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I have .ics files from SW airlines which I need to get into my google calendar.
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That's really lame. There should be a more direct way to import an ICS event.
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Not working.
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Already did that, what I'm telling you is that it doesn't work. The error msg says "try again later" which I have done many times - just doesn't work.
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Indeed. ‏I tried with different browsers - not working.
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Me too. I have tried this many times and I get the same error message, Oops, try later. This is very frustrating.
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Only a short time ago import was a click on the left, then click import. Why is it hidden in settings? Import is not a setting, it's an action. Now it takes more clicks through a very non-obvious path
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Ugh. The recommended solution doesn't work. All I get is a cryptic error text: "Oops, we couldn't import the file. Please try again...".
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I am also getting the "try again" message. It is unclear why this is happening. One used to be able to import directly to create a calendar or an event, and now it is hard to find and doesn't work.
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So sorry about this people. I am going to escalate this to the Google Calendar Team. 

Will keep you updated.

Keveen
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Please keep us updated and thanks for finally doing something about it.
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Yes.  I have the same problem too.  The uploading just stops at 0% and nothing happens.  Thought of giving up Outlook and switch to Google Calendar.  Guess I have to stick to Outlook now.
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Not working for me either--immediately goes to 2% loaded and hangs there indefinitely.
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Been having this issue for a couple weeks now.
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I agree with Dick Knowles, the import is an option, not a setting. I recommend to bring it back in the main page instead of hiding in the settings.
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Is there any reason why there isn't just an "add to google calendar" right within the email that has the attached ICS file? We're running into this same issue with 25live Collegenet scheduling software.
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Same issue ... please add feature that allows adding an ics attachment to google calendar from gmail app ... this is iOS
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same issue as well. I WAS able to import the calendar to my shared Google Family calendar created from my Google Storage family plan - which is not what i want. I want to import the ics file to one the calendars I created. I keep getting the same error message "oops, we can't import this calendar. please try again later".
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Hey ALL, i found a quick fix. It seems Chrome is the issue. I read in another thread that IE works (funny, yes), AND IT DID!.

Use Internet Explorer for now.
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The recommended procedure does not work for me. Error message: "Import only of .ical and .csv"
 The way of import via settings is not practicable.
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also not working
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Still won't import an ics file, just the "Oops, we can't import this file! Try again in a few minutes." pop up. Seems like try again on a few years might be more accurate.
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Still doesn't work, I just confirmed
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It would help the dev team if everyone with this problem could include at least which platform and browser version they are using, and where the iCal file was generated.
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Worked fine for me. I do agree with Keith. There should be an easier way to import an ICS event. Perhaps a selection on the Create screen.
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Could'nt agree more! 
Is there any reason why there isn't just an "add to google calendar" right within the email that has the attached ICS file?!
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My Google calendar says this:

You can import event information in iCal or CSV (MS Outlook) format.

ICS files do not work
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option is not available from the cog menu. Has it been removed?
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Google calendar on 
Google Chrome75.0.3770.100 (Official Build) (64-bit) (cohort: Stable)
There is no import/export button on the settings menu button as described.
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this does not work - what's next???
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It worked for me!
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I had the error on Chrome too, as many times as I tried. Switched to Edge & it worked flawlessly.
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Have literally tried everything, there is no way to import Hotmail calendar into Google. Can this be fixed??
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It just doesn't work.  Trying to import an MD appointment exported from Epic's MyChart application, which is a widely used app for MD appointment scheduling.  Every try gets,  "Oops, we couldn't import this file. Please try again in a few minutes"   Which is also a bad error message.  What's going to change in a few minutes that will make this work?  Nothing
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Any news on this??
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Yeah, WTF Google?!
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Having the same problem, keveen.   Instructions on in Import/Export area just above Import button are:  "You can import event information in iCal or CSV (MS Outlook) format."

However this is not working for .ics files, although I'd not really expect it to since it doesn't mention .ics, even thought the main help info (click on the ? button above actual calendar) says that it does allow .ics files.

The message given when trying to import is what others have reported:   "Oops, we couldn't import this file. Please try again in a few minutes."

I'm using Version 77.0.3850.0 (Official Build) canary (64-bit)

Very frustrating.
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I got the something similar, the iCal file has data from the airline, but google calendar can't import it. 
This is the error i got.

Imported 0 out of 0 events.
Unable to process your iCal/CSV file.

Thanks,
Eddie
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I also encounter the same issue.
It is no longer possible to integrate the Facebook Events iCal into Google calendar. Trying to manually import the .csv-file says "unable to process your iCal/CSV file". It seems there is an ical parsing error within Google Calendar sine a few months.
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Same problem here, importing .ics files no longer works. I don't even get an error, just does nothing. This is a problem when you deal with multiple calendar tools and they can't work together.
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It was quicker to enter the event manually! this is really crude.
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It works but is way to time intensive. It is OK for a full calendar import but for just one meeting, the file should just be droppable on the interface or clickable from gmail and imported immediately.
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If you read carefully it says "You can import event information in iCal or CSV (MS Outlook) format" so it is actually not a surprise that ICS files do not work. One expects that Google's calendar would support it nevertheless.
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I have a .ics file which is 11 KB large. The online icalendar validator https://icalendar.org/ gives as result:
  • File Size: 501 lines, 10710 bytes
  • Number of events found: 71
Success! No errors found.

But the import of that .ics file in Google Calendar still gives the same error message "We can 't import this file. Try again within a few minutes."
What 's the next step I have to do @Neil G?
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Same problem here.
I saved the entire calendar out of outlook as an .ics file but when I attempt to import it I get the same error...
"Oops, we coudn't import this file. Please try again in a few minutes."
So, for now, completely useless.
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@NeilG
Here's the info...
  • File Size: 770 lines, 17342 bytes
  • Number of events found: 74
  • Number of timezones found: 1
Success! No errors found.

Google Chrome is up to date
Version 76.0.3809.87 (Official Build) (64-bit)
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um... there is no import/export when i click the settings menu?
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The "import" button is greyed out. Please advise.
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Hi Joan, did you first select to which calendar you want to import, and the file to upload?
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Thank you for asking this. I don't know about an ical from an airline or facebook, but was able to import a medical appt from "MyChart".
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Hi Raf and Edmund, I'm sorry for the delay... can one of you maybe share a file that's refusing to upload? If not, I assume you already tried with different browsers... in which case I suspect Outlook has added a directive which causes Google to fail on import, so I would compare the iCal file with one output by Google, checking the calendar header entries in particular. Other things to check are double quotes in the "Organizer" field which causes problems, as can invisible characters and the encoding used when saving the file, which should be UTF-8.
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Hi Neil
I hope that following link is accessible to you.
Good luck with the examination of this.ics file!
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This is am issue I reported a while back but Google didn't bother fixing. For some reason importing .ics files in Chrome always fails. However if you use Firefox it works fine. I hope google will take the time to fix this once and for all. It leaves a bad taste when their own browser is unable to be used to import a calendar entry into their own calendar.
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Are you using a Mac to save your CSV file before you import it? I am, had an error reading my spreadsheet, and when I opened the spreadsheet and saved it as a “windows Comma Separated” file, the file was recognized.
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Hi Raf, your iCal file imported 71 events for me using chrome on mobile with no problem at all... did you already try with a different browser, and another device?
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I have not tried with Chrome on mobile but with Chrome on desktop.  I got the same error on Linux,  Windows,  and I think I tried it on a mac as well. I was able to import with Firefox though.
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Thanks to Avi Schwartz for solving this issue for me! I had tried many times over several months to import my Thunderbird ics file on Linux Mint using Chromium, without success. All I ever got was the "Oops, try again in a few minutes." error. But I just tried using Firefox, and it worked fine.

Interesting that Google's browsers don't work to do this.... I never thought to try a different browser. Perhaps I'll go back to Firefox.
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Hi Neil, the import of my .ics file into Google Calendar on another device with Windows Edge (!) was also successfull! So there is now a turn around. Thank you, and also Avi Schwartz!
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i get failure, with message:  You can import event information in iCal or CSV (MS Outlook) format.
so does not look like calendar accepts ics format... :(
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@Vicky Leung, your resolution worked.
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i have the same problem "try it later"

What can i do?

someone knows : ( ?
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Pathetic software support on an obvious and reproducible bug in chrome browser!
Well the support would be pathetic if it existed!
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LAME SOLUTION, ALSO, IT DOES *NOT* WORK... It´s not possible that google can recognize people from my albums I don´t even know who they are but it can´t do this crap, has to be on purpose
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@edward it's not so easily reproducible as I've been trying to do so for weeks, but importing ics and CSV files always works for me.

@alex I understand it's frustrating, but this is a community run forum which isn't monitored by Google employees so there's no point in shouting at them here... Leave your feedback in the Calendar instead.
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Not reproducible by Neil G, but so what!
There are plenty of people reporting it as reproducible!
Just look above.
Alex, I do not understand what you mean. Do you mean Google employees do not read any of this?
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Hi Edward, I'm not saying that there isn't a problem that needs fixing... I'm saying that this isn't a "reproducible bug" unless you can provide the exact steps needed for anyone to reproduce it, which nobody has managed to do so far.

And yes, Google employees don't read these forums - free account users should leave feedback in Google Calendar, and paid account holders should contact GSuite support.
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the exact steps are in the recomended answer, you do this with an ics and it fails...
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my feedback is that the exact steps of the recomended answer consistently fail for me and everybody else complaining, maybe I exagerated, but it´s very hard for me to think it´s not on purpose :)
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Hi Alex, it fails for you and many others yes... but quite possibly not for a Google engineer who's looking into it. The more people provide detailed information about their system, browser version, network type etc. the more likely it is someone can file a proper bug report with the exact steps necessary to reproduce the error. After more than 60 posts so far only one person has provided their Chrome version, let alone their OS.

My own guess is that is is related to system MIME settings: on a Windows machine with Microsoft Excel installed, for example, CSV files may have a MIME type of application/vnd.ms-excel which can cause issues with file validation, but unless people provide more information this will be hard to track down.
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@Neil G (https://support.google.com/calendar/profile/4689607?hl=en
Can you provide a list of sorts that denotes all the things a user having the problem should provide if they can to help support narrow things down.   Could that either be appended to the original answer (which assumes all is working correctly) or provided as  a "pinned/sticky" note that other posters might see so they can provide the requested info. 

I know I give the browser (and version) I was using but don't recall if I ever said it was Win 7 and I probably never gave the version of updates to 7 I had at the time.  I'd provide that now but I've long since forgotten what calendar item it was so that I could look up the file that caused me the problem (I don't often get .ics files so don't run into this problem very often).   

Maybe this would generate more useful info?
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Hi Diane, I can't sticky post... But here's what I think people should be including to help others figure out where the problem might be:

OS and version
Browser and version
The names of any Calendar software installed on the device such as Excel, iCal, Viewminder, or Windows Calendar etc. 
The type of network (home/business),
If they have the same problem importing a file exported from Google Calendar of less than 1MB.
Whether import works intermittently, or never.
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only option is to open in MS calendar and copy and paste.  thank heavens, MS figured out how to do this but inconvenient to move to google
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I get an invite from a iCloud calendar. If I click on the View on Google Calendar link, I get taken to the calendar and a day is highlighted, but there is nothing related to the event showing. I download the .ics file and tried to import it in Chrome, IE, and Edge and I get this error "Imported 0 out of 1 event.
Could not upload your events because you do not have sufficient access on the target calendar." I am trying to import it into my calendar. I have access to it... 

In the web version of Outlook....It adds to the calendar in one button click...On the .ics file.... Come on Google...
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For me it's ok the fix of Vicky Leung (5/28/19)

"Hey ALL, i found a quick fix. It seems Chrome is the issue. I read in another thread that IE works (funny, yes), AND IT DID!.

Use Internet Explorer for now."
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can we all agree it just doesn't work in chrome and perhaps we should just switch to Outlook?
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I have gone to Google Calendar and I cannot find "Click Import & Export" settings
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Still a problem for me, same error message. Chrome on a Macbook, ics file, imports succesfully into Apple Calendar but will not import.
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Hi, reading through the threads people have posted with this issue, it seems this might be related to cookie/privacy settings: when you look at your cookie settings (chrome://settings/content/cookies) do you see something like this:

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Yes and how to go forward?
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Hi Bachus, there seem to be several possible causes for this error including invalid ics files (invalid as far as Google is concerned...), the browser used, cookie or other browser settings, and some we haven't yet figured out.

Have you already tried the suggestions above, such as: different browsers, a different machine, allowing cookies for calendar.google.com etc.? If so, it would be helpful if you post some information that might help determine the cause, such as the OS used, browsers tested, where the ics file in question came from and if it passes validation or import to other calendar systems etc.
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Had the same problem importing a .ics event. Using chrome as standard browser, tried IE and importing went as a whistle.
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Had the same problem, I was using the browser BRAVE and it wasn't working. I tried with Safari, after reading the last comment, and I was able to import .ICS calendar.
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Thanks to the reply's: it didn't work for me using Chrome to import an .ics file, but it did work with Edge.
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I did all that was instructed and it said uploading 5% and never uploaded the calendar.  any suggestions?  my file is quite large 6921KB
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Many thanks to @Vicky Leung.
She solved my import .ics issue. Done it with IE and NOT Chrome.
Isn't it a small shame for Google devs ? ;-)
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Following previous recommendation - tried using Firefox.   Importing the .ics file worked fine.   Chrome did not (got lamo "try again later" error message).

NB: Chrome did an "update" when I went to look at the version - so I NOT sure if this is the version that failed.   Version 76.0.3809.132 (Official Build) (64-bit)   I will try again and update this complaint if somehow it magically worked after the update.

download.ics contents - that successfully imported using FIREFOX:

BEGIN:VCALENDAR
VERSION:2.0
PRODID:-//mpi/cal//NONSGML v1.0//EN
BEGIN:VEVENT
UID:131@mpi.com
DTSTAMP:20190926T160000Z
ORGANIZER;CN= Dusanka Milenkovic:MAILTO:
DTSTART:20190926T160000
DTEND:20190926T170000
SUMMARY:Targeting the Cells Stress Pathways for Therapeutic Benefit
DESCRIPTION:There will be wine and cheese and the possibility for further discussion after the talk
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Really? Six clumsy steps to import a humble ICS file?
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Also doesn't work for me with the message Oops try again later or something like that. In other email clients with calendar I can import it, the ics file is fine, google calendar doesn't import it only
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drag drop of ICS file on calendar should help importing to make it easier...
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This worked fine for me - thanks.  But would be good to have a more direct way to import.  Who would intuitively think that import would be under the settings menu?  Makes no sense to put it there.  It should be a top level menu item; or better yet a button on the main screen.
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Google calendar import will only support .ical  and .cvs files. Fails when trying to import .ics
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Ok! So may people having trouble. I have tried so many browsers! I am working on an iMac. Tired: chrome, IE, firefox, opera, safari... NOTHING worked! I even looked at the coding. I even tried importing to and old hotmail account to see if I could export from Outlook. Well outlook is dumb and you can't export! Lame.

Finally, remembered that my daughter has a HP laptop for school. Emailed the file to myself, popped on to her computer, saved the file, went to google calendar, imported the file. SUCCESS!!!!!! I was using Chrome on that HP computer.

Hope this helps someone!!!! Seems that its a Mac vs Windows problem????
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That doesn't work even on windows...
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I have tried every computer and every browser I have access to, couldn't upload an ics file created from my Apple calendar into my Google calendar. I also followed Google's advice to look into the ics file and edit it, so I added a PRODID line which wasn't there, but this made no difference. 
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Google Chrome Version 77.0.3865.90 (Official Build) (64-bit)
IE Explorer 11 Version 11.775.17763.0
IE Edge 44.17763.771.0
Firefox Version 68.0.2
No calendar software installed, using cloud calendars
Home network
ics file size 107 KB
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That it doesn't work. The error msg says "try again later" which I have done many times - just doesn't work.
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I get a message saying the event has been added to your calendar, but it does not show up in the actual calendar
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it does not help
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Same with me. It says the file could not be imported and I should try again later. (Which does not help.)
The file is in .ics Format. Platform: Ubuntu Linux, Chromium Browser. The ics file was created in Microsoft Outlook.
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UPDATE:  Problem is only with Chrome. I'm able to import with Firefox.  Nice that I can't use a Google product to work with another Google product.   

Also have the same problem.   I was able to import these before with no problem.   Issue started maybe 3-4 months ago.   

I also tried emailing my itinerary to Gmail with the subject "Flight Itinerary" . Also use to work, but of course is a fail now.
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Same issue here. I try to import and I get a 'Can't import. Please try again in a few minutes'.  Repeatedly.
Frustrating...especially as gmail won't show/receive the emails I've sent myself from another account with the .ics as an attachment.
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Can someone pleeease fix this? It still doesn't work.
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