Though not entirely novel, the Calendar app has been heavily modified with the release of Windows 10, so much so that it appears as one of the operating system’s best new features. One of the great things about it is the fact that it works really well with a wide range of other apps, which greatly increases its usefulness.
Syncing the Windows 10 Calendar app with Google Calendar
In this post, we’re going to talk about syncing the Windows 10 Calendar app with Google Calendar, not only how to go about doing that, but also why you should definitely try it out.
Sync your account
First of all, what you need to do is sync your Google account information with the Windows 10 calendar app. In order to do this, go to the Start Menu, and click on the Calendar – which you’ll find in the top right corner. From there, look for the Settings icon, which you should see in the bottom-left corner of the app.
In the Settings menu click on Accounts and then select Add account. Here, you’ll get a prompt which allows you to choose from several different options: adding an Outlook.com account, linking your Office 365 Exchange, Google account, or iCloud. We’re going to look at what happens when you go with the Google account option.
The first thing you’ll see is the standard Google login page. Depending on your settings, you can either log in immediately or go through the two-step verification process to access your account.
Before you’re done with the sync process you’ll get an overview of Google permissions, which is a list of all the various apps and services Google needs access to if you are to use the account from your Windows 10 PC.
After you’ve gone through all that, you can begin customizing the Windows 10 Calendar to better suit your needs – which is what we will talking about next.
Configure your Calendar
After you’ve set up the Calendar app, you will definitely want to play around with the settings to make the most out of this valuable tool. The exact configurations available with, of course, depend on which service you’ve linked to the app (in other words, what you get with Outlook is different from what you get with Google).
To get to the Settings page, hit the small clockwork icon you see in the bottom-left corner of the Calendar app. Now enter Calendar Settings, where you will find the options that have been opened since the Google account was synced.
From there you can change a variety of settings, like which day the app considers to be the first of the week. You can also specify the hours during which you work during the day, so the Calendar doesn’t bother you with unnecessary notifications during your time off.
Modify sync settings
Finally, if you want to change the way Calendar communicates with Google’s servers when it comes to new appointments and notification updates, you can do all of that by going to Settings, and then to Accounts.
After opening the Gmail account, hit the Change mailbox settings button, and another menu will open. There, you will be able to choose the frequency with which Calendar pings its host account for updates (this can be every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and so on), but also whether or not full descriptions or messages will be downloaded each time something new is found.
You can also change where specifically the Calendar app connects to in order to get information from Google, however you probably shouldn’t be changing things around over there unless you have a special configuration on the server side.
Since you can add your Google account to the Calendar, Windows can automatically sync your attached emails, too. On the other hand, if you prefer to keep the two systems separated, there are two ways for this particular feature to be disabled.
For the first one, you’ll need to go to your Account settings and set the sync for email to “Off”. You can do the same thing for both Contact, as well as the Calendar itself, however you should know that if you do that, none of the data you’ve just set up will be accessible through the app in the first place.
You can also sever the link between your email and calendar by going to the Calendar tab in Settings, and then switching it off manually after the syncing process is done by using the Mail and Calendar setting.