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Posted 7 years ago in Tech by Andrew Tokeley
Posted by Andrew Tokeley

Google has made it incredibly simple to run your business in the cloud – whether you’re checking emails, sharing documents or creating your next presentation. At Xero we share this passion to be able to do business wherever you are.

We already support a number of Google friendly features. All Xero reports can be exported to Google Docs, and Contacts can be displayed in Google Maps.

To streamline your online experience even more, we’ve taken it to the next stage.

If you have a Google Apps login, all you need to do is add Xero from the Google Marketplace. Now instead of having to login to Google and Xero separately, you can navigate seamlessly between the two without having to log in twice (single sign-on or SSO in techie speak) – how convenient and simple is that?

Watch the video to see how this works or see Help for more detail.


Joshua Farmer
June 15, 2011 at 11.14 am

My Google Apps login already takes me into Capsule CRM which is integrated with Xero so this is a welcome addition

June 15, 2011 at 11.18 am

I have the same problem as Alex.

June 15, 2011 at 11.19 am

WOW. With the modern practice aligning with Microsoft 365 I thought us goggle users were going by the way side. This has just brightened my day, thank you.

Andrew Tokeley
June 15, 2011 at 11.19 am

Yep – we’re looking into it now. Hang fire.

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June 15, 2011 at 11.24 am

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Andrew Tokeley
June 15, 2011 at 11.54 am

OK – blip in the matrix but things should be fine now. Enjoy.

James Riddell
June 15, 2011 at 4.35 pm

Excellent – that works well thanks. If you’re looking for something to do now how about mail integration so we can see a mini statement when we get an email from a customer or supplier?

Rod Drury Xero
June 15, 2011 at 5.07 pm

@Shawn, we believe people will use both Google Docs and Office 365. Most accountants will need the rich document management features of Office 365 but that does not rule out using Google Docs for collaboration. So we’ll continue to work with both Google and Microsoft.


Jon Stacey
June 15, 2011 at 8.40 pm

We also use Capsule CRM, Xero and Google docs – nice integration, Thanks.

Anja O'Connor
June 15, 2011 at 9.55 pm

This is FANTASTIC!!!! Thanks guys….. *sigh*feeling*the*xero*love

June 16, 2011 at 9.43 am

@Rod, as an accountant I agree The Office 365 doc management features are nice. However, Google has a slew of free and lower cost addon’s. for example, we are currently testing insightly.

Rod Drury Xero
June 16, 2011 at 9.55 am

Hi Shawn.Yes. We agree. We’ll give you both options.

Very cool you’re into this.


Andrew Tokeley in reply to Sundeep
June 29, 2011 at 9.49 am

@Sundeep – suggest you get in touch with our support team (, in the meantime I’ll chase this up with the development team. Cheers

August 3, 2011 at 3.27 am

Will you be looking at using your current google apps integration to sync contacts? So that any contacts created in Google contacts sync to Xero and vice versa? Once the sync is in place, the service could be used to push contact data to other devices such as an iPhone. Allowing the phone to auto detect incoming calls against stored contacts.
Would also allow google apps to act as a central sync point for contacts and subsequent additions of services such as mail chimp.

Matty Courtney
August 20, 2011 at 4.34 pm

It would be great to see support for OpenID in addition to Google. Some OpenID providers, like Verisign PIP, offer two-factor authentication.

Michael Davis
September 26, 2013 at 10.23 pm

Such an old feature but for users that utilise Google Apps this is awesome.

October 18, 2013 at 7.02 pm

I love that I can sign in with google apps. Thank you for this feature.

I would also like to know if you plan to add support for contact syncing with google contacts? This would be incredibly useful for me.


James Samuel
February 27, 2014 at 6.46 am

How far away is the seamless integration of Google contacts with Xero contacts?

April 14, 2014 at 10.51 pm

Also interested to know when the seamless integration for contacts will be implemented…looking forward to using Google Apps to link accounting, Xero and our CRM, Insightly.

September 25, 2014 at 1.46 am

Integration with Google contacts…. Yes please! As a service industry, being able to enter the data into xero and have all up to date customer lists displayed on google maps has massive potential ie. identifying hot spots, demographics, and using this data for marketing.

June 2, 2015 at 6.31 pm

Is it just me, or does this feature not work anymore?

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