A digital calendar with custom photo events

Monthly Calendar

A calendar that displays photos on the dates of important events for you and your family. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Festivals, Holidays, upcoming weddings, graduations, vacations and more.

The steps below show you how to setup a photo event calendar for your Mango Display Digital Calendar.

Its a simple 2 step process:

Step 1: Setup the events on your calendar, attach photos, set file permissions.

We will use a a Google Calendar in this example. But you can use any calendar service that integrates with Mango Display.

We recommend creating a new google calendar in your account and name it accordingly. As an example: ‘Family events’. But, you can use your existing calendar as well and just add events with photos where you need them (example: family events).

Create your event on your calendar as you would normally do. For example: Joe’s Birthday- July 15, all day event. Recurring every year.

Then click on ‘Add attachments’

Attach a photo of Joe that you want to use.

You must set the file permissions to ‘Anyone with the Link’ as shown in the quick steps below. Otherwise it can’t be displayed on Mango Display, and you will see a ‘no access to image’ displayed. We recommend doing this on a web browser not via an app.

Quick steps to modify the default permissions on your attached image file
Step 1: Click on your attachment
Step 2: Go to the ‘Share’ menu
Step 3: Select the sharing permissions
Step 4: Set the permissions and click done, and save your event

And you are done! Save your event with the changes.

Do the same for all other photo events you want to create. You can also add, delete or change events later. You calendar will automatically update with the latest events and photos as you update your calendar.

It is recommended to keep the image format as close to a square as possible, and as small as possible. This is because it needs to fit within the date grid and load fast. You can also use text images or icons and clip art instead of an actual photo. See some examples below to get you started, just right click and save them. You can find many others online or create your own unique ones with canva.com

You can also choose images that have transparent backgrounds as you can choose different calendar background colours with your digital calendar display. If your events span multiple days (Your planned vacation as an example 😁), the image will be expanded accordingly to the number of days so you can use a wide landscape photo accordingly.

Yes, you can also use gifs to keep it animated! So many to choose from over at Giphy.com. Simply find the one you want, then right click on it to download, and then attach it to your event.

Step 2: Activate the specific calendar to display photo events

Once you have setup your Mango Display. Go to the calendar widget.

We will use a a Google Calendar in this example. But you can use any calendar service that integrates with Mango Display.

Click on ‘Add your Google Calendar Account’ and follow the steps to authorize Mango Display to access to that account’s calendar. After that is completed, expand your Google Calendar Account so you can see all the calendars in your account.

Tap the greyed out image icon next to the calendar you want to set as Photo Calendar. The ‘Family events’ calendar in our example. This will provide you with the following screen.

Enable the Photo Calendar option and modify any other configurations you like and click save. The image icon next to your calendar will now be active.

That it! Now you will see your photo events along with other regular events show up on your calendar display. You can continue to add, change or remove events in your Google Calendar and they will automatically be reflected on your Mango Display Calendar.

Note that if you have multiple events on the same day as a photo event, only the photo event will be displayed for that day. Also this only applies to Monthly calendar type.

We are you sure you will enjoy this feature. Use it to display family events, shift calendar, office events, business events and more.

Published by Dave

Writing about smart displays, digital calendars and the many ways screens can help improve our lives.

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