Import or subscribe to a calendar in Outlook.com

You can import calendars or subscribe to calendars, including getting calendars from other programs when you import iCal calendars into Outlook.com. The options let you 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 websites 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 in Outlook.com. Select Interesting calendars in the Calendar navigation bar.

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

Import a calendar

Note: When you import an .ics file, your calendar doesn't refresh the imported events, even if the calendar's owner makes an update.

  1. Locate the calendar you want to add and save it to your computer as an .ics file.

  2. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  3. At the bottom of the navigation pane, select Calendar.

    A screenshot of the Calendar button at the bottom of the page

  4. On the toolbar, select Add calendar > From file.

    A screenshot of the Add calendar button

  5. Select Browse, choose an .ics file, and select Open.

  6. Select the arrow next to Calendar and choose the calendar you'd like the events to be added to.

  7. Click Save.

Subscribe to a calendar

Note: When you subscribe to an iCal, your calendar will automatically refresh if the iCal is updated. This can sometimes take more than 24 hours.

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. At the bottom of the navigation pane, select Calendar.

    A screenshot of the Calendar button at the bottom of the page

  3. On the toolbar, select Add calendar > From internet.

    A screenshot of the Add calendar button

  4. In the Link to the calendar box, type or copy and paste the calendar URL.

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

  6. Select Save.

The difference between importing and subscribing

When you import an .ics file, you get 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, although updates should happen approximately every 3 hours.

View birthdays and holidays

You can see national holidays and your contacts' birthdays in Outlook.com without importing another calendar. To view birthdays and holidays:

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. Under Your calendars, select Birthdays or Holidays.

    A screenshot of calendars for birthdays and holidays

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