Migrate your calendar to Fastmail

Had enough of multiple notifications? Want to keep your calendar and mail in one convenient location? Migrate your external calendars onto Fastmail.

Migrate using our simple migrator tool

When migrating from Gmail or Yahoo, you can use our Import & Setup tool to import your calendars (plus your contacts if migrating from Gmail). 

If you're migrating from another service, you can manually import your calendar.

  1. Open the Settings → Import & Setup screen.
  2. Go to the Import mail, calendars, and contacts section and select your other mail provider. If the mail provider is not listed, click Other (IMAP / CardDAV / CalDAV).
  3. On the next screen, you'll be asked to log in to your external account.
  4. You'll then be asked what you want to import. Please select Calendars to import them from your other service. If available, you can also select Contacts.
  5. Click Do It.

You can continue to use your account as normal while the migration is running.

Migrate via Fastmail CalDAV

If you already have your external calendars synchronized via CalDAV with Fastmail, this option is for you.

  1. Go to the Settings → Calendars menu. For each calendar you want to migrate, click on Export and select Download. (More detailed instructions on exporting your calendars are here).
  2. Remove the synchronization link to the external calendar by going to Settings → Calendars. You can click on Remove Account (which will remove all calendars syncing on that account), or remove calendars individually by selecting Edit & Share and then clicking Remove Calendar on the next page.

You will now have a calendar file on your computer in an iCal (.ics) format.

Manually import your calendar

If you need to import a calendar manually or upload a calendar that is stored on your computer, you can do this instead of syncing.

If you haven't done so yet, you need to manually export your events from your other provider. Here are instructions for exporting calendar data from common providers:

If your provider doesn't have an option to export all your data to a file, you can synchronize your calendar via CalDAV to Fastmail, then follow the steps above.

You will now have a calendar file on your computer in an iCal (.ics) format, ready to be imported to Fastmail.

Import your calendar into Fastmail

  1. Import your calendar using the Settings → Import & Setup menu to bring it into Fastmail.
  2. Select the file you downloaded earlier. (More detailed instructions on importing here).
  3. If you have any external calendars that are added as subscriptions on your device, remove them from your device and then add them for the Fastmail calendar instead.

Once migration is complete

Multiple notifications

If you want to avoid getting multiple notifications, disable them or delete the calendar from where you originally created it. Otherwise, the original calendar will continue to send out notifications, as well as notifications from the imported calendar at Fastmail.

Known issues and workarounds

If you've imported an event to Fastmail that has people marked as attending already, you won't be able to update this event. This is because the system can't check to make sure that you are the original owner of the event. This will also happen if you are already marked as going to an event when you import it to Fastmail.

As a workaround, if you are attending an event, ask the organizer for a new invite to be sent to your Fastmail account.

Likewise, any updates to those events (changes in RSVP's or updates to day/time/location) will be sent to your old calendar email address. While these updates can be sent along to Fastmail (if you have forwarding or fetch set up with your old address), you won't be able to update the events they belong to through Fastmail.

For events where you are the organizer, try deleting the old event and recreate it from within Fastmail. This will send out new emails to all your invitees, from your new address.

Having problems?

Check out our calendar troubleshooting guide.

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