How to Check and View Someone Else’s Google Calendar Schedule

Key takeaways:

  • You can view someone’s Google Calendar if they have shared it with you or made it public
  • To add a shared calendar, you need the person’s email address or a shared link to their calendar
  • Different levels of access allow you to see only free/busy information, all event details, or make changes to the calendar
  • Be cautious when sharing your own calendar to avoid unintentionally exposing private information

Google Calendar is a powerful tool for managing your schedule and collaborating with others. One of its most useful features is the ability to share your calendar with specific people or make it public for anyone to view. This also means that you can view someone else’s Google Calendar if they have chosen to share it with you. In this article, we’ll explore how to check and view someone else’s Google Calendar schedule.

Accessing a Shared Google Calendar

To view someone’s Google Calendar, they must first share it with you or make it public. If the person has shared their calendar with you, you will receive an email invitation to view the calendar. Click the link in the email, and the calendar will be added to your “Other calendars” list in Google Calendar.

If you haven’t received an invitation but know the person’s email address, you can try adding their calendar by following these steps:

  1. Open Google Calendar in your web browser
  2. On the left sidebar, click on the “+” button next to “Other calendars”
  3. Select “Subscribe to calendar”
  4. Enter the person’s email address and click “Add calendar”

If the person has made their calendar public, you can also add it by searching for their calendar’s public URL or by asking them to send you the link.

Understanding Calendar Access Levels

When someone shares their Google Calendar with you, they can choose from different levels of access:

  • See only free/busy (hide details): You will only see when the person is available or busy, without any event details.
  • See all event details: You can view all the details of the events on the shared calendar, except for those marked as private.
  • Make changes to events: You can modify and delete events on the shared calendar.
  • Make changes and manage sharing: You have full control over the shared calendar, including the ability to share it with others.

The level of access you have will determine how much information you can see and what actions you can take on the shared calendar.

Viewing a Shared Calendar’s Schedule

Once you have added a shared calendar, you can easily view its schedule alongside your own. The shared calendar will appear under the “Other calendars” section in the left sidebar of Google Calendar.

To view the shared calendar’s events:

  1. Make sure the calendar is selected (checked) in the “Other calendars” list
  2. The events from the shared calendar will now appear in your main calendar view, alongside your own events
  3. You can distinguish the shared calendar’s events by their color, which is assigned when the calendar is added

If you have multiple shared calendars, you can selectively view or hide them by checking or unchecking them in the “Other calendars” list.

Respecting Privacy and Confidentiality

When viewing someone else’s shared Google Calendar, it’s essential to respect their privacy and confidentiality. Remember that the person has chosen to share their calendar with you, trusting that you will use the information responsibly.

Avoid sharing the details of someone else’s calendar events without their explicit permission, especially if the events are marked as private or contain sensitive information.

Sharing Your Own Google Calendar

If you want to share your own Google Calendar with others, be cautious about the level of access you grant. Consider the following:

  • Only share your calendar with people you trust
  • Choose the appropriate level of access based on the recipient’s needs (e.g., free/busy for colleagues, all event details for close collaborators)
  • Be mindful of the events you include on your shared calendar, and mark sensitive events as private
  • Regularly review and update your calendar sharing settings to ensure they remain appropriate

By carefully managing your calendar sharing settings, you can collaborate effectively while maintaining control over your personal and professional schedule.


How do I know if someone has shared their Google Calendar with me?

If someone has shared their Google Calendar with you, you will typically receive an email invitation with a link to view the calendar. Alternatively, the person may provide you with a direct link to their public calendar.

Can I view someone’s Google Calendar without them knowing?

You can only view someone’s Google Calendar if they have explicitly shared it with you or made it public. If you have not received an invitation or a link to their calendar, you cannot access it without their knowledge or permission.

What if I can’t find someone’s calendar after they’ve shared it with me?

If you can’t find a shared calendar in your “Other calendars” list, try the following:

  • Check your email for the calendar invitation and click the link to add the calendar
  • Ask the person to resend the invitation or provide you with the calendar’s link
  • Make sure you are signed in to the correct Google account where the calendar was shared

Can I share my Google Calendar with someone who doesn’t use Google Calendar?

Yes, you can share your Google Calendar with someone who doesn’t use Google Calendar. They will be able to view your calendar using a web browser, even if they don’t have a Google account. However, they won’t be able to interact with the calendar (e.g., adding events) unless they sign in with a Google account.

How do I remove someone’s shared calendar from my Google Calendar?

To remove a shared calendar from your Google Calendar:

  1. Find the calendar in your “Other calendars” list on the left sidebar
  2. Hover over the calendar’s name and click on the three vertical dots that appear
  3. Select “Remove calendar” from the dropdown menu
  4. Confirm the removal by clicking “Remove calendar” in the pop-up window

Removing a shared calendar from your view does not affect the original calendar or its sharing settings.