How to Share Google Calendars with Your Mac’s Calendar

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we practice calendar diversity in our family.  I use Google calendars and my husband uses iCal (soon to be Calendar when he upgrades to Mountain Lion OS).  With our crazy schedules, it’s really helpful to be able to view each other’s calendars and even share a few.  Recently I showed you how to synchronize Google calendars and Apple calendars among all your devices (Mac computers, iPhones and iPads).   In our family, that allows us to see each other’s calendars from our iPads and iPhones.  This post will show you how to sync Google calendars into Apple’s iCal or Calendar for viewing on Mac computers.

Syncing Google Calendars with iCal or Calendar on a Mac

  1. Log into your Google account and go to Calendar.
  2. Click on .
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Click on Calendars.  You will see a list of your calendars.
  5. Click on the name of a calendar you want to sync.  It will open the details screen for that calendar.
  6. Near the bottom of the page, beside Private Address:, click on .
  7. A screen with the private url of your calendar will pop up.  Select and copy that address to your computer’s clipboard.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click Back to Calendar.
  10. Open iCal or Calendar on your Mac computer.
  11. At the top of the screen, move your mouse over File to see this drop down menu.
  12. Click on New Calendar Subscription…
  13. Paste the Google URL that you copied into this box and click Subscribe.
  14. When this calendar info box appears, I recommend changing the calendar color (beside the name) to match your color in Google, uncheck Alerts and change Auto-refresh to Every hour.
  15. Click OK.
  16. Repeat these steps for as many Google calendars as you want to view in a Mac iCal or Calendar.
  17. Repeat on all the Mac’s in your household that will be sharing these calendars.

One Little Drawback

Since I use Google calendars when I’m working on my iMac, I would really like to sync my husband’s iCal into Google calendars to view his schedule within my Google calendars.  That doesn’t work yet.  Maybe one day.   The workaround is that I set up my iMac Calendar with his calendars via iCloud and my Google calendar through the subscribe function.  When I need to see his schedule from my iMac, I open the iMac calendar to see all of our schedules in one calendar.  Thankfully, all of this is much easier from my iPhone/iPad – the devices I more often use for adding calendar events.

My next and last post in this calendar syncing series will show you how to create and share family-type calendars (birthdays, vacations, social events).


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