Import or subscribe to a calendar in Outlook.com or Outlook on the web

Note: Sign in to Outlook.com using email accounts ending in @outlook.com, @live.com, @hotmail.com or @msn.com. Sign in to Outlook on the web using Office 365 work or student accounts.

In Outlook.com, or Outlook on the web, 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 also search for ICS calendars by searching the Internet.

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.

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

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

  3. Under the Outlook Calendar navigation bar, click the New down arrow, and click Add calendar.

    Add a calendar
  4. Click From file, click Browse, choose an .ics file, and click Open.

  5. Click the down arrow next to Calendar, and choose a calendar type from the list.

    From file
  6. Click Save.

Subscribe to a calendar
  1. On the Outlook navigation bar, click the App Launcher Select the app launcher , and then click Calendar.

  2. Under the Outlook Calendar navigation bar, click the New down arrow, and click Add calendar.

    Add a calendar
  3. Click From internet, and in the Link to the calendar box, type or copy and paste the web address of the calendar.

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

  5. Click Save.

Note: Web sites for theaters, sports teams, and schools often have an "Add to calendar" link that you can use to download an iCal. You can also search lists of iCals at iCalShare.

Tip: Whenever events change on an iCal, Outlook.com and Outlook on the web can take more than 24 hours to update your calendar.

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 or Outlook on the web 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.

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See Also

Welcome to Outlook.com

Using the calendar in Outlook.com

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