Dear Berry: How do I subscribe to public or private calendars?

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By Dear Berry on 3 May 2014 07:25 am EDT

Hello again readers! Dear Berry is here once again with a mailbag full of BlackBerry questions and woes. Today's question comes from Garry who asks:

I have a Google calendar and my wife has one as well. She has shared her calendar with me, when I login online I can see her calendar, however I can't see her calendar on my BlackBerry native calendar. Is there anyway to see that information on my BlackBerry ‎calendar or will I always need to login online?

With the introduction of BlackBerry OS 10.2 (and higher), your device offers the ability to add a subscribed calendar for accessing public, or in this case private, calendars such as this.

The main instructions on how to add a subscribed public calendar is as follows:

  • From the home screen, swipe down from the top and select Settings
  • Tap Accounts, and then tap on the Add Account icon at the bottom
  • Tap Subscribed Calendar
  • Enter in a name for this calendar in the Calendar Name field
  • In the Server Address field you will need to copy and paste the address of the public calendar in ICS format. For example, the format of the web address would be

In order to find this public or private address you will need to obtain the iCAL URL (ending in .ics) link to your wife's calendar to add to your BlackBerry device. This is the link you would then copy into the server field as described above.

What you can do is have your wife access her Google Calendar from your PC through the browser and perform these steps.

  • On the left hand side of the screen, under My calendars, click on the arrow to the right of your wife's personal calendar (it should be her name)
  • Select Calendar Settings from the drop-down list
  • As your wife's calendar is not public, there should be an option on the screen called Private Address
  • You should see listed next to Private Address two options: XML and ICAL. Click on the ICAL icon which will bring up the link to her calendar so that you may copy and paste into any application that supports this format
  • Send this link to your device and copy and paste it into the Server field when adding a subscribed account as outlined above

It will take some time to sync. From the calendar app you can swipe down from the top and select Manage to make sure the account is checked off to appear in your calendar. You can even tap on the Refresh button as well to make sure it syncs. Once it has synced you should see her events in your BlackBerry calendar.

Now for those who wish to subscribe to a public calendar such as a sports team or other calendars the same instructions apply. Only this time you would use the Calendar Address field to grab the link from rather than the private one. Furthermore, many Sports teams or other interesting calendars such as the ones Google offers, display the iCAL link directly on their sites so you would simply copy and paste that link into the Subscribed Calendar address when you create that new account. For example, if you follow an MLB team, in this example let's say the Yankees, their downloadable schedule provides the direct link which you can easily copy and insert.

See you next time!

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Reader comments

Dear Berry: How do I subscribe to public or private calendars?


Not sure why but clicking my link doesn't work, however when I copy and paste the link it does. Weird.

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I was about the make the same suggestion. That method works perfectly for me.

Just select the calendars to sync, click refresh in the blackberry calendar and in ~15 minutes or so the new calendar is synced.

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It took forever but I finally managed to sync my cal (desktop) with my BlackBerry z10 cal and my android tablet. All three work both ways such that any entry from any source updates all three cal. Than I added my spouses cal (same three devices) and we can see each other entries also. The net net, the instructions I found on Google, or BlackBerry help or Microsoft were dismal and it took a day if trial an error (rainy day and bored) to make it work. I hope any future Software updates does not negate all my efforts. Please ask how, I forgot because I tried so many different things

I didn't have to go through such lengthy steps. My girlfriend shares her Gmail calendar with me and all I did was add my Gmail account to my phone, set it to sync the calendar and both of our calendars showed up in my BlackBerry calendar without any further action from either side.

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If the calendar was shared prior to adding your Gmail account, then it would be added when you setup Gmail.
The issue here is that the Calendar was shared after the fact, so in this case you will need to follow these steps.
The article even explains how to add non Gmail Calendars and public Calendars to your phone.

Wonderful Article


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This method will destroy all your priority inbox settings and probably all your predictive text learning for that account.

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This is ridiculous! This is a blackberry, productivity should not be this difficult. FIX IT!

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I agree - it shouldn't be so hard, BlackBerry. The whole calendar app on BB OS 10 is awful. It should be fixed .

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When you share one of your calendars with a specific gmail address, you choose what kind of access you want to grant them: Free/Busy Read Only; Full Details Read Only; Read/Write; or Full Admin. The whole iCal address thing isn't necessary if both users are already using google calendar.

I have been wanting to do this VERY thing for a long time now! This has solved my exact problem. Thanks for the post.

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So awesome! About a few months ago I tried adding a pro cycling calendar, but didn't know what to do with the ics link. Thanks for the step-by-step.

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Funny I just setup a shared calendar using and set it up as subscribed in my berry and hubby's... about threw days ago!

A great feature for sharing to our whole baseball team!

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Love that they did a how a to on this I've been trying to figure out how to add the dodgers subscription schedule to my calendar for a while now

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Thanks for a great article

I have been asked this question a few times and didn't know the answer

Will it work with iCloud shared calendars?

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I just used it to sync the Seattle Seahawks schedule, quite easy.

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This article attended me on my actual problem. I dislike the original calendar application and because of that reason I use CalenGoo in combination with Google calendar and tasks. For me is this a great solution, but it is not connected to the Hub wich I should prefer. When I synchronise with the original app I get dubble alarms. It would be great if CalenGoo could get access to the Hub or if it should be possible to shut all the alarms on the BB calendar app down without synchronising the shut down back to CalenGoo. Has anyone a solution for me?

That's way too much work for a calendar that has been explicitly shared with you. Just go to at any time and enable/disable things you want your phone to even know about.

The iCal address song and dance is only necessary for a public calendar by a third party for which you only have an iCal address -- and even then, it is only necessary if you've not already added it as a secondary read-only calendar and having it showing up on the webpage with your other calendars. I've added the public calendar to my account, and it shows up just fine on the syncselect page -- and on my phone.

Hey this works great with my outlook account to them the next day I picked up my PlayBook and syncd that too so phone computer and PlayBook calendars all work together brill

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Easy. If you have bbm the create a family group and she within the family and others involved with the family. Eg driver. Helper. Etc. It like having notes on the refrigerator. If make change it will sync on everybody's phone. You can also share picture and location. Have a go. And let use know.

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Is there any way to favourite posts on here so that it is easier to find back posts that interest us?

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