If you're a Mac user, you probably enjoy the ease that the default OSX applications for Mail, Calendar, and Contacts provide. However, you may be asking how to synchronize your new Google Cloud data to these applications. Here's a simple way to do just that.


Step 1: In Gmail, make sure you've enabled IMAP. This is is a protocol that allows your Mac to communicate with Gmail. Don't worry, all your data is still totally secure.


Go to the gear icon on the right-hand side of the screen. In the menu that appears, choose Settings. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab. About halfway down the page in the IMAP Access section, select Enable IMAP. Click Save at the bottom of the page.



Step 2: On your Mac, Click the Apple logo in the top left corner. Click on System Preferences.



Step 3: Click on Internet Accounts in the third row of options. From here, click the Google logo in the right hand pane.



Step 4: Fill out your information. Type in your name, your Google Cloud email address, and your Google Cloud password.



Step 5: Once you've clicked Set Up, you will be asked which apps to synchronize with Google Cloud. Choose whichever ones you wish, and know that you can always change your choices by coming back to this menu.



Step 6: That's all you need! Once you've pressed Done, your data will start to download and become available in your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, and Notes apps. Your data may take a few minutes to download, so don't worry if all your data doesn't show up instantly. Now you can read, send, and receive email, or change any data in these apps, and your changes will be synchronized across all your devices.


Data from your Google Cloud account will be shown under the heading "Google" in these apps. For example, this is how your data will look in Calendar.



And this is how your data will look in Notes: