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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?

  • how is it possible to have Google account without gmail ? how do you log in to it ? – Ruskes Apr 22 '15 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. – Ben Miller - Reinstate Monica Apr 22 '15 at 21:06
  • Is it a Google Apps account @BenMiller? – Jaime Santa Cruz Apr 23 '15 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. – Ben Miller - Reinstate Monica Apr 23 '15 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.

  • This worked for me. Thanks. I wonder if this is something that will be fixed in a future version of iOS. – Ben Miller - Reinstate Monica Apr 30 '15 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 '15 at 18:08
  • In 10.3.1 this is still a problem and this is still the solution. – David Reich May 5 '17 at 4:47

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