Google Calendar reauthorisation

Google are making a change to their APIs that requires some Light Blue users to reauthorise their access to Google Calendar.

Anyone who used a version of Light Blue older than Light Blue 8.2.7 (which came out in February 2020) to set up Google Calendar publishing needs to reauthorise it before October 2022. From 3 October 2022, anyone who hasn’t reauthorised Light Blue’s access to their Google account will probably find that Google Calendar features will stop working, including event publishing and scheduling calendar blocking.

What you need to do to keep your Google Calendar features working

Reauthorising Light Blue’s access to your Google account is essentially a case of “switch it off and then switch it back on again”, but there are a few details you need to be aware of to ensure that it carries on working as expected.

We’ve recorded a short video that shows you how to reauthorise your Google account, but if you prefer written instructions then read on!

  1. If you’re not already using Light Blue 2022.1.2, please use the “Check For Updates” command to update to it.
  2. Open Light Blue’s Preferences window and go to the “External Programs” section.
  3. Under the “Google Calendar” heading, click the “Unlink Google Calendar Account” button.
  4. After you’ve un-linked your Google account, the button changes to “Link Google Calendar Account”. Click this button. 
  5. Your default web browser will open up and you’ll be asked to log into your Google account and give Light Blue access to Google Calendar.
  6. Once you’ve given Light Blue access to Google Calendar, your web browser will redirect you to Light Blue and the Preferences window will show that you’ve linked your account.
  7. If you were publishing events to Google Calendar, you need to tick the “Publish to Google Calendar” checkbox to turn that on again. In the dialog that appears, you can select the calendar that you were previously using. You do not need to create a new calendar.
  8. If you were using Google Calendar to block availability for online scheduling calendars, please check that the same calendars are still selected under the “Use Google Calendar to block online scheduling availability?” heading.

As always, please let us know if you need any help with any of this.

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