How to add a calendar to your Chromebook

By - Dan Millward

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I love the Chromebook and Chrome OS the operating system it runs on. One thing I’ve always missed having access to is a calendar. Most computers give you access to a calendar when you click on the time at the bottom right of the desktop. If you’ve used a Chromebook you’ll know no such calendar exists. The good news is you can now add a calendar in Chrome OS.

Until now if you wanted to use a Calendar the best way was to add a quick link to your Google Calendar. I would still recommend doing this because it offers extra functionality. You can watch my video on how to add your Google Calendar to your Chromebook to find out more.

Using the Google calendar by following the methods in my video link above is great. However, you can’t beat having quick access to one from the bottom right of your desktop. If you want to know how to do this, then keep on reading.

Using a flag to add a calendar to your Chromebook

At the moment the calendar is not available in stable mode as standard. At the time of writing the latest Chrome OS is version 97. The good news is you don’t need to go into developer mode to get access to the calendar. You can now add the calendar by enabling a Chrome OS flag.

Chrome OS flags are experiments the Chrome OS team is currently working on. Therefore, there is a potential they can stop your computer from working as intended. I would not really worry too much about this though. The flags I’ve used in the past have worked just fine, but they can take a couple of months to get to this stage.

The calendar flag is now working just fine, so I think it’s the perfect time to add a calendar to your Chromebook using a flag. If you’re someone who doesn’t like messing about with their computer. There really is no need to worry. Enabling flags on your Chromebook is really simple and reversible.

How to add a calendar to your Chromebook

To access Chrome OS flags you need to open a Chrome browser. Once you’ve opened a browser type the following into the address bar and press return:

  • chrome://flags

You should now see something similar to the below showing on your Chromebook.

Chrome OS flags on Chromebook to enable calendar
Above you can see I have already enabled the calendar flag

You will notice from the image above that I’ve already enabled the flag for the calendar. Any flags that you’ve enabled will show at the top of the list by default. To find a flag you can either scroll down the screen to look at each flag separately. If you know the name you can simply start typing it into the search box at the top of your screen.

Whenever you enable or disable a flag your system needs to restart. A message will appear at the bottom of your desktop explaining this. You simply click on the restart button and your system will reboot. You don’t need to enter your login details again. The display will go black for a few seconds before you’re back on your desktop.

The Chromebook calendar

Once you’ve enabled the flag and restarted your Chromebook or Chromebox. You’ll now have access to the default built-in calendar. To view the calendar you simply click on the date and time shown at the bottom right of your desktop. You’ll then see a calendar similar to the image below.

The Chromebook calendar

Clicking on the date or time will show the calendar. To access the default menu you need to click to the left of the date. On the image above that would mean clicking on GB. However, you may have something different on your Chromebook. If you click to the left of the date and time, you’ll have access to the standard menu, which is similar to the image below.

Chrome OS menu available from the bottom right of your Chrome OS desktop

Syncing with your Google Calendar

You need to remember at the moment the Google calendar is accessible by using a flag. This means it’s still not finalised. At the moment syncing with your Google calendar is limited, but I’m hoping we get extra features in the future.

For example, you cannot add entries to your calendar directly from the calendar. To add or edit entries you would need to add these to your Google Calendar. The good news is you can see if an entry is showing for a particular date.

This is done by the calendar showing a simple dot below the date where you currently have an entry. This allows you to see when you may have something coming up in the future. However, you cannot click on this date for further details. It’s simply an indicator to let you know you have a calendar entry.

Summary

It’s really great to see the Chrome OS team have been working on giving us a built-in calendar. This is something I’ve missed a lot since using Chrome OS. Once you’ve enabled the flag there will be no more searching for your phone to check what date a certain day falls on.

It really helps with productivity and makes finding dates much easier. Hopefully, in the future, we’ll see more integration with the Google calendar. At the moment any amendments or additions to your calendar all need to be done via Google Calendar. This adds an extra step, which is not productive.

If this is something that will not be possible. I’m at least hoping a bubble will appear when you hover over a date with a dot below. The bubble then lets you see what the calendar entry is all about. Interested in other new features you can use on your Chromebook? Take a look at the new Chrome OS App Launcher menu.

I’m not complaining though. I’m happy we finally have a calendar on the Chrome OS desktop. If you’ve found this article useful. Why not take a look at the other How-To articles I have for your Chromebook.

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4 thoughts on “How to add a calendar to your Chromebook”

  1. Hi, I can’t get this working. Running 97. One reason might be that I don’t have the date in the tray. There used to be a flag for it, but that’s no longer there, and I can’t find it in Settings. Now is the time for you to show me the simple solution, so I feel like a complete idiot.

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    • Hi John

      I’m unsure why it’s not working for you. I’ve tried this on both my Chromebox and my budget Acer 311 and it works on both. Have you watched my video on how to do this? There is a link in this article. If you’ve followed the video and still having issues. Then unfortunately I can’t help. It’s simply not possible to help people on an individual basis because I have no idea what you’ve done with your Chromebook previously.

      I hope you manage to find out what is wrong and manage to get the calendar working.

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    • Thanks, I’m glad it worked for you. I’ve just created a video on my YouTube channel showing some further improvements to the calendar that will be released in either Chrome OS 101 or 102. The improvements makes the calendar even more useful because it works much more closely with Google Calendar.

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