sync Outlook 2011 Calendars (Mac) with a Google Calendar? I am looking for sync two way not import/export. Thank you

  230. benny says:

    Hi Svetlana
    I join every word (OK, almost, as I stayed with the free version) that Luke wrote (#228), especially referring to you great supporting job you are doing here.

  231. Linda says:

    Thanks, Svetlana! I just installed the free version of gsynchit and it works better than the google product! Simple to install and easy to configure. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  232. Niel says:

    I cannot thank you enough for this article, TREMENDOUSLY helpful. THANK YOU!

  233. Denise says:

    I tried the trial version of CompanionLink and I'm still trying to fix my calendar. It DELETED any recurring event that was not in its usual time. So a recurring Tuesday 10:00 am appointment that got moved to 11:00 on one day was deleted. I missed some very important meetings because of this. Also deleted other events and I don't see the pattern for those. Duplicated other data, especially birthdays. It was a nightmare. Also took forever (hours) the first time it did the sync. Subsequent syncs would seriously bog down my computer. Given the good reviews it gets, I was really unprepared for this. Beware! So, I'm about to try gSyncIt now. Fingers crossed.

    Thanks Svetlana for the awesome reviews and to everyone for all the helpful comments.

  234. Dan says:

    Thank you so much for this information! It was very helpful. I am trying out Gsyncit.

  235. Paul Ferland says:

    Hi Svetlana,
    Thanks for the useful info. have you tested the outlook4gmail outlook add in? It is also $20 bucks

  236. Paul+Ferland says:

    Many thanks for the awesome site!

  237. floriwan says:

    Try out this, is already Benchmark for syncing Outlook contacts and notes with Google and since some weeks it can also sync calendar appointments for free (OpenSource:

  238. Eben says:

    I tried the gSyncIt but could not get the account verified, got an error every time about incorrect credentials... Eventually uninstalled, still stuck >:-/

  239. William says:

    I tried gSyncIt free version to sync Outlook and my Google Calendar. The GSyncIt has a lot of features beyond just calendar syncing which I do not need, so I couldn't justify the $20 cost. Also, the free use pop-up when launching Outlook is annoying. I sent a email to is ask if they had a slimmed down version for less cost since their software was over-priced for the single feature that I needed. I received a very rude and unprofessional response from their sales department => Dave. I immediately uninstalled gSyncIt from my computer and will never do business with Fieldstonsoftware again.

  240. Tracie Siemsen says:

    Hi Svetlana
    I just found your site and am not a technical person. I am struggling to fix the syncing of my Outlook 2010 with my Google calendar and my android phone. I need to make sure that when I am on the go adding or changing appointments in my phone things get changed in my Outlook calendar and vise versa. The same goes for my contacts. One item that I didn't see addressed above was security. I do have confidential information in the note section in my Outlook contacts. Could this be compromised during syncing?
    Thank you for your help and advice

  241. jjp says:

    Thank you for this post. I used the first solution for getting my google calendar on outlook. Once outlook is showing the calendar, do you know how to make multiple calendars show up on the same calendar instead of different tabs?

    Thanks again for the GREAT post!!

  242. ShanZ says:

    This was super helpful and I am so happy to be synced again!! :) Thank you

  243. Jordan says:

    Hello "Svetlana Cheusheva" Do you think its safe to sync Google cleader with this app ? ? I'm just concerned!


  244. Mátyás Márton says:

    I've downloaded the gsync v4. I tried to use it in evaluation mode. I want to sync only the Google and Outlook calendars. Unfortunately, the sync from G to O works but the O to G doesn't. What might be the problem?
    Mátyás Márton

  245. Dave says:

    Hi. Question. Has anyone tried any of the free / public domain calendar sharing applications? I've tried a couple of them, but they want my google account password and I'm not comfortable with sharing that information with a shareware application.

    Anyone have any comments of experience?

  246. Antonio says:

    Thank you very much for your article and for the updates, it helped me a lot!!!
    Greetings from Spain

  247. Leef says:

    @William -

    In response to...

    "I sent a email to is ask if they had a slimmed down version for less cost since their software was over-priced for the single feature that I needed. I received a very rude and unprofessional response from their sales department => Dave. I immediately uninstalled gSyncIt from my computer and will never do business with Fieldstonsoftware again."

    With all due respect (and I am not affiliated in any way with FieldstonSoftware), you were essentially asking for a special "slimmed down" version of their software for a low-ball price, having paid nothing, then saying you'll never "do business" with them again. The reason I bring this up is because I have found the developer of this software very responsive in the forums. I also own the software - and while not happy about having to purchase software to return functionality to my digital life that used to be free through GCS, I must say that gSyncIt is worth every penny. The software is built to perform an important task in an area that risks the ire of anyone who demands precision in scheduling and contact maintenance (high pressure business people?). I cannot imagine that is an easy order to fill. The architecture of the software no doubt took considerable time and effort to build, and at only twenty bucks, the developer is certainly not dishonorably fleecing his customer base so he can retire to a tropical island villa.

    I really am not intending to disrespect William's views, and perhaps the conduct of gSyncIt in conversation was less than professional. I do not know. But my experience with gSyncIt is different - and it is very clear that the developer is quick to help customers with questions on the open forum. I think the readership here should know that. Supporting developers is certainly not a charitable pursuit, but I am grateful for the continued attention given to this software and fully understand that even at $20, it's truly a bargain for anyone looking to keep their data in sync. Today, I just got another update to the software. I paid my twenty bucks weeks ago. The developer is still working for it.

  248. johnnybaksteen says:

    I have moved away from Google calendar and now use

    It works much better and it replaces the calendar on my Android device just fine. You need to install on your Android device. Contact Syncing is still a problem. I use Go Contact Sync for that, but it is not flawless.

    I will from now on avoid supporting Google in every way I can. They have dropped me once, I will never trust them again!!!

    If I could, I would move to WP. They do not have my Applications unfortunately, but the moment it will be possible, I will drop Android!!!

  249. K. W. Seo says:

    Thank you for your information.
    After end of Google Calendar Sync support, I was in trouble.
    But because of you, I can sync it again.
    Thank you.

  250. Shib says:

    Excellent post! You details are fabulous!!!

  251. Robert says:

    My recommendation – Sync2, desktop app for all your devices. It allows to synchronize multiple Outlook Calendars, Contacts and Tasks with your Google Accounts, set up two-way or one-way synchronization, choose the sync direction and more.

  252. Erikka says:

    Nicely done! No gaps, no why isn't this working moments. Just straight forward accurate instructions with good visuals. Thank you.

  253. Andrew says:

    Great Article! Regarding the one-way read-only method that you describe for Outlook 2010 and 2013: will this work with Outlook 2003 ?

    • Hi Andrew,

      In theory, this method should work in Outlook 2003 and 2007 as well because protocols are the same in all Outlook versions. Though, I do not have Outlook 2003 and therefore cannot test this to state with 100% certainty.

  254. David says:


    I am using Outlook 2003 with gsyncit and it works flawlessly 2-way. There is now an update that is free if you purchased the program for $20 anytime this year that you can upgrade for free.

  255. Wendy says:

    Thank you for your article, it was very interesting and helpful!

    I'm looking for a calendar sync tool that solves the following issue, which is quite a problem with the google apps sync tool for outlook:
    We use Google Apps and Outlook 2013. We need to schedule technicians into different calendars, so I open all gmail calendars (tech teams) side by side in Outlook and I would like to move appointments from one calendar into another by dragging them. This doesn't work with gasmo (not supported). Gasmo cannot sync items when they are being dragged. Se delete and recreate is the only time-consuming option.

    Do you know if any of the tools mentioned in the above article can solve this?

    Thank you in advance

  256. Alexis says:

    To wendy:

    You can use evo collaborator for outlook, it can sync with multiple google calendars and you will be able to do move/copy from one to another.

    please see:

  257. M1x3 says:

    Excellent article, thanks so much

  258. Mike McCormack says:

    Well written and well done! Thank you for this exceptional KB article...

  259. Chuck says:

    Great job, Svetlana! Thank you and thanks to all the other posters who helped me solve the problem of what to do after the demise of GCS. I installed gSyncit to sync my calendar only (at least for now). It was a relatively simple process and it did a great job of syncing without duplicating appointments. I am using the trial version but will probably pay Fieldston Software $20 for the full version if it stays solid.

  260. Charlie says:

    Thank you, for this excelente post.

  261. zizi says:

    For those who are unable to sync gmail with outlook goto link below.

    • Pouet says:

      Doesn't seem to apply to gmail-outlook calendars sync, does it? I checked all the 1-4 A-C bullets which were correctly set in my gmail account, so the 403 gmail error was not linked to this. I didn't try the bullets after G since there is no link with the sync...

  262. Pouet says:

    Be aware that the free trial version of gsync is down from now! Since November 17, the link between gmail and outlook calendars is broken in the trial version of gsync (it was solved in the shareware version only). So let's abandon gsync!

    • Pouet says:

      Since November 17, google returns 403 error when trying to access its calendar (eg from GSync), so that all sync software should update. But most only update their shareware version. Any idea how to solve the problem with the free tools? Btw thanks a lot for the post :)

  263. Rob says:

    With the forced update from gsyncit V3 to V4, Fieldstone quietly took away the ability to automatically sync using the free evaluation version.

    Also, when you start Outlook with the free version, I get TWO popups, one after the other, which have a delay of 15 seconds and 10 seconds respectively before I can click on "Use Evaluation". Is that normal?

  264. Bas says:

    The free version of Gsync4 is no longer very usefull. Does not sync automatically, does not sync deletes. So please change your passage on your website so reflect these changes that make the free tool useless.

    From their website:
    The unregistered version is limited to synchronizing one Google and Outlook calendar, synchronizing 50 contacts/note/tasks entries and does not sync deletes for contacts/notes/tasks entries. Automatic synchronization is also disabled. Registration will remove these limitations and remove any registration/nag dialogs from the application.

  265. Mil says:

    gSyncit failed it's current users by allowing it's program to become useless. They are forcing everyone to move to new v4 but not before forking over $9.99. It quietly moved to an upgrade rather than offering it as a fix. I purchased the program last year for $19.99 and now I'm told I have to pay for the new version.

    Here's the reply from Fieldston:
    "If you would like to continue to use the calendar sync function, then you need to purchase an upgrade to v4. If you would like to continue to use the software without the calendar sync function, then you can stay with v3." - Dave

    Makes you want to remain a loyal customer, right??

    I'm dropping them!

  266. KH says:

    If someone needs a free Outlook 2010/2013 -> Google sync (one-way) that works without admin rights (i.e., no install) and behind a proxy, check out this tool:

    They have also added one-way support for Outlook 2003/2007 (alpha release). Good luck!

  267. liora says:

    I have 1 computer and want to sync to my galaxy phone. What is your suggestion for sync program?

  268. Chantal says:

    Hi Svetlana,

    Not sure if this is the right place to ask but I have notice that with one of my gmail address I have some emails that goes directly into my spam folders. I have never use any filter or anything else with Outlook and for some strange reason with one particular sender it doesn't happen on a different gmail address.

    Can you tell me how to make sure that these emails goes directly into my inbox.

    Thank you in advance,


  269. David L says:

    I've been using Companionlink for Google for months to sync my Outlook to Google Calendar, and will be switching to another program. When it works, it works well. However, there are too many times when it inexplicably either deletes my appointments, or duplicates them. I'm also afraid to upgrade to their newer builds because I've had Companionlink delete apointments. Their tech support is helpful if you don't mind waiting 20-30 minutes on the phone. I cannot find any rhyme or reason to why their software behaves the way it does. Their tech support always gives me the reason that it's because Google's API is constantly changing. I was willing to believe them the first 2 or 3 times this happened to me, but I'm too frustrated now.

    Is gSync v4 the way to go? Does it work the best with syncing my Outlook calendar to GCal? Is gSync able to keep the same calendar colors that I use in Google Calendar? I have a few different calendars in Google and want the same colors in Outlook.


  270. Christina Schirripa says:

    I am struggling with synching the calendars. I did the above step, but now its just added the google calendar in addition to my default on outlook. I want my google appointments/calendar invites etc to synch with my default outlook. How do I do this?

  271. chris says:

    does it run office 365 as well?
    gr Chris

  272. André Figueiredo says:

    Great Article! Very well written! Excelent post.
    It answer all my questions.

    Thank You

  273. Allen Grant says:

    thank you so much saved me a lot of work, having to use my personal laptop and programs really makes it hard considering the work i do. thanks alot

  274. Esma says:

    Thank you very much!!!!! very happy

  275. Pushpak says:

    Lovely Stuff!


  276. Randy says:

    I've consulted this post several times, and I've found it extremely valuable each time. Thanks!

  277. Ankesh Dave says:

    Hi Svetlana,
    If you find time to update this article,consider adding "Calendar Sync Plus (Codeplex)" for your review,The app will cover wide range of use cases regarding sync.
    Thanks :)

  278. Monte Maclurcan says:

    Hello, after reading this remarkable paragraph i am also happy to share my know-how here with friends.

  279. Diego Cota says:

    Hi, would you please review GO Contact Sync Mod?
    It seems it does both: sync contacts and calendar.

  280. Niklas Hoffman says:

    Like another user pointed out. EVO Collaborator for Outlook worked for me regarding the Gmail > Outlook sync.
    I think its worth a try to check out this plug-in if you are having some issues with synchronization.

  281. Sean says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for a comprehensive, well documented, chock-full-of-choices article that allowed me to pick the right solution for my needs.

    Great job!

  282. Sun says:

    With Office 365 and Outlook 2013, I was able to publish my Outlook calendar and link into Google Calendar with periodic updates from Office 365 to Google Calendar. Google Calendar didn't get updates that frequently, maybe a few times a day only, but it worked. Recently, this seems to be broken... :(

  283. Martin says:


    I tried to sync my gmail calendar with URL adress, but it wount import my calendar. I have outlook 2010. Status keep staying "pending"

  284. peter walter says:

    Ich lese Ihre Kreditmitteilung , und ich würde gerne wissen, ob Ihr
    Kreditantrag ist immer noch gültig?. Wenn ja, dann haben Sie den
    Kreditbetrag für was brauchen?. Ich erwarte Ihre Antwort, um Ihnen
    aussetzen meine Kreditkonditionen.

  285. Melanie says:

    The original post is not showing up, is there an update? I desperately need to sync my outlook calendar to my lg g3 android smart phone.
    Thanks in advance.

  286. R C says:

    Nicely written. Very useful and accurate, saving a lot of time and frustration.

  287. Sor says:

    I read some of these article is really useful. Anyways, I have some concerns with my end-user needs to get gmail's calendar syncs with outlook when they modified on each of both sites but they cannot edit or update any appointments. I can do import/export but this is not so convenience.

    Do we have another way to solve this?

    Thanks for helping us.


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  289. Dale Zink says:

    Hello, Good article, thanks!!! One question, all these solutions are based on PC or Mac implementations. I need something that runs all the time, not just when my computer is on. I may go a day or two and not be able to use my computer, but need updates on my phone. Is there a service that can do this for me at regular intervals?


  290. Maha Reffat says:

    Please I have a big problem after using this app i tried to import some folders contain very impotent emails but i can't find any thing. Is there any way to retrieve my mails?

  291. HyungJoo.Lim says:


  292. Reed says:

    Thank you - worked great for me. Much appreciated.

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