How to Change the Default Event Color in Google Calendar
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Google Calendar has a lot of nifty and useful features that should convince you to start using it if you aren’t already. And if you’re worried about being able to use it on any and all devices you have, don’t worry — it can sync everywhere.

But Google Calendar has a number of quirks that some users don’t like, and even if they can be fixed with a settings tweak, the interface is cluttered enough that that can be tough.

One quirk that irked me was that every new event I created always came out purple even though I prefer red for my events, so I had to manually change the color every time. But as it turns out, you can change the default event color with one tweak.

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As it turns out, the color of the event you create is the same color of the calendar that the event belongs to. This is pretty obvious if you have multiple calendars, but if you’re like me and you only had one, it probably wasn’t so obvious.

So here’s what you do:

  1. In the left sidebar, click the arrow next to your calendar, then select the color you want for that calendar’s events.
  2. If you have multiple calendars, do the same for all of them.
  3. When you create an event, select the calendar you want for it.

Again, if you only have one calendar, you won’t be able to select a calendar when creating an event — it will default to your only calendar and set its color as the same.

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Hopefully this helped! If you have any other Google Calendar tips or tricks worth sharing, please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. John
    February 2, 2018 at 2:08 am

    does not work anymore, options mentioned are not even listed in the current calendar as of 2/1/2018 and have not been for over a year.

  2. Sam
    September 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I'm wondering if you know how to sync the default event colors between Google Calendar on my computer and on my iphone 6. I use different colors on my computer for different types of events - but when I look on my phone, all of the events I added on my computer are all the same color. Thank you for any suggestions you have.