In this document:
- Enabling Google Calendar Sync in Settings
- Google Client ID and Client Secret
- Google Calendar Settings
- Update Your Appointment Types
Set up Google Calendar sync to connect to your site’s Booking Calendar and ensure you’re never double-booked.
To learn 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 which you can then update.
Google Web Meetings
This setting allows Google Meet links to be auto-generated for each appointment. If you’d like to set this up, please see our other guide on Google Meet.
Delete Canceled / Rescheduled Events
Toggle this setting on if you prefer to delete the Google Events when they’re Canceled or Rescheduled. By default, if an appointment is Canceled or Rescheduled, we add “Canceled:” to the Event Title.
Refresh Google Calendars
The Refresh Google Calendars setting 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 reducing the refresh rate to 1 minute, and try again.
Customize Google Events
With our event customization editor, you can change the information that gets passed through to the Title, Location, and Description of the Google Event.
Learn more about the Google Calendar Event Customization feature.
Update Your Appointment Types
Each Appointment Type you’d like to connect with Google Calendar will need updated settings. Go to Appointment Types > Pick one > Google Calendar tab.
Then, 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 is necessary for syncing appointments.
Your Booking Calendar will then add your new appointments for that Appointment Type to Google Calendar moving forward.
Previously booked appointments for that Appointment Type will not sync to your Google Calendar.
Checking Google Calendar for Conflicts
The existing Events in the chosen Google Calendars block off time slots in your Booking Calendar. You can select multiple calendars to check for conflicts.
After saving the settings, the Booking Calendar evaluates all the booking time slots and finally sees if there are any conflicts with your Google Calendar(s) events’.
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