22
Sep
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You could continue to add events to your Google Calendar the old fashioned way, or you could use this super cool (and fun!) method of SMSing things to your GCal.

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The process is so easy a caveman could do it, so follow along and you'll be one step closer to speaking (almost) directly to your calendar:

  • Add GEvent (48368) to your contacts, name it “Magic Calendar”
  • Click and hold the Search button to bring up Google Voice Search and say, “Text to Magic Calendar, Pick up kids 2pm at the Cliffs in Valhalla, New York” (or, you know, whatever event you want to schedule)
  • Wait a bit… you should receive a confirmation text and it should show up on your Google Calendar
  • Bring up event in your favorite calendar app or widget… click on the link for the location
  • Click on bubble to check out Places and to get turn-by-turn directions from your free Google Navigation
  • Extra credit – do the step #2 voice search hands-free using VLingo InCar

And that's it. The next time you need to add something to your Google Calendar it's little more than a button press away.

Enjoy!

Thanks, JoAnn!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.wearrobots.com Josh

    It's not working for me. It starts to create the text but the message is "to magic calendar"......

    OK I tried again Magic has to be the first name and Calendar the last name.

    Thanks for the great tip!

    • jenn

      Same thing happened here. It was driving me crazy. Thanks for the info.

  • JoAnn

    Oh Shucks, it weren't nothin'. Thanks for the shoutout though!

  • mastermind26

    This is Fabulous!

  • Matos

    too bad it only works for the U.S.

    wonder what the number would be for the google calendar from portugal

  • sufian

    Would be cooler if you could also specify which calendar to add the event

  • Sean

    Is this worldwide? Doesn't work in Ireland :-(

  • JoAnn

    No, sorry. I guess it's a US only thing for now.

  • Peggy

    Keeps telling me my phone is not registered. I went to google.com/calendar, but cannot find how to register my phone.....

    • Peggy

      Never mind....I figured it out!!! Pretty cool :)

  • Brandon

    I get "Message failed. Shortcode may have expired or shortcode texting may be blocked on your account. Msg 1051" I have Sprint and have never seen this message.

    Any insight?

    • JoAnn

      Brandon: Could this be one of the premium SMS codes blocked on Sprint?

      http://community.sprint.com/baw/message/306540

      Bummer if it is.

      • Brandon

        Thanks for the info, I will call Sprint CS on my way home to see if premium SMS codes are blocked on my account and go from there.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I'm on Sprint, and it works fine (the screenshot in the post is from my Epic 4G Touch).

      • Brandon

        Yep, I found out that for some reason there was a block on premium SMS for my line only. I am having it removed now and expect this to work because I too am using a Sprint GS2

  • JoAnn

    Peggy: Someone on the G+ post had the same problem. He got around it by using the voice capability built into his texting app - Handcent has voice rec as do others.

  • pegi

    I also get the message about not being registered.. went to the link provided and no place to correct the problem there. the texting app was no help either. if i figure it out ill repost.

    • Pegi

      I had to go to my real computer to change the settings on my calendar (no way to make that change on my charge) and verify my phone was connected to my calendar, then make sure my phone was signed into the correct google acct to match the calendar.. now it works like a charm. Now I just have to learn not to ..mumble.. when giving voice commands lol
      Thanks for the tip!!!

  • bill dyszel

    I have the first poster's problem - it doesn't identify Magic Calendar as the recipient - it transcribes the whole sentence as the message body.

  • JoAnn

    Bill - some phones are more finicky than others on that problem. If you put in a long pause after saying Magic Calendar (Magic is the first name, Calendar the second as listed in Contacts) it should pop up a dialog and show "Magic Calendar" as the recipient. You can then click the microphone on the message section and speak your calendar entry.

    I've also found that VLingo (available in the app store) sometimes works better.

    Good luck!

    JoAnn

  • Gman

    Let us know when this works in AUS....

  • DHo

    I wish there was a list of all the command formats. I keep trying to schedule something for Thursday October 6 @ 10pm but it creates an event for tonight at 10pm and "Thursday October 6" is in the event title. But I will say that this is absolutely amazing. Thanks!

  • Xenio

    I am Calendar addicted, I've found this in the market and it is doing a pretty god job.
    https://market.android.com/details?id=it.forbesluke.calendariovocaletrial
    Nice graphic too.
    Xenio

  • jim

    hah foreigners getting shafted
    ;)

    • Gerald

      You're the foreigner, not me!

  • Jagjeep

    Verizon responds to dialing 48368 with "call cannot be completed as dialed. Please check the number and dial again."

    The phone, an HTC Incredible, is registered with Google Calendar, and does receive daily calendar schedule reports.

    Please advise ....

    • Cameron Summerson

      Erm... why are you calling the number? It can only be assumed that you didn't actually read the article.

    • engineerGA

      When you say dialing, you don't mean with the dialer, do you? This is a short code for text messages only.

  • Alan

    I have the Droid Incredible and this tip worked right away for me. I use Handcent and the Stock calendar. I like that you can add the location with just a few taps.

  • Dwninit

    Working great after a few chat's with Sprint CS to get the short code working. First person tried to get me to subscribe to premium text for $9.99 a month. I have found out that you need to talk to multiple CS to get anything accomplished.

  • http://techbyte4u.com Surbhi

    Thanks for the great tip!

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