How to Stop Gmail from Adding Events to Google Calendar

About a month ago, Google added a capability to Gmail and Google Calendar that allows Gmail to automatically add events it see in your email to your Google Calendar. Here’s how to disable that feature.

The feature scans your Gmail email and automatically creates new events based on emails you receive that include dates and times, etc. This means that when you receive confirmations from buying game tickets, make a hotel reservation, or booking a flight, Gmail and Google Calendar will automatically add that event to your calendar.

On top of that, these automatically-added events will update with new information in real-time, including important information like flight numbers and check-in times, as well as update you if your flight is delayed.

Of course, we can see this feature being helpful for some users, but for most it’s seen as a nuisance. Personally, I like to manually add events to my Google Calendar in the right format that I like, since Google’s automatic way of doing it doesn’t use correct formatting most of the time.

Here’s how to stop Gmail from automatically adding events to your Google Calendar.

How to Stop Gmail from Adding Events to Google Calendar

Disabling this feature is actually really easy and only takes a minute or so. While this feature has mostly showcased by Google on Android devices, we’re going to show you how to do it on your computer by logging into your Google account. Scroll down for instructions on Android.

  • Log into your Google account by visiting and clicking Sign In up in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Once logged in, visit
  • Click on the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the screen and then select Settings.

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  • Find the setting called Events in Gmail.
  • Uncheck Add automatically.

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  • Click Continue when the pop-up appears.
  • Scroll back up and click Save toward the upper-left corner of the screen.

Furthermore, while you’re in your Google Calendar settings, you can disable email invitations from showing up in your Google Calendar as well.

  • While in the Google Calendar settings, scroll down and find the setting called Automatically add invitations to my calendar.
  • Select No, only show invitations to which I have responded.
  • Scroll back up and click Save toward the upper-left corner of the screen.

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How to Disable Automatic Gmail Events on Android

To stop Gmail from automatically adding events to your Google Calendar, here’s how to disable the feature on your Android device.

  • Open up the Calendar app on your Android smartphone or tablet.
  • Tap on the main menu in the top-left corner of the screen. It will be a button that consists of three horizontal parallel lines.
  • Scroll down and tap on Settings.
  • Select Events from Gmail.
  • Switch off Add events from Gmail.

Google has been taking the effort over the last couple of years to slowly integrate all of its services together, and the ability for Gmail to automatically add events to Google Calendar is just one example of this.

However, while most avid Google users are all for the streamline of Google’s various services, it can certainly go too far sometimes, and that’s when users have to step in and disable a few features in order to gain back control of their account.

We wouldn’t say Google is crossing the line, but this kind of feature is something that would probably be best suited as an opt-in feature, where users could enable it if they wanted to, and those who didn’t want the feature, could just move on without having to do anything different.

Nonetheless, we can see why Google implemented such a feature, as it can make planning easier for busy people, but most users just want all the control when it comes to adding events to their Google Calendar.