Change or turn off Calendar notifications


To easily help you remember events, 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

You can get event notifications in:

  • An email
  • A desktop notification that appears outside of your web browsers when Calendar is open
  • An alert that appears inside your Google Calendar window

Tip: Google Calendar will always send notification emails to users who don't use Google Calendar whenever an event they are invited to is created, updated, or deleted.

Turn notifications on or off

For all events

Important: You need to have Google Calendar open in your browser, like Chrome and Safari, to change settings. You might be asked to let show notifications.

You can change notification preferences for all events on your Google Calendar.

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. On the left, click General and then Event settings.
  4. Under “Event settings,” you can choose to:
    • Turn notifications on or off: Click Notifications, and select how you want to get them.
    • Get notified only for Yes or Maybe responses: Click Automatically add invitations and then Yes, but don’t send event notifications unless I have responded “Yes” or “Maybe.”

For specific calendars

You can change notification preferences for specific calendars you own. 

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings  and then Settings.
  3. On the left, under "Settings for my calendars," click the calendar you want to change and then Calendar settings.
  4. Under "Event notifications" or "All-day event notifications": 
    • To edit a notification, choose if you'd like to receive a notification or an email. Select how long in advance you'd like to get the alert. 
    • To add another notification, click Add notification. 
    • To delete a notification, click Remove notification Remove.

For single events

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar
  2. Click the event and then Edit event Edit.
  3. Next to Notifications Notifications :
    • To edit your notifications, choose how you'd like to be notified. Select how long in advance you’d like to get the alert. You can choose from minutes, hours, days, and weeks. 
      Tip: you can choose to be notified by email, an alert on your desktop, or both.
    • To add another type of notification, click Add notification  
    • To turn off a type of notification, click Remove Remove
  4. At the top of the page, click Save.

"Browser doesn't support notifications" error

This error means you need to update your web browser to get notices for events.

Change event notifications

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Click the event.
  3. Click Edit Edit
  4. Next to Notifications Notifications, choose how you'd like to be notified.
  5. At the top of the page, click Save.

Note: When you make changes, they don't affect anyone else who's invited to the event.

Didn’t get a notification

  1. Make sure notifications are turned on for your calendar using the steps above.
  2. Check that you’ve chosen to show notifications in your browser’s permission settings. If not, turn on desktop notifications.
  3. Make sure Google Calendar remains open in a browser to receive desktop notifications.

In Chrome

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom of the page click Advanced Down arrow.
  4. Under "Privacy and security," click Site Settings.
  5. Click Notifications.
  6. Next to "Allow," click Add.
  7. Enter and then click Add.

In other browsers

  1. Open your web browser.
  2. Go to your browser’s notification preferences.
  3. Add permissions for

Check your browser’s support site for specific instructions.

Note: If you delegate your calendar to someone in your organization, you won't get a notification when that person changes an event on your calendar.

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