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How to Set Up Calendar and Task Notifications on Android 13

Jack Wallen shows you how to set up Android notifications for Google Calendar and to-do notifications, so you don’t miss a thing.

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Google Calendar is my go-to tool for keeping track of a busy schedule. I use the service to jot down all my writing deadlines, so it’s absolutely crucial that I meet them – otherwise, I end up running late, which could lead to a rather disastrous day or week. To stay on top of these calendar and task entries, I make sure Android is up to the task of notifying me.

A handy feature of Android is the ability to configure notifications for calendar events and tasks separately. This way, you can configure them to set off different alarms, vibrate, cancel Do Not Disturb, or any combination. Since calendar events have a much higher priority for me than tasks, I tend to configure these notifications differently, so there’s no mistaking what happens when a alarm sounds.

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So how do you do this? I’ll show you, with the help of a Pixel 6 Pro and Android 13.

What you’ll need to set up your calendar

The only things you will need are an Android device running an updated version of the operating system connected to your Google Calendar. That’s it: let’s get to the configuration.

How to configure notifications for the calendar

This is where it gets a little tricky because the location of the setup is hiding in plain sight. To access the settings page, open the Google Calendar app and click the menu button with three horizontal lines at the top left of the page (Figure A).

Figure A

The main page of the Google Calendar app.

When the sidebar appears, scroll down until you see Settings (Figure B).

Figure B

The Settings option in the Google Calendar menu.

From the Settings page (Figure C), tap General.

Figure C

The Google Calendar Settings page.

On the Settings page, scroll down until you see Calendar Notifications (Figure D).

Figure D

Calendar and task notification entries in the Settings page of the Google Calendar app.

Tap Calendar notifications and, on the resulting page (Figure E), configure notifications exactly as you need them.

Figure E

The Google Calendar notification settings window.

Once you’ve configured Calendar Notifications to suit your needs, return to the General Settings page, tap Task Notifications, and customize these options to your exact specifications.

I recommend configuring these two notifications differently so that there are no errors when a notification is about a calendar event or a task.

And that’s all there is to setting up calendar and task notifications on Android. It might not be a deal breaker for anyone, but it certainly helped Android keep me on top of deadlines while keeping me on top of my tasks.

Give this setup a try and see if it helps you through your busy day.

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