Getting Organized: Should I Choose Google Calendar or iCloud Calendar?

April 21, 2022
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Planning and scheduling a day or a week is something that makes you more organized and less confused with your commitments. Earlier, people used to write in notepads, now replaced with smart calendars in their phones or computers. Although there are many third-party calendars available for Android, Apple and Windows devices, the best among them are Google Calendar and iCloud Calendar.

We have seen many Apple users juggling between these two calendars, so we thought to clear this confusion once and for all. Use this blog as an in-depth comparison between Google Calendar and iCloud Calendar.

Google Calendar vs. iCloud Calendar

Be it an exam or office meeting; a family lunch, or a corporate party. All must be equally important to you. More or less both the calendars are similar, yet are some significant features that make them unique and comparative.

1) Interface

Some may think, how an interface can make any difference. When it comes to the calendar, a neat and clear interface is important as you would want to see all your plans and commitments at a glance for a quick view.

Both apps have a considerable interface yet the Google Calendar shows the event name as well as the text to help you recall the event and its details as well.

2) Usability

Updating a schedule is an important yet boring task. Calendar app developers must consider this and create an easy to use app. Google Calendar has many steps for creating an event which makes it overwhelming at times. Whereas in iCloud Calendar, you just need to tap on the + button, fill in details and you are all set.

Moreover, Google has a goal creation option that if enabled, can make your schedule accordingly. For instance, if you create a goal of losing weight by gyming 6 am-8 am, your 6-8 in the morning will be booked for gym on all upcoming dates.

Thus, Google offers more scheduling options such as creating an event, reminder, event and goal.

3) Notifications

Both apps give you an option to customize notifications as per your needs. However, some things set them apart. Although, both iCloud Calendar and Google Calendar remind you 10 minutes before the event and send a reminder email too. If you want to change the default time, it can be customized.

iCloud Calendar has a unique ‘time to leave’ notification feature which assesses your current location, time of the event, and the traffic to notify you at the best time to leave so that you do not arrive late. Unfortunately, there is no such feature available in Google Calendar.

4) Third-Party Integrations

Here Google wins the battle! Google offers many third-party integrations to automatically update the calendar which saves plenty of time. You can add events including links, media and documents (including CSV). Moreover, you can request access to someone else’s Google Calendar by using their Gmail ID.

You can add some particular series of events by importing the respective schedule of events such as the Football match series. However, this feature is not supported by iCloud Calendar, you can just import a list of holidays or subscribe to a specific calendar with a link, that’s it!

5) Automatic Scheduling

As we already said, creating events and scheduling tasks could be boring for many. Automatic scheduling is a solution to getting Google Calendar. If you have a synced-in Google account, all your events will be automatically updated to the Google Calendars. Let’s suppose you have an entrance examination in the upcoming days. Once you receive the date confirmation in the mail, Google Calendar will create an event. It saves a lot of time and ensures that you do not miss any event or task. On the other hand, iCloud Calendar just asks you to add the event manually. Whenever you get a message on iMessage, it will pop up a notification from iCloud Calendar to create an event manually.

However, the automatic event update feature in the Google Calendar could cause chaos too as you may get a lot of unwanted or unimportant events spamming your calendar and further its reminder notifications.

6) Availability

This is one of the biggest drawbacks of the iCloud calendar. It is exclusively available for Apple users. Although, one can access iCloud Calendar by logging in to the iCloud but that is not too convenient.

On the contrary, Google Calendar is compatible with all devices (Android, Windows and even Apple) without any change or interface change. Moreover, there is no significant change in features for different devices.

Read Also: What is iCloud and Should I Be Using it?


Everyone has their own preferences. Possibly some may like Google Calendar or others would prefer iCloud Calendars. Thus, use this blog to help yourself finalize a certain and most suitable calendar app yourself.