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 default notification settings or change your notifications for a single event.

Change your default notification settings

Choose which device you want to be notified on:

Android

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

Change your notification settings

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, touch Menu > Settings.
  3. Choose one of your calendars, like Events.
  4. To change or remove a notification, touch it or touch Add another notification.

Your changes sync with your computer notifications. For example, if you chose "60 minutes before" on your phone, you'll get a pop-up notification on your computer 60 minutes before your event.

Sound and vibrate settings

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, touch Menu > Settings > General.
  3. Scroll to the "Notifications" section.
  4. Touch Tone.
  5. Turn the Vibrate switch to on or off.
iPhone

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

Change your notification settings

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, touch Menu > Settings.
  3. Choose one of your calendars, like Events.
  4. To change or remove a notification, touch it or touch Add another notification.

Your changes sync with your computer notifications. For example, if you chose "60 minutes before" on your phone, you'll get a pop-up notification on your computer 60 minutes before your event.

Sound and vibrate settings

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone .
  2. Touch Notifications.
  3. Scroll down and select Google Calendar.
  4. Adjust your notification settings.
Computer

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 Settings 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.

Notes

  • To get notifications on your computer, you need to have Google Calendar open in your browser.
  • 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.

More 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. Choose the device you're using now for directions:

Mobile
  1. Open the event in the Calendar app .
  2. Touch Edit .
  3. In the notifications section , touch a notification to change or remove it, or touch Add another notification.
  4. Touch Save at the top.

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

Computer
  1. Find the event in Google Calendar.
  2. Click the event and click Edit event.
  3. Edit your notifications.
  4. Click Save at the top.

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.

Mobile directions

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, go to the main menu .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Choose one of your calendars, like Events.
  5. Touch a notification and choose No notification or None. Repeat for each notification.
  6. If you have multiple accounts or calendars, repeat these steps for each calendar.

Computer directions

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Click the settings gear in the top right settings gear button.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click the Calendars tab at the top.
  5. Click Edit notifications next to your calendar's name.
  6. Click remove next to each notification.
  7. If you have multiple calendars, repeat these steps for each calendar.
Turn off mobile notifications

You can turn off just your mobile notifications so you'll still get notifications on your computer or by email.

Android

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, go to the main menu .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Select General.
  5. Switch off Notify on this device.

iOS

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Touch Notifications.
  3. Scroll down and select Google Calendar.
  4. Switch off Allow Notifications.

Turn off notifications for another calendar app

If you're getting duplicate notifications from a different calendar app on your device, follow these directions to turn off notifications for the other calendar app.

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. Click the settings gear in the top right settings gear button.
  3. Select Labs.
  4. Find Gentle notifications and choose Enable.
  5. Click Save.

If you want to see settings for Gentle notifications, follow these directions:

  1. Go back to the settings gear in the top right settings gear button.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Gentle notifications (stay in the "General" tab).
  4. Adjust your settings and 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

Two notifications for the same event

You might get more than one notification for the same event if you have other calendar apps installed on your device. Use the steps below to turn off notifications for the other app. 

Android

Directions for your device may be a bit different, but here’s the general idea:

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone or tablet.
  2. Find the Apps or Application manager section. You may need to scroll down or go to a different page in settings.
  3. Swipe right to view the list of ALL apps.
  4. Select the calendar app you don't want notifications for.
  5. Uncheck Show notifications.

iPhone or iPad

  1. Open your iPhone's Settings app.
  2. Choose Notifications.
  3. Select the calendar app you don't want notifications for.
  4. Switch off Allow Notifications.
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 troubleshooter.

Note about flight events: By default, you won't get notifications for flight events that were added from Gmail. But you can always add a notification to the event yourself.

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