Syncing Google Calendar to be More Productive


Affiliate Summit East: Boston is right around the corner and I wanted to prep for this event. Usually I would be all prepared but I just got an iPhone and I would like it to be synced with everything I need. So I needed to make sure my emails and calendars were all properly synced. My mail is always synced since I IMAP all my email programs, but my calendar was a different story. I usually have my calendar in a central location, my house desk! I just realize I needed to get it on the internet and have it more centralized. Thank you Google!

I have sometimes used Google Calendar to help me with things I needed to get from 1 PC to another. Having this access online is amazing, boy do I love the internet. I can have my appointments or to do list in one location and access it anywhere in the world. So I wanted to go ahead and sync up my Thunderbird with my Google Calendar and then sync up my iPhone. I will show you how to sync up your ThunderBird with Lighting and Google Calendar.

First things you will need are the basics:

  1. Thunderbird -> Mozilla eMail App | Far Better than Outlook (IMO)
  2. Lighting -> Add On Calendar for Thunderbird
  3. Google Provider -> Bilateral Access with Mozilla Services and Google

These are the basics that you will need in order to get this working properly. Once you have downloaded the following make sure you install the add ons which are Lighting and Google Provider. To do this simply go to your Thunderbird and choose Tools -> Add Ons. Or if it didn’t install automatically simply right click on the XMPI file that you downloaded and chose open with Thunderbird (first make sure Thunderbird is close). This will re-open Thunderbird and install your plugins.


The video above goes through the majority of the steps. If you missed it or if the video was too fast here they are pretty simple and straight forward.

  1. Log into Google Calendar
  2. Click on Settings then on Calendar
  3. Chose the Calendar you want to Sync up your Appointments (you may have one so just chose that one)
  4. At the bottom you will see 6 RSS looking buttons
  5. Right Click the XML under Private Address
  6. Go back to Thunderdird and Click on New -> Calendar
  7. Chose On the Network
  8. Paste the URL into the field
  9. Give it a Name and Chose a color if you want
  10. A screen will appear for you to Log in and verify your Google account
  11. Done

I find this very helpful as it serves a purpose in life. To be more organize we need to have everything at our fingertips. Having my appointments or scheduled tasks in one centralized location really helps a lot. I can access my things from my laptop, my desktop, my iPhone, across the seas, anywhere I go. This helps you stay on point with everything you need to do. We live on the internet, before we would email ourselves the schedules or better yet we would write it down and just carry it with us knowing it would be lost later on.

Be more productive and make sure everything you have can be access locally on your server or from a service you are paying for. This makes a busy life not seemed so busy at all.

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  • Daisy

    all nice and well, but I don’t see how you sync it to your iPhone, that’s the hard part….

  • Ian

    > Daisy
    tomorrow or maybe the next day – its pretty simple too 🙂

  • eKyris

    Does this create an active sync? Will new events created on Google move to Thunderbird, and vice-versa?

  • Flip

    This works great – thanks!

  • Guy

    Thumbs up Ian for this howto and the howto to sync an iPhone with Google Calendar. I now got everything I want using Thunderbird/Google Calendar/iPhone in whatever direction. Pure loveliness …

  • Ian

    > guy
    glad you like it! thunderbird and iphone in pure love synchronizations 🙂

  • Eirico

    How i put the calender on the iphone?

  • Michele

    Thanks Ian! You are awesome!

  • Loren

    Ian great help, took me awhile but got it. One question, I assume you need to enter data to the one calendar that syncs. It won’t let you do multiples so the other entries ie work vs family have to be on one calendar to sync.

  • Aaron

    I have my calender all set up in thunderbird, so i wanted to sync all that info to google calender so i can then sync it to my iphone. i followed all you steps, and everything appears to have worked, but my thunderbird appointments don’t show up in google calender. any suggestions?

  • This is fantastic! Thanks for providing such a great tutorial and ideas for better productivity!

  • Chris

    I am easily syncing google calendar with my iphone using the recent google app but the question i have is “is there an easier way to enter/delete appts. directly into your iphone?” rather than just the quick add feature on the google app for the iphone? I am used to entering appt.s on a Palm and it is much more user-friendly than the google calendar app on the iphone.

  • The sync you wrote/spoke about does not work with version 3.0 of Foxfire and the add-ons do not work either.

  • Adam

    Hey Ian,

    I’ve got my thunderbird and google calendar synced up with your video, but I’m not sure how to sync up my iphone to thunderbird/lightning calendar – I’m new to thunderbird and am just figuring it out.

    When I go into itunes to sync my iphone, it gives me the option to sync my iphone with outlook, but it doesn’t give me the option to sync my iphone calendar with thunderbird/lightning?

    How are you syncing your iphone to thunderbird/lightning?

    Thanks again for great post.