Birthdays & holidays

Birthdays and holidays are already added to your calendar so you'll never miss an opportunity to celebrate. But if you don't want to see these events all the time, you can easily hide them.

Birthdays

Hide birthdays from your calendar

Turn off birthdays from Google+

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, go to the main menu .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Touch Birthdays.
  5. Touch Google+ circles and contacts.
  6. Choose Contacts to see birthdays from Google Contacts but not Google+.

Turn off birthdays from one of your accounts

If you have multiple accounts, you can also choose to hide birthdays associated with one of your accounts.

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, go to the main menu .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Touch Birthdays.
  5. Touch the section for the account you want to hide.
  6. Choose Do not include birthdays.

Hide all birthdays

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, go to the main menu .
  3. Touch Birthdays.

You can tell if birthdays are hidden if the square next to Birthdays is an outline, for example Birthdays.

Edit or remove individual birthdays

Birthdays come from details in your Google Contacts and from the profiles of people in your Google+ circles.

If the person is in your Google Contacts, you can edit or remove the person's birthday from the People or Contacts app on your phone (if your contacts are synced with Google), or from google.com/contacts.

If the person is in your Google+ circles, the birthday is controlled by the other person in Google+. If you need to, you can hide all birthdays from Google+ (see section above). Then you can add specific people's birthdays to your Google Contacts to see them in Calendar.

If you aren't sure whether a birthday comes from your contacts or Google+, you can go to google.com/contacts on a computer and open the contact details for that person.

Change the color of birthday events
  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, go to the main menu .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Touch Birthdays.
  5. Choose a new color.

Holidays

Add or change national holidays
  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, go to the main menu .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Select Holidays.
  5. Touch the name of the current country.
  6. Touch a new country to add it, or touch the currently selected country to remove it.
Add religious holidays
  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, go to the main menu .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Select Holidays.
  5. Touch Add religious holidays.
Hide holidays from your calendar

You can quickly show and hide holidays from your calendar.

  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, go to the main menu .
  3. Touch Holidays.

You can tell if holidays are hidden if the square next to Holidays is an outline, for example Holidays.

Change the color of holiday events
  1. Open the Google Calendar app .
  2. In the top left, go to the main menu .
  3. Choose Settings at the bottom.
  4. Select Holidays toward the bottom.
  5. Choose a new color.

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