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I'm trying to add a Google account for use with the native calendar app on a new iPhone with iOS 8.3. This Google account does not have Gmail set up for it, but I am using it for Google calendar.

With another iPhone running 8.1.3, I can go to "Settings", "Mail, Contacts, Calendars", and "Add Account." I select "Google" and see a screen like this:

Add Google account on iOS 8.1.3

I can enter my Google account information and hit next. I get an error that says that e-mail won't work:

iOS 8.1.3 Google e-mail error

But I can hit Save anyway, and on the next feature select screen, I can turn off Mail and leave on Calendars. At this point, I can use my Google calendars in the iOS Calendar app.

With the new phone on iOS 8.3, here is what the new Google Add Account screen looks like, apparently showing a webpage from Google:

Add Google account on iOS 8.3

Next, I get an "Accept" screen like this:

iOS 8.3 Accept screen

After clicking "Accept", I am taken to the feature select screen for the account; however, everything is grayed out:

iOS 8.3 feature select screen, grayed out

After a few seconds, it times out and sends me back to the first Add Account screen, failing to add the account, but giving no error message.

Is this a bug in iOS 8.3? Is there a different way I need to add this no-Gmail Google account to the Calendar app?

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  • how is it possible to have Google account without gmail ? how do you log in to it ?
    – Ruskes
    Apr 22, 2015 at 20:37
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    @Buscar웃 It's very possible. I have an e-mail account on my own domain, hosted by a web host. You can use any e-mail address for a google account, not just gmail.com addresses. You can log in from any Google page. Apr 22, 2015 at 21:06
  • Is it a Google Apps account @BenMiller? Apr 23, 2015 at 1:05
  • @JaimeSantaCruz This particular one I am trying is a Google account, not a Google Apps account. However, I have added both Google accounts and Google Apps accounts on my 8.1.3 iPhone in this way. On the 8.3 iPhone, I've only tried the Google account. Apr 23, 2015 at 17:02

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Have you tried the following on your iOS device:

Add Account > Other > Add CalDAV Calendar

Then enter your credentials:


Server: google.com
Username: Enter the email address of the associated Google account.
Password: Enter the password that is associated with the Google account from above.
Description: Purely for information. Enter a description of the account.

This should work when only using the Calendar on a Google Account.

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  • This worked for me. Thanks. I wonder if this is something that will be fixed in a future version of iOS. Apr 30, 2015 at 15:39
  • As far as I can remember adding CalDAV calendar and no mailbox has been around for past versions of iOS (~6.0 and above).
    – denisinla
    May 1, 2015 at 18:08
  • In 10.3.1 this is still a problem and this is still the solution. May 5, 2017 at 4:47

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