In early January 2019, you will no longer be able to receive SMS notifications about the Google Calendar event. This change will affect Android and iOS users.
Although Google does not provide an explicit reason to turn off SMS notifications – besides apparently not wanting to offer too many ways to receive notifications – the company says that users will not notice any differences due to notifications in the application.
The transition from SMS to notification in the application will come on January 7 and will be smooth. Google Calendar users do not need to make any changes. Anyone who currently relies on text messages to be reminded of upcoming events will find that they are only replaced with different forms of notification.
Starting January 7, 2019, SMS notifications from Google Calendar will no longer be available. Because Calendar offers notifications in the application, you can still get notifications, regardless of your device or connection.
If you have previously received Calendar notifications via SMS, they will be replaced with notifications in the application and email.
The company continues to explain when Google Calendar users will see notifications next year:
- As an event notification in a web browser that has an open Calendar or mobile device if you have a Google Calendar application for Android or iOS.
- In an email if you have prepared SMS notifications for new events, modified events, canceled events, or event responses.
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