Ask LH: How Can I Get My Calendars To Sync Properly?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m generally pretty organised (full time work and study makes it a necessity) but this is being hampered by the fact that I can’t get my calendar(s) straight. I create an event on my phone that doesn’t come through on my Mac, my events at work only appear sometimes, and my classes all seem to appear twice! I keep tinkering but I can’t seem to get the various applications (iCal, Google and Outlook, plus feeds for university stuff, FB events, Meetup events and holidays) to play nice with each other. Any advice on making on making it work? Thanks, Confused About Calendars

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Dear CAC,

So here’s the brutal truth about calendar sync: it often bites. As soon as you start trying to use more than one piece of calendar software, the odds are that you’re going to find stuff going missing, duplicating itself, placing itself in the wrong time zone or otherwise messing you up.

Given that, the most effective solution is to commit to just one calendar system, use that to enter everything and avoid trying to sync data from different services. Yes, it’s ludicrous that what should be a relatively straightforward task is so messed up, but that’s the reality we inhabit right now.

Our App Directory has recommendations for calendar apps for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows and Linux. Pick an app, make it the centre of your planning, and stick with it. Or abandon apps as such, and use a web-based calendar you can view on any device.


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