If you are a parent juggling work commitments with their children’s school activities and social events, keeping everyone in sync can feel like an uphill battle, especially during festivals.
However, technology offers an excellent solution.
Parents should create a family calendar on Google (iPhone or Android) to streamline scheduling, improve communication, and enhance overall organization. This will help them complete their critical tasks and home chores and organize important events like birthdays, parties, school meetings, etc.
The below article will provide a step-by-step guide on creating a family calendar on Google, enabling you to bring relaxation and efficiency to your family’s schedule.
Create an event on the Family Calendar On iPhone or iPad
- Open the Google Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Create sign “+” In the bottom right.
- Now tap Events to add an event in the Calendar for sharing.
- Give the Calendar a name by adding a title and details for the event.
- Scroll down, tap “Add Guests,” and enter the emails of the family members who you want to share the Calendar and the event. Tap Done to save the family members in the Calendar.
- You can add location, description of the event, date & timing, share photos, or add video conferencing with google meet.
- After filling in all the details, tap Save, In the top right.
Create an event on the family calendar On Android
- Open the Google Calendar app on your Android phone.
- In the bottom right, tap Create Event.
- Tap the Events option.
- Enter the name of your family calendar in the title box.
- Add details for the event like, location, description of the event, date & timing.
- Scroll down, tap “Add Guests,” and enter the family members’ emails. Tap done.
- In the top right, tap Save.
Step 1: Set Up or Sign in to your Google Account
You will need a Google account to create a family calendar on Google. If you already have a Google account, you can skip this step and log in to your account.
To create a new Google account, visit the Google account creation page (https://accounts.google.com/signup) and follow the instructions to set up your account. Make sure to choose a solid and unique password and keep it secure.
Step 2: Access Google Calendar
Sign in to your Google account, and access Google Calendar by visiting the following URL: https://calendar.google.com.
You may have to re-enter your Google account credentials.
Step 3: Create a New event in Calendar
To create a dedicated family calendar, click the “+” icon on the top left-hand side of the Google Calendar interface. A drop-down menu will appear.
Select “Event” from the options provided.
Step 4: Name Your Calendar
In the new drop-down form, enter a name for your family calendar event. Choose a descriptive name representing its purpose, such as “Parvinder Family Calendar” or “Our Family Schedule.”
Step 5: Set Calendar Permissions and share with the Family
In this step, you can customize your family calendar’s privacy settings and permissions. By default, the Calendar is private, visible only to you. However, to share it with your Family, click the “Add guests” button and enter the email or name of your family members to share the calendar event.
Step 6: Provide Event Details
In the event creation window, enter the event’s title, date, time, and location. You can also specify additional details, such as event reminders, descriptions, and notifications. Select the family calendar you created in the “Calendar” dropdown menu.
If the event is recurring, click the “Does not repeat” option and choose the appropriate recurrence pattern.
Step 7: Invite Family Members
To invite family members to the event, locate the “Add guests” section in the event creation window. Enter the email addresses of the relevant family members. They will receive an email invitation to the event and can see it on their Google Calendar.
Step 8: Set Reminders
Set reminders for each event to help everyone stay organized and ensure important events are remembered. In the event creation window, find the “Notifications” section and choose how and when you want to be reminded. You can select email, pop-up notifications, or even SMS reminders.
Parents can also use family tracker apps or GPS tracker devices if their teenage child wants to go to the store to complete the house chores so that they can track their real-time location without worrying.
Step 9: Repeat Steps 7-10 for Additional Events
Repeat Steps 7 to 10 for each event you want to add to your family calendar. By providing all the necessary details and inviting family members, you will create a comprehensive and shared schedule that keeps everyone informed.
Step 10: Access the Family Calendar on Multiple Devices
One of the significant advantages of using Google Calendar is its accessibility across various devices. Install the Google Calendar app on your smartphones and tablets to access the family calendar on the go. You can also access it from any web browser by visiting https://calendar.google.com.
Creating a family calendar on Google can revolutionize how you manage your Family’s schedule. Following these twelve steps, you can establish a centralized and easily accessible calendar that keeps everyone informed and organized.
From sharing events to setting reminders, Google Calendar offers a powerful tool for improving communication and coordination within your Family.
Parvinder Singh is a seasoned IT developer and network engineer with over 5 years of experience. He is also a skilled tech columnist, offering insights on the latest trends and developments in the tech industry.