Google announces Calendar SMS notifications will be removed in early 2019

Google announces Calendar SMS notifications will be removed in early 2019
The Google Calendar app will have one of its important features retired in the first week of 2019, the search giant announced earlier today. Apparently, the SMS notifications option will be completely removed from the app starting January 7, 2019, but there's a reason behind Google's decision.

Because Calendar already offers in-app notifications, users will still be notified, regardless of their device or connection. There's no need to make any changes to your Calendar app if you are currently receiving notifications via SMS since they will be automatically replaced with in-app and email notifications.

Regardless of whether you're using an iPhone or an Android smartphone, you'll see these new notifications as event notifications if you have the Calendar app installed. They will also be sent as emails if you set up SMS notifications for new events, changed events, canceled events, or event responses.

Although retiring the SMS notifications option is likely to hit many users who are relying on this specific feature, at least Google offers decent alternatives.

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6 Comments

1. andrewc31394

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

didn't even know this was an option already lol

2. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Yeah, I only knew about notification on the phone and email.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I wonder if they are removing it because of the new permission model is coming to Android 9 where other apps (outside the default messaging app) are no longer allowed to read/send SMS messages.

6. ShadowHammer

Posts: 198; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Interesting. So, their own new rules may make them end a useful feature?

4. JuniorJenny

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 13, 2018

Hope Google will work on this project thoroughly

5. ShadowHammer

Posts: 198; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Bummer. I use this feature for work calendar events, but I don't have my work calendar on my personal phone to receive app notifications if it ends. Ugh, adding my work calendar to my personal calendar will probably be a pain.

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