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Google Calendar for Android tips and tricks

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Google Calendar was first introduced almost ten years ago, and it's since grown to become one of the central pillars of the company's services — it lets you follow your schedule across mobile devices and the web, and it ties in closely with other Google products like Maps and Gmail. Here are our Google Calendar for Android tips and tricks.

The Android app has recently been given a new look and a significant upgrade, so it's worth taking a look at some of the features new and old that are on offer. Whether you're an occasional Calendar user or someone who relies on it to get you through each day, you should find these tips helpful.

Put in event locations

It may seem a bit pointless to put locations alongside all of your Google Calendar events — after all, you know where the dentist is right? But it enables Google Now give you warning when you need to leave for each event, and also illustrates the event with an image from the place itself.

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Add locations to your events. / © NextPit

Add events from Gmail

The latest version of the Google Calendar app for Android lets you automatically add events automatically detected in your Gmail inbox. To get it set up, choose Settings from the menu then choose Events from Gmail and toggle the switch. You can always edit any imported events if required.

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Events can be imported straight from Gmail. / © NextPit

Turn off illustrations

By default the new Google Calendar app puts some whimsical illustrations behind the header of each month — you'll see summer scenes in the hot months and vice versa. If you don't like this behavior, head into the Settings, tap General and enable the Show more events option from the list.

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You don't have to put up with the new illustrations. / © NextPit

Edit your quick responses

If you're running late for a particular appointment then you can respond to all the attendees through the event inside the calendar app. You're probably going to be pushed for time, so Google provides some pre-prepared lines for you — choose Quick responses under General in Settings to edit them.

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Let people know you'll be late. / © NextPit

Hide sensitive content

If you're running the latest Google Calendar app on Android Lollipop you can hide potentially sensitive information from the lock screen (otherwise someone else might be able to see upcoming meetings). From Android Settings, choose Sound & notification, App notifications and pick Calendar.

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Block sensitive content if you want to be careful. / © NextPit

Customize event notifications

Most of us have several different calendars inside the Google Calendar app — home, work, kids and so on — and it can help to be able to have different notification levels for each. From Settings, tap an individual calendar to change its color and how much advance warning you get for each event.

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Google Calendar can give you an early heads up. / © NextPit

Change time zones as you travel

If you go into Google Calendar Settings, tap General and then enable the Use device's time zone button, the times on your calendar change as you travel — so if a meeting starts 4am your time, it will say 4am. Disable the option and scheduled events show up in the time zone they were set in.

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Select a time zone of your choice. / © NextPit

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David Nield

David Nield

David is a freelance technology journalist who has been writing about Android apps and gadgets since the earliest days of the platform. He spends most of his time experimenting with phones, tablets and most other types of tech, particularly if it's Google-related.

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  • GAUTAM rajpal 4
    GAUTAM rajpal Aug 10, 2015 Link to comment

    how can I transfer my calendar eventand reminders from one Google account to another account on my Android phone?

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    Ian Jul 13, 2015 Link to comment

    Took me some time to realise the 'show more events' option is only available for tablet devices. Would be helpful to point this out in the article above.

    Anna S.

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      Pamela Golden Mar 28, 2018 Link to comment

      Thank you so much!! I have spent well over 30 minutes going in & out of these rabbit holes of advice!

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    World Time Analog Watch Face Jul 13, 2015 Link to comment

    Google calendar is a great tool as it will help you become more organized and systematic in your business and work.

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