How to setup calendar accounts using CalDAV on your iPhone and iPad

How to setup calendar accounts using CalDAV on your iPhone and iPad

While iOS makes it easy to add popular calendar accounts to your iPhone or iPad, you can manually add any calendar that supports the open CalDAV standard as well. For example, if you're using the Gmail app for your Google mail, you might want to use CalDAV to add your Google Calendar to Apple's built-in Calendar app. If you're running our own calendar server, CalDAV is what you'll want as well. As long as you have the login information for the CalDAV account, you're good to go.

How to add a CalDAV account to your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Tap on Add Account... under the Mail section.
  4. Tap on Other.
  5. Tap on Add CalDAV Account under the Other section.
  6. Enter all the information necessary for your CalDAV account. If you don't know this information, you'll need to get it from a system administrator or from whoever set up your CalDAV account.
  7. Tap the Next button in the upper right hand corner and your iPhone or iPad will verify the account.
  8. If everything looks right, just tap on Done and that's it. Your CalDAV account will now start syncing with your iPhone or iPad.

If you get CalDAV working on your iPhone or iPad, let me know how you like it!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to setup calendar accounts using CalDAV on your iPhone and iPad


I use CalDAV for my shared Google calendars, but I don't like how you cannot change the color of the calendar on the iOS devices...

I can change the color of calendars on our Apple Server, but not google calendar. By my google calendar there is not an "i" by it.

I am using iOS8, and trying to use SSL with our iCal server. On iOS8 in the account setup there is an advanced setting tab, and under that there is an Account URL (you didn't cover these). I think I have all those set up correctly, in that events I add on the iPhone show up on my MacBookPro, however events added on the MacvBookPro do not show up on the phone. Any suggestions?

I've added a new calendar to Google calendars using ics link on the web. For some reason this link will not show up on my iphone but it shows up fine on Google calendars. Back when I was using exchange, you use to have to log into,com/sync to select the calendars to sync. This does not work for caldav so I'm not sure what to do.