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.

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. Go to the main menu in the top left .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Choose one of your calendars, like Events.
  5. Touch the notification to change or remove it, or touch Add a 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

You can change the sound and vibrate settings for the Calendar app:

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. Go to the main menu in the top left .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Select General.
  5. To change or turn off the sound, switch off Use standard tone, touch current tone, and choose another sound or None.
  6. Switch Vibrate on or off.
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.
  2. Click the settings gear in the top right .
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click the Calendars tab at the top.
  5. Click Edit notifications next to your calendar's name.
  6. Click a notification to edit it, or add another notification.

Note

  • To get notifications on your computer, you need to have Google Calendar open in a web browser tab or window.
  • Your changes 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 – You can also get notifications about event invitations, like when someone responds to your invite. You'll see these options on the same "Edit notifications" page (see above).
  • Gentle notifications – If you don't want to be interrupted by pop-up calendar notifications, 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:

Android
  1. Open the event in the Calendar app .
  2. Touch Edit .
  3. Touch the notification to change or remove it, or touch Add a 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. Go to the main menu in the top left .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Choose one of your calendars, like Events.
  5. Touch a notification and choose No notification. 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 .
  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.

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. Go to the main menu in the top left .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Select General.
  5. Switch off Notify on this device.
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 .
  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 .
  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. Learn how to turn off the notifications for the other calendar app.

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.