Quick Tips: How to get your Facebook and Google calendars in the same view

In looking for a replacement for Sunrise.am (which shuts down next week), I keep being stymed by my inability to find a calendar that can do everything. I have a work calendar on Outlook, a personal calendar on Google, and my steampunk group uses Facebook events. I can typically find an app that will do two of the above, usually leaving out Facebook, but never all three.

The last time I looked I don’t think this was possible, but now you can import your Facebook calendar into Google, allowing the apps on your smartphone to access it as a Google calendar. Once you add your Outlook account to your phone, you have all three in one place, ready for your calendar app of choice to consume. Here’s how:

Step one: Navigate to an event on Facebook. Any event, as far as I can tell.

Step two: There’s a little dropdown button you need to click, pictured here:

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Step three: Click “Export Event”. That will make the following popup appear:

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Step four: Copy that URL to your clipboard.

Step five: Navigate to calendar.google.com

Step six: On the left sidebar, there’s two sections: your calendars and other people’s calendars. (You may not see any other calendars if you don’t use calendar sharing or public ones like the weather). In the bottom section, click the little arrow:

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Step seven: Click “Add by URL” and paste the url from before into the box. Voila! You’ve added facebook to your calendars. Now in your app it should show up as an available calendar, and you should have both calendars visible on the web. Most apps default to only showing one calendar, so you’ll probably have to enable it, but that’s app-specific.

 

Hope that helped!

Quick Tips: How to set an mp3 as a ringtone for a person in Android KitKat

This was frustrating enough that I wanted to document it, as it’s surprisingly complicated. Let’s say you have a sound file on your computer — maybe a baby laughing that you want to set for the baby’s mom’s ringtone, or something like that. Legally recorded MP3 files, let’s assume, for the purposes of demonstration.

How can you go from “file on my computer” to “ringtone for a contact on my phone” with Android Kit-Kat?

 

Step 1: File onto phone

The easiest way I found to get the file onto my phone was to download the Dropbox app (which I already use for getting photos off my phone and onto my computer) and uploading the file to my dropbox. Done. It’s on the phone.

 

Step 2: File into Ringtone

This was the part that was so bloody complicated. It’s actually simple once you know the secret. You’re going to go to the file in the dropbox app and tap the little down arrow next to it. Then click “more” in the popup, then “Export” from the menu. This means “export the file out of Dropbox’s cloud storage onto a local file in my phone where other apps can see it”, basically.

You may be asked to select an app. If so, click “Save to device”.

You probably have a screen like this:

SUPER NOT HELPFUL, GOOGLE.

Recent and Downloads seem to offer no clues:

The key is to click the menu option in the upper-right corner:

 

CHECK THAT BOX.

Now you have a new option:

Navigate to internal storage -> Ringtones and save it there. PROBLEM SOLVED.

 

Step 3: Ringtone to contact

This is also stupid complicated. Basic rule: Don’t click the phone icon. I know you go there when you want to call someone, and you can edit their number from there. Don’t do it. Even if you click “All contacts”, you’re not actually looking at your contacts, you’re in the wrong app. Just stay away from the blue phone icon.

Instead you want to open the “People” app. Why is it “People” and not “Contacts”, who knows, it used to be Contacts but now it’s People. Anyway. Then find your contact, open the menu, and click “Set ringtone”. Your file should be in the list. Voila! Ringtone set.