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How to Enable the iCal Private Addresses for Google Apps Calendars

Today I tried to sync my Google Apps calendar with my Microsoft Outlook calendar. Normally it’s a simple process however the Private iCal address was not available in my Google Apps calendar. This is because by default, Google Apps user calendars are not shared externally. Fortunately, it’s a simple fix if you know where to look. Here’s the steps I took to enable it in the Google Apps admin console.

Enable Private iCal Addresses for Google Apps Calendars

Login to the Google Apps Admin Console.

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Click Apps > Google Apps > Calendar

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Under Share settings, change the default to one of the following options:

  • Share all information, and outsiders can change calendars (my new default)
  • Share all information, and allow managing of calendars

configure sharing settings for google apps

Unless you plan to delegate management of the Calendar, there really is no need to select the fourth option. Be sure to click Save Changes once you make the changes.

Once the calendar sharing settings have been completed, the Private Address links for iCAL and XML should appear for your end users.

google apps private address now available

iCal is a nice way to import your Google Apps calendar into apps like Microsoft Outlook, Live Mail or other email apps. It’s only a read only sync however it’s still handy.

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2 Responses to How to Enable the iCal Private Addresses for Google Apps Calendars

  1. Jason April 28, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Thanks!!!!

  2. Tom December 2, 2015 at 5:17 am #

    Thanks very helpful!

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