Calendar feeds are magic!

Abracadabra!

Every week or so, I get an email, asking if there’s any way to sync an Officehours calendar to one’s Google/Apple/Outlook calendar. The answer is yes—and if you do it with a feed, you only ever need to do it once! The feed will automatically update your calendar from then on. (This is different from downloading an ICS file, which is only a snapshot of your current schedule—that doesn’t automatically update.)

Jump to your preferred calendar:

Add your Officehours feed to Google Calendar

This is how you can link your Officehours calendar to your Google Calendar, using a feed. This then pulls event information from Officehours, into your Google Calendar, so you have it accessible whenever you need.

1. Go to your Officehours calendar.

Go to your Officehours Calendar.

2. Click Add to Outlook/Google Calendar.

Click Add to Outlook/Google Calendar.

3. Copy the calendar feed link, under Subscribe to your Officehours calendar feed.

Copy the calendar feed link, under Subscribe to your Officehours calendar feed.

4. Open Google Calendar.

Open Google Calendar.

5. In the left bar, next to Other calendars click the arrow in the box.

In the left bar, next to Other calendars click the arrow in the box.

6. Select Add by URL.

Select Add by URL

7. Paste the address into the URL field, and click Add Calendar.

Paste the address into the URL field, and click Add Calendar.

8. If the calendar isn’t highlighted, click it to see it in the schedule (it’ll change color when active).

If the calendar isn’t highlighted, click it to see it in the schedule (it’ll change color when active)

9. You’re done! The calendar will now check for updates automatically.

Do the happy dance!

Add your Officehours feed to Outlook

This is how you can link your Officehours calendar to your Outlook Calendar, using a feed. This then pulls event information from Officehours, into your Outlook Calendar, so you have it accessible whenever you need.

1. Go to your Officehours calendar.

Go to your Officehours calendar.

2. Click Add to Outlook/Google Calendar.

Click Add to Outlook/Google Calendar

3. Copy the calendar feed link, under Subscribe to your Officehours calendar feed.

Copy the calendar feed link, under *Subscribe to your Officehours calendar feed.

4. Open Outlook, and select Calendar.

Open Outlook, and select Calendar.

5. In the sidebar, right click on My Calendars. Then select Add Calendar, and From Internet…

In the sidebar, right click on My Calendars. Then select Add Calendar, and From Internet…

6. Paste the calendar feed link into the URL field, then click the OK button.

Paste the calendar feed link into the URL field, then click the OK button

7. If you can’t see your Officehours calendar, click the checkbox beside it to display it. (Your calendar feed will update every time you hit Send/Receive.)

If you can’t see your Officehours calendar, click the checkbox beside it to display it. (Your calendar feed will update every time you hit Send/Receive.)

8. To set your calendar to automatically update, go to Options.

To set your calendar to automatically update, go to Options.

9. Select Advanced from the panel’s sidebar.

Select Advanced from the panel’s sidebar.

10. Scroll down a little, and click on Send/Receive.

Scroll down a little, and click on Send/Receive.

11. Change the automatical send/receive schedule to your liking. (I set mine to run every 5 minutes.)

Change the automatical send/receive schedule to your liking. (I set mine to run every 5 minutes.)

12. Success!

Success!

Add your Officehours feed to Apple Calendar

This is how you can link your Officehours calendar to your Apple Calendar, using a feed. This then pulls event information from Officehours, into your Apple Calendar, so you have it accessible whenever you need.

1. Go to your Officehours calendar.

Go to your Officehours calendar.

2. Click Add to Outlook/Google Calendar.

Click Add to Outlook/Google Calendar.

3. Copy the calendar feed link, under Subscribe to your Officehours calendar feed.

Copy the calendar feed link, under Subscribe to your Officehours calendar feed.

4. Open Apple Calendar.

Open Apple Calendar.

5. Under the File menu item, select New Calendar Subscription.

Under the File menu item, select New Calendar Subscription.

6. Paste the address into the URL field and click Subscribe.

Paste the address into the URL field and click Subscribe.

7. Choose your auto-renew settings. This will establish how frequently your calendar updates. (I set mine to Every 5 minutes.)

You can also adjust this setting in the future by right-clicking the Officehours calendar, in the left column, and selecting Get Info. This will bring up the same options panel.

Choose your auto-renew settings. This will establish how frequently your calendar updates. (I set mine to Every 5 minutes.)

8. You’re done! The calendar will now check for updates automatically.

You’re done! The calendar will now check for updates automatically.

Typically, this all works beautifully, once you have it set up. That said, things do sometimes go awry. So, if you run into any problems with the above, email me and I’ll lend a hand.