How to Add Sunrise + Sunset Times to Your Google Calendar

Anyone who knows photography knows IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LIGHT! And “golden hour” (the hour or so after sunrise and before sunset) is the best part of the day to take photos, so naturally, I plan all of my shoots around that!

Some of you might have seen me post about this on my Instagram stories a week or two ago, but one day when I was mapping out my calendar for the fall and planning out session times I had this thought of, “I wonder if there is a Google Calendar I can add that is JUST sunrise + sunset times?!” Because already having that on my calendar would be so much easier than going back and forth to my sun tracker app. So, I went looking and discovered that their used to be an option for this under the “Calendars of Interest” section, but it was recently removed by Google – bummer!

But then I got to thinking some more and decided there HAD to be a way I could make this happen. It’s 2018 and this is not a complicated thing. If I can add my favorite NFL Team’s schedule to my calendar with a few clicks (Texans & Saints, in case you were wondering), then there was for sure a way to have sunrise and sunset times added. After quite a bit of searching and a little bit of trial and error, I found a way that works and am so excited about it! So many of you photographers responded to my Instagram story about this, so I thought I’d put together a post with some step-by-step instructions for y’all — so here we go:

1. Go to this link and select your location.

Under the “sun” section, choose the location you want to use as a reference on the right-hand side. Mine auto-populated with my current city, so you might not even have to do this step!

2. Edit the settings

Below is a screenshot of what options I selected. If you don’t do this step you’ll have all sorts of other sunrise + sunset related times populating into your calendar. There’s already enough stuff going on in there, so just keep it simple with the only selecting the sunrise + sunset box. 

3. Click the “Subscribe Sun” button

4. A little series of pop-ups:

This is just what happened for me! I have a MacBook Pro, so if you’re on a Windows-based computer, it might be different. Hopefully this still helps! So the first thing I saw was a pop-up from my iCal app and I clicked “Open Calendar.” Then there was a pop-up from iCal with a Calendar URL. 

5. Copy this URL and go to your Google Calendar

Now that you’re back in your Google Calendar, click on the + icon next to the “Add a Coworkers Calendar” on the left-hand side. From there, select the “From URL” option, paste the URL, and click “add calendar.” 

6. All the sunrise + sunset times are in your calendar!

So now when you go to schedule a portrait session, or plan out a wedding day timeline, you can just look directly on your Google calendar and not have to open up another App! (I’m all for efficiency over here.) If you don’t want it cluttering up everything, just deselect it on the left-hand side of your calendar view and simply turn it back on when you need it! The name it automatically was assigned was kind of funky, so I renamed mine “Sunrise + Sunset: ATX” to make it easy to find. 

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  1. roo says:

    This was really helpful, thank you πŸ™‚ I’m not a photographer, but light is very important to me as I get Seasonal Affective Disorder in the winter (which is looooong in the UK) and my ability to ‘do stuff’ really declines after sunset. So having the times there helps me plan.

  2. Tina says:

    Thanks so much for this post! I just stumbled upon it while googling how to do this so that when I book clients, I can let them know right away what time the sunrise/sunset will be without having to open a new browser window.

  3. Dmitriy says:

    Thanks! That solved it for me! One little thing I would add is that in my case (Windows + Chrome), it didn’t offer to open it in a calendar app (even though there is a built in Calendar app — go figure). So the way I did it is I did it in Firefox, which then offered to open the link in 30Boxes (web app), and from there I was able to get the link by right-clicking the title of the calendar and selecting “Copy link location”. I hope this will help others.

  4. Ellen LeRoy says:

    I used the Google calendar version for many years. Then it just disappeared. I am a beach photographer and the exact sunset is very important. Thank you so much for solving this problem for me!

  5. Daksh Mehta says:

    Excellent resource. Had of options, it works. I’m on PC but I could still click the manual option link on the website to get the url. It appears on top of the website page.

  6. NA says:

    This was ridiculously useful. Thanks so much.

  7. Aaron Riddle says:

    Great post! As a fellow photographer I found myself always searching for the local sunrise / sunset times. You just saved me a good bit of time. Thank YOU for sharing your knowledge. πŸ™‚

  8. Greta Hoostal says:

    Thanks. 😊 This is useful for us Eastern Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and (I think) Jews and Muslims, because for all of us, the day technically begins at sunset, as in Genesis 1:19: after God had made the sun and moon and stars, β€œthere were evening and morning, the fourth day”. For laymen, the thing that most often depends on the sun is when to start and stop fasting, so now it will be easier to plan meals and keep fasts (the self-denial is a spiritual exercise, but lately I have been doing very little spiritual exercise 😞). But also holiday celebrations depend on sunset. Even many Roman Catholics and Protestants still begin their Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve.

  9. Chris says:

    One recommendation I would add is before you do this, create another calendar in your Google account just for this purpose. Reason being that if you mess something up, or the web site does, it’s much easier to fix simply by deleting the calendar and starting over. I put the events from this site into my main calendar and the site messed up the time zone even though I changed the location properly. It had my sunrises at 1:00 am. Wasn’t fun deleting every individual event for an entire year. So yeah, create a new calendar for this and use that until you get it right. Too messed up? Delete and do it again. Eventually you’ll get it right and it IS very handy!

  10. Jason says:

    The manual subscription option at webcal.fi has a google calendar option – makes the process a bit easier.

  11. Rach says:

    You’re amazing! Thanks for sharing this..I found you on Google and what a game changer this is πŸ™‚

  12. User says:

    Thanks!

  13. Wendie says:

    I found you via Komal–thanks for sharing this! FYI I was able to get the sun calendar to work using your instructions, but noticed that they are changing the site. There’s a message that says: “WebCal.fi will be closed soon. The site has been completely rewritten and released with a different name. Please subscribe your calendars at the new site at WebCal.Guru (https://www.webcal.guru/en/today).

  14. Amelia says:

    You are a gem! I’m using your instructions to plan my outdoor running & these instructions are perfecto! thank you!

  15. Romas says:

    Thank you so much, Angie, for providing these clues to adding sunrise and sunset to my Calendar! I misread your last name and thought I saw Tally, so I assumed I found somebody local to help me restore the Google Calendar I used to have. When I read that you’re a Texas fan, I looked for Tally again and realized my mistake. But when I followed your steps and found sunrise times on my calendar, I was very happy! I hope this free service will survive for some time. I saw the message that says this site is going away soon, and they directed me to a subscription service, where I could pay for this information. I hope that others who find your site will be able to set up the free calendar before it becomes an expense. I’m also glad to see that you support Ethical Brands! Thank you!!

  16. Michael Higgs says:

    Thank you. Your instructions were flawless.

  17. Hans Merken says:

    This used to work great, but now the site is moving. The sun calendar is part of a paid plan, so I’m looking for a free alternative.

  18. Martin Hresko says:

    Beginning June 1, 2021 this will no longer be a free service.

  19. Juan says:

    This service is no longer active.

  20. User says:

    Crap, need registration and payment in after demo period.

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Anyone who knows photography knows IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LIGHT! And “golden hour” (the hour or so after sunrise and before sunset) is the best part of the day to take photos, so naturally, I plan all of my shoots around that! Some of you might have seen me post about this on my […]

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