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How to sync Google and Outlook calendars

Google ,Gmail calendar sync with outlook Learn Here How to Troubleshoot this problem

If you need to keep sync Google and Outlook calendars, then you’ve run into the same problem that thousands upon thousands of others have: there’s no easy way to do it. And that’s why you’re reading this and hoping we’ve got the solution. Fortunately we have several of them. You might consider some to be workarounds, but if you’re willing to spend a little money, there are actual fixes which should work for you.

How Can I sync Google and Outlook calendars?

First ask yourself if you really need to sync Google and Outlook calendars. You might think you do, but there are several alternative approaches which might solve your problem.

For example, if you have an iPhone or Android phone you should be able to add multiple accounts and therefore multiple calendars.

This approach usually means that Google and Outlook calendars appear together in the same app.

This isn’t syncing, but it does mean you can see two or more calendars in the same app and same view.

If you’re using a PC or laptop with the Outlook application in Windows, it could be time to ditch it and move to the online version, Outlook.com, which supports multiple calendars.

There are several other advantages of using an online email / calendar service: you can log on from any computer with an internet connection, and you don’t have any syncing issues as everything is stored online.

Pick just one

Using two calendars services from two different companies can lead to problems and it’s worth considering using only one, if at all possible. We understand that it’s useful to use multiple email providers. But when it comes to your calendar, why not just pick one and use just that?

It simplifies scheduling appointments and events and solves the sync problem instantly. Both Google and Microsoft support multiple calendars, such as work and private, and offer single calendar or combined views.

When adding a new event, you can choose which calendar to add it to. This is the only complication, as it’s all too easy to add an event to the wrong calendar. But at least you’ll have no problems with syncing.

If this sounds like a good idea, you might want to export the data from one calendar to another rather than manually replicate existing events and appointments. Here’s how.

How to export

To export events from Google Calendar you’ll need to use the web version on a PC or Mac. Click the drop-down menu next to the relevant calendar in the My Calendars section on the left and choose Calendar Settings. Then scroll down and click Export this calendar. It downloads as a zip, so copy the .ics file out.

From the main Google Calendar page, click the three dots to the right of one of your calendars, then click Settings and sharing.

Now click Import & export near the top of the left-hand menu and you’ll see an option to export all your calendars as a zip file.

How to import Google Calendar to Outlook
To import Google Calendar into the Outlook Windows application, go to File>Open and export>Import and export. Select the option to import an iCalendar (.ics) file.

Can I export ?

To export your Outlook calendar (from the Outlook application), go to File>Open and export>Import and export. Select Export to a file and save it to a .csv file. To import it into Google Calendar, click the down arrow next to Other calendars and select Import calendar.

Then click the three dots to the right of one of your calendars, followed by Settings and sharing. The import option will appear at the top left. Alternatively, click the + button next to Add a colleague’s calendar.

How to import a calendar with Outlook.com

If you use the Calendar section of Outlook.com, you can’t export, but you can import.

To do that, click Add calendar then choose From file in the menu and navigate to your Google Calendar .ics file to import it.

How to view both calendars

On an Android phone or tablet, install the free Microsoft Outlook app from the Google Play Store. (You can’t simply add a Microsoft or Outlook account in the Android ‘add account’ setting, unfortunately. You can try adding an Exchange account, but it doesn’t work with all Microsoft accounts.)

When you first install it on your phone a message pops asking you if you want to link it to other account, including Gmail. Choose this, and your calendars are synced.

iPhone & iPad

The Calendar app on an iPhone and iPad can display a combined Google Calendar and Outlook Calendar too. Go to Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars and tap Add Account.

Use the options to add Google and Outlook.com accounts. Accept the offer to sync calendars and that’s it. Events added to Google Calendar, Outlook.com Calendar or Outlook if it’s synced with Outlook.com, automatically appear in the iOS Calendar app.

Use invitations

One way to make an appointment appear in both Google and Outlook calendars simultaneously is to simply invite yourself by entering your email address when creating a new event. You basically create a meeting with yourself, so in Google Calendar you would invite yourself by adding your Outlook or Outlook.com email address.

Outlook adds a calendar invitation from Google as an unconfirmed event. You can leave it like this or click the Accept button in the email to confirm it. Outlook.com does not automatically add invitations to the calendar and you have to click Accept in the email.

You can manually accept emailed invitations sent from Outlook/Outlook.com to Google Calendar in Gmail, but there is a better way. Click the gear button in Google Calendar and selecting Settings. On the General tab is an option to Automatically add invitations to your calendar.

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