Can't import iCal into Google Calendar; help?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by reubs, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    I've been trying to import some iCal calendars into Google recently, and I keep getting notices that "Calendar is not available. Please try again in a few minutes." The problem is that I've been trying to do this for the past three nights off and on for a few hours while working on other things.

    I've done everything right from the iCal end (File-->Export), so I can't figure out what the problem might be. If anyone could try the same thing or let me know what the issue might be, I would really appreciate it.
  2. Latro macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2008
  3. reubs thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    Here's the thing. I've got a few iCal calendars that I've put some time into constructing. I want them uploaded into Google so that they can easily sync with my iPod touch. From there I will subscribe to them using Calaboration. I've done this with one calendar already, but I can't figure out why it's shutting me out on two other calendars. Can only the master calendar on Google have a file imported in to it?
  4. G©H macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2007
  5. shipspeed macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2009
    alternative work-around

    hi, i had similar problems exporting iCal ics and importing into Google Calendar. the following work-around was successful for me:

    1) export ics file from source, e.g. mac ical
    2) download and install mozilla sunbird:
    3) import ics file into sunbird
    4) export csv file from sunbird (it's *critical* you export in csv format, not ics)
    5) import csv file into soogle Calendar

    sunbird does a good job of cleaning up messy ics files. note, however, it does not successfully copy recurring events. hope that helps some folks.

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