How to Adjust Your Google Calendar Notifications on Any Device

Sandy Writtenhouse 14-06-2017

If you are a Google Calendar user How to Plan an Entire Year on Google Calendar A year is a lot of time to meet your goals. Google Calendar can be the master planning tool for an entire year. These time management tips show you how. Read More , then you are likely familiar with receiving event notifications. But there are several ways that you can personalize, adjust, and change those handy alerts.


On the web, your Android or iOS mobile device, and with Chrome, check out these quick and easy ways to handle Google Calendar notifications.

Personalize Notification Times per Calendar

If you have several calendars connected to Google Calendar, you can easily personalize the notifications for each one. For instance, you may prefer to receive an email notification for a shared calendar How to Optimize Google Calendar With Custom Settings Have you adjusted Google Calendar's default settings to meet your needs? Just a few clicks could help you be more organized and save time. Read More . On the other hand, you may have access to your spouse’s calendar, but do not want notifications for events at all.

If you would like to simply change notifications for a calendar on the web, click the gear icon from the top right, and select Settings. Then, click the Calendars tab. To the right of the calendar you want to change, click the Edit Notifications link.

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You can then adjust the method and timing for your notifications. You can also set up alerts for all-day events and create more than one default notification so that you are alerted several times. Be sure to click the Save button after you make any changes.


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To remove notifications completely, follow the same steps as above on the web to arrive on the details page for the desired calendar. Then click the remove link to delete the notification and hit the Save button.

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Adjust Default Notification Settings on Mobile

Default Notification Times

A nice feature of Google Calendar is its ability to sync with mobile devices, giving you your calendar everywhere you go.


The default event notifications you set up on the web carry over to the Google Calendar app on your Android or iOS device and vice versa. You can change those default settings either on the web or mobile and they will sync immediately.

You adjust the settings on Android and iOS basically the same way. On Android, open Google Calendar and then from the menu on the left tap Settings. On iOS, you will select the gear icon from your left-hand menu within the app.

Then, on both devices tap Events under the calendar you want to change. You can then adjust the default notifications for timed and all-day events, plus create additional ones.

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Default Notification Styles

For enabling, disabling, or adjusting how you receive notifications on your mobile device, it differs from Android to iOS.

On your Android device, you will make these changes within the Google Calendar app. Once again, navigate to your Settings from the app menu. Then, tap General. When you scroll down you will see options to enable or disable notifications, use a standard or different alert tone, and turn the vibration on or off.

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On your iOS device, you will make these changes in your device settings, rather than the app settings. Open your device Settings, tap Notifications, and then scroll down and tap Google Calendar. You can then enable or disable notifications, choose a badge app icon, pick an alert style, and activate lock screen display, just like you do with your other installed apps.


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Change Your Desktop Notification Style

Depending on your work situation How to Make Google Calendar Collaboration Even Smarter There are many ways to make Google Calendar smarter. Here are eight tools to make your schedule work better for you with minimal effort on your part. Read More or simply your preference, you can receive Google Calendar notifications on your desktop two different ways.

First, you can use an Interruptive Alert which will pop up in your browser. As the name implies, it could possibly interrupt what you are doing on the web, but you can change this quickly.

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Instead, you can use a Browser Alert which will open a notification on your desktop that can optionally play a sound. After you see it, just click the X to close it or the alert itself to open the Google Calendar event in your browser.

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To enable the type of notification you want, open Google Calendar on the web, click the gear icon from the top right, and select Settings. Then, make sure you are on the General tab and scroll down to Notifications. Select the button to enable the option you want and click Save when you are finished.

Edit Individual Event Notifications

Edit Events You Created

To change the notification type on the web for an event you created, click the event, and then Edit event. Scroll down to the Notifications area, make your adjustments, and click Save when you are done.

On your mobile device, tap the event and then the pencil icon. You can then adjust the notification or add another one. Be sure to tap Save when you finish.

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Edit Events From Gmail

Google Calendar offers a handy feature for having certain types of events added to your calendar from Gmail automatically. Combine this with your notifications and you will be sure to get to the airport, restaurant, or other reservation on time.

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Unfortunately, Google Calendar does not yet support location-based notifications. But you can adjust alerts for Gmail events the same way you do for those you create from scratch as described above.

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Create Notifications With the Chrome Extension

Chrome has a super handy extension that you can use for creating an event with a notification, Google Calendar (by Google). Once you install this tool, just click the button in your toolbar, then the plus sign to add a new event. Choose your connected calendar from the drop-down box and then add the event name and smart notification.

For example, you can enter “Lunch with mom tomorrow at noon” or “Meeting with new client at 2 PM on 5/1/17”. Click Add and the event along with its notification will pop right onto Google Calendar.

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Adjust Those Notifications How You Want Them

With this variety of ways to personalize and stylize your Google Calendar notifications, you should be covered anywhere, any time. Plus, if you connect multiple calendars 9 Google Calendar Features You Should Be Using Google Calendar has more tricks up its sleeve than you may realize. Our tips will help you organize events and reduce the time you spend managing your calendar. Read More , you can adjust the notifications so that they are convenient, useful, and don’t get in your way.

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  1. Mari
    December 2, 2019 at 3:55 am

    Hi Sandy, It was en excellent article. I have been struggling with getting notifications on my phone for a week now and your article helped me figure out, why I did not get :) This was the best article I read on this topic. Way to go ! Thank you !

  2. Karen
    October 4, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I would like the google calendar icon to change date daily to display the current day, instead of “31”. My husband won’t use this calendar because of this.

  3. Mark Freeman
    January 23, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    My wife has a calendar, and I have permission to see and manage it. It appears under Other Calendars, not under My Calendars. I don't want to get notifications for her events, even though she does. I have been unable to find a way to do that in the current web or Android UI. On the web I can see where to add default notifications for events and all-day events, but there is no option to suppress notifications.

    The web UI shown in this article is out of date. For example, there is no page that shows General, Calendars, and Labs "tabs" under Calendar settings.