How to Integrate Google Calendar in Windows 10 Calender App

How to Integrate Google Calendar in Windows 10 Calender App

Microsoft has revamped the Calendar app in Windows 10, removing the live calendar branding and improving the UI. The result is a simple and elegant app that people will use. However, it lacks integration with the most popular calendar, the Google Calendar.

How to Integrate Google Calendar in Windows 10 Calender App

We have previously done this in Live Mail, but it was complicated. Fortunately, things have improved and now it’s just a few steps. Let’s see it.

Add Google Account

To open the Calendar app, search for it in the Start menu. Then navigate to Settings > Manage Accounts and click on Add account.

How to Integrate Google Calendar in Windows 10 Calender App

In the dialog box, choose the Google account option and enter your credentials. If prompted, provide an OTP.

How to Integrate Google Calendar in Windows 10 Calender App

Finally, it will ask for permission to connect. Click on

How to Integrate Google Calendar in Windows 10 Calender App

Configuring the Calendar

You can customize the calendar by tweaking various settings. To change the color of events from Google Calendar, click on your email address below the Gmail label.

Keeping Email Separate

How to Integrate Google Calendar in Windows 10 Calender App

When adding your Google account, it automatically syncs your calendar and email. To keep them separate, disable this feature by going to Calendar Settings > Manage Accounts > Google Account > Change mailbox sync settings and deselecting Email under Sync Options.

Add Events Carefully

How to Integrate Google Calendar in Windows 10 Calender App

This left me scratching my head as I wondered why the events I added on the Windows 10 app were not appearing on Gcal. The answer is that you need to select Google Calendar while adding events or they will not turn up on Google Calendar.

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Miscellaneous Settings

How to Integrate Google Calendar in Windows 10 Calender AppHow to Integrate Google Calendar in Windows 10 Calender App

Other settings include the app’s frequency of pinging Google for new emails and calendar updates. In the Personalization menu within Settings, you can set the calendar color, select a light or dark theme, and choose a background image for the side panel.

Troubleshooting

If events aren’t syncing, try these steps:

1. Check for antivirus/firewall software that might be blocking the sync. Add an exception in the firewall or Windows Firewall.

2. Remove Calender App permission by going to My Account > Sign-in & security > Connected apps & sites in Google. Then, reconnect your account.

3. Toggle the sync frequency under Sync contact and calendars from automatic to manual and back to 15 minutes.

Other Alternatives

If you don’t like the default Calender app, there are alternatives. While they offer additional features, they can’t match the tight integration with Windows 10 that the default app offers. Popular options include Thunderbird, Rainlender, Outlook, and the paid but feature-rich VuMinder Calendar. There is a free version available, but it has limitations, such as only one-way Google Calendar sync.

Cool Tip: Need calendar app suggestions for your smartphone? We can recommend a few for both Android and iOS.

Conclusion

Windows 10 has improved its inbuilt apps to make them less complex. Hopefully, this improvement also applies to the Windows Updates section. Share your thoughts with us.

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