A decent calendar service is indispensable. No matter what alternative I tried using – Windows Live, iCloud – I’ve always turned back to Google Calendar.
By and large, my use of Google Calendar goes without issues or complaints. It’s easy to use, and widely supported. Even most (desktop and mobile) operating systems now provide out-of-the-box support. However, for some unknown reason, synchronising multiple calendars has always been at least a bit tricky to set up. It’s no different for Windows 8.
The default calendar application on Windows 8 looks great, and it takes only a minute to add and sync it with your Google Calendar account. The only problem is that by default only your primary calendar will show up – a problem, to say the least. Below, we’ll show you how to synchronise the Windows 8 Calendar application to as many calendars from your Google Calendar account as you want.
1. Add Your Google Account
You probably already have connected your Google (Calendar) account to Windows 8, either in the Calendar, or in another application. If not, we’ll do so now.
Open the default Calendar application, and go to the application settings using the Windows Charm Bar. You can open the Charm Bar by pressing Win+C, or by placing your mouse cursor in the down right corner of your screen, and moving it upwards.
In the settings pane, go to Accounts, and select ‘Add an account’. Select Google as the account type (as seen in the screenshot above) and enter your credentials. The Calendar app will now start synchronising your main Google calendar to your computer.
2. Change Your User Agent To iOS
A user-agent switcher fools a website into thinking you’re using a different operating browser (or system) than you actually are. In this case, we want to appear as though we’re using a browser on an iOS device (the iPhone or iPad).
Install a user-agent switcher add-on for your browser. You can use the aptly named User-Agent Switcher extension for Google Chrome (pictured above), or User Agent Switcher add-on for Mozilla Firefox. After installing, use the extension or add-on to temporarily change the user agent of your browser to that of the iPhone or iPad.
4. Change Your Google Sync Settings
You should be able to see all devices that are set up to synchronise with your Google account. Windows 8 should be included in this list, but is called ‘WindowsMail’. Click to open.
By default, hardly any settings are visible. Go to the address bar in your browser. At the very end of the URL, change &supportMultiCalendars=false to &supportMultiCalendars=true and press enter. Now, you can see all the calendars associated with your Google Calendar account. Tick off the checkboxes next to the calendars you want to synchronise with the Windows 8 Calendar, and press Save.
Do you use the default Calendar app in Windows 8? Let us know in the comments section below the article!