Get your iCal / Sunbird / Lightning Calendar into Google Calendar

iCal, Sunbird, and Lightning are great applications but they only work locally on your computer. It’s not anyone’s fault – its just the way they were designed. Google Calendar makes for a great back-end when you want to sync calendars across multiple devices, like iCal at home, your Blackberry / iPhone, and your work computer(s).

But what do you do if you’ve been using a calendaring system like iCal or Sunbird/Lightning for years, locally, on one Mac?

Recently, a reader asked such a question on a previous article and here is how you do it.

Exporting Calendars from iCal and Sunbird / Lightning:

Before we start, you’re going to need a Google Account. I’m going to assume you’ve got that part done. Now, load up iCal, Lightning or Sunbird and let’s get exporting.

Exporting from iCal:

1. Select the calendar you wish to export on the left hand side.

Importing iCal-Sunbird-Lightning into Google Calendar

2. Click File from the Menu Bar and choose “Export”.

Importing iCal-Sunbird-Lightning into Google Calendar

3. Give your calendar a name and save it.

Now, skip down to the Importing into Google Calendar section.

Exporting from Lightning / Sunbird:

1. Click File from the Menu Bar and choose “Export Calendar”.

Importing iCal-Sunbird-Lightning into Google Calendar

2. Select the calendar to export.

3. Give your calendar a name and select the format. I recommend iCal format (.ics) and save it.

Importing iCal-Sunbird-Lightning into Google Calendar

Importing into Google Calendar:

1. Sign into Google Calendar and choose “Settings” at the top right corner.

2. Click on the Calendars tab.

Importing iCal-Sunbird-Lightning into Google Calendar

3. Click the “Create new Calendar” button if you want to have a new calendar. If not, you will import into an existing calendar.

Importing iCal-Sunbird-Lightning into Google Calendar

4. Click on the “Import Calendar” link.

5. Click “Browse” and locate the calendar file you just exported.

Importing iCal-Sunbird-Lightning into Google Calendar

6. Choose the calendar to import into and click “Import”.

That’s all you need to do to get your local calendars into Google Calendar. Now, you’ll want to read the following article to get your iCal, Sunbird / Lightning, iPhone or iPod Touch set up.

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