Notifications

To help make sure you never forget an event, you can get notifications on your phone, computer, or by email. You can change your notification settings for a single event, or all your events.

Change your notification settings

Change your default settings

You can edit your default notifications for both regular events and all-day events. You can also choose to be notified with pop-up notifications, emails, or both.

  1. Open Google Calendar on your computer.
  2. In the top right, click the Settings icon settings gear button > Settings.
  3. At the top of the page, click the Calendars tab.
  4. Next to your calendar's name, click Edit notifications.
  5. To edit a notification, click on it or add another notification.
  6. To get notifications on your computer, you need to have Google Calendar open in your browser.

Note: The changes you make on your computer also affect your mobile notifications. For example, if you chose a pop-up notification for 60 minutes before on your computer, you'll get a notification on your phone 60 minutes before your event.

Notification options
  • Email updates: Get notifications about event invitations, like when someone responds to your invite.
  • Daily agenda: Get a schedule of your day's events around 5 AM local time.
  • Gentle notifications: If you don't want pop-up calendar interruptions, you can turn on the "Gentle notifications" feature in Calendar Labs.

Change notifications for an individual event

You can change your notifications on either your mobile device or computer and your changes will sync. 

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Open the event. 
  3. Click Edit event.
  4. Edit your notifications.
  5. Click Save.

Note: Your changes to notifications only apply to you. Other people invited to the event will get notifications based on their own settings.

Turn off notifications

Turn off all notifications

To turn off all notifications for Google Calendar, you can change your default settings for your calendar. Since notifications sync between your mobile device and your computer, you can change your settings from either the app or a computer.

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. In the top right, click the Settings icon  settings gear button > Settings.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. At the top, click Calendars.
  5. Next to your calendar's name, click Edit notifications.
  6. Next to each notification, click remove.
  7. If you have multiple calendars, repeat these steps for each calendar.
Turn off computer notifications

If you don't want pop-up notifications from Calendar to interrupt you, you have a couple of options:

Turn on Gentle notifications

You can replace the pop-up window notifications that take you to the Google Calendar window with Gentle notifications. When you get a notification, the Google Calendar browser tab or window will blink in the background. Or you can get desktop notifications that float in the corner of your screen (if your browser version is new enough).

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. In the top right, click the Menu icon  settings gear button > Labs.
  3. Find Gentle notifications and choose Enable.
  4. Click Save.

Change your Gentle notification settings: 

  1. Go back to the Menu icon in the top right settings gear button > Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Gentle notifications (stay in the "General" tab).
  3. Pick your new settings. 
  4. Click Save.

Close Google Calendar

To get notifications on your computer, you need to have Google Calendar open in a web browser tab or window. So if you don't want to get notifications on your computer for a while, you can temporarily close Google Calendar.

Troubleshooting

Not getting notifications
  1. Make sure notifications are turned on for your calendar using the directions on this page.
  2. Check that sync is working properly by going through the steps in the sync sync problems with the Google Calendar app page.

Note about flight events: By default, you won't get notifications for flight events that were added from Gmail. 

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