Import an individual event or your entire Facebook calendar into Google calendar for an easy overview of your engagements.
Due to covid-19, there was a surge in online events, many of which were advertised over, or even took place on Facebook. If you have created the Facebook event yourself, it’s unlikely you will forget that it’s happening, but if you’ve got a lot of things lined up, it’s easy to miss something important if your only reminder is social media.
A simple way to keep track of any upcoming events you might want or have to attend is to add them to your Google Calendar. That way you can have all your appointments in one place, and don’t have to rely on alerts from Facebook.
Here’s a quick guide on how to add Facebook events to Google Calendar in a simple way. Note that you can’t use your Facebook app neither on IOS nor Android to do this, but must use a browser like Chrome or Safari instead. We’ll talk about how to do it on your android or iPhone in the final chapter.
Adding individual events to your Google Calendar from desktop
Step 1: Choose the event you want to add
To start, you need to be logged in to your Facebook account on www.facebook.com. On the left sidebar menu, you can find a tab called “Events”. Here you’ll see all the events you are hosting, that you have been invited to or responded to; and any other event that might interest you (you can use the search tags to filter).
Once you’ve found the event you want to add to your calendar, you must RSVP with “Going” or “Interested”.
Step 2: Export the Facebook event
On the event page, on the top right side, you will see the ellipsis (…) button. Click on it and a drop down menu will appear.
Next click “Export Event”. This will download an iCalendar (ics on Windows, iCal on macOS) file to your computer.
Alternatively, you can choose to send the file to the email address you’ve used for your Facebook account. In this case an event invite will be sent to your email, and you only need to accept the calendar invite for it to show up on your calendar app (of course, whether it’s Outlook Calendar, Google or Apple Calendar will depend on the email address you’re using).
Step 3: Add event to Google Calendar
Once you’ve done this, head over to your Google Calendar. You can do this from the menu on the Google homepage or your Gmail, in case you’re already logged into your Google account. Or type calendar.google.com and log in with your Google account credentials.
On the left-hand sidebar, you’ll see a section called “Other Calendars”. Tap the + button (“Add calendars” command). Then choose the option “Import”.
You’ll be taken to a new dashboard where you can just upload your ics file and click “Import” once you’re done
And that’s it! Now you’ll be able to see the Facebook event in your Google calendar!
Adding all upcoming events to Google Calendar
If you’ve got several Facebook events lined up that you don’t want to miss, you can easily import your Facebook calendar into Google.
The process is very similar to adding individual events, but here’s a quick step-by-step.
Step 1: Go to the Events tab and click “See all events”
Head over to the same Events tab, which can be found on the left sidebar menu on the main Facebook page.
Once you’re there, you can see a section called “Your upcoming events”. Click on the “See All” button on the left.
Step 2: Download your Facebook Calendar & sync with other calendars
You can see the option to download your Facebook calendar to Microsoft Outlook Calendar, Google Calendar, or Apple Calendar.
Clicking the “Add to Calendar” button will download an ics file, which you can use to sync Facebook calendar with any one of these, using the same process we’ve outlined earlier.
How to add Facebook events to your calendar with Android and IOS
We mentioned already that you can’t use the Facebook app on your iPhone or Android to add Facebook events to your calendar. But this doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Here’s a quick breakdown of how to sync Facebook with Google Calendar events using your phone.
So for IOS there actually isn’t an app you can use for syncing, but you’ll need to go through the process from a browser like Safari or Chrome. It’s slightly different than what you’d do with a desktop, so here are the steps.
- Log into Facebook from your browser.
- From the bottom bar click on the share icon and click on “Request Desktop Site”; you may need to log in again.
- Click on “Upcoming events and birthdays”
- A popup will ask you if you accept the calendar invite. Press “allow”
- Tap “Add all” to add all events from Facebook to your calendar.
With Android, you can actually use an app called Event Sync for Facebook. This is how to do it:
- Download and install the app.
- Open it and tap the pink + button on the bottom right. You will then be asked to log into your Facebook account.
- A popup will then ask if the app can access and access your calendars. Click “Allow”.
- Tap on the top right menu button which will open a dropdown menu. Click “Configure Calendars”.
- Your Facebook is now synced to your Google Calendar. You can turn it on and off as you like.