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How to integrate Google Calendar with Slack

Jack Wallen shows you how easy it is to add Google Calendar integration into a Slack Workspace.
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Written by Jack Wallen, Contributing Writer on
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Slack is my go-to app for communication and collaboration. I use it with a number of clients to stay current on what's going on within an organization, to collaborate with teams and to make my workflow considerably easier.

I also depend on Google Calendar, which I use extensively for my editorial calendar. Given that, why not combine the two? By adding the app to Slack, you can enjoy the following additional features:

  • Create Google Calendar events from within Slack
  • Sync your Google Calendar with Slack
  • Get a quick view of your daily schedule from within Slack
  • Get notified when an event is starting
  • Respond directly to event invitations
  • Get updated when a Google Calendar event changes

For those who depend on both Slack and Google Calendar, this is a must-have integration. The app is free to use and can be installed in all of your Slack workspaces (although you do have to install it on a workspace-by-workspace basis).

The lone caveat

Before I continue with the installation of the Google Calendar app, know that you can only install this app in workspaces where you have installation privileges. If you don't have those privileges, you'll have to request the installation from your Slack admin. 

With that said, let's install the Google Calendar app on Slack.

Installing the Google Calendar app

1. Log in to Slack

The first task is to log in to your Slack workspace in either the Slack app or the web version.

2. Locate the app

From the left navigation sidebar, under Apps, click "Add apps" (Figure 1).

The Slack main window.

Figure 1: Adding apps from within the Slack desktop app.

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Conveniently enough, you should see the Google Calendar app on the resulting page (Figure 2).

The Google Calendar app in the Slack app market.

Figure 2: The Google Calendar app is there and ready to install.

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Click Add and your default web browser will open to the app page, where you must click Add to Slack (Figure 3).

The Google Calendar app install window.

Figure 3: Installing the Google Calendar Slack app from the website.

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In the resulting window (Figure 4), click Allow and, when prompted, select the account that will be associated with Slack.

The Google Calendar Slack app permissions window.

Figure 4: Giving the Google Calendar permissions to access your Slack workspace.

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You will then have to again click Allow to complete the installation.

Using the Google Calendar app

1. Viewing events and settings

Let's say you want to see today's events in your Google Calendar. For that, type:

/gcal today

You will be presented with a list of all events for today.

To see tomorrow's events, type:

/gcal tomorrow

To manage the Google Calendar app settings, type:

/gcal

Hit Enter and you'll see all of the options available for the app (Figure 5).

The Google Calendar Slack app Settings window.

Figure 5: In the Settings window you can add new calendars (from your Google Calendar list) and enable or disable notifications.

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2.  Adding events to your calendar

To add an event to your Google Calendar from Slack, click the Google Calendar entry under Apps in the left sidebar. In the resulting window (Figure 6), you can easily create an event by selecting a date and clicking Create Event.

Adding a Google Calendar event from within Slack.

Figure 6: Creating an event in your Google Calendar from within Slack.

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In the resulting pop-up (Figure 7), add the details for your event and click Create.

Configuring the details for a new Google Calendar event from within Slack.

Figure 7: Filling out the details for your new Google Calendar event in Slack.

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And that's all it takes to integrate your Google Calendar with Slack. For anyone who depends on both services, this simple app will make your daily workflow a bit easier.

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