How To Sync Windows Live & Google Calendar

Chris Hoffman 17-10-2012

windows live syncBoth Google and Windows Live calendars can be synced with the other calendar service, allowing you to see your calendars in one place. This can be useful for effortless syncing – for example, if you add your Windows Live calendar to your Google Calendar account, it will appear in the Android The Best Android Apps on the Google Play Store for 2019 Looking for the best Android apps for your phone or tablet? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for Android. Read More calendar app with no additional account setup required.


The same goes for Windows Live applications – for example, syncing your Google Calendar with Windows Live Calendar will allow you to view it in the Windows Live Mail desktop application, which only shows calendars from Windows Live Calendar and doesn’t have integrated support for viewing Google calendars. Windows Phone and other devices may have support for adding other calendars How To Sync Multiple Google Calendars To Your Windows Phone By default your Windows Phone does not synchronize multiple calendars. Here’s how to fix this, and enjoy all Google Calendar goodness on your Windows Phone without purchasing any third-party synchronization applications. But you can add... Read More , but there’s additional setup required on each device.

Windows Live Calendar In Google Calendar

To view a calendar from Windows Live Calendar in Google Calendar, log into your Windows Live account and open the Windows Live Calendar website. Click the Share button at the top of the page and select the calendar you want to sync.

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Enable the Send people a view-only link to your calendar check box on the sharing page. Click the ICS link under Links that show event details.

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Select the link that appears and copy it to your clipboard (right-click the selected text and click copy.)

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Next, log into your Google account and open Google Calendar. Click the arrow to the right of Other calendars and select Add by URL.

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Paste the URL you copied earlier into the URL box. However, change the webcals:// at the beginning of the URL to http://. If you don’t make this change, Google Calendar will fail to understand the URL.

Once you’ve done this, click Add Calendar and the calendar will appear in your Google Calendar account.

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Google Calendar will automatically check the calendar for updates. Any changes you make in Windows Live Calendar will appear on your Google Calendar. To add other calendars from Windows Live Calendar, repeat this process.


You can click the arrow to the right of the calendar in your calendar list to assign a color. Click the Calendar Settings link after clicking the arrow to assign a name to the calendar.

Google Calendar In Windows Live Calendar

To view a calendar from Google Calendar in your Windows Live Calendar account, log into your Google account and open Google Calendar. Locate the calendar you want to sync in the sidebar, click the little arrow next to it, and select Calendar settings.

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Locate the Private Address section at the bottom of the settings page, right-click the ICAL button, and select the Copy link address option.


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Next, log into your Hotmail account and open the Windows Live Calendar (also known as Hotmail Is It Time To Let Hotmail Back Into Our Hearts? [Opinion] Hotmail has had some seriously bad rap over the years, and is now almost universally shunned by tech professionals and bloggers. The main complaint has always been that the service is spam riddled, but is... Read More Calendar) website. Click the Subscribe button at the top of the page.

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Leave the Subscribe to a public calendar option selected. Then, right-click inside the Calendar URL box and paste the ICAL address you copied earlier into the box. Give your calendar a name, pick a color, select a charm (optional), and click the Subscribe to calendar button.


Your Google calendar will appear in your Windows Live Calendar account. It will be checked regularly for new events – you can modify the calendar from Google Calendar and the changes will appear in Hotmail Calendar.

To sync other calendars with Microsoft’s calendar web app, repeat this process.

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Unfortunately, you can’t actually edit the subscribed calendar from within the other calendar web app – it’s only a one-way sync process. However, the sync will repeat regularly, keeping all your calendar applications up-to-date.

Which calendar application do you prefer? Do you use a specific application that requires this sort of sync process, such as Windows Live Mail on the desktop or a Google Calendar-specific tool? Leave a comment and share your experience!

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  1. kk
    February 2, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Hi Chris,
    I managed to fumble my way through this - both sites are now updated, would definitely help the not-so-savvy punter if you could update this article.
    Otherwise, really well-written, good choice of screenshots since I still managed to figure it out.

  2. Lynda Wright
    June 1, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I followed this to the letter and it showed that it was importing my live mail calendar and then I get the error message saying there was a problem with the SETTINGS and it was imported. What in the heck do I do now? Can someone help me please.

  3. Hamish
    May 30, 2016 at 10:15 am

    YOU, sir. Are a legend.

  4. Mieke
    December 11, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Thank you so much ! I have been trying so long to sync my Samsung calendar app (S-planner) to my Windows Live Mail calendar on my laptop. It's perfect now.

  5. ken
    May 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Fantastic worked straight away all copied correctly as needed
    reading all the other reports on the Web says this can no longer be done anylonger
    this worked instantly I cannot describe how grateful I am for this info as it means I don't have to enter everything on 2 calenders so all can c the info entries
    once again I really do appreciate this
    best regards

  6. Mick
    April 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Much appreciated - I found a decent Calendar app for Windows 8/10 but only GMail would work, so needed to sync my Hotmail calendar. With your help took just a few minutes to setup.

  7. Ela
    March 19, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    great! works! thanks!

  8. Anonymous
    January 11, 2015 at 2:26 pm


  9. Arizona
    January 8, 2015 at 3:16 am

    Thanks Chris. I use MS hotmail (aka live, msn, etc.), now Outlook, but the calendar does not have a printing app. By linking to a Google mail/calendar account I established for just this purpose, I can now print my calendar using the Google calender print app. The Google printing app is not great but better than nothing that Microsoft provides.

  10. Jobine
    April 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I subscribe to my gmail calendar, but no update on if I add new meeting or make a modification.

  11. Harald-René Flasch
    April 5, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Situation: I like to sync(!) a Google Calendar with Live Calendar. (=Show Google Calendar in Live Calendar).

    It works once but when a new event is added to the Google Calendar that event is not displayed/shown in Live Calendar which makes the whole stuff unusable for me.

    I don't want to "import", I like to LINK/SYNC calendars. Andy suggestions?

  12. Will
    March 13, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Does WIndows live view google calendar. All I see on my window live calendar is busy for my google events. It doesn't seem t9o read anything else.

  13. Nathan
    March 12, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Awesome, thanks Chris, I have a email but i have a Samsung phone, most of my appointments get put into the phone when i'm out and about. This makes life easier. Thanks again

  14. harley
    March 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I was wondering how I could do this.

  15. James Self
    March 8, 2013 at 11:57 am

    That's absolutely perfetc, exactly what I needed. Thanks!

  16. Peter
    March 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Thank you. I spent 2 hours trying to do this and a little blue cloud went up.

    I googled what I was trying to do, found your post and 10 minutes later it's done!

    Thank you again.

  17. Joao santos
    February 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks for helping me syncronizing google with hotmail calendar! :)

  18. SteveC
    February 26, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Excellent tutorial. Initial sync worked great. All of my LiveMail events went into my Gmail Calendar. However, new events created in LiveMail don't sync with Gmail, nor do new Gmail events sync with Livemail. Any ideas?

    • Geiri
      February 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      I agree, very nice tutorial and it was the same for me. Initial sync worked great but the calenders don´t seem to sync automatically together. Would be very thankful for getting some help on that matter.

      • Chris Hoffman
        February 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

        Perhaps they only check each other's calendars occasionally. Have you tried giving it some time? Hopefully they'll automatically refresh occasionally. I'm not sure how you could force a refresh.

        • OricelC
          March 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

          I agree, great tutorial.. I was trying this for a couple of days on my own and your clear instructions just saved my life!! All my hotmail events now show on my google calendar, however... nothing new syncs... any thoughts?

  19. John
    February 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Hi. I successfully managed to sync my Live calendar to Google Calendar but not vice versa.
    Outlook calendar accepted my Google calendar's ICAL URL but won't sync anything. I have now waited half a day but nothing from Google calendar appears on my Outlook calendar.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 16, 2013 at 5:57 am

      I'm not really sure -- maybe make sure your events are on the specific calendar you're trying to sync? I suppose it's possible that it's stopped working...

  20. Chris
    February 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Guys,
    The instructions are very clear. I want my outlook calendar to appear in google calendar. I followed the instructions....clicked on share in outlook etc and selected the correct URL....then went into google - other calendars - add URL. Paste the URL and changed the webcals to http:// .... but nothing? I have selected the calendar so it should appear but nothing is happening? Why is this not working....does it take time to sync? I've wasted so much time on something that should be straight forward! Please Help!!

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 16, 2013 at 5:57 am

      I'm not really sure about this. it should be straight forward, but it's definitely a bit "unsupported" so I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't work perfectly or if it stops working.

  21. Phil Homan
    February 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Very helpful and easy to follow. Thanks.

  22. SharonA
    January 22, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    This is great. For those having problems with the Hotmail url not being recognized, note Chris's advice above:

    change the webcals:// at the beginning of the URL to http://. If you don’t make this change, Google Calendar will fail to understand the URL.

    • Chris
      January 25, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Great, thank's guys! I needed this.


      • Chris Hoffman
        January 28, 2013 at 1:52 am

        Yup, definitely important! Perhaps the screenshot wasn't perfectly clear -- it's a bit confusing.

  23. Tor Arne
    January 22, 2013 at 9:12 am

    How can I make changes from Google Calendar on a Hotmail Calendar? I want to share one of my Hotmail Calendars with my girlfriend, but she uses Google Calendar, and I also want her to be able to add or edit stuff on that calendar, but that is not possible.. :/ Any solutions for this?

    I have done like you said in this guide, but that is only for viewing..

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 28, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Sorry, but I don't think this is actually possible. This is a view-only method. You'll have to both use the same calendar service to collaborate on calendars. It's definitely not ideal, I know.

  24. Mustafa
    January 22, 2013 at 8:01 am

    dude, when i paste my Hotmail calendar link in the Google calindar it gives me that the link is not valid !!

  25. Abhi
    January 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks, exactly what I was looking for. Never liked GMAIL. Do you have someth similar for yahoo as well?

  26. Paul Malmont
    January 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    OK. Thanks so much for this. I'm almost finished but I'm hitting a snag at the last step. When I try to get Hotmail to Subscribe to my ical url from Google, I get this:

    There's a problem with the calendar URL that you entered. Please make sure you've entered it correctly and try again.

    Any ideas?

  27. Alex
    January 14, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Hey there,

    it's an greate tutorial, but I have an problem, cause new apppointments in my Google calendar will not synchronize with my live calendar..

    Do you know whats may wrong with it?

  28. Dippie
    January 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Hey, I've added an item to my Google Calendar, but after 4 hours my Hotmail hasn't sync, so I didn't see that item on my Hotmail Calendar.

    What's wrong?

  29. Andrew Clark
    January 8, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Nope! No love - yet!
    Trying to share from Google to Hotmail/Live/Microsoft
    I belong to a Committee who have set up a Google Calendar with all our important dates on it. I have been given access to it.
    They have added another Calendar being Australian Public Holidays.
    I can follow your directions and the Australian Public Holidays come across. However no love from the Committee Dates calendar - and of course no real help on why it wouldn't work.
    Any ideas please? Cheers.

  30. Barbara Treese
    January 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Not syncing and I waited over 24 hours. What is wrong?

  31. Barbara Treese
    January 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I figured it out! Thanks so much. I just hope that it does sync at least several times a day to keep up with my schedule changes.

  32. Barbara Treese
    January 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    LOVE IT! However, I evidently screwed up and pasted the URL link that shows only busy and then had to do it again, but correctly. So how do I remove the previous link that shows I'm busy too?

  33. Siddhant Chaurasia
    October 23, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Thanks for this post!

  34. JediMaster
    October 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I prefer Google Calendar because it can send me alerts on my mobile trough SMS.

  35. Rene Bernal
    October 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I think this is it. Will try it in a bit.

  36. Marian Cimbru
    October 18, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Thanks for this article! Unfortunately I'm forced to use both: Windows Live on my job and Google Calendar for my personal life.

  37. Tarek Ramadan
    October 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    greeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaat :D

  38. Brian Mok
    October 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Just what I've been looking for. Thanks for the tip! :)