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Setting Up Your School Google Account on an iPad

This is culled entirely from We've excluded instructions for iOS versions < 6.

1. Open the Settings application on your device's home screen.

2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

3. Press Add Account....

4. Select Microsoft Exchange


5. In the Email field, enter your full email address.

6. Enter your Google Account password as the Password.

7. Press Next at the top of your screen.

8. Enter in the Server field.

9. Leave the Domain field blank.

10. In the Username field, enter your email address.

The window ought to look something like this:

11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.

    • If you see an error message saying "Unable to verify account information", tap OK and Save anyway. It will say "you may not be able to send/receive email from this account, are you sure?" Tap OK. You may have been disconnected from your wifi network at this point, so go ahead and reconnect.
    • If you see an error message saying "Invalid Password", you may need to unlock your account by solving a short CAPTCHA. From the iPad, go to

12. Turn on all three Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts).

To enable 'New events', sign in to your Google Calendar using the web browser on your phone or computer. Go to Calendar Settings > Calendars > Click on the Notifications for the calendar you want to sync. Under Email check 'New events' (and any of the other Invitation settings you want enabled e.g. changed events, cancelled events, event responses), and click Save.

13. There are three options for keeping your contacts synced. You can keep your device's contacts and sync just your My Contacts group, you can sync only Google Contacts and wipe your device's contacts, or you can merge your contacts via iTunes and sync only the contacts that stream with your phone. 

    13a. If you would like to keep your existing contacts on your device select the Keep on my iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) option when prompted. This will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes. If you choose to keep existing contacts, you will sync the contents of the My Contacts group.

    13b. If you have all your contacts in Google and you want to start syncing them to your device and don't want to keep the contacts on your phone, tap Delete Existing Contacts. If there are no contacts on your phone, the contents of your All Contactsgroup will be synced.

    13c. If you have all your contacts on your device and want to import them into Google, you can synchronize your Google Contacts with iTunes. All Contacts and Calendars that you sync with iTunes will be put into the On My iPhone Contacts and Calendar groups on your phone. iOS currently doesn't allow you to move Contacts or Calendar events from the On My iPhone groups to the Google Sync groups.

You've set up Google Sync! Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your device. You can also open the Mail, Calendar, or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.