Tips on syncing Google Calendar with Facebook and your phone

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I had a rant last week about how difficult it was to link up calendars that I had in different places and to get information about events in the right device to be useful. Lo and behold it turns out it ain’t that hard after all. Thanks to some pretty helpful comment suggestions – [thank you ] I’ve put together a quick guide showing how to sync up Google Calendar (Gcal) to Facebook and your phone.

This article is about Google calendar – the web-based calendar that comes as a widget on Gmail. Syncing options for Windows Outlook and Mac are definitely available, but I’ll cover them in a later post.

Syncing Your Phone’s Calendar to Google Calendar
This is really useful. For iPhone all that is required is flipping a few options in the Settings menu. It initiates a two-way exchange between the phone and G-Cal meaning that what you input into your phone comes up in Gmail and vice-versa.
There are good instructions on Google Help: for iPhone here
For Blackberry here
For Android here
For Nokia/Symbian here

Syncing Facebook Events to Google Calendar
This is a one way interaction: Facebook Events to G-Cal. It’s not super straightforward, but
Fortunately only events you indicate you’re “Attending” will show up in G-Cal so your Google calendar won’t be flooded with random invites to nights you’ve never heard of.

1) Basically, in Facebook Events go to Export Events at the bottom of the page
2) Copy the url it provides.
3) In Google Calendar click “add” under “Other Calendars”
4) Chose add by url and paste the url into the text box.

There you go!

Inside Facebook describe it pretty well with some good pictures so go check it out there.

Downside is getting spammy Facebook events turning up in Gcal, though you can always state that you’re not attending or hide them

Hope that helped. Any more questions/tips?

Anna Leach


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