How to enable Gmail features for easy Google Calendar event creation

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Are you dependent on Google Calendar and Gmail? Receive lots of event notifications to your Gmail address, e.g. B. Information on flights, reservations and events involving tickets such as films and concerts?

You can set up the Gmail app to automatically create these incoming emails as events on your calendar.

Not only can you set this up for the web-based version of Google Calendar, but also for the mobile version.

And I’m going to show you how to do just that.

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How to enable smart features and view events from Gmail


All you need is a Google account and the Gmail app installed on your mobile device. This feature works on both Android and iOS, but I’ll demonstrate it on a Pixel 6 Pro it runs Android 13.

So let’s get to the configuration.

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How to enable smart features

The first thing you need to do is log into your Google account in your default desktop web browser and go to Gmail.

Click the gear icon at the top right of the window. If prompted, click View All Settings. In the resulting window, scroll down about halfway until you see the entry for Smart Features and Personalization. Click the check box for that feature to enable it.

Close the Gmail settings window and you are done with the web version of Gmail.

The Smart Features and Personalization option in Gmail settings.

Enabling smart features and personalization in the web-based version of Gmail.

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How to enable show events from Gmail

On your mobile device, open the Gmail app and tap the menu button (three horizontal lines) in the upper-left corner of the window.

When the sidebar opens, scroll down and tap Settings. On the resulting page, tap Events from Gmail.

The settings list in the Gmail sidebar.

Access the Gmail settings page from the sidebar.

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Tap the ON/OFF slider for Show Events from Gmail until it is in the ON position. A pop-up window will appear warning you that events automatically generated from your email will be displayed. Tap OK to enable the feature.

The Show Events OK popup in Android 12.

Enable the View Events from Gmail feature in Android Gmail.

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With these features enabled, any email you receive in your Gmail account that contains event details should result in that event being automatically added to your Google calendar.

If you find that this is affecting your calendar too much, you can always go back and turn it off. But if you like the convenience that this automation brings, the feature can be very handy. I’ve missed several events sent via Gmail in the past. When this feature is enabled, this no longer happens. And every time an event is automatically added from Gmail that I don’t want on my calendar, I can manually delete it. This trade-off is worth the small inconveniences that come with the convenience of automation.

Try this feature and see if it doesn’t add a little more efficiency and reliability to your mobile life.

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