The very first voice action that I actually “used” on my Google Home Mini was “Okay Google, add ginger to my shopping list”. I was using Google Home mostly to demo the product to friends and family. Managing lists with Google Assistant is not that easy (upcoming blog post!), but I think I should start using Home for managing my calendar more. Why? Google has improved Calendar integration with Home.
Things are not perfect yet, but the whole Assistant thing is still new, right? We are still getting used to doing things using voice. Google is also learning how to do things better. However, one thing is clear. Google wants to improve Calendar integration with Google Home. This is good news. This makes me want to use Google Calendar more. I started using it more after the recent Material Design update. The fact that all my reminders are also available on Calendar makes it much more useful.
Calendar Settings for Google Home
Here is how to access Google Calendar settings in Home:
- Open Google Assistant on your phone.
- Touch the blue circle icon
- Touch the settings icon (three dots)
- Choose Settings
- Go to Calendar
From this screen, you can do the following:
Select calendars to be used with Google Home
Your primary calendar is selected by default. If you have more calendars, you can select them to be included in Google Home voice commands. If you have a private calendar that you would rather not have read out by Home, you can uncheck them here.
Change Default Calendar for Google Home
When you use voice commands on Google Home to create calendar entries, they are added to the default calendar. You can change your default calendar from this screen. When you change the default calendar, Google Home will start adding new calendar entries to the new calendar.
This screen also shows the availability of calendar features on various platforms. For now it has only Google Home listed here.
Do you have calendar related questions about Google Home or Google Assistant? Drop me a comment here and I will find the answer for you!