Notion doesn’t sync with Google Calendar, but it does work with it. What we mean by this is while you can’t create events within Notion and have them sync to Google Calendar, you can embed a calendar in Notion. But there’s a catch: The embedded calendar is view-only, so it can’t be edited within Notion itself.
This means you’ll need to jump over to Google Calendar whenever you want to create a new event or edit an existing one. Granted, this isn’t what most of us wanted to hear, but there’s still some use to be had – when creating a so-called ‘Daily Briefing’ dashboard for an individual or even an entire team, for example.
How to Embed Google Calendar in Notion
- Head over to Google Calendar.
- Scroll over the calendar you wish to embed under ‘My Calendars‘.
- Click on the ‘⋮‘ icon and select ‘Settings and Sharing‘.
- Check the box entitled ‘Make Available to Public‘.
- Copy the URL in the box labeled ‘Public URL to this Calendar‘.
- Paste the URL into notion and select ‘Create Embed‘.
Should You Embed Google Calendar in Notion?
It all comes down to your particular workflow, really. If you’re looking to build a dashboard to bring all of your reminders, calendar events, notes, memos, documents, and everything in between, in one central location, then absolutely. But if you’re looking to manage your calendar within Notion, there’s little point.
Something else worth mentioning that a Google Calendar needs to be set to Public for it to be embedded in Notion – a dealbreaker when handling schedules that contain sensitive information. This makes it a no-go for individual and business customers alike as the events can be viewed by all and sundry.
So… What’s The Alternative to Google Calendar?
If you’re wanting to house your calendar within Notion with full edit capabilities, your best bet is to rebuild it there. There are some tradeoffs here, though: 1) You’ll have to sacrifice scheduling tools like Calendly; 2) There’s no way to schedule events via email within Notion; and 3) All collaboration requires a Notion account.