With Windows 10, it is very easy to import and synchronize your Google account (Gmail, Google Calendar, Google contacts) into the native "Mail" and "Calendar" applications.
However, things are getting a little tricky when you deal with calendars you have subscribed to in Gmail, i.e. calendars you do not own. This post explains hot to synchronize all your Google calendars in Windows 10.
Calendars you own
This is very easy, since Windows 10 is natively supporting them. Start by opening the Mail or Calendar app in Windows 10, then open the settings (dented wheel). Here, choose Accounts, and type in your Google user name and password: if you have chosen the double authentication method, you will be asked to enter the Google Authenticator app's code as well.
There you are! After a few minutes, the agenda and e-mails start synchronizing!
In the settings window, you can also define the frequency you would like these data to synchronize: click on Accounts, choose your Google account, and change the synchronisation settings. At the same place, you will be able to chose to selectively synchronize your e-mails, calendars, and/or contacts with Windows 10.
This first method works also for public calendars, such as local holidays.
Calendars you have subscribed to, but do not own
If you have subscribed to a Google Calendar but do not own it, it will not appear in Windows 10 when you link your Google account to the apps. This could happen e.g. for your spouse's calendar, or any other calendar that is not be published as "public".
The best way I have found is to add a Microsoft account in Windows 10 Mail or Calendar app. With windows 10, it is practically impossible to avoid creating a Microsoft account, anyway!
Once you have added it to the app, log into outlook.com with this account, open up the calendars section (the shortcut is on the upper, left-hand part of the screen).
Browse to Import, Subscribe, and there you are finally! The last thing is to type in the correct address (URL) for the Google calendar you are trying to import. This URL can be found, in Gmail, by accessing the Calendar settings:
The URL you want is the one called Private Address, in ICAL format:
BUT WAIT! At this point, you will probably not see the private address line in Gmail! This is normal, since you probably have "read-only" rights for this calendar. Do not bother trying to use the public address, it does not work with private calendars ("No one can use this link unless you have made your calendar public"). Instead, ask the owner of the agenda to temporarily give you the right to Make changes AND manage sharing (this option can be found by accessing the calendar settings in Gmail, then Share this calendar, or ask the owner to directly send you the private address link.
Tadaaaaa! The Google calendar is now linked to your outlook.com account (that you may never visit again), and therefore on your Windows 10 machine!
What about you? Did it work the same way? Do not hesitate to post your comments so I can make this post better.
Oh and last word, sorry for my English 😉
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