How to Show Google Calendar In Windows Live Mail Calendar

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Windows Vista had a Windows Calendar which somehow wasn’t included in Windows 7.  If you miss this Vista tool after upgrading to Windows 7 and want to manage your calendar and events on the desktop, then you may go about installing the free Windows Live Mail (WLM) email client that comes with the Windows Live Essentials suite and has a built-in calendar. Added advantages and features will follow.

However, it lacks the subscribe feature that Windows Calendar had, and I see no direct way of synchronizing other calendars like Google Calendar with it. But, if you have a registration with Live/Hotmail ID then you will be glad to know that there is a way to do the same.

Steps to Sync Google Calendar With Windows Live Mail Calendar

Before moving on you should ensure that you have a Live/Hotmail account, have installed WLM and associated connectivity between them.

Step 1: Log in to your Google account and follow over to the Calendar tab. On the left pane hit the drop down arrow against the calendar you wish to share and navigate to Calendar Settings.


Step 2: Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find Private Address section. Right-click on ICAL and copy the link location.


Step 3: Log in to your Hotmail/Live account and head over to its Calendar feature.


Step 4: From among the feature tabs take the option to Subscribe for another calendar.

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Step 5: Paste in the Calendar URL you had copied in Step 2. It should still be in your clipboard if you haven’t diverted from this article. Also give it a name and choose a color theme and/or select a Charm.


Step 6: (Optional) Your Google calendar is now in sync with your Hotmail/Live calendar. You can find it on the left pane of Calendar home. The step is optional just in case you may want to verify the addition of your calendar.


Step 7: Open WLM on your desktop and either wait for an auto update session or refresh things immediately. Under Send/Receive take the option saying All Calendars. Make sure you are connected to your Hotmail/Live account.


Step 8: You calendar now shows up in WLM. Find you calendar among others on the left pane. The image below shows Google calendar event under 23rd (color-differentiated).



If you are looking for a direct way to do so from WLM, let me tell you there isn’t one. I wish that it came with a subscribe option and hope to see one in future. Till then this is the best I could come up with. Know of any other way?

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  1. Guest says:

    Very helpful! Thanks so much for the clear directions.

  2. Bobnonymus says:

    Great article. Thanks.

  3. carroll says:

    This is great, I have a Nokia E7 Symbian phone and almost bought GoogaSync – this is better as I already had a Hotmail account form the olden days!

  4. StanO360 says:

    Thanks, this definitely helps if you have an Android phone. Thunderbird took a dive on me so I switched to WLM, nice to have matching calendars!

  5. Marcos Tavares says:

    hello. My name is Marcos Tavares and I’m from Brazil. I really enjoyed your tip, but I can only see, is the windows live mail I register an event and be viewed by Gmail? I use gmail for my calendar appointments and have Android, which I view on the street. Sorry my English. Thank you.

  6. kristanbraz says:

    thank you, thank you – works beautifully!!

  7. Sara says:

    I like your instructions, it’s easy to understand and follow. However, my problem is that the calender doesn’t seems to update. I have Windows Essential 2012 Live Mail and subsrcibe my google calender. Live mail say it updates but nothing happens, is there something I can do to make it work?

  8. Richard says:

    Hi Sandeep, Thanks for that. I have managed to display my gmail cal in WLM cal however as Sara says below it doesn’t seem to update. My wife uses WLM on our PC but I have just subscribed to the new and so also get a new hotmail calendar. Is there a way that you know of to update or sync the two calendars. Your help would be much appreciated. Thanks Richard

  9. Isabel Ll. says:

    Thanks for your instruccios.
    Do you know how can I create events in this gmail cal bt WLM?
    It seem to be just in one direction…
    I want to use just one calendar between my andrid phone and my pc…-

  10. Virgis says:

    This is just a showing google calendar in Live calendar, but it is cannot called “the sync” of both calendars.

  11. This is not a 2 Way sync..!
    it is only one way from the Owner ICS ==> to your email client

    Subscribing to a calendar (excerpt from msft):
    – For events that change frequently, you can use your calendar to subscribe to an external data source. For example, you might want to subscribe to a list of movie times, a weather forecast, or to your school’s calendar.
    – When a calendar owner publishes an ICS file online, the online calendar is known as an iCal (or Internet calendar). Whenever the owner of an iCal that you’re subscribed to makes changes to the events, Hotmail refreshes the data and automatically updates your calendar. Your calendar always shows these events in their own calendar, in the left pane under Calendars.

    If you need two way – use Outlook and Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook®

    Good luck..!

  12. Harald-René Flasch says:

    That is exactly the reason why I am using!

  13. Guest says:

    Thanks Sandeed, this guide was very useful to me! :)

  14. Truth says:

    Thank you Sandeep! This guide was very useful to me!

  15. Dan Masterson says:

    Thank you. It worked well.

  16. Miso says:


    I would like to thank you for your How-To! Works perfect!

    Best Regards


  17. Nand says:

    Thank you for the simple instructions. It works with Windows 8 too. Works great :)

  18. Dennis Boyer says:

    I like it and I screwed up on selecting and can’t edit. Well, thats ok I enter the stuff into my Google Calendar anyway. It would be nice if someone would build a calendar app that would not be all hung up on the proprietary, you know, did not have a bone in the soup. Is Sky Drive having a calendar?

  19. John says:

    Thank you very much.

  20. Fidloch says:

    Thanks for an article. however, didn´t work for me.. couldnt take the calendar url.. any suggestions pls? thanks

  21. Simon says:

    I’m non-techy. This has to be done through your on-line microsoft account not through windows live mail package, which was frustrating me. Thanks for the help!

  22. Australan says:

    Thanx, works for me :)

  23. Ikelolly says:

    Setting with the subscribe option and it works. But Windows Live Calendar doesn’t seem to receive the Google calendar update. This is after waiting for 2 hours.

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  25. Sandeep Agarwal says:

    Richard- Are you looking to sync outlook calendar on WLM or the Gmail calendar?