Respond to event invitations

When people invite you to an event with Google Calendar, you can automatically find the event on your calendar. To let people know if you go to an event, you can RSVP to calendar invitations. You can also add a note or suggest a different time for an event. We add the event to the primary calendar associated with your email account that the invite was sent to.

RSVP to an invite

  1. Open the invitation email, or the event that was added to your calendar.
  2. Next to "Going?," click Yes, No, or Maybe.
Tip: To RSVP from an email invitation, at the top of the email, click Yes, Maybe, or No.
Manage your incoming invitations and notifications
  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settingsand then Settings and then General.
  3. Under "Event settings," click Automatically add invitations.
  4. Click an option:
    • Yes
    • Yes, but don't send event notifications unless I have responded "Yes" or "Maybe"
    • No, only show invitations to which I have responded

You won't find an event on your calendar unless you respond “Yes.” If you share your calendar, they can find all the events even if you don’t respond.

Tip: If you turn off email notifications but click Yes, but don't send event notifications unless I responded yes or maybe, you won't get notified. Learn more about changing notifications.

Change your response
  1. Click the event on your calendar.
  2. Next to "Going?," click Yes, No, or Maybe.
Propose a new time

As an attendee:

  1. On your calendar, click the event.
  2. Next to "Maybe," click the Up arrow Up arrowand then Propose a new time.
  3. Select a different time or day.
    Tip: You can also add a message to your proposed time.
  4. Click Send Proposal.
Tip: To propose a new time from an email invitation, at the top of the email, click More options and then Propose a new time.

As an organizer:

  1. On your calendar, click an event with a clock icon.
  2. Under "Guests," find suggested times.
  3. Under the time proposal you want to review, click Review proposed time.
  4. To change the event to the proposed time, click Save.

Details about proposing a new time

  • Proposals are turned off for large events with more than 200 guests and all-day events. Learn more about large events.
  • All guests can propose a new time. Organizers can’t propose a new time.
  • On a computer, in Google Calendar settings, if organizers turn on “Event responses,” they receive email notifications for proposals.
Add a note to your RSVP
  1. Click the event on your calendar.
  2. Next to "Maybe," click the Up arrow Up arrowand then Add note.
  3. Enter your note.
    Tip: Next to “Going,” you can also choose your RSVP.
  4. Click Save.

Tip: To add a note to your RSVP from an email invitation, at the top of the email, click More options and then Add note. 

Forward calendar invites

Important: If you forward an invitation, the recipient might be able to see updated meeting details and could change your RSVP response at any time.

If you have permission to add guests to an event, you can forward the invite to new guests by email. When new guests respond to the invite, they’ll be added to the guest list. They’ll also be able to invite others.

If you don’t want guests to be able to invite others, edit your event and under “Guests can:” uncheck the box next to “invite others."

Respond to invitations sent to another email address

If you connected your Gmail account to an alternate email address, you can respond to event invitations sent to it from your Google calendar. Learn how to add or remove an alternate email address.

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. On the left, point to the name of your calendar, then click Options Moreand thenSettings and sharing.
  3. In the menu on the left under “Settings for my calendars,” click General notifications.
  4. Check the box next to “Allow responding to invitations forwarded through alternative email addresses.”
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