How to Sync Google Calendar with the Calendar App in Windows 10

How to Sync Google Calendar with the Calendar App in Windows 10

When it comes to calendars, there is no denying that Google Calendar is one of the best. In fact, many individuals and small businesses depend on Google Calendar to manage their schedules and appointments. If you are an avid Windows user, you might want to sync the Google Calendar with your system. Thanks to Windows 10, you can now do it with just a couple of clicks.

For those of you who don’t know, when Microsoft first introduced the Calendar app in Windows 8, it supported Google Calender. Due to some ongoing battle between Microsoft and Google, users were stripped of this feature in Windows 8.1. Since Microsoft has started to listen to its users, the feature is back, and you can now sync your Google Calender with the Windows 10 Calendar app.

Add Google Calendar to Windows 10 Calendar App

To add Google Calendar to Windows 10 Calendar app, search for the pre-installed Calendar app in the Start menu and open it.


Once the Calendar app has been opened, click on the Settings icon appearing on the bottom left-side.


The above action will bring forward the settings panel. Here, select the “Accounts” option.


In the next screen select the option “Add account.” If you’ve linked your Microsoft account, then that account will be displayed here by default.


Now choose “Google” from the list of available options.


The above action will take you to the “Connecting to a Service” screen. Just sign in with your Google account’s username and password.


If you are using two-step authentication, which is always recommended, then also enter the verification code and click on the “Done” button.


Now you will be taken to the Google Consent screen. You should grant the Calendar app certain permissions. Simply scroll down and then click on “Allow” to continue.


If everything goes well, you will receive a success message like this.


Customizing and Testing Synchronization

If you want to you can customize the synchronization options from the account settings panel. To do that, click on the settings icon, select the option “Accounts” and then select “Gmail.”


As you can see from the below image, you can easily change your Google account name. As for me, I named my account “Work Calendar” for demo purposes. To manage the Sync settings select the option “Change mailbox sync settings.”

In case you are confused, the sync settings for Mail and Calendar can be configured from the same panel.


In the settings panel, make sure that the option “Sync contacts and calendars” is set to “Every 15 minutes.” This ensures that the Calendar app communicates and updates itself every 15 minutes.


On the other hand, if you only want to sync your calendar and not the mail, then scroll down and toggle the option “Email” under the Sync Options category. Once you are done with the changes, click on “Done” and you are good to go.


One thing to keep in mind while adding events to the Calendar app is that you need to manually select the calendar. Let me show you how.

For instance, I want to create a new event on 18th Nov, 2015. To create a new event, select the 18th November. This action displays an event creation pane. Enter the details as required, and just before you save the changes, select the appropriate calendar from the drop-down menu. In my case, I’ve selected the “Work” calendar in my Google Calender account.

Note: you can add, delete, and manage your calendars in the Google Calendar


The above action creates the new event in your calendar.


Depending on your Sync settings, the event will be synced with your Google Calender so that you can access it even on other devices.


To further test the synchronization, I’ve created a new event in Google Calendar.


As you can see from the below image, the event created in the Google Calender has been successfully synced with the Calender app in Windows 10.


Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about synchronizing Google Calender with the default Calendar app in Windows 10.

Vamsi Krishna Vamsi Krishna

Vamsi is a tech and WordPress geek who enjoys writing how-to guides and messing with his computer and software in general. When not writing for MTE, he writes for he shares tips, tricks, and lifehacks on his own blog Stugon.


  1. Hi:

    Is there a way to sync your Outlook calendar to a Google calendar without using a 3rd party? I have Outlook 2016 with Windows 10. I’m using Gsynit now.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Dianne,

      If I remember correctly, there is no built-in way to sync Outlook calendar with Google calendar unless you use some sort of utility or plugin.

      1. Vamsi is correct. You can do it one-way but not two-way. You can take the Google calendar ICAL URL and plug it into Outlook. But if you update Outlook, it won’t sync back to Google.

  2. Hi, what about other people’s Google calendars that have shared with me, is there a way to sync those to Microsoft Calendar? I only managed to sync my calendar and the calendars I subscribe to (holidays)

  3. Does anyone have an answer for Tom? I am scouring the web trying to find out how to sync other people’s calendars to the Windows Calendar App. Without being able to do that, I can’t make the switch from Google to Windows. I know about downloading .ics files, I want to create a link so that new events from my colleagues are synced to my Calendar App.

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