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12 handy hidden tricks for Google Calendar on Android

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Google Calendar is a core part of the Android productivity package — but if all you’re using is what you see on the app’s surface, you’re missing out on some pretty powerful possibilities.

Yes, oh yes: Just like so many of our modern digital tools, there’s more to Google Calendar than meets the eye. And while the majority of the service’s advanced options revolve around the Calendar website, the Calendar Android app has its share of handy out-of-sight options that are specific to the mobile experience. From time-saving shortcuts to efficiency-boosting options, they’re all things that have the potential to make your life easier in small but significant ways.

Find time in your agenda to check out these 12 hidden Google Calendar features on Android. Trust me: You’ll be glad you did.

1. The event creation quick-peek

Tell me if you can relate to this: You head into the Calendar app on your phone to create a new event. You open the screen to add the event in — then you suddenly find yourself facing a foggy mental blank.

What else did you have going on that day? Did you need to schedule the event for 2:00 p.m., or would 3:00 be better? When was that podiatrist appointment, again?

I’ve certainly been there (well, not to the podiatrist, specifically, but in the general event brain fog situation). And the Android Calendar app doesn’t do much to help offer any broader calendar context while you’re in the midst of adding in a new event.

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