Google Calendar: Delegation

Google Calendar: Delegation

Google Calendar allows you to delegate access to another person, who may then create new events, modify existing events, respond to event invitations, and manage sharing on your behalf. This is what GroupWise called "Proxy Access." As a delegator (person granting access to your account), you must grant access to your account before someone can begin managing your calendar. To learn how to set up delegation for your Google Mail, please see the Set Up Email Delegation in Google Mail tech help page.


Google will not allow the delegate (the person who has been granted access) to change the delegator's account settings, use tasks lists, or access Google Mail contact groups.

To grant access (delegate your Calendar) to someone

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click the "Calendar" link and log in. If you are already logged in to your Google Mail, access your calendar by clicking the square (made up of nine small squares) in the top right of the screen > Select "Calendar."
  3. Click “My calendars” in the sidebar.
  4. Click the down arrow next to each calendar that you would like to delegate and select “Share this Calendar.” Your main calendar is the one with your name as the title, but you can also share sub calendars.
  5. In the “Person” field under “Share with specific people,” type the address of the person you are granting access to.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select the appropriate permission (see Note).
  7. Click [Save].


"Make changes to events” allows the delegate to edit the calendar, and “Make changes AND manage sharing” also allows the delegate to edit the delegated calendars’ Sharing options. For example, the delegate could give someone else access to the calendar(s) while he or she is on vacation.

If someone has delegated (shared) their Calendar with you

The delegate will now have access to the calendar(s) and can see and modify all the events on the calendar. Delegates, if you have permission to “Make changes AND manage sharing,” you’ll see the calendar in your own “My calendars list.” If you only have permission to “Make changes to events,” you’ll see the calendar in your “Other calendars” list. Using a delegated calendar is virtually the same as using your own calendar; however, you will want to keep the following things in mind:

  • When you create a new event for the delegated calendar, be sure to choose the calendar from the "Calendar" drop-down on the event creation pop-up so you are adding an event to that calendar and not your own.
  • If the calendar is visible to everyone within Cedarville University, make sure that you mark confidential meetings or events of a sensitive nature as "Private." Do so by selecting the "Private" radio button in the "Visibility" section of the event details page. Then only meeting participants will be able to see the event.

Keywords: proxy, access, share, calendar, delegate

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