Error importing a Google calendar ‘Failed to import events: Could not upload your events because you do not have sufficient access on the target calendar..’


Whilst I was importing my last calendar into my main Google calendar I received this error despite being the owner of both calendars!

A quick search showed that I’m not the only one to have faced this issue. The resolution that worked for me was to open your exported .ics calendar file in a text editor such as Notepad (best to take a back up copy first) and select Edit > Replace

In the Find what: field select UID: and in the Replace with: field type UID:X (basically it can be X or replace X with any alpha-numeric character (a-z,0-9)

Save the .ics file and redo the calendar import. Now it should import without error.

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14 thoughts on “Error importing a Google calendar ‘Failed to import events: Could not upload your events because you do not have sufficient access on the target calendar..’

  1. Thank you! This worked for me as well. Curious as to how you ever found out the solution, but nonetheless, thank you so much!

  2. The “Could not upload your events because you do not have sufficient access on the target calendar.” issue still exists as of October, 2018. This solution works! Thanks!

    • Addition: At least one of the reasons for this error is duplicate event – i.e. you already have an event with this ID. Once you change the ID (add an X or any other character) you actually create a new event. The error text (“..sufficient access..”) makes it difficult to understand the problem.

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