In this document:
Setup Google Calendar sync to connect to your site’s Booking Calendar and make sure you’re never double-booked.
To find out more about how Google Calendar sync works, read our Google Calendar Sync FAQ guide.
Enabling Google Calendar Sync in Settings
To begin the setup process, go to your WordPress Dashboard > Admin Appointments page > Settings tab.
Toggle the Google Calendar Sync feature on, then click Edit Settings.
Google Client ID and Client Secret
You’ll need to set up your Google API credentials so that Google can communicate with Simply Schedule Appointments.
To do that, you can follow our walkthrough video and guide on setting up the Google API Credentials: Google Client ID and Client Secret
By the end of that guide, you should’ve successfully set up the connection between your Google Calendar and SSA. You’ll now see your Google information displayed, with the option to Disconnect the account.
Google Calendar Settings
After you’ve connected your Google Calendar to SSA, you’ll see two additional settings that you can update.
Google Web Meetings
This setting allows Google Meet links to be auto-generated for each appointment. Please see our other guide on Google Meet to finish setting this up.
Refresh Google Calendars
And the Refresh Google Calendars settings lets you choose how often you’d like SSA to check for new events. The default 5 minutes, is our recommended refresh rate.
If you’re not seeing the Google Calendar sync right away during initial testing, try to reduce the refresh rate to 1 minute and try again.
Update Your Appointment Types
Each Appointment Type you’d like to connect with Google Calendar will need its settings updated. Go to Appointment Types > Pick one > Google Calendar tab.
Inside the Google Calendar settings tab, you’ll see the option to sync appointments or check for conflicts in your Google Calendar.
Syncing Appointments to Google Calendar
Choose a calendar from the list to add newly booked appointments to it. Only one calendar can be selected for syncing appointments.
Your Booking Calendar will add your new appointments for that Appointment Type to Google Calendar moving forward.
Previously booked appointments for that Appointment Type don’t sync.
Checking Google Calendar for Conflicts
The existing Events in the chosen Google Calendars block off time slots in your Booking Calendar. You can choose multiple calendars to check for conflicts.
After saving the settings, the Booking Calendar evaluates all the booking time slots and sees if there are any conflicts with your Google Calendar(s) events’.
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