(Update: now available for all) Scheduling a hassle? Google Calendar will now find a time for you
Update, June 17: Originally available for Android Google Apps for Work or Education accounts only, the ability to intelligently pick up meeting times based on the attendants schedules is now rolling out to regular users as well.
Original post, April 27: One of the biggest struggles of office life (besides nailing that half windsor every morning) is orchestrating calendars. Conflicts abound, and there are only so many hours in the day. Endless email chains are spawned just to communicate who is available when and why. Now Google Calendar is aiming to strip all of that bother away with a new “Find a time” button.
The feature is available to anybody using Google Apps for Work or Edu, and it seems to work like witchcraft. First you create the meeting, next you add the participants, and then – when there would normally be a crisis of conflictions – you’re greeted with the option to simply let Google find a time for you. A tap of the button will see Calendar analyzing everyone’s individual schedules and picking the best time that will work for all the participants. It even takes into account the reality that some of these users may be in different timezones.
The app will generate a list of potential times, giving you the option to choose the one that’s most convenient. If there are absolutely no times that work for everybody, Google Calendar will attempt to identify which events can be most easily rearranged.
Right now this functionality is only available on Android, but Google says it will be coming to the Calendar app on iOS soon. To start making your scheduling less migraine-inducing, click the button below to download Google Calendar from the Play Store. Let us know what you think of this new feature in the comments, and stay tuned to Android Authority for all the cool features coming to the apps you use to make it through the work day!