Google Calendar’s recent update is rolling out. You can now opt-in or out to have users verify their email addresses before booking any appointment while using appointment scheduling. With this update enabled, the user must be signed in to his/her Google account or validate their email using the provided pin code to complete their booking. If the user is unable to validate their email address, they won’t be able to book any appointments in Google Calendar. This should prevent malicious or fake bookings saving time for the scheduled user.
The new update setting is turned off by default and is a “sticky”. If you turn it off or on, the configuration will be saved and implemented for the new appointment scheduling. This feature is provided to protect the users from malicious activities, invites, and appointments.
- Admins: No admin control for this feature.
- End-users: With this update, the Email verification feature will be OFF (default) and can be turned on/off by the user.
- Rapid Release: Gradual rollout starting on May 11, 2022 (up to 15 days for feature visibility)
- Scheduled Release: Full rollout starting on May 25, 2022 (1–3 days for feature visibility)
This feature is available to:
- Google Workspace Business Standard
- Business Plus
- Enterprise Standard
- Enterprise Plus
- Education Fundamentals
- Education Standard
- Education Plus
- the Teaching and Learning Upgrade
- Nonprofits customers
This feature is not available to:
- Google Workspace Essentials
- Business Starter
- Frontline, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers