Google Calendar just added bookable appointment scheduling, and it’s pretty sweet

Jason Macuray
If you’ve been looking for an easy way to offer bookable appointments, Google has you covered on both free and paid accounts now. Here’s how to use the new feature.

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I’ve held numerous positions where I’ve needed to offer bookable appointments and trying to find a cost-effective bookable appointment solution was a never-ending challenge.

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Google’s new bookable appointments feature is easy enough that anyone who knows their way around Calendar will have no problem adding it to their calendar. Once you’ve added a block of bookable appointments, you can then share it, so people can use it as a self-serve appointment calendar. It’s simple enough on both ends that no one should have trouble using the feature.

However, I will offer one word of warning. If you use multiple calendars and want your bookable appointments to live only within a non-default calendar, you’re out of luck. Even if you assign a block of bookable appointments to a non-default calendar, it will still show up in your default calendar as well. However, if you don’t use multiple calendars, you won’t notice a thing.

Let me show you how to add a block of bookable appointments to your Google Calendar.

How to create a block of bookable appointments

What you’ll need: The only things you’ll need are a valid Google account and a web browser (as the feature has yet to roll out to the mobile app). As I mentioned, this can be either a free or paid account.

Click the Create button and you’ll find a new entry. Jack Wallen/ZDNET

Make sure to only include the days you want available for booking. Jack Wallen/ZDNET

On this page, you can further customize your appointment schedule. Jack Wallen/ZDNET

Sharing your appointment schedule

If you click the small calendar icon in the upper left corner of the appointment schedule, a popup will appear, where you can then click Share.

You can also click the pencil icon if you need to further edit the appointment schedule. Jack Wallen/ZDNET

In the resulting popup, you can then select how to share the appointment schedule (via link or website embed). You can then either copy the link and send it to those who need access to the appointment schedule, or you can embed the appointment schedule in whatever website you choose.

You can select how to share the appointment schedule here. Jack Wallen/ZDNET

When someone visits the link (or views the embedded link in your web page), they’ll see a page that makes it very easy to book an appointment with you.

This is what it will look like when someone visits your bookable appointment schedule. Jack Wallen/ZDNET

And that’s all there is to using the new Google bookable appointment scheduling feature. This is a great way to offer office hours or any other type of bookable appointment you might need.


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