Opinion submit by
C. Scott Brown
As a author, I dwell and die by Google Calendar. While I wouldn’t consider myself forgetful, I am the type of person who knows keeping my day organized is the best way to prevent myself missing appointments, turning in work late, or forgetting to do simple life tasks such as starting the dishwasher.
I put literally everything I plan to do into my Google Calendar, making it sort of like the hub of my life.
That’s why it’s incredibly frustrating that using Google Calendar isn’t the same experience across platforms. Not only does Calendar on mobile look a lot different than it does on a desktop — which is certainly forgivable because smartphone displays are different than computer displays — but there are specific features and tools that exist on one and not the other.
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Strangely, the Google Calendar mobile application is the best way to use Calendar, despite the desktop version being older and theoretically able to offer you a better experience since it’s not reliant on smartphone hardware. Why is this?
Below are three things I can do on the mobile version of Calendar but I can’t do on a desktop. Please, Google, bring some parity to the two platforms!
Multiple calendars from multiple accounts in one feed
Like a lot of people out there, I have several Google accounts. I have my main Google account which I use for my personal stuff; it’s what I attach to my Android phones, for example. I also have a Google account Android Authority gave me, which is where all my stuff related to this site goes. I also do freelance writing and have an account just for those things. Finally, I run a podcast and have a Google account for that as well (speaking of podcasts, have you listened to the Android Authority podcast recently?).
That’s a total of four accounts, and the only way to see everything from all of them in one collected calendar is on my phone.
On the desktop version of Google Calendar, you can share calendars together so they appear on one page — but only if the privacy settings of each account allows you to do so. The Android Authority privacy settings are out of my control and my AA calendar can’t be shared with my personal one on desktop.
However, it all appears just fine on my smartphone, no sharing necessary. Why?
I should be able to view all my calendars in the Google Calendar desktop app just as easily as I can on my smartphone. Get on it, Google.
I’m assuming the Calendar app sees that I’ve logged into that account on my cellphone, which suggests I’ve the authority to make use of it, so it reveals that info. Why can’t I additionally do that on desktop?
You is likely to be studying this and saying, “I have multiple accounts and they’re all shared to one calendar so I don’t have this problem.” Properly, first off, not everybody has the luxurious of completely shareable accounts. Even when all of us did, why do we have to share them on this trend? Why doesn’t desktop work identical to the cell app and easily present you all the pieces you need (or don’t need) to see when you’ve logged in to show you might be licensed to view these calendars?
Seek for reminders
Let me be actual clear about this: I really like reminders. I set reminders for therefore many issues it’s borderline ridiculous. I’ve a recurring reminder to let me comprehend it’s time to vary my toothbrush, for instance. I additionally set random reminders every day for little issues comparable to returning cellphone calls or publishing my latest article.
As a result of I’ve so many reminders, there have been a couple of occasions the place I’ve really forgotten whether or not or not I’ve made one. That’s no massive deal as a result of I can simply open up Google Calendar and seek for that reminder to make sure it’s really set, proper?
On the cell app? Sure. On desktop? No.
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Trying to find reminders on desktop, for no matter purpose, doesn’t work. Evidently Google Calendar utterly neglects to go looking by way of reminders in any respect on desktop, though my reminders litter almost each web page of my calendar.
Fortunately, I can all the time flip to the cell app to do that, however why can’t I additionally do it on desktop?
Use Google Calendar within the stunning schedule view
Again in 2014, Google redesigned the Google Calendar Android app, bringing within the then-new Materials Design redesign. One of many new options it launched with this replace was a good looking new Schedule view. Test it out beneath:
Schedule offers you a vertical view of your day with colourful blocks for every reminder or occasion. The cool factor is that a few of these occasions are pulled mechanically from Gmail (comparable to a booked flight, for instance) and a few get additional tweaks to make them bounce out. For example of this, in case you enter in that you simply’re having dinner together with your mother for Mom’s Day, the block for that occasion will present a cute little dinner desk background picture.
In the meantime, the desktop model of Schedule appears to be like like this:
Ugh. Why is there no Schedule view for desktop that appears just like the cell model? It’s been 5 years, Google, how have we not figured this out but?
Are you hooked on Google Calendar? Are there any options you’ve discovered on the cell app which can be lacking from the desktop app? How about any options you would like Calendar had on both platform? Tell us within the feedback!
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