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Geohord

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I need a widget that shows all upcoming events in list mode (NOT present day mode), but that supports also Google Calendar.
The most similar and great that I've found is Events Widget, but unfortunately doesn't support Google Calendar (which I need because use several devices and operating systems):

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Please help, I've tried several free and paid apps from Apple Store and wasn't able to find the one I need.
 

bransoj

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Events Widget does support Google Calendar as i use it and have it displaying data for 18 different calendars stored on my Google Calendar setup. The calendars are split between about 4 local ones i update and the rest are subscribed calendars for sports fixtures, holidays, facebook events etc.

Been using Events Widget to display the details in the notification centre for a while now.
 
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Geohord

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Events Widget does support Google Calendar as i use it and have it displaying data for 18 different calendars stored on my Google Calendar setup. The calendars are split between about 4 local ones i update and the rest are subscribed calendars for sports fixtures, holidays, facebook events etc.

Been using Events Widget to display the details in the notification centre for a while now.
Please show me the option where I can add my Google account, because I can't find the option or I'm using a different version.
 

bransoj

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To be honest i've no idea how i set it up as it was ages ago now. From hazy memory you dont do anything with your google account in the Events Widget app, the app just reads the standard iPhone calendar app for what to show in the notification centre.

I think its just a case that the iphone calendar app needs to be set up to have your Google Calendar events in it which is where you do the setting up to read the Google account. Then in the Events Widget app on the Widget Settings screen you choose the calendars you want to show etc and then exit the app. I have noticed that when i've made a change in Events Widget you have to close it out of the multitasking screen by double pressing the home button, flicking the app up to close it etc then open events widget again so it updates.
 
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Geohord

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To be honest i've no idea how i set it up as it was ages ago now. From hazy memory you dont do anything with your google account in the Events Widget app, the app just reads the standard iPhone calendar app for what to show in the notification centre.

I think its just a case that the iphone calendar app needs to be set up to have your Google Calendar events in it which is where you do the setting up to read the Google account. Then in the Events Widget app on the Widget Settings screen you choose the calendars you want to show etc and then exit the app. I have noticed that when i've made a change in Events Widget you have to close it out of the multitasking screen by double pressing the home button, flicking the app up to close it etc then open events widget again so it updates.
Ok thank you very much. Today I entered "Events Widget" after powering on the iPhone 5s and voilá, there is my Google account in settings. It must be picked up automatically after rebooting the phone or some other weird behaviour, because yesterday when I installed the app it didn't show the entire day, and there's no way to "manually" add another account, so accounts must read them from system or using some intrinsic API. A reboot solved the issue.

Now it works perfectly. I wish I could adjust how many time in advance items are shown, presumably it is limited to a certain amount so it doesn't populate too much your notifications panel.
 

bransoj

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Look at the Widget Settings screen....number of different options in there for setting up what you see. You can have a number of days in advance or a specific number of events so it shows 10 events for example whether they span 3 days or 7 days. You can also change a few options for buttons, day countdown etc as well.

I think your rebooting the phone basically did what i suggested of closing the app from multitasking and opening it again to refresh it. Its a bit of a bug but once set up you rarely change things so the benefits of the app outweigh the small messing about.
 
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Geohord

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Look at the Widget Settings screen....number of different options in there for setting up what you see. You can have a number of days in advance or a specific number of events so it shows 10 events for example whether they span 3 days or 7 days. You can also change a few options for buttons, day countdown etc as well.

I think your rebooting the phone basically did what i suggested of closing the app from multitasking and opening it again to refresh it. Its a bit of a bug but once set up you rarely change things so the benefits of the app outweigh the small messing about.
Thank you very much: I see I can filter to display the list of events either by Period (1 to 30 days) and Number of Events (1 to 10). Note: both settings are applied at the same time.

Events Widget -> Events List Options -> Events extraction type -> Number of Events
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Events Widget -> Events List Options -> Events extraction type -> Period
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bransoj

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Thats the stuff to do it all. Think i have mine to do the next 7 days but its all personal choice really.
 
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Geohord

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Fantastical 2 is algo good but doesn't have the timeline, you have to click on each day to show the list from that day but it's all done directly from the notifications center. It asks for permissions to read you calendars from iOS.

I wonder if iOS requires you to add your Gmail account to Mail app in order to make your Google Calendar available to other apps, or it was just the reboot when it started showing on "Events Widget".
I noticed also that you can add your Google Calendar directly to iOS in Settings -> Calendar -> Accounts -> Gmail / Add account, so I guess "regular" calendar apps and widgets just pick it up from there without having to entering your Gmail login on each app individually. That was probably the step that was missing in Events Widget, because the app has no own option to add "external" calendar.
 
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Fantastical 2 is algo good but doesn't have the timeline, you have to click on each day to show the list from that day but it's all done directly from the notifications center. It asks for permissions to read you calendars from iOS.

I wonder it iOS requires you to add your Gmail account to Mail app in order to make your Google Calendar available to other apps, or it was just the reboot when it started showing on "Events Widget".
I noticed also that you can add your Google Calendar directly to iOS in Settings -> Calendar -> Accounts -> Gmail / Add account, so I guess "regular" calendar apps and widgets just pick it up from there without having to entering your Gmail login on each app individually. That was probably the step that was missing in Events Widget, because the app has no own option to add "external" calendar.
Yeah, in many cases the apps just ask permission to access your calendars that you have set up and connected to in iOS and show those.
 
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I also use Events Widget for ages already together with my Gmail calendar of me and my wife and works great. I also show 7 days ahead. The only thing which I'm missing in this and the Agenda: Widget+ as well is showing the travel time from either my home address or my current location. Unfortunately that doesn't work for Google Calendar. I know that Widget+ does have that option if you use an iCloud calendar though. See also my blog post about that.
The only widget option I could find was the Today widget from Moleskine Timepage but that only shows todays appointments so not an option I think.
 
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Paco II

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Good blog post. Your comments about Week Calendar are something I've complained to the developers for years. If my 10am meeting is in a conference room, which Week Cal thinks is in another country (room name is "Paris"), it will say travel time to my 12pm appointment is Xx days.

I also use Events Widget for ages already together with my Gmail calendar of me and my wife and works great. I also show 7 days ahead. The only thing which I'm missing in this and the Agenda: Widget+ as well is showing the travel time from either my home address or my current location. Unfortunately that doesn't work for Google Calendar. I know that Widget+ does have that option if you use an iCloud calendar though. See also my blog post about that.
The only widget option I could find was the Today widget from Moleskine Timepage but that only shows todays appointments so not an option I think.
 
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