The easiest way to set up a family calendar on your smartphone (and how to avoid those “but I didn’t know you’d organised something for tonight” moments)

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One of my favourite things about owning a smartphone is that I no longer need to remember anything, ever. I simply put a reminder in my phone’s calendar and keep my phone within earshot.
One of the downsides unfortunately, was I tended to forget to inform the other half of events he was supposed to go to too.. Since I have an iPhone and he has a Samsung it took me a while to work out how to set up a joint calendar. Six months ago I did and seriously, it really works well!
There are loads of ways to do this but here’s how we did it:

1. I set up a new gmail account

2. I registered that account on both our phones (in the same way you set up your personal email account). You don’t need to use that account for emails, just make sure you have “calendars” switched to “on” when you set up the account on your phones.

3.When I put an event in my calendar I can choose to put it in my personal calendar (if it’s just a reminder for me) or the new gmail calendar. When it’s something we both need to know about I select the new calendar. It appears  and behaves exactly the same as any other event/reminder in my calendar.

4. Et Voila! It magically appears in my husband’s phone’s calendar too and we both get reminded about it.

Now we are changed people, incredibly organised and forward planning.  The old “but you never told me…” has been replaced with “Well, I had the girls/boys night out in the calendar weeks ago..”.  Much harder to argue with :)

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19 responses to “The easiest way to set up a family calendar on your smartphone (and how to avoid those “but I didn’t know you’d organised something for tonight” moments)

  1. Brilliant idea! I am absolutely going to be trying this out :-)

  2. I love that my calendar is linked to my hubby, he has no excuses to double book and it’s first in first served. I did recently update my phone though and as we use and apple calendar I couldn’t switch to samsung, I was keen to try something else. probably meant to be.

  3. mummysundeservedblessings

    We need to do this.

  4. I recently got a new smartphone, and diligently set up email, calendars, facebook, messaging etc., the only thing was when it was time to actually make a call I was lost!

  5. I am totally not a tech gadget person when it comes to this stuff! I love learning and reading these fab new tricks though xo

  6. Buh-rilliant. Will have to see if I can get that to work, such a good idea for coordinating the teen and the husband to me

  7. Awesome plan, but my husband doesn’t use his phone calendar. Stupid man, I live and die by mine!

  8. And thus how we organise our teens… and tweens. *sigh* How DID the world work beforehand? I don’t recall. :) x

  9. Ha ha! Awesome!!! I love this idea!!! Especially the bit about saying well I put it in the calendar!!!! :)

  10. Such great tips in here. I have already set this up with Mr A’s phone and the computer. He keeps complaining about all the reminders for everything!

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