How to Sync Google Calendar with Outlook Free Download
To sync Google and Outlook calendars show them together in one place is easy if you are know-how. We outline all the options including tools & workarounds.
Can I sync Google and Outlook calendars?
- First, ask yourself if you need to sync Google and Outlook calendars. You might think you do, but several alternative approaches 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.
- Just be aware of the drawbacks of these approaches. The main one is that in a business environment anyone checking to see if you’re available at a certain time won’t see all your calendars: they’ll only see, say, the Microsoft or Google one you use for work. That’s where proper syncing becomes important.
Best tools & apps to sync Outlook and Google Calendars
- If you don’t want to use any of our workarounds below, you can use an app or service that syncs Google and Outlook calendars. Some are free but may have limitations that prove to be deal-breakers. However, because they’re free, you can at least try them out to see if they are good enough.
- SyncGene can sync contacts, calendars, and tasks automatically across iPhone, Android, Outlook, Gmail, and apps. There is a free version that is limited to two data sources and does not offer automatic syncing, but a paid-for subscription works out at $4.95 per month. If you do subscribe, bear in mind there’s a 14-day refund policy, so ensure you’re happy before that time is up.
- CalendarBridge is a new online service that can not only sync up to 10 of your Microsoft and Google calendars but also offers some very useful options. One is that you can choose to sync only your busy or free times, which you can ensure personal events aren’t synced to your work calendar. You can also choose not to display the information about events synced from another calendar, so it will only show the time as busy.
- Because all the syncing happens in the cloud, it doesn’t matter whether you’re using Windows 10, macOS, iOS, or Android, nor which calendar app you choose to use. Everything is supported, so long as it can view in Outlook or Google Calendar.
- The service doesn’t see or store your Google or Microsoft logins and works directly on servers in the cloud, so your synced calendars are viewable and available on any of your devices. It costs $4 per month, but this is a 50 percent discount off the usual $8 per month per user. There’s also a useful seven-day trial that doesn’t ask for credit card details.
- Sync2 (image below) syncs Outlook with Google Calendar and does a lot more besides $59.95 per year (discounts are available). It can sync on a schedule or whenever a change in Outlook is detected.
- Calendar Sync appears to be the perfect replacement for the old Google sync tool for Outlook users. Note, though, that the free version will only sync events within 30 days of the sync date, so if you need to sync recurring events, you need Calendar Sync Pro which costs $9.99.
- Some people like Calendar Sync, while others say it causes problems.
- Another option is Outlook Google Calendar Sync, which is free and regularly updated. It can sync events including attendees and reminders. It doesn’t have to be installed and works behind web proxies. It’s certainly worth a try.
Just use just one calendar
- This might not be an option for you if you have work and personal calendars that must be on different platforms, but it’s worth considering if you can manage but use only one calendar, if at all possible. 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 personal, and offer single calendars or combined views. (This applies whether you’re using a mobile device or a PC or laptop, by the way.)
- 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.
- Choose one calendar to sync.
- Sync Outlook Categories/Colors to Google Calendar.
- One-way sync supports deletions of duplicate events.
- Auto-sync, sync on schedule, and sync with custom date ranges.
- Match Outlook Reminder to a pop-up reminder in Google with sync.
- Automate the sync in the background for every 5 minutes or set a fixed time.
- Supports Google 2-step authentication, when enabled.
- Sync events and mark them as Private.
How to import & export Google calendars
- To export events from Google Calendar you’ll need to use the web version on a PC or Mac.
- Click the cog icon at the top-right of the interface and then click Settings.
- Now click on the relevant calendar in the Settings for my calendars section on the left. On the right, you should see a button marked Export calendar. It downloads as a zip, so copy the .ics file out.
- An alternative method is to click the three dots to the right of one of your calendars, then click Settings and share. This takes you to the same screen with the Export option.
- On the same Settings screen, you’ll notice an Import & export option (arrowed below). Click this and you’ll find the options to import a calendar as well as another button to export all your calendars in one go.
How to import & export Outlook calendars
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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.
How to import a calendar using Outlook.com
If you use the Calendar section of Outlook.com, you can’t export, but you can import it.
To do that, click Add calendar then choose From the file in the menu and navigate to your Google Calendar .ics file to import it.
How to view Outlook and Google calendars together
- 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 another 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.
- 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 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 cog icon in Google Calendar and click Settings. Click General at the top of the left-hand column and scroll down until you see the Event settings section.
- In these is an option to Automatically add invitations. Use the drop-down menu to choose Yes.