12) How to sync your calendars (optional, recommended)

We highly recommend that tutors use our 2-way Google Calendar sync feature. Once connected, bookings will instantly be added to your Google Calendar, and Google Calendar events will create unavailable time in LanguaTalk.

This will make it easier to 1) check bookings, 2) set time as unavailable, and 3) if you are also working through other websites, set identical availability whilst still avoiding double bookings. Super useful!

To turn on the sync, log in, go to Settings in the top right of the menu, then select Calendar Sync. Click the button to connect.

When giving LanguaTalk permission to access your Google calendar, you'll need to tick the tickbox in the list that starts with 'See, edit, share, and delete'.... Please be assured, our system only needs the permission to allow you to sync your calendars, and you can hide the event names for privacy.

 Once connected, you'll need to select the correct calendar(s) to sync with

You can check that it's working by going to your calendar on your profile and seeing if times show as unavailable when you are busy.

If you're teaching via another website, you'll need to sync it with Google calendar too. You'll notice we give you the option to sync more than one calendar. This is useful if you teach via a site that does not allow you to add lessons to your main Google calendar, as you can sync both your main calendar and the calendar used for the other website.

Update: we have occasionally heard of events being missed from the sync (due to Google, not us). Tutors have usually been able to fix this by disconnecting then reconnecting the sync. Please contact us if this does not work.

What to do if you do not currently use Google Calendar:

The easiest solution may be to switch to using Google Calendar. If you don't have a Google account, the first step would be to create one. But if you really want to stick with your current calendar tool, such as Apple or Outlook, as a workaround you could 1) create a Google calendar, 2) sync it with LanguaTalk, then 3) sync the Google calendar with the calendar you use. Here are some help articles if you want to try this: Sync Apple Calendar with Google Calendar | Sync Outlook with Google Calendar