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Google Home calendars: How to add a Google Calendar to your smart speaker

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Syncing your calendars to your Google Home smart speaker is a great way to hear a quick briefing or add new events without having to pull out another device.

By using Google Assistant on your speaker you can streamline your calendar and see changes you've made manually on a computer or phone displayed on the device's screen or read aloud to you. Think of it, basically, as another access point for your daily schedule.

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The first thing to know about syncing calendars to your Google smart speakers is that you're only able to add Google Calendars. That means imported calendars, ones that don't have read or write access and even G Suite calendars won't be supported.

In this guide, you'll find step-by-step instructions to help you add and use a calendar through your Google Home - read on for all the answers.

How to use Google Calendars with Google Home

Google Home calendars: How to add your Google Calendar to your speaker

Turn on Personal Results and Voice Match

In order to hear calendar information, there's a couple of boxes you'll have to tick first. The first is to turn on Personal Results, which you can do by following the below steps:

1. In the Google Home app on your iOS or Android device, go to the Home dashboard and select the device you want to use for calendars.

2. Tap the settings icon in the top-right.

3. Scroll down to Personal Results and make sure the switch is blue.

If there are a few people using the same Google device, and you don't want calendar information to get mixed up, setting up Voice Match will also allow Google Assistant to differentiate between users. This means that your partner can link their calendar and you won't hear about it if you prompt the speaker.

To check if you have Voice Match set up on your device, follow these steps:

1. In the Google Home app on your iOS or Android device, go to the Home dashboard and select the device you want to use for calendar information.

2. Tap the settings icon in the top-right.

3. Scroll down to Voice Match and set up the feature, if you haven't already. If different Google users are associated with your Google Home, they will have to set up Voice Match on their individual account, in order to access their own Google Calendar.

Google Home calendars: How to add your Google Calendar to your speaker

Add a Google Calendar to your Google Home

1. In the Google Home app on your iOS or Android device, go to the Account section in the bottom-right corner.

2. Hit the Settings tab, and then scroll down to More Settings > Services > Calendar.

3. In this section, you'll see that the main Google Calendar linked to your account is automatically ticked. However, you can also tick the box next to other calendars, if you wish.

Google Home calendars: How to add your Google Calendar to your speaker

Using a Google Calendar through your Google Home

While you can't delete, cancel, or modify any existing events, add invitees, or set a location through Google Home, you can add new events and get information about events that are already in there.

Before you get started, it's important to know that events default to an hour's length, although Google will ask for prompts on the event name and date before it's added.

Below, we've listed some example commands for how to make use of calendars on your Google speaker:

  • "Hey Google, add 'coffee with Elizabeth' to my diary".
  • "Okay Google, schedule a meeting with Ben in my diary for 10am on Tuesday".
  • "Hey Google, put in the calendar that I have a dentist appointment on the 28th".
  • "Okay Google, when is my first calendar event today?".
  • "Hey Google, what's my agenda for today?".
  • "Okay Google, do I have anything in my calendar for Friday?".
  • "Hey Google, tell me what meetings I have this week".

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