We use Mac / calendar / iCloud here at my company for time management. In my personal life, I use google Calendar. So I import my google calendar into my Mac Calendar.

This works great, I can see all my events in one place.

Problem: other people cannot see when I am busy on my personal calendar. The "Check Availability" option shows me as available during the times I have personal events.

Here is a screenshot showing a concrete example. The blue event "PERSONAL EVENT" from 12PM to 1PM is my personal event. In the screenshot I am creating a new "WORK EVENT" from 2PM to 3PM. You can see in the "Check Availability" window that my availability does not include the personal event. Why?

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I found a setting in the imported calendar named "Event affects availability". It was already checked. The name makes me think that the imported calendar should already be affecting availability? But it is not.

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Is there any way for me to indicate that I'm busy for my imported Google events on my Apple Mac Calendar?

  • See support.google.com/calendar/answer/…
    – Thinkr
    May 3, 2023 at 8:47
  • @Thinkr Yes this provides instructions to setup what I have already setup (syncing events). I can already see my personal Google calendar events on my work Apple calendar. The problem is that my co workers do not see the google events. There would need to be some setting to "show personal calendar events [imported from Google] as Busy" but this does not seem feasible from my research. May 11, 2023 at 15:33

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I've achieved this (sharing my work g.cal to family icloud.cal) this way:

  • switched my g.cal to PUBLIC in g.cal settings, but also switched to not share details, only BUSY status
  • copied PUBLIC ical link from g.cal settings
  • pasted that link to family so they subscribed to it over Apple Calendar app.
  • Ready, no they have that subscription in their iCloud synced to apple calendar apps.

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