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How to change the task overdue sound on Google Calendar so you never miss a deadline

If you've ever missed an event because you didn't spot the notification on your phone, you can add a specific sound for overdue events in the Google Calendar app. Here's how to do it.
Written by Jack Wallen, Contributing Writer
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It's a rare occasion, but I have missed a deadline or an event in my lifetime. Thanks to Google Calendar and my phone, those events are even harder to overlook.

However…it does happen to the best of us. And when those events pass, you might be totally unaware, especially if you've left the Google Calendar app on your phone at the default configurations.

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Fortunately, there's an option in Google Calendar that allows you to set a different notification sound for overdue events. That way you can distinguish those events from the traditional alert sound.

Of course, there is a downside to this. If you're easily stressed and being reminded that events or deadlines have been missed, you might think twice about making this change. But if the idea of missing something is even more stressful, this might be a must-have option for you.

If this option is right up your alley, read on.

How to change the task overdue sound on Google Calendar 

What you'll need: The only things you'll need for this are a mobile device, a valid Google account, and the Google Calendar app installed. I will be demonstrating this on a Pixel 8 Pro.

That's it. Let's make this change.

1. Open Google Calendar

The first thing to do is open the Google Calendar app on your device.

2. Open Settings

Tap the top left menu button (three horizontal lines) and, at the bottom of the sidebar, tap Settings.

The bottom portion of the Google Calendar sidebar.

The Google Calendar sidebar is the keeper of the Settings button.

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3. Open General settings

From the Settings page, tap General at the top.

The General option in the Google Calendar Settings page.

The General Settings page is where it all goes down.

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4. Locate the correct setting

This is where it gets a bit tricky. For some reason, Google has tucked this setting away from plain sight. Within the General section, tap the following: Calendar Notifications > Additional Settings In The App > Tasks Overdue Notifications. You see, you can't access Tasks Overdue Notifications until you've unveiled Additional Settings In The App. 

The Tasks Overdue Notifications setting.

You won't find this settings option on the General settings page.

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5. Configure the sound you want

In the Tasks Overdue Notifications section, tap Sound, and then, in the sound picker, select the sound you want to associate with overdue tasks. Once you've done that, you can back out of the Settings app.

The Android 14 sound picker.

The sound picker (and available sounds) will be different if you're using an iPhone.

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Your Google Calendar app will now ring with a different sound for overdue events, ensuring you are aware that something (or someone) needs your immediate attention. With this configuration, you know the difference between an upcoming event and one that has passed. Hopefully, that won't wreak havoc on your stress.

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