I'd like to be notified by a popup whenever an event is listed in my calendar.

I can see that Google Calendar has an option to email or SMS me under "Event notifications", but I don't always see my emails, and would like to have a popup notification show instead, at 30 minutes before, and 5 minutes before the event.

Is there anyway to do this?

  • Do you keep your Calendar always open on your browser? Are you using the old or the new Google Calendar? Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 15:37
  • I can use either or, but was using the new Calendar
    – Brad Parks
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 16:33
  • and I don't tend to keep my calendar open all the time, but could consider this
    – Brad Parks
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 16:33
  • See Modify Google Calendar notifications
    – Ricardo
    Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 18:55

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The best approach I've found so far is to subscribe to my Google Calendar in my Mac Calendar, using the process detailed here on Google's Support site:


In short, the steps to import are:

  • On your computer, open Mac Calendar.
  • In the top left corner of your screen, click Calendar and then Preferences.
  • Click the Accounts tab.
  • On the left side of the Accounts tab, click Add Add.
  • Select Google and then Continue.
  • To add your Google account information, follow the steps on the screen.
  • On the Accounts tab, use "Refresh Calendars" to choose how often you want - Apple Calendar and Google Calendar to sync.

Now choose when alerts are shown by

  • Opening Mac Calendar
  • Choose "Preferences | Alerts | Account: Google"
  • Choose "Events: At time of event" or whatever you want

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