How to sync your Google Calendar with Ubuntu Touch

Ubuntu Touch users, you'll notice the platform is not syncing your Google Calendar. Jack Wallen shows how to resolve this issue.

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You've adopted Ubuntu Touch as your mobile platform of choice. It takes a while to get used to the interface, but eventually you get the hang of it. What you find missing, however, is your Google Calendar syncing with the built-in Ubuntu Touch app (and using a browser for the calendar isn't a viable option). So what do you do?

Don't panic — syncing Google Calendar and Ubuntu Touch is possible, though it's is a bit quirky (which should come as no surprise, considering the platform is still in its infancy). The only caveat to syncing the Ubuntu Touch Calendar app with your Google Calendar is that it can only sync with your main calendar —all those calendars that exist as a subset of your main calendar will not appear.

Let's set up your Ubuntu Touch device so that it will sync with your Google Calendar. I will be working with a BQ Aquaris M10 tablet, but these steps will work with any Ubuntu Touch device.

Connect your Google account

The first thing you must do is connect your Google account to the device. Here's how.

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Tap Accounts.
  3. Tap Add Account (Figure A).
  4. Tap Google.
  5. Enter your Google username/password (and two-step authentication code, if applicable).

Figure A

Figure A
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Adding your Google account to Ubuntu Touch.

Your Google account should now be added. Before you leave this section, go back to the accounts listing and tap the Google entry. In this next window, make sure that Calendar is enabled (Figure B).

Figure B

Figure B
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Enabling the Calendar for your Google account.

Configuring the Calendar app

Now it's time to configure the Calendar app. Swipe right (from the left edge of the screen) to open the Launcher. Tap the Calendar icon to launch the app. If you don't find the Calendar app listed, do the following.

  1. Open the Launcher.
  2. Tap the Ubuntu icon.
  3. Swipe to the left until you see the app launchers (Figure C).
  4. Tap the Calendar launcher.

Figure C

Figure C
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Launching the Calendar app.

With the Calendar app open, tap the Settings button in the top right corner (if you're using a Meizu phone, you'll first have to tap the menu button and then tap Settings). Under Default Calendar (Figure D), select your Google Calendar from the drop down and then make sure it is checked (this is an important step...otherwise, it won't sync).

Figure D

Figure D
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Selecting your Google Calendar from within the Calendar app.

The Calendar app should start syncing immediately. Not only will your entries populate the Calendar app, but they'll also appear in the Today Scope and should continue syncing without a hitch.

What's missing?

The only thing missing from the Ubuntu Touch Calendar app is the ability to sync sub calendars from your Google account. Once that feature is added, the Calendar will be spot-on for Google users.

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By Jack Wallen

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