Having an iPhone or Android phone gives you the leverage to add multiple accounts and therefore multiple calendars. This approach usually means that Google and Outlook calendars appear together in the same app. This isn’t syncing, but it does mean you can see two or more calendars in the same app and same view.

Using two calendars services from two different companies can lead to problems and it’s worth considering using only one, if at all possible. We understand that it’s useful to use multiple email providers, but when it comes to your calendar, why not just pick one and use just that?

It simplifies scheduling appointments and events and solves the sync problem instantly. Both Google and Microsoft support multiple calendars, such as work and private, and offer single calendar or combined views. (This applies whether you’re using a mobile device or a PC or laptop, by the way.)

When adding a new event, you can choose which calendar to add it to. This is the only complication, as it’s all too easy to add an event to the wrong calendar. But at least you’ll have no problems with syncing.

If this sounds like a good idea, you might want to export the data from one calendar to another rather than manually replicate existing events and appointments. Here’s how.

How to export a Google calendar

To export events from Google Calendar you’ll need to use the web version on a PC or Mac. Click the drop-down menu next to the relevant calendar in the My Calendars section on the left and choose Calendar Settings. Then scroll down and click Export this calendar. It downloads as a zip, so copy the ics file out.

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