How to create multiple Google Calendars (and why you should)

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I rely heavily on Google Calendar. With this service I organize my days, weeks and months like a well-oiled machine. However, by default, Google presents you with a single calendar. If you’re not very busy, work with a single client, or are happy with a single calendar, you’re good to go. But if your day is too busy for a single calendar, you’ll be glad to know that Google makes it pretty easy to add multiple calendars to the interface.

But why do you need multiple calendars? The answer is simple: flexibility. It’s not just about being more organized, it’s also about being able to configure each calendar differently. For example, you might want to set one calendar for toast notifications and another for email notifications. Perhaps you want to share access to one calendar while keeping another private.

Regardless of why you want to add more calendars to your Google account, I’m here to show you how.

requirements

The only things you need for this are a working Google account and a web browser (since you can’t add calendars from the mobile app). Google Calendar is supported by almost all browsers, so you can do it from Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, Safari, Edge or even GNOME Web.

When everything is ready, we create a new calendar.

Create a new Google calendar

The first thing you need to do is open your web browser and go to calendar.google.com. Make sure you log into your account (if necessary).

Next, click the Google Calendar gear icon near the top-right corner of the window, then click Settings from the pop-up menu.

The Google Calendar settings pop-up menu.

The Google Calendar settings page is accessed via the gear icon.

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In the left sidebar, click Add a calendar entry to expand it, then click Create new calendar.

The Create New Calendar entry in Google Calendar.

Adding a calendar from the left sidebar in Google Calendar settings.

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In the window that appears, give the new calendar a name and description, and select the desired time zone. When you’ve done that, click Create Calendar.

The pop-up window for creating a new calendar.

Name and describe your new calendar.

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Once the new calendar is created, you will see it in the left sidebar. Click to expand the entry, and you can then configure the new calendar exactly as needed.

The New Calendar configuration page.

There are many configuration options for your new calendar.

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Now when you create a new event in Google Calendar, you’ll have the option to select that new calendar.

Even the pop-up window for creating Google Calendar.

Create a new event for the new calendar.

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Be sure to select this new calendar for all related events so that you can not only enjoy improved organization, but also the specific configurations for this calendar (e.g. notifications).

I’ve been using multiple calendars in Google for years and it’s really saved me time. Not only does it keep me more organized, but it also prevents me from missing out on customer or company-specific events.

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