10 useful tips on using Google Calendar on Android

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This post lists 10 useful tips on using Google Calendar on Android.

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Google Calendar is a time-management and scheduling calendar service developed by Google. It is available on iOS, web, and Android.

It allows users to create and edit events. Reminders can be enabled for events, with options available for type and time. Event locations can also be added, and other users can be invited to events.

Users can enable or disable the visibility of special calendars, including Birthdays, where the app retrieves dates of births from Google contacts and displays birthday cards on a yearly basis, and Holidays, a country-specific calendar that displays dates of special occasions.

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Over time, Google has added functionality that makes use of machine learning. Including “Events from Gmail”, where event information from a user’s Gmail messages is automatically added to Google Calendar. “Reminders”, where users add to-do activities that can be automatically updated with new information.

Other functionalities on Google Calendar include; “Smart Suggestions”, where the app recommends titles, contacts, and locations when creating events; and “Goals”, where users enter information on a specified personal goal, and the app automatically schedules the activity at optimal times.

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10 useful tips on using Google calendar on Android

a) Shift between light and dark mode

In the general settings, there is the Theme tab. Tap on it and you can set your Google Calendar to LightDark, or System default. As you get familiar with dark mode, you can do the same for other apps on your phone.

b) Choose features to be visible

The menu on your Google Calendar app lists key elements you might want to see on your schedule. By ticking or unticking the relevant boxes, you can choose to show or hide: events | tasks | reminders | brthdays | holidays.

c) Pick when your week starts

There are many features that can make Google Calendar extra efficient to use. Among them is the option to change what day your week starts with. Go to general settings and the Start of the week tab, where you can choose between Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

d) Set and meet your goals

Upon opening the Google Calendar app on Android, hit the plus button on your calendar. From there, you can create four things: a goal, a reminder, a task, or an event.

e) Keep track of holidays and birthdays

Google Calendar spontaneously fills in your schedule with public holidays and your contacts’ birthdays. From Settings, you can access the customization options for both of these elements.

f) Set a time zone

In the same place as Start of the week, you will find a toggle labeled Use device’s time zone. This automatically detects where you are and keeps your calendar updated.

In case you turn this button off, you can manually choose a time zone. It is very useful for recalling what time it is in another part of the world when setting up events.

g) Create and customize reminders

From the plus button, tap Reminder to open the feature on Android. In the Remind me to… field, type in what you do not want to forget. Then, make a decision if it should be on your calendar permanently or if you want the app to alert you on a specific date.

Lastly, decide how frequent you want the reminder or if you do not want it repeated. Hit Save and Google Calendar adds your new reminder.

h) Adjust the calendar layout

From the app’s menu, you can adjust the calendar’s layout. First off, you can select Schedule, if you only want to see the days that have entries.

Otherwise, turn your calendar into a daily, 3-day, weekly, or monthly one. When you go to Settings > General > Alternative calendar, you can even choose between Chinese, Hebrew, Hijri, Indian, Korean, and Persian calendars.

i) Create events

For your day-to-day schedule, you will want to use the Event option. There are two ways to create a Google Calendar event on Android, such as an efficient meeting agenda for your team.

You can use the plus button or select a day and time on your calendar, at which point a field will appear for you to expand and fill in.

j) Customize your notifications and quick response settings

The Notifications section at the bottom of Google Calendar’s general settings offers various ways to customize your alerts. For starters, if you deactivate Notify on this device, you will not get any notifications.

If you like them, you can choose how individual tasks and the whole calendar behaves. You will notice that both Calendar notifications and Task notifications contain the same tools.