According to the Gmail team, Google Mail should automatically detect ICS attachments.

But it doesn't. At least not for the ICS I got from an iPhone user: ICS attachment not recognized by gmail

How can I make sure these are parsed as ICS attachments by Gmail?

The attachment seems correctly formatted:

Content-Type: text/calendar;
    name="Biertje drinken met jeroen.ics"
Content-Disposition: attachment;
    filename="Biertje drinken met jeroen.ics"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

  • @Vidar I really meant "force" as the update should have made gmail do it automatically. Apparently it doesn't, so some force is needed. Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 11:25
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    Sorry about that - I have reinstated the "force". Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 12:13
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    May the force be with you @VidarS.Ramdal Commented Mar 15, 2014 at 19:42

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Here's an alternative approach. Installing Calify will allow you to open *.ics files in Google Calendar. You will just have to download the file, open it and Calify will open Google Calendar in new browser tab with all the details pre-filled.

Disclaimer: I'm the app author.

  • If you can make that a Chrome Extension, I could use it. My main Chrome usage is not on Windows. Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 18:44
  • No plans for an Extension for now, but apps for Mac and Linux may be coming in future.
    – jansokoly
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 18:59

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