Google calendar is a free time-management web application by Google. Similar to other desktop calendar apps like Microsoft Outlooks and iCal, Google Calendar allows you to schedule events online. Google Calendar simply helps you to manage schedules, be it personal or professional.
You don’t have to forget an important meeting or event anymore. You don’t have to set alarms as reminders for important events, or forget that important person’s birthday anymore. Google Calendar can be quite useful in scheduling important events such as meetings, appointments, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, travels etc.
Even as a student, you can enter your lectures timetable on your Google calendar so you don’t have to miss any lectures, tests or even examinations. Colleagues working in a group project can enable collaborations and share schedules using Google Calendar.
How to Setup Google Calendar
Accessing Google Calendar simply requires you to have a Google account such as Gmail account. Login to Google Calendar with your Gmail account and you will be granted access to an online calendar hosted on Google.
The Google Calendar has a simple-to-use interface. Simply click on any date and enter your “Event” and time. Set reminders and calendar privacy and save. You can also import a whole calendar full of events at once from your Outlook, iCal, or Yahoo! calendar. Multiple calendars can be created and calendars can also be shared.
There are three ways you can receive your Google Calendar reminders. You can set reminders as Email, SMS and Pop-up. If you are a smartphone user, you can also synchronize your Google Calendar to receive reminders to your smartphone. Let’s look at how to synchronize Google Calendar with smartphone.
How to Synchronize Google Calendar with Android
If you are an Android user, you can easily set Google Calendar reminder on your Android smartphone. Here is how to synchronize Google Calendar to Android smartphone;
To sync your Google Calendar to your Android calendar:
1. In Android 2.3 and 4.0, tap on the Accounts & Sync menu item
2. In Android 4.1, tap Add Account under the Accounts category
3. Choose Corporate
4. Enter your email address and password
5. Select which services to sync, then tap “Done”.
How to Synchronize Google Calendar with iOS
To sync your Google Calendar to your iOS smartphone;
1. Go to Settings
2. Scroll down to “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”
3. If you haven’t set up any accounts, select “Microsoft Exchange”
4. If you already have at least one account set up, click “Add Account…”, then tap “Microsoft Exchange”
5. Enter your email address, username, and password. Leave the “Domain” field blank if you don’t know it — it may not be necessary
6. Enter any additional settings required to access your company’s server.
How to Synchronize Google Calendar with Windows Phone
To sync your Google Calendar to your Windows smartphone;
1. Scroll down to “email+accounts”
2. Tap “add an account”
3. Select “Outlook”
4. Enter your email address and password
5. If you’re prompted for more settings, enter them now
6. Email, contacts, calendar, and tasks are enabled by default. If you’d like to deselect one of these, tap the account icon and choose which ones you’d like to sync.
How to synchronize Google Calendar with any smartphone
You can also set up Google Calendar so that you can receive appointment reminders as SMS to any mobile phone whether it is smart or dumb.
Simply click on the tool icon in the upper-right corner in Google Calendar page, select “Settings” and the Calendar Settings page will be opened.
Click on mobile setup and choose your country, add your correct phone number starting with your country code and click on the “Send Verification Code“.
An SMS with the Google Calendar code will immediately be sent to the number you added earlier, enter the number on the verification code textbox and click on the finish setup button and save your settings.
Then when you add an event or appointment on the Google Calendar, choose to receive your reminder via SMS and an SMS will be sent to you on the specified time to remind you of such event.
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Very helpful! The importance of having a Google Calendar is extremely high. Its a great time management tool and having to synchronize it to an android smartphone is awesome! The tutorial is handy and the steps simplified. Thanks for sharing this Desmond!
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Thanks for this comprehensive tutorial on Google Calender synchronization. TIME IS MONEY, everyone needs time management and synchronizing google calender to one;’s phone will really go a long way in helping to keep appointment and task.
I love the fact that you did not limit the tutorial to android users alone, you go as far to dealt with iOS , windows and in general all kind phone OS.
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