Delete or unsubscribe from a calendar

If you don't need a calendar anymore, you can permanently delete it or unsubscribe from it. But if you think you might need the calendar later, you can hide it instead. This guide covers the different ways you can remove calendars you don't need or use often.

Options for removing calendars

Hide a calendar temporarily

This is a good option for calendars that you only check occasionally.

Computer

  1. Open Google Calendar on a computer.
  2. On the left, find the calendar you want to hide under My calendars or Other calendars.
  3. Click the calendar to hide or show it.

Calendar app

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, touch Menu .
  3. In your list of calendars, touch the colored box next to a calendar name.

You can tell if your calendar is hidden if the square next to it is an outline, for example .

Remove a calendar from your list temporarily 

When you remove a calendar from your list, you won't see it under "My calendars" or "Other calendars."

How to remove a calendar

  1. Open Google Calendar on a computer.
  2. On the left, find the calendar you want to remove under My calendars or Other calendars.
  3. Click the arrow next to the calendar name.
    Menu on hover over calendar name
  4. Choose Hide this calendar from the list. Now the calendar won't show in your list of calendars when viewing your Google Calendar.

Bring back a calendar you removed

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. In the top right, click Settings   > Settings.
  3. Click the Calendars tab. 
  4. Check the box next to the calendar name to show it in your list.
Remove a calendar from your list permanently 

When you unsubscribe from a calendar, you won't be able to see it again unless there's another owner of the calendar who can re-share it with you. 

How to unsubscribe

  1. Open Google Calendar on a computer.
  2. Click the settings gear in the top right  > Settings.
  3. At the top of the page, click the Calendars tab.
  4. Find the calendar you no longer want access to, and click the Unsubscribe link on the right. Now you no longer have access to the calendar or its events.
Restore a calendar you unsubscribed from

Whether you'll be able to get back the calendar you unsubscribed from depends on whether the calendar is owned by or shared with someone else.

The calendar is owned by someone else

If the calendar you unsubscribed from belongs to someone else, you can ask them to share their calendar with you again. The person should follow these directions for sharing an existing calendar.

The calendar is owned by you and was not shared

Unfortunately, you won't be able to restore the calendar you unsubscribed from. In the future, try removing the calendar from your list instead (see above).

The calendar is owned by you and shared with someone else

If someone else still has access to the calendar you owned, you can ask them to find the Calendar Address. You can use that address to add the calendar back to your account.

First, ask the other person to open their Google Calendar on a computer and follow these steps:

  1. In the top right, click Settings  > Settings.
  2. At the top of the page, click the Calendars tab. 
  3. Click the name of the calendar.
  4. Scroll down to the Calendar Address section, and click the ICAL button.
  5. Copy the link and send it to you.

Then, open your Google Calendar on a computer and follow these steps:

  1. On the left side of Google Calendar, click the arrow next to Other calendars .
  2. Click Add by URL.
  3. Paste the Calendar Address link you received from the other person in the URL field.
  4. Click Add Calendar. Now you should see the calendar listed under "My calendars" or "Other calendars" on the left side of Google Calendar.
Delete a calendar (can't be undone)

What happens when you delete a calendar

  • Permanently deletes a calendar and all of its events.
  • If the calendar is shared with other people, they also won't have access to the calendar and its events.
  • You can only delete a calendar you own. You can unsubscribe to calendars owned by someone else (see above).
  • You can't delete your primary (default) calendar, but you can clear its events.

How to delete a calendar

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. In the top right, click Settings > Settings.
  3. At the top of the page, click the Calendars tab.
  4. Click the name of the calendar.
  5. At the bottom of the page, click the Permanently delete this calendar link.
Delete all events in your primary calendar

You can't delete your primary calendar, but you can delete all of its events.

  1. Open Google Calendar on a computer.
  2. In the top right, click Settings  > Settings.
  3. At the top of the page, click the Calendars tab.
  4. Click the name of your primary calendar at the top of the list. It's usually labeled as your first and last name.
  5. At the bottom of the page, click the Delete all events in this calendar link.

Keep in mind that your events will be permanently deleted and you won't be able to recover them. It may take a few minutes to fully access Google Calendar's features after clearing your primary calendar.

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