If you have to deal with multiple Google Calendars, you know the process can be incredibly annoying.
Whether you’re constantly switching back and forth between your personal Gmail and G Suite accounts on the web, or you want access to your calendar events through Google Assistant, there are several hiccups along the way. However, as someone who’s lived through those difficulties, there are workarounds.
In my experience, the easiest way to dodge all the Google Calendar hurdles is to combine all your calendars into one mega-cal. I figured this out shortly after switching to the Pixel 4, which restricted access to the revamped Google Assistant to regular Google Accounts. Since I also used a G Suite account for work, I had to remove from my device or I couldn’t access the new Assistant. While not a big deal, doing so meant I’d lose access to my work calendar on my phone. However, it didn’t take long to build my mega-cal.
Method 1: Send yourself an invite
Probably the easiest way to get access to your calendars is to invite yourself to it. I’d advise using the Google Calendar website as the mobile app can be a bit finicky. To start, you’ll need to switch to the Google Account with the calendar you want to share (to do so, click on the profile icon in the top right corner of Google Calendar and either click the account or sign in to it).
When you’ve signed in, head to Google Cal’s Settings, accessible by clicking the gear icon at the top of the page on the right side. Once in Settings, look on the left side of the screen. About partway down is a header that says ‘Settings for my calendars’ with a list of your calendars underneath it. Pick the one you want to share.
Scroll down to the ‘Share with specific people’ header and click the ‘+ Add people’ button. A pop-up will ask you for the email of the person you want to share with as well as a permissions option. It’s worth noting that some G Suite accounts will impose limits on what calendar information you can share with others.
This should send an email invite to the email address you enter, which you can click to join the calendar. When you access Google Calendar with that account, you should be able to see events from that calendar in your account.
Method 2: Subscribe to a calendar or add it via URL
Another way to add a Google Calendar to a Google Account is to ‘subscribe’ to it or add its unique URL. Both options are accessible under the ‘Add calendar’ header in Google Calendar Settings on the account you want to add the calendar too.
To subscribe to a calendar, type in the email address of the calendar’s owner. When you do, Google Calendar will prompt you to send a message requesting access to that calendar to its owner.
Alternatively, you can copy and paste a calendar URL into the ‘From URL’ section under ‘Add calendar.’ To get a calendar’s URL, you’ll need either yourself or someone with access to that calendar to access the ‘Calendar settings’ page like in the previous method. However, this time scroll down to ‘Integrate calendar’ and copy the ‘Public URL to this calendar’ or ‘Public address in iCal format.’
Entering one of those two URLs into the ‘From URL’ box should let you add that calendar to your Google Account.
Managing your mega-cal and the benefits that come with it
Once you’ve added all your calls, you may find your mega-cal overwhelming. That’s okay because it’s easy to manage from either the Google Calendar website or app. By tapping the checkmark next to each calendar, you can hide it or display it. Additionally, you can modify things like colours to help distinguish each calendar you’ve added.
That can be done by hovering over the calendar you want to modify and clicking the three dots to pick a colour. On mobile, you need to go into settings, tap the calendar you want to modify then change the colours.
Further, when adding events, you can quickly switch which calendar the event will be added to, which makes it easy to manage multiple calendars simultaneously.
Perhaps the biggest benefit to doing this is support across Google’s smart speaker and display line-up. In my case, since our MobileSyrup calendar is also accessible through my personal Gmail, my Google Home speaker can recognize upcoming work events when I ask about my calendar.
It’s worth noting there may be a few extra steps to initialize that. To tweak which calendars the Google Assistant can view, head to the Google Account settings on your phone. To access it, activate Assistant and tap the inbox-like icon in the bottom left of the screen. Then, tap your profile picture in the top right followed by Services > Calendar. On this screen, you can select which calendars the Google Assistant can view as well as which calendar to use as the default.
Once you’ve made a selection, it might take a few minutes to update across all your Google Assistant devices but then you’ll be able to access all your calendar events across all devices connected to a singular Google Account.
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After weeks of planning and anticipation, Vancouver’s Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar recently announced the addition of new head chef Jesse Zuber, and are both set to reopen their doors for dine-in services today.
Chef Zuber, best known for competing on Top Chef Canada and helming the kitchens at Ayden Kitchen and Bar and Saskatoon’s Little Grouse on the Prairie, has developed new dinner, lunch, and weekend brunch menus for Cibo that embrace the restaurant’s traditional rustic Italian cuisine, while maintaining the B.C.-born chef’s affinity for seasonality and local ingredients.
“It’s a bit of an odd time to start a new position, but I’ve been so impressed with the amount of passion on display here and the breadth of talent from the front of house to the kitchen and bar,” says Zuber. “I’m so thrilled to be a part of this amazing team and we can’t wait to welcome old friends and new acquaintances back to our dining room.”
At UVA, chef Zuber and his team will provide a select menu of bites and small plates to complement the downtown Vancouver wine and cocktail bar’s award-winning cocktail list and cellar of Old- and New-World wines.
Both Cibo and UVA plan to employ stringent health and safety standards, including the use of personal protective equipment and social distancing measures.
Reservations for Cibo can be made via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant, while UVA will accept walk-ins only based on availability.
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Best Buy Canada wants you to celebrate Father’s Day in style and has heavily discounted several notable tech items. As a reminder, Father’s Day is June 21st, 2020.
Below are some of the Canadian retailer’s best offers:
- SiriusXM Onyx Plus with Vehicle Kit for $59.99 (save $37)
- Google Home for $39.99 (save $59)
- Google Nest Thermostat E Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat for $229
- Google Nest Hub for $99.99 (save $29)
- Google Nest Hello Wi-Fi Video Doorbell for $249.99 (save $50)
- Google Nest Cam WiFi Indoor IP Camera for $179.99 (save $50)
- Google Nest Hub Max with Google Assistant for $249.99 (save $50)
- Arlo Pro 2 Wire-Free Indoor/Outdoor Security System for $399.99 (save $150)
- Arlo Wi-Fi Video Doorbell for $169.99 (save $30)
- Bose SoundLink Revolve for $199.99 (save $50)
- Apple AirPods Refurbished for $159.99 (save $60)
- Bose QuietComfort 35 II Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones for $399.99 (save $50)
- JBL Charge 4 Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker for $159.99 (save $60)
- House of Marley Liberate Air & Get Together Bluetooth Speaker for $299.98 (save $70)
- JBL Free In-Ear Bluetooth Truly Wireless Headphones for $99.99 (save $100)
- Jabra Elite Sport In-Ear Noise Cancelling Truly Wireless Headphones for $159.99 (save $90)
- Bose SoundLink Revolve+ for $299.99 (save $70)
- PlayStation Plus 12 Month Membership for $48.99 (save $21)
- Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) – Refurbished for $319.99 (save $100)
- Xbox One X 1TB Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition Bundle for $379.99 (save $100)
- Playstation 4 Console 500GB with Dualshock 4 Controller (Refurbished) for $259.99 (save $40)
- Sony BRAVIA 49″ 4K UHD HDR LED Android Smart TV for $899.99 (was $999.99)
- Sony 55″ 4K UHD HDR LED Android Smart TV for $999.99 (was $1099.99)
- Sony 65″ 4K UHD HDR LED Android Smart TV for $1,199.99 (was $1,299.99)
- Sony 75″ 4K UHD HDR LED Android Smart TV for $1,899.99 (was $1,999.99)
- Sony 85″ 4K UHD HDR LED Android Smart TV for $2,799.99 (was $3,299.99)
- Sony 85″ 4K UHD HDR LED Android Smart TV for $4,999.99 (was $5,999.99)
- Sony 85″ 8K UHD HDR LED Android Smart TV for $11,999.99 (was $13,999.99)
Source: Best Buy Canada
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