Wednesday, 1 February 2012

HOWTO fix shared Google calendars not showing up in Android

Google calendar is a simple and useful tool for sharing informations about events and tasks with colleagues. The nice part is that you can gather many calendars and sum them up in a single view. The even nicest part is that everything flows into your android mobile, so you can have a collaborative real-time calendar in your phone.

So, what's the matter? Well, the web-based calendar runs perfectly, but sometimes Android messes up: some calendars, which are correctly shown in Google Calendar, do not appear in Android. Repeating the synchronization does not fix a thing, you have to get dirtier than this.

Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Running > Calendar storage

Then, click "Clear data" and "Force stop". The first one wipes out the local cache; the latter forces the calendar to restart and download the calendars again from the internet.


A bit messy, but it works.

46 comments:

fatmi said...

Helpful guidelines.
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Martin said...

Thanks for the tip - this was the only one that worked.

Chubbers said...

Been struggling with this. Very frustrating. This fixed it all up.

Martin W said...

Thank you SO MUCH! Finally! That drove me crazy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much. I appreciate the help in fixing my android calendar events not syncing

Anonymous said...

This didnt fix the problem that a SHARED calendar is not syncing. Someone invited me to share a google calendar and its not showing up on my phone.

Marco Nobile said...

This was my case, too. In the picture, the first two are shared calendars and they did not show up :)

Can you give me some more information? did you check 'em up in web-based Google Calendar?

Anonymous said...

Excellent. This did the trick for me!

Anonymous said...

Ahh!! Thank you! Works a treat this drove me mad!!

Anonymous said...

Hello, I can't get my past events to show up..What do you suggest?
Thanks

Marco Nobile said...

Hi! I googled around and It seems that there's an hard-coded 1 month limit for past events.

http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=3672

Please read this thread, maybe you'll find some workaround for this issue.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, this saved me a lot of time trying to figure out why my business appointments weren't showing up. Almost got me in trouble.

WD said...

I've tried this....but still can't see the shared calendar I set up. Once I clear the storage and then go back and synch the calendar, I'm still only seeing my main google calendar...any thoughts?

Marco Nobile said...

Two questions:

- did you click on "force stop" before syncing?

- have you correctly set up the missing calendar in the web-based Google Calendar?

Anonymous said...

I have done all of these things to no avail. The calendar is checked in google, I've cleared, force stopped and sycnhed the android calendar and I still don't see the shared calendar I set up. It works fine on my wifes iphone and ipad, very frustrating. Any additional thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Hi, this works and has been very helpful!!! I was getting very frustrated with Android calendar. Thank you so much!

mranalogy said...

Have a Motorola Droid X, unrooted, with Android 2.3.4

When I got to Applications> Running
It shows Calendar but not Calendar Local Cache

Anonymous said...

I've got a Motorola Droid X with Android 2.3.4

When I got to Manage Applications>Running
it shows Calendar but not Calendar Local Cache

My problem is that I seem to need to MANUALLY sync it.

David Loden said...

Thanks. Tried many times to fix that. Yours was the only suggestion that worked.

mediatechwvr said...

Thanks! It worked, although for me the "Calendar Storage" application was not in "running applications". However, I found it in "all applications". Thanks again!

mediatechwvr said...

Worked! Thanks so much. Although for me, the "Calendar Storage" application was found in "All" instead of "Running".

astral_cyborg said...

Thank you.

hawkeyemack said...

This is outstanding...worked out great! Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

Worked for me, but the program was found under "All" on my Samsung Galaxy S2 with ICS.

Anonymous said...

This did not work for me!

Anonymous said...

This unfortunately did not work for me.

Jeni said...

Very helpful. Thank you! This was a very frustrating problem.

Janni said...

I simply cannot thank you enough! This was MADDENING! LOL!

Tina Ceh said...

Great! Thank you so much! Only useful thing in all those hours of searching how to fix this problem! Thanks!

Tina Ceh said...

Thank you so much! I was going crazy with searching the solution...

Tina Ceh said...

Great! Thank you so much! Only useful thing in all those hours of searching how to fix this problem! Thanks!

lspanenberg said...

This truly is the ONLY FIX. I've struggled for HOURS. I have no idea what happened, but last evening, all shared calendars disappeared, just gone. All six shared are now back. Thank you for posting this remedy!!!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU...all six shared calendars that disappeared yesterday and now appearing. You rock!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I think an OS update moved the location of the process (as recent commenters have said.) Worked!

johan said...

I love you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the help ;)

Judy Mohr said...

This so did not work!!! Not only do I not see my shared calendars... Now I can't see any of my calendars!!!! And I have no idea how to fix it. HELP!!!

Anonymous said...

This didn't work for me either. I did get it fixed so try this. Open your calendar, open settings, select MORE (you may or may not be exactly set up this way) then choose calendars. You will see a list of those calendars who are sharing with you. You will see the status and it should say whether it's synced, visible etc. I had to tap on the one I'm sharing till it said synced, visible. Once I selected that, I saw my calendar start populating.

Leonel E. Lerebours said...

Gracias! It was very helpful!


Anonymous said...

Worked like a charm! Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

worked perfectly, even for shared calendars! Thanks! Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android version 4.1.1

Judy Mohr said...

I don't know what anyone is talking about. THIS DOES NOT WORK!!! The only way to fix the problem is a factory reset. IF... And I stress IF you are using Android 2.3.6 there is no fix. I'm not a happy chappy about this, because this is the second time this year that I've had this problem.

Skræl Mix said...

Thank you SO MUCH this worked for me. I was trying to view a calendar that my husband shared to me and I was at my wit's end.

transeurotrekker said...

Thank you. My problem was that I could not open the calendar because the app would not allow the keyboard to pop up and stay in place. Your advice cracked the problem straight away.

AndroidUser said...

Thank you so much. I couldn't even get entries to STAY in the calendar on my phone anymore. I entered them online, but they wouldn't sync. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

It worked! thank you