How to Sync Facebook Events with Google Calendar

We’re all well aware of the many web tools that exist to help us make ourselves more social, efficient, effective, etc — Facebook being one of the many. Some of us use so many that managing the tools themselves often requires another utility. It’s becoming increasingly complicated, and as a solution, Inside Facebook recently discussed syncing Twitter and Facebook status updates for all those who want to sync their updates on both sites.

Well, for those out there who use Google and Facebook to manage events and calendaring, here’s another how-to that might not only make your busy lives a little less complicated, but will relieve you of the pain of having to keep up between multiple calendars.

How to Sync Facebook Events with Google Calendar

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1) After you log into Facebook, click on “Events” in the right-hand panel.

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2) Then click on “Export Events” and copy the URL (which you will use later). Make sure you keep the address of the URL to yourself, lest everyone have access to your Facebook events…

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3) Log into Google Calendar and choose “Add” under “Other calendars.” Then choose “Add by URL”

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4) Paste the URL you copied from Facebook and click “Add”

Voila, you’re done! Your Google calendar will now update automatically every time you accept or decline an event in Facebook.

Enjoy being even more organized!

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107 Responses to “How to Sync Facebook Events with Google Calendar”

  1. Ron Bailey says:

    Done and done! ^_^

  2. warzabidul says:

    Just tried it, works really well.

  3. despuesdegoogle » Blog Archive » Sincroniza los eventos de Facebook con Google Calendar says:

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  4. Take on Syncing Facebook Events with Google Calendar « Grip Factor says:

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  6. Francisco Ramirez says:

    Thank you!

  7. Dave Nottage says:

    Thanks very much!!

  8. Nakeva Corothers says:

    A good post with instructions is very valuable. Now I can direct people here when asked about the sync. I commented on Friendfeed, then felt the need to write my two cents at my blog with reference to you.

    Thanks for the writing inspiration!

    @nakeva

  9. Jamie Ellis says:

    Also works in Windows Live Calendar for me through Subscribe (added the 2 upcoming i have)

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  11. Kim Leary says:

    Hey,
    This is great! Wonder if there is a way to sync just dates from a group I created on Facebook.
    K

  12. Baratunde Thurston says:

    awesome. i had been exporting .ics files and manually importing to google on a semi-regular basis under My Calendars. but this subscription is much better. i wish there was a way to distinguish between events i RSVP’d YES vs MAYBE

  13. Frederic Sidler says:

    To grab also the event you are maybe attending, not attending and/or declined, there is fbcal.com

    You can also get your friend’s birthday with fbcal.com

    Enjoy

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  15. Raphael Pungin says:

    I noticed that synchronization to Google Calendar using the Facebook URL is not instant. For me it took more than an hour to get an event that I RSVPed for in Facebook to Google.

    What are your experiences with the timing of the sync? I assume Google does periodic polling of the URL to check for changes. The question is how often does it do it.

  16. Triploculturado says:

    THANKS FOR SHARING THIS!

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  18. Klaus Bravenboer says:

    It’s a great feature to show Facebook events that are upcoming but once an event is in the past it disappears from my Google calendar which I hate. I want a permanent record of the events I attended, is there any way to make the events permanent or auto-copy to my primary Google calendar?

    Thanks

  19. E-creation says:

    This may have been answered elsewhere, but I am not sure where to find it (and it may be a very basic question).

    If we have an existing database of events, exported as XML or we can dynamically create a URL string, is there anyway to create a link that checks for pre-existing / creates an event to Facebook. It would need to automatically check to see if the event has already been created and if it had, check to see who is attending …

    Effectively, create and invite to event functionality delivered as a URL link (with the event details in the link itself) …

  20. darius says:

    thanx!

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  23. Liane says:

    Is there any way to sync in the other direction (aka: import outside calendars)?

    I’d like to set up a few different google calendars for geographical subgroups of a larger group, but aggregate the events from all of the google calendars into a single facebook calendar for the parent group.

  24. Darrell Duane says:

    This is nice, but somehow these events from facebook are tagged as being in Grenich Mean Time, which means that they show up 4 hours earlier on my Eastern Standard Time based calendar. Is there a place to adjust this either on Facebook or in Google Calendar? I haven’t found where this setting might be.

  25. hal says:

    There are much easier ways, for example..fbcal and fbevents. Just add the app to facebook and it will sync automatically. It would also do the birthdays too.

  26. Frederic Sidler says:

    Here is the link to http://www.fbcal.com
    With fbcal you not only get your events (even the past events), but also the birthdays of yours friends

  27. barry says:

    great work! one slight problem. my calendar is listing events I’m NOT attending, how do I keep the unwanted events away.

    It’s listing every event in my network, not just the events I said I’m attending, if that makes sense?

    thanks

  28. barry says:

    Raphael Pungin – “I noticed that synchronization to Google Calendar using the Facebook URL is not instant. For me it took more than an hour to get an event that I RSVPed for in Facebook to Google.

    What are your experiences with the timing of the sync? I assume Google does periodic polling of the URL to check for changes. The question is how often does it do it.”

    I just realized this was the problem I was having, it takes at least an hour to update, as soon as you edit RSVP to NOT attending the event will go after 1 hour +

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  30. Dennis Chiuten says:

    I’m having the same problem with the imported FB calendar showing up in Greenwich Mean Time in GCal, with no way to change the time zone setting. fbcal, on the other hand, isn’t importing at all for me.

  31. Elizabeth says:

    I’m also having the time zone issue is there a fix for this??

  32. doug says:

    I thought from the title of this article that there was a way to sync both ways between facebook and google – sadly not the case. The app is good, but only tells google what you’ve already got on Facebook. I was hoping for the other way around.

    Several have asked questions about why it takes a while for the events to post. These large sites don’t want to constantly be hit by servers requesting calendar information every 5 seconds, so they develop a cache that is set to update at a given time, usually 1 hour. Most sites then upgrade their cache once per hour, which explains the lag time you’re experiencing.

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  34. Shelley Seale says:

    I am not seeing that this app actually syncs the two calendars. Yes, all my previous events are there on google calendar. But when I create and rsvp to new events in FB, they do NOT show up on the google calendar. ???

  35. Shelley Seale says:

    I actually don’t even understand at all why there’s a FB Cal app. You can do the same thing just as easily by just exporting your FB events URL. I thought that FB cal would actually sync my new events, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. FB really sucks if you can’t even have a URL that you can post your calendar elsewhere, and it automatically updates with new events!!!!

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  37. Frederic Sidler says:

    fbcal new version does provide a way to adjust the timezone problem some of you were facing
    fbcal was also adapted to support the new iPhone 3.0, see it here for info http://william-hook.com/2009/07/15/facebook-birthdays-on-iphone/

    the app is here http://www.fbcal.com

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  40. marc says:

    i am having the time zone problem too. all the events that get imported into my Google Cal are not in the correct time zone.

  41. Frederic Sidler says:

    The new http://www.fbcal.com application is able to fix the timezone problem. Simply select the timezone you are in and fbcal does the rest.

    If you are a happy iPhone 3.0 user, you can directly subscribe to your Facebook events and Facebook birthday from your iPhone browser. Simply visit http://www.fbcal.com from your iPhone and follow the simple steps. Choose the iCal calendar for your iPhone.

  42. HedzRed says:

    Thanks for the info, worked great!

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  45. Matt Stone says:

    Thanks, works well

  46. Igor says:

    Wow, guys, I am a big fan of Facebook and Google Calendar but –

    THIS SUCKS BIG TIME!

    First of all, you need to click a bunch things on a bunch of pages – who was the genius behind that lovely UX???

    Secondly, I have 700 friends and lots of them invite me to events that I am not interested in. So, when I remove events from my Events page on Facebook – they still stay in Google Calendar.

    This is horrible.
    Sorry, happy holidays. But you gotta do better!

  47. mb21 says:

    If you want to have it the other way around, that is get events from Google Calendar into Facebook, try this app:
    http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=164414672850

  48. bkidd says:

    thanks

  49. Kirk says:

    The new interface doesn’t have an “Export Events” link.

  50. fs says:

    What Kirk said. :/

  51. e says:

    !yea new FB has no eport button

  52. luca says:

    Hi, this method doesn’t work with the new facebook site. Do you know if there is a new way to do the same now?

  53. Forrest says:

    *sad*

    I just needed to do this yet the new interface doesn’t appear to allow it :(

  54. zee says:

    this is the problem with featuritis – too many employees with nothing better to do than fiddle and tinker with the interface! what happened with the “if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!” approach?

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  56. SM says:

    Helpful post. Thanks for shared

  57. Mehul Kar says:

    How do I do it now? I don’t see a export events button.

  58. ruben says:

    i don’t see the EXPORT button either ??? noooooo!!

  59. JDE says:

    Here is an alternate for the new layout http://www.fbcal.com/

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  61. Frederic Sidler says:

    The export function was removed from the new interface. But http://www.fbcal.com is still there for you and for your friend’s birthdays ;-)

    Feel free to use it.

  62. Sean says:

    Facebook’s help center still refers to the export function, even though it’s impossible to carry it out. It would be great if someone can figure out how to get export working again.

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  64. Beckie says:

    The export link still exists. Search events in the search bar scroll down to bottom. Vola x

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  66. pyrosrock says:

    woot now all my facebook events are on my calender on my android phone!

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  68. Artak says:

    mersi

  69. MisterMoleyMole says:

    I have declined in facebook but the event in the calendar just stays, doesnt remove it and doesnt have any info within the calandar that allows me to say i’m goin etc .. HELP :(

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  71. dir98 says:

    Much easier way to do this. Just export the event from facebook, email it to your gmail account, and click ‘Add to Calendar.’ There you go.

  72. Angela says:

    By the way, if you wish to have your Events in your Lotus Notes calendar, you can export them to Google calendar, and then synchronize it with Lotus Notes calendar using Awesync (www.awesync.com). Very convenient!

  73. eagleapex says:

    Great help. Thanks! They don’t make it obvious on either end.

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  77. Michael says:

    Thank you for posting this. My facebook birthdays have not synced yet but I am hopeful that they will soon!

  78. Keith says:

    Followed the instructions. Doesn’t work for me.

  79. presious says:

    What about friend birth days. Will dat sync as well

  80. mali says:

    very easy, very effective. great instructions – thanks so much!!!

  81. mowo says:

    “# Beckie Says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    The export link still exists. Search events in the search bar scroll down to bottom. Vola x”

    super duper helpful!
    thanks

  82. Nicole says:

    I could see this being useful for people who only accept events, but it doesn’t help those of us who need to enter twenty million gigs into Facebook.

    I use Mozilla Thunderbird with the Lightning & Provider for Google Calendars plugins, so I do all my calendaring in Mozilla and it just magically appears in Google Calendar.

    What I really want to do is have Google Calendar or Mozilla update Facebook for me, so I don’t have to use Facebook’s cumbersome calendar system, but still get the benefits of being able to post my events in Facebook.

    Someone in the comments mentioned iCalendar to Event so I’m gonna give that a shot.

  83. Allie says:

    How can you get declined and removed FB events to disappear from the google calendar?!?!?! It appears the URL for the event export does not update when events are removed or declined!

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  85. RT't says:

    How come facebook birthdays don’t sync with google calendar?

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  87. Nej says:

    I can get Facebook events to work…but not birthdays. Is there something I’m doing wrong?????

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  90. Dave Barker says:

    An easier way is to use my new app http://apps.facebook.com/calenderp/ . It syncs birthdays and events with Google calendar, all automatically.

    It handles special characters and timezones properly. It doesn’t fill up your calendar with useless events, only the ones you are attending.

    Give it a try and let me know what you think :)

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  91. chuck says:

    looks like fb changed the “export” url from “http://” to “webcal://” i had my fb on my google cal before, but now it won’t work and it doesn’t seem to recognize the webcal.

  92. Bohdan says:

    For those using Chrome, there’s an extension for adding individual events to your calendar:

    https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/kdcimpbhnilcgolicdnepifecokinjof

  93. JMD says:

    some of the events come up by name, but most display the event time and “busy” … NOT an event name… Is this fixable??

  94. TS says:

    Nice! Thanks muchly. :)

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    @JMD
    Try http://icalstripper.appspot.com/ to work around the “busy” issue.

  98. Royd Tauro says:

    Wow, this is fantastic! Thanks for the great tip. Now I can keep my facebook events, google calendar, and Android phone synced at all times!! Cheers!

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