How to Create a Shared Outlook Mail Family Calendar


If you have a Microsoft account, you can now create a shared family calendar. Here’s how to set it up.

The Family Settings feature is part of your Microsoft account, and we have shown you how to manage Family Safety features. Typically, Family Settings are used to keep your children safe online by blocking websites, collecting activity reports, limiting apps and game access, and more. Recently Microsoft added the ability to create a shared family calendar. Here’s how to set it up.

Create a Shared Microsoft Family Calendar

If you haven’t set up family safety accounts yet, to get started, head to the Microsoft Account Family site and start adding your family members by clicking add a child or Add another adult first instead.

Microsoft Family Safety

Then enter the adult or child’s email address and send the invite. When the invitation email arrives, they will need to accept it to join your family. Note that if you know the password of your family member, you can also sign them in automatically.

Set up Family

The family member you add will receive an email that looks like the following. They need to click the Accept Invitation button. Note that they need to accept it within 14 days, or it will expire, and you’ll need to resend the invitation.

Accept Invite

After you have your family all set up, you’ll then receive a notification email from Microsoft letting you know that a calendar has been created for the family. If you don’t want to wait to get that email, you can go to your Outlook Mail calendar online and find the Family calendar under the Other calendars section.

Outlook Calendar

If you’re running Windows 10, your family calendar should also sync up with the Mail & Calendar app, too.

Windows 10 Calendar app

Once everyone in your family has accepted the invite, they can use it to add upcoming appointments, family events, after-school activities, and other events. It’s an excellent way to schedule household jobs you want your kids to do, like wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the litter box…etc. Whenever your kids or parents add an item, it will sync between everyone’s calendar, which will help keep everyone on the same page in your busy household.

Do you use Outlook or other shared calendars to keep your family organized? Leave a comment below and let us know.

1 Comment

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  1. Gerard

    May 29, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Nice functionality, but it doesn’t work. Family members do not see the family calendar. I reported this bug to Microsoft. After three months they reported it to be fixed. Now family members see the calendar, but only on PC, not on mobile devices. Very frustrating, I pay €100/y mainly for the calendar option they don’t seem to get right.

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