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Google Calendar not working? Here's how to fix it.

Is Google Calendar giving you trouble? Let's help you!
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August 10, 2021

As a large majority of the world uses Gmail, it should be no surprise that Google Calendar is one of the most popular calendar services. But this means that when the service goes down, millions of users are affected.

Related: How to use Google Calendar

If Google Calendar isn’t working for you, here are some solutions that you should try. Just remember that if the issue is on Google’s end, all you can do is wait for a fix to be rolled out.

How to fix Google Calendar

Editor’s note: These steps were put together using a Pixel 4a smartphone running stock Android 11. While it’s a great base, not all handsets and software versions are built equally. Steps might be slightly different, depending on your device brand and software.


Google Calendar not working – Fixes for Android devices


1. Restart your device

Restarting an Android device

Many smartphone-related problems can be fixed by restarting a device. This can give your smartphone a clean start without misbehaving apps, random bugs, and other issues that could be causing issues. It’s an easy and quick fix that only takes a minute or so.

If you find Calendar not working, press and hold the power button on your device and tap the Restart option that appears on the screen. After the smartphone turns back on, open the Calendar app and check if the problem has been solved.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Press and hold the Power button on your device.
  2. Tap the Restart option.
  3. Try opening the Calendar app after the device turns back on.

Also read: These are the 10 best calendar apps for Android


2. Check your internet connection

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The reason why you might be able to reach Google Calendar might be due to connection issues. When the Calendar isn’t working, the first thing you should do is check your internet connection, whether you’re using Wi-Fi or data.

Try to search for something on Google to see if you have access to the internet. In some cases, you might be connected to a Wi-Fi network without internet access. This could be due to various reasons. Maybe you forgot to pay your bill, or there’s an outage. But if you can visit websites other than Calendar, the connection isn’t to blame.

Step by step instructions:

  1. First, open your browser of choice, go to Google.com, and search for anything.
  2. If you get results, the internet isn’t the problem.
  3. If the internet isn’t working, open your Settings app.
  4. Go into Network & internet.
  5. Go to Wi-Fi and check if you’re connected.
  6. Also, go into Mobile network. Check if you’re connected to a network and make sure Mobile data is on.
  7. Open the Google Calendar app and see if it’s working.

Read more: What to do if your phone won’t connect to Wi-Fi


3. Update the operating system

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Although a small one, there’s a chance that if you find Google Calendar not working, it could be caused by a dated version of Android. Open the Settings menu on your device, select System, and hit Advanced. From there, you can go to System update. Select Check for update.

Once you’ve downloaded the update, tap the Install button and let the device reboot. Then open Calendar and check to see if the problem persists.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Go to System.
  3. Hit Advanced.
  4. Select System update.
  5. Tap on Check for update.
  6. Hit Install once downloaded, if there is an update available.

4. Clear the app’s cache and data

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The next fix on this list is to clear Google Calendar’s cache and data. The former deletes temporary data, while the latter removes all app data, including various settings. Google Calendar runs on the cloud, though, so don’t worry. All your calendar data will simply sync back later.

Open the Settings app and go into Apps & notifications. Tap on See all apps. Find the Google Calendar app and go into its options. Go into Storage & cache. Hit Clear cache and Clear storage. Go back into Calendar and see if it works.

Read: What is cache memory – Gary explains

Step by step instructions:

  1. Open the Settings app on your smartphone.
  2. Go into Apps & notifications.
  3. Select See all apps.
  4. Find the Google Calendar app and go into its options.
  5. Select Storage & cache.
  6. Hit Clear cache and Clear storage.
  7. Check if Google Calendar works.

5. Check your date and time settings

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Although it sounds weird, the date and time settings could be the reason for your Calendar-related issues. Google’s servers might be having trouble syncing with them if you don’t set them correctly.

To fix this, head into your device’s Settings, go into System and tap on Date & time. Make sure to toggle on the options to Use network-provided time and Use network-provided time zone. If this doesn’t work, move on to the next step.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Go to the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Select System.
  3. Tap on Date & time.
  4. Toggle on Use network-provided time.
  5. Toggle on Use network-provided time zone.

6. Update the Calendar app

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The last thing you can try if you see Google Calendar not working is to update the app on your device. To check if an update is available, open the Google Play Store app. Search for “Google Calendar” and go to the app’s page. The button on the right will read Update if there’s an available update. Tap it and let the Google Play Store do its thing. Check Google Calendar once the update is done.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Open the Google Play Store app.
  2. Search for “Google Calendar.”
  3. If there’s an available update, the button to the right will read Update. Tap on it.
  4. Let the Play Store do its thing.
  5. Check Calendar once the update is finished.

More: How to sync your Google Calendar from iPhone to Android


Google Calendar not working – Fixes for PC (Chrome browser)


1. Update Chrome

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If you can’t check Calendar in Chrome, try updating the browser. It’s an easy task to accomplish, as all you have to do is click on the icon (three vertical dots) in the top right corner, select Help, and choose About Google Chrome. A dedicated page will open up, and if there’s an update available, click Install and follow instructions.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Click the icon (three vertical dots) in the top right corner of the Chrome browser.
  2. Select Help.
  3. Click on About Google Chrome.
  4. Chrome will let you know if there’s an available update.
  5. If there is, click Install and follow instructions.
  6. Now check if Google Calendar works!

2. Check your internet connection

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Just as with the Android version described above, your internet connection might be the root of the problem. Try performing a Google search, or visit a random website to see if it loads. If it doesn’t, take a look at your connection settings to make sure everything checks out. You can also reset the router, or give your ISP a call if that doesn’t help. However, if the connection is established, the search for the right fix continues.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Visit a random website to check if your internet is working.
  2. Go into the Internet Settings and see if you’re connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
  3. Reset the router if you’re having problems. There’s usually a button for that, but you can also unplug it, wait for some seconds, and plug it back in.
  4. If your internet is working, and you still can’t access Google Calendar, then move to the next step.

Consider: The best Wi-Fi routers available


3. Check extensions

Chrome Extensions - Google Calendar fixes

There are some useful Chrome extensions available, but some of them can do more harm than good. To figure out whether or not one of them is to blame for your Calendar-related problems, try checking the service in incognito mode.

Extensions don’t work in incognito mode. So go into Incognito mode by clicking the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner and then selecting New Incognito window. Try to access calendar.google.com. If you can access Calendar in Incognito mode, but not in regular Chrome, the issue might be extension-related. Figure out which extensions you’ve installed around the time the issues began, and delete them one by one. Check calendar.google.com after each attempt.

You can delete extensions by clicking on Chrome’s three-dot menu button. Then go to More tools and head into Extensions. Tap on Remove under the extension you want to delete.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Go into Incognito mode.
  2. To do this, click on the three-dot menu button.
  3. Select New Incognito window.
  4. Check if calendar.google.com works.
  5. If it does, an extension could be the problem.
  6. Click on the three-dot menu button.
  7. Go into More tools.
  8. Select Extensions.
  9. Find the Chrome Extensions you installed around the same time the problems started.
  10. Delete them by pressing the Remove button.
  11. Check calendar.google.com after each attempt.

4. Clear cache and cookies

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If you can visit Calendar in incognito mode but can’t get it to work in the regular version of Chrome, despite deleting all the extensions, cleaning the cache and cookies is the way to go.

Click the three-dot icon in the top right corner of the browser, choose More tools, and then select Clear browsing data. In the Time range drop-down menu, select All time. Check Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files. Hit Clear data.

Step by step instructions:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the three-dot menu button on the top-right corner.
  2. Hover over More tools.
  3. Select Clear browsing data.
  4. Under Time range, select All time.
  5. Check Cookies and other site data.
  6. Check Cached images and files.
  7. Click on Clear data.