Import or subscribe to a calendar in Outlook.com

In Outlook.com, you can import events from an ICS file to your existing calendar, or subscribe to a calendar online and receive automatic updates (known as an ICS subscription or an iCal subscription). You can import calendars from web sites or calendar programs that support the ICS file format, such as Apple iCal, Google Calendar, and Mozilla Lightning.

You can search the Internet for lists of iCals, such as those found at iCalShare. Websites for theaters, sports teams, and schools often have an "Add to calendar" link that you can use to download an iCal. Bing also has suggestions for calendars; click Interesting calendars in the Calendar navigation bar.

Note: Microsoft isn't responsible for the accuracy or content of any third-party calendars. We recommend you review the terms and conditions before importing or subscribing to any third-party calendars.

  1. Locate the calendar you want to add, and save it to a folder on your computer as an ICS file.

  2. Sign in to Outlook.com, using email accounts ending in @outlook.com, @live.com, @hotmail.com, or @msn.com.

  3. On the Outlook navigation bar, click the App Launcher Select the app launcher , and then click Calendar.

  4. On the Outlook Calendar navigation bar, click Add calendar, and then click From file.

  5. In the Import a calendar pane, click Browse, choose an .ics file, and click Open.

  6. Click the down arrow next to Calendar, and choose the calendar into which you would like the events to be added.

    From file
  7. Click Save.

Note: Whenever events change on an iCal, Outlook.com can take more than 24 hours to update your calendar but events should normally update within 3 hours.

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com, using email accounts ending in @outlook.com, @live.com, @hotmail.com, or @msn.com..

  2. On the Outlook navigation bar, click the App Launcher Select the app launcher , and then click Calendar.

  3. On the Outlook Calendar navigation bar, click Add calendar, and then click From internet.

  4. In the Calendar subscription pane, in the Link to the calendar box, type or copy and paste the web address of the calendar.

    Link to a calendar online
  5. In the Calendar name box, enter a name for the linked calendar.

  6. Click Save.

Difference between importing and subscribing

Importing an ICS file provides a snapshot of the events in the calendar at the time of import. Your calendar doesn't refresh the imported events automatically - even if the calendar's owner makes an update. This is a good way to add events to your existing calendar that aren't going to change, like tide tables or phases of the moon.

Subscribing to an iCal online calendar connects it to your calendar. Whenever the owner of an iCal you've subscribed to makes changes to the events, Outlook.com updates your calendar. This is a good way to track events that change frequently, like movie times or a school calendar.

Note: This update can take more than 24 hours, but the updates should usually happen approximately every 3 hours.

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