Today, when I was trying to have my agenda better organized by splitting it up in several Google calendars, I found out that only one primary calendar got synced with my iPad,  the other ones were ignored. That didn’t seem to make much sense, but after some Google searches it turned out many people encountered the same problem. Luckily there is a workaround, but even though I followed the instructions step by step and went through all the comments, I just couldn’t get it set up. Eventually I figured out that it had something to do with the language. When your browser requests for a page, it always sends along the language your browser has been configured with, in my case Dutch. Apparently the procedure described in the workaround only works when Google detects English. However you can force Google to use another language by passing it through the url, and that’s how I got it set up eventually.

To save you the trouble, this is how it works:

  1. Open Safari on you iPad and browse to http://m.google.com/?hl=en
  2. On that page, look for “Google Apps user? Tap to configure for your domain.” and click it. A dialog will open where you can fill in the domain of your Google Apps. Fill in the domain and press “Go”.
  3. You should now see a green box at the top, containing a “Sync” button. Push it. You might have to login now before you can continue.
  4. If you would not see the “Manage devices” page now listing the iPhone and the iPad, then go to the location bar in your browser, and remove the last part until you’re left with “…/iconfig/”. Now add “?hl=en” to the end, and then push “Go” on your keyboard. This should take you to the page where you can manage the devices.
  5. Select the iPad device, and on the next screen you will be able to select the other calendars you want to sync. Press “save” when done.
  6. That’s it, just wait for a minute, open Calendar on iPad, and you should see all your calendars appear.