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Use a family calendar on Google

When you create a family on Google, you also get a family calendar. Anyone in your family can use this calendar to create events that all the family members can see.

How the family calendar works

When you create a family on Google, a calendar called "Family" is automatically created. Anyone who joins your family will see the family calendar when they open Google Calendar on any device where they’re signed in.

  • Anyone in the family can see, create, edit, or delete events on the family calendar.
  • Anyone in the family can edit the calendar's name. 
  • You can't add non-family members to the family calendar, but you can invite them to events.

Note: If someone leaves or is removed from the family group, they'll lose access to the family calendar. If the family manager deletes the family group, the family calendar and all its events will be deleted. 


You can use family calendar if you're in one of these countries:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic 
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands 
  • New Zealand
  • Norway 
  • Poland 
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Switzerland 
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Create an event on the family calendar

  1. Open the Google Calendar app Calendar.
  2. In the bottom right, tap Create Create and then Event.
  3. To pick the calendar you want to add the event to, tap Events.
  4. Tap the name of your family calendar.
  5. Add a title and details for the event.
  6. In the top right, tap Save.

Change your family calendar notification settings

By default, you'll get the same notifications for upcoming events as you do for your primary calendar. However, you won't get notifications when a family member creates, edits, or deletes an event.

To change your notification settings for upcoming events:

  1. Open the Google Calendar app Calendar.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Under the name of your family calendar, tap Events.
  4. Tap your current notifications to remove or change them.

Troubleshoot problems

I want to add or remove people from the family calendar

You can't add or remove people from the family calendar unless your family manager adds or removes them from your family group.

However, you can invite people outside of your family to any events you create on the family calendar.

I want to hide the family calendar

Family members can't delete the family calendar.

If you don't want to see the family calendar, learn how to hide or remove the calendar. However, this won't hide or remove it for other family members.

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