How to Adjust Your Reminder Notification Preferences in Google Calendar

Google Calendar can help you stay on top of your schedule by notifying you of upcoming events. You can receive notifications in various forms, from emails to desktop alerts. To receive exactly the alerts you want to, on the devices you want to, you can fine-tune your Google Calendar notification preferences. Here’s where you’ll find these options.

How to Adjust Your Reminder Notification Preferences in Google Calendar

How to Adjust Your Google Calendar Notifications on a PC

Google Calendar lets you adjust your notification preferences, both for all events and single ones. All you need to do is access your settings.

Change Your Default Notification Settings

If you want to change your default Google Calendar notification settings using your PC, follow these steps.

  1. Open your Google Calendar in your computer’s browser.
  2. Click the gear button near the top-right corner and select “Settings.”
  3. Find the “Settings for my calendars” section in the side menu and click your calendar.
  4. Press “Calendar settings.”
  5. Scroll down to “Event notifications.” You’ll find several options here.
    • Add an event notification by clicking “Add notification” and select whether you want a notification or email, and how far in advance.
    • If you want to receive notifications for all-day events, click the same button under this option and select when you want to be notified.
    • To remove notifications, click the “X” button.
    • Decide the calendar changes you want notifications for under “Other Notifications.”

Any changes you make are saved automatically.

Change Notification Settings for One Event

You can modify your reminder preferences for individual events. The notification settings you define for a single event will override your default preferences. Here’s how to edit your event reminders for any event.

  1. Open your Google Calendar.
  2. Click on the event you want to edit. You’ll see the current notification settings for the event next to the bell icon on the event panel.
  3. Click the pencil icon in the top-right corner of the panel.
  4. Find the notification settings in the “Event Details” tab.
  5. Change the current notification type and time, or add a new notification with the button underneath.
  6. Click “Save” at the top.

How to Adjust Your Google Calendar Notifications on a Mobile Device

You can adjust your Google Calendar reminders in the mobile app. Besides tweaking the default settings or adding custom reminders to events individually, you can also turn off notifications on your mobile while still receiving them on your PC. Here’s what you need to know.

Adjust Your Default Notification Settings

To adjust your default reminders on your mobile, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Google Calendar on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu in the top-left corner.
  3. Scroll down until you find “Settings.”
  4. Tap “Events” under the calendar whose notifications you want to modify. In this menu, you can do the following.
    • Change when you want to receive emails and notifications of events
    • Add another notification if you want to be reminded of events multiple times
    • Delete notifications by tapping them and selecting “No notification” or “None,” depending on your device
    • Define when you want to be notified of all-day events

Adjust Notifications for One Event

Much like on a PC, you can also change when and how you want to be reminded of individual events using the mobile app. Follow these steps to adjust one event.

  1. Open the Google Calendar app and tap on an event.
  2. Press the pencil icon at the top to edit the event.
  3. Find the current notification settings next to the bell icon.
  4. Add or delete a notification.
  5. Press “Save.”

Turn Off Notifications on Your Device

You’ll receive Google Calendar event notifications on your phone by default. Fortunately, you don’t have to remove them entirely, even if you find this distracting. You can turn off notifications on your mobile device with a simple tweak. Here’s how to do it in the app.

  1. Launch Google Calendar on your smartphone and tap the three horizontal lines in the corner.
  2. Go to “Settings,” then “General.”
  3. Scroll down to “Notifications.”
  4. Toggle “Notify on this device” to disable it.

Let Google Calendar Do the Hard Lifting for You

With such handy apps as Google Calendar, we no longer need to worry about forgetting an important appointment. Personalize your reminder notifications as they best suit you by following the instructions above.

How do you like to be reminded of Google Calendar events? Do you think the app should introduce more notification options? Let us know in the comments section below.

One thought on “How to Adjust Your Reminder Notification Preferences in Google Calendar”

Peter C says:
Google Calendar question on iphone ios Iphone 13, 16.2 regarding Notifications please…
I notice two things – On Samsung phone I had for years with Google Calendar if I set up an event with no notification in advance (no minutes set)–I would still get a notif on Samsung phone to let me know. 
Could be like “Weekly Meeting”, “Call Jim”, Look at Bank account”, “Take out trash”, “Wife’s birthday” etc… Never set up a reminder/task. I put everything in events.
So I noticed on my iphone that there is no notification of the event IF I do not set a time notification prior to the event. Even a minute would work and I would get a notification. 
So I guess with new iPhone I will have to default notification on some events to 1 minute or something. Same if I want it to appear on Desktop PC. ??????????????????????????

I think I have all settings right on iphone for Google Calendar and do include “ON”, Time Sensitive events” or that might be in apple calendar on iphone which I have off as of this writing. Been trying everything. I am signed in to Google.
I did shut off notifications from the iphone Calendar which I do not use so I do not get duplicate notifications…But perhaps I should turn that on and I might get notifications for those Google Events with no “time ahead” notification.
I know I asked a lot of questions of late and do appreciate the help.

Thank you

Steve Larner says:
Perhaps all the accounts are syncing, and one isn’t updating. Another possibility is having the same notification manually entered in two accounts somehow, and one is still set to notify ahead of time. The only thing I can think of is to remove ALL accounts, create a new account, and copy all calendar events to the new account by manually entering them in.

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