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How to Share Access to Your Calendar With an Assistant


Barnaby Lashbrooke

Founder and CEO of Time etc, author of The Hard Work Myth

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How to Share Your Google or Outlook Calendar

Whether you use Google’s calendar or the one available from Microsoft Outlook, giving your assistant access isn’t too complicated. We will explain to you every step involved in sharing calendar access with your assistant. These steps can be followed to share diary access with other people as well; you just have to use their email addresses instead.


Google is very popular, and its calendar has been designed for ease of use. If you're looking to delegate Google calendar management to a virtual assistant, the good news is that sharing access is pretty straightforward.

Here’s how you can do it in just a few steps:

Step One

Open your calendar by visiting in your browser or opening the app on your device.

Step Two

In your calendar list, situated on the left side of the page, you will see the names of all your calendars. Here, you will choose the appropriate one that needs to be shared with your assistant.

Click on the three dots that become clickable when you hover your indicator over the name of your calendar.


You will be given a few options, and you need to select ‘Settings and sharing’.


Step Three

Once you’re in the settings menu, you have to click on the relevant calendar and scroll down the page to find the ‘Share with specific people’ option.

Here, you will enter your assistant’s email address so you can share access to the calendar with them.


You will be given a drop-down menu that lets you choose the specific calendar permissions you want to grant.

Choose whichever option suits your needs best and select ‘Send’. That’s all you have to do - your assistant will then receive an email with information and access to the calendar.


Your assistant then simply needs to click on the link and then add the calendar to their own list. It won’t be added automatically, though, so just make sure you let your assistant know about this step.

Note that the permissions you allow people entail the following:

  • Make Changes and Manage Sharing

This setting gives your assistant the rights to the calendar as if they’re the owner.

  • Make Changes to Events

Your assistant can see and change all the events marked on the calendar, even the ones that are private.

  • See All Event Details

With this setting, your assistant can see all the details of calendar events, but they can’t view any private event details.

  • See Free/Busy Information (No Details)

If you choose this option, your assistant will be able to see the bookings on your calendar and which days are open. However, they will not be able to see any of the event’s details.

Share The Link

To share the link of your calendar with your assistant, you just have to go to ‘Access Permissions’ and click on ‘Get Shareable Link’.

You will then be given a URL which you should email to your assistant. They can click on the link, and they’ll be taken to it immediately.



Sharing your calendars in with your assistant is just as easy as it is with Google’s calendars.

In fact, many users think it’s a bit easier. There are two methods to choose from. You can either send a link to anyone you want to share calendar access with, or you can simply share it with anyone with a Microsoft account.

The method you choose will depend on how you and your assistant prefer to do things. Both work equally well.

You may create more than one permission list, and you’re allowed to remove or add people to the list as you see fit. Each list can also have different permission settings depending on what you want to share with those on the list.

If your assistant does not have a Microsoft account, they can easily create one for free.

Here are the two easy steps you have to follow to share calendar access with your assistant on Outlook.

Step One

Head over to your calendar and find the ‘Share’ button on the top right of your screen. Click on it, and a menu will pop up.


Step Two

You will now enter the email address of your assistant and choose the permission you want them to have. Once that is selected, simply click ‘Share’, and an email will be sent to your assistant.


Your assistant will receive an invitation to your calendar through the email that was just sent. They can click on the link and sign in to their account to see it.


Final Thoughts

That’s it! That is all you have to do to quickly and easily set up your virtual assistant calendar management. Working from home without your assistant nearby to talk to can feel strange at first, but it doesn’t have to affect your workflow or productivity.

You’ll get used to the Zoom meetings and emails that have replaced normal interactions with your assistant. And thanks to this article, you will be able to share your calendar with few problems, if any.

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About the author

Barnaby Lashbrooke is the founder and CEO of Virtual Assistant service Time etc as well as the author of The Hard Work Myth, recently recommended by Sir Richard Branson. Barnaby is a Forbes Columnist on productivity and is also an accomplished entrepreneur, selling more than $35 million worth of services.

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