Upcoming Google Calendar SMS Notification Changes

by | Nov 21, 2018

Beginning on January 7th, 2019, Google Calendar will be phasing out one of its older features. SMS, or text, notifications will no longer be supported with Google Calendar. Instead, users currently set to receive these notifications will automatically be opted-in to receive in-app and email notifications for various Calendar activities. Continue reading to see how these changes will specifically affect these users. Nothing will change for users who do not have text message notifications enabled.


Users will receive event notifications in their web browser if they have their calendar open, or natively on their smartphones if you have the Google Calendar app for Andriod or iOS. Important to note, users may need to turn on these notifications in their device settings if they had previously disabled them. Please refer to the end of the article for step-by-step guides on how to enable these.


Additionally, users will also receive email notifications for new events, changed events, cancelled events, and event responses instead of the text message that they had been receiving prior to these changes.


How to enable Calendar notifications on iOS and Andriod devices within Google Calendar:

  1. Open the Google Calendar app Calendar.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. At the bottom, tap Settings Settings.
  4. Choose one of your calendars, like Events.
  5. Change, remove, or add a notification.


Note: You may need to enable Google Calendar Notifications within system settings if they were previously disabled.


For any questions regarding these changes, or general assistance with Google Calendar please contact your Account Manager or Business Cloud support at [email protected]

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