In this post, we will show you how to change the color of Events in Google Calendar. You can change the color of your Google calendars to differentiate between personal and professional events. Changing the default color of the events makes them stand out and also helps in keeping the calendars organized.
How to change the color of Events in Google Calendar
When you create a calendar, it takes up a default color available in the color palette of Google Calendar. This color is applied to all the events you create within the calendar. However, you can change the default color if you want your events to appear in a different color. This can be done with individual events or all events within the calendar. In the following sections, we will show you how to change the default color of events in a Google calendar on the web and on mobile devices.
1] Change the color of Events in the Google Calendar web app
Using the Google Calendar web app, you can change the color of all events in a calendar in one go, or change the colors of specific events one by one. Let us see how.
A] Change the color of all Events
Open your preferred browser and visit the Google Calendar web app here. Sign in with your Google account. The app will open up.
In the left panel, you will see all your Google Calendars under the My Calendars section. Hover over the desired Calendar. You will see the ellipsis icon (three dots aligned vertically). Click on the icon to see the color palette.
Select the desired color from the palette. The changes will be applied immediately. If you want more color options, click on the + icon. A popup will appear. You may then select a custom color and click on Save to apply it to the calendar. The new color will be added to the color palette. The text color will also adjust based on the color you select.
B] Change the color of individual Events
In the Google Calendar web app, click on the event whose color you want to change. A popup window will appear. Click on the Edit event (pencil) icon in the upper-right corner of the popup. The Edit Event screen will appear.
On the screen, you will see a colored circle under Event Details. Click on the down arrow button next to the circle. Then select the preferred color from the list that appears and click on the Save button on top.
Alternatively, right-click on the event on the Google Calendar home page and select the desired color from the list that appears.
The color you select will override the calendar’s default color for that particular event. This means, when you change the color of the calendar, the new color will be applied to all other events, except this particular event.
To return to the calendar’s default color settings for this event, click on the colored circle under Event Details and select the Calendar color option.
2] Change the color of Events in Google Calendar mobile app
You can also change the color of events in Google Calendar using your mobile devices. The changes you made to the calendars will be synced across all devices, including your desktop, your Android device, and your iOS device, if you’ve turned the ‘sync’ feature ON.
A] Change the color of all Events on Google Calendar for Android
Open the Google Calendar app on your Android phone. Click on the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines stacked on top of each other) in the top left corner. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Settings.
The Settings screen will show your events, tasks, reminders, and calendars from different Google accounts. Click on the Events option under the desired account.
On the next screen, click on the Colour option. Select the desired color from the popup that appears. Click on the back arrow icon to view the changes.
The above steps will change the color of events in the default calendar of the Google Calendar app. To change the color of events in a different calendar, go to Settings and click on the name of the calendar under the desired account. Then follow the same steps to apply a new color to the events.
B] Change the color of individual Events on Google Calendar for Android
Go to the Google Calendar app and click on the event to which you want to apply a different color. On the next screen, click on the edit (pencil) icon. Scroll down to the Default colour option and click on it to populate more colors. Click on the desired color. Click on the Save button on top to apply changes.
Now here also, the color of this specific event will override the default Events color. So when you apply a new color to all the events, it will not be applied to this particular event. However, there’s no option to choose a custom color for the Events. The colors available in the Android app are limited. So to apply a custom color to your events, you would have to use the web app.
C] Change the color of all Events on Google Calendar for iOS
Launch Google Calendar on your iPhone. Sign in with your Google account and click the hamburger icon in the top left corner. Scroll down and click on Settings. Click on Events under your Gmail account. Then click on the Colour option on the Edit calendar screen. The next screen will show a list of available colors. Select your preferred color to apply changes to the calendar.
Note: The Events option will change the color of all events of your default calendar. To change the event color in another calendar, select that particular calendar under Settings.
D] Change the color of individual Events on Google Calendar for iOS
Launch Google Calendar on your iPhone and click on the desired event. Click on the edit icon in the top-right corner to bring up the edit event screen. Scroll down to the color option and click on it. Select the desired color from the list of available colors and click on the Save button.
- The color of the individual event will override the default Events color.
- To add custom colors to your events, use the Google Calendar web app.
This is how you can change the color of events in Google Calendar using the web app or the mobile app. I hope you find this useful.
Can I add more colors to Google Calendar events?
Yes. You can use the Google Calendar web app to add custom colors to the events. Open Google Calendar in a new browser tab. Take the mouse pointer over the calendar name in the left panel. Click on the three-dots icon. Then click on the + icon. Choose a custom color using the Color Picker tool and click the Save button.
Can you color code tasks in Google Calendar?
You can color-code task entries in Google Calendar the same way you color-code the events. Open the Google Calendar web app and in the left panel, hover your mouse over ‘Tasks‘. Then click on the three-dots icon to select a new color for displaying the tasks.