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GMT Bug Now Fixed for Google Calendar Users in iOS 8

After widespread complaints over the past five months, the so-called "GMT bug" affecting iOS 8 calendar users appears to have been at least partially fixed. Without installing a software update, several users on the Apple Support Communities, Google Calendar Help Forum, Twitter and MacRumors forums are reporting that calendar events are now syncing in the proper time zone on iOS 8.1.3 and earlier versions. Given that users were not required to take action, it is speculated that Google may have quietly fixed the issue on their backend.
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A significant number of users have been voicing their complaints about the GMT bug since iOS 8 was released in September. In short, the bug causes calendar items to be synced in the GMT time zone regardless of location. One particular topic posted within the Apple Support Communities about the issue has received over 300,000 views and close to 800 replies, although Apple has yet to officially address the bug in iOS 8.1.3 or previous software updates. For that reason, some calendar users syncing with Microsoft Exchange or other services may still experience syncing issues until a wider fix becomes available.

Apple appears to be aware of the GMT calendar bug after listing it in iOS 8.2 beta 5's release notes and, as corroborated by multiple reports, should include a proper fix for the issue in the public release of iOS 8.2. Many users are upset that a fix has taken this long, considering that multiple software updates have been released since the bug was uncovered, but the good news is that the bug finally appears to be nearly resolved.

Follow along in our GMT bug thread on the forums for the latest information.

Related Roundups: iOS 8, iOS 8 Features
Tag: GMT


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18 months ago
Someone spends a whole lot of time trying to decide on a haircut.
Rating: 8 Votes
18 months ago
Interesting. I work in 3 timezones with everything in my google calendar synced to my ipad, iphone and macbook pro... and never knew there was an issue like this. It's always "just worked" for me...

Just goes to show you that for wvery person that has an issue on their iphone there are tons (millions) that never see that problem. Sometimes it's hard to remember that on these forums...
Rating: 2 Votes
18 months ago
Just turned my google calendar off and on and it fixed it. Worked for the couple other people I know who had this issue. They were already excited when I told them that it might get fixed in 8.2 in a month or two. It was a pretty annoying bug for people with multiple calendar events a day and having to be careful when editing or making new events.
Rating: 2 Votes
18 months ago

Wonder if it needs to roll out to all servers or something?


I sync my Google Calendar over CalDAV, and I haven't "received" this "bug fix" yet either
Rating: 1 Votes
18 months ago
Seen this for months, no fix except the 'all day event' toggle and still not fixed for me now. Wonder if it needs to roll out to all servers or something?
Rating: 1 Votes
18 months ago
I'm glad. Showing up for events 8 hours early was starting to become embarrassing.

// And by "events" I obviously meant haircut appointments.
Rating: 1 Votes
18 months ago
I use iCloud calendars so haven't had a single problem. Got tired of all the bugs and incompatibilities in Google's software. Plus they use proprietary crap for email and calendars rather than a true implementation of open standards like IMAP, CALDAV, and CARDAV which iCloud uses.

The fact that you have to pay for push calendars, contacts, and email when iCloud gives it to you for free was the last straw. And I have much better battery life now that Google's half baked software is off my phone.
Rating: 1 Votes
18 months ago

Interesting. I work in 3 timezones with everything in my google calendar synced to my ipad, iphone and macbook pro... and never knew there was an issue like this. It's always "just worked" for me...

Just goes to show you that for wvery person that has an issue on their iphone there are tons (millions) that never see that problem. Sometimes it's hard to remember that on these forums...

That is amazing logic. It works for me therefore it must work for millions.
Rating: 1 Votes
18 months ago

Seen this for months, no fix except the 'all day event' toggle and still not fixed for me now. Wonder if it needs to roll out to all servers or something?


I sync my Google Calendar over CalDAV, and I haven't "received" this "bug fix" yet either


Mine wasn't immediate either. I had to turn off and remove calendar syncing in settings and then re-enable it, and it is working fine now. So glad they fixed this!
Rating: 1 Votes

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