Fix: Google Calendar not syncing on Android

Google Calendar is one of the most popular multiplatform organizers, because of its great usability and performance. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case every time. One of the repeating issues is the syncing of Google Calendar on Android devices. Sometimes Google Calendar won’t sync at all, sometimes it stops syncing without any special reason.

In case you’ve encountered a similar problem, we found some solutions that might be helpful.

Table of contents:

  1. Update Google Calendar app
  2. Unsync the Google Calendar app temporarily
  3. Remove and re-establish your Gmail account
  4. Enable Calendar Storage
  5. Clear Google Calendar data
  6. Stop any other app that uses the connection
  7. Reset your device to factory settings

Why isn’t my calendar syncing on my Samsung?

If your calendar is not syncing on your Samsung or any other Android device, make sure to update the Calendar app, unsync the calendar temporarily, and disable the power-saving mode.

If the problems started when you switched between the devices, use Smart Switch to transfer Calendar events with a loophole by following instructions our reader Artie provided in the comments. We are really thankful for their input.

Solution 1: Update Google Calendar app

Besides checking your Wi-Fi connection, the main step is updating the Google Calendar app. To do so follow this instruction:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Applications or Application manager.
  3. Find the Google Calendar app and open it.
  4. Select Update if available.

Solution 2: Unsync the Google Calendar app temporarily

Maybe the problem lies in the misfunctioning of the all-around synchronization. This way you can reset it and, possibly make it work again. To do so, follow the presented instructions:

  1. Select Settings.
  2. Open the Accounts tab.
  3. Tap Google.
  4. Choose your account.
  5. Uncheck Calendar.
  6. Reset your phone.
  7. Follow the same path and check the previously unchecked Calendar tab.

Solution 3: Remove and re-establish your Gmail account

You can also try to reset your Gmail account because sometimes the problem occurs with Gmail synchronization. To do that, follow the instruction below:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap Accounts.
  3. Select Google.
  4. Choose your account.
  5. Tap Remove account.
  6. Follow the same path and sign again with your Gmail account.

Solution 4: Enable Calendar Storage

If this option is disabled, Google Calendar won’t sync or show any events. So, be sure it is enabled. To enable Calendar Storage, follow the instructions:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Apps or Application manager.
  3. In the top right corner tap More.
  4. Open Show System.
  5. Select Calendar Storage.
  6. Tap Enable.

Solution 5: Clear the Google Calendar data and cache

Clearing Google Calendar data and cache may help you with re-establishing synchronization. However, have in mind that this may erase some unsynced data. To Clear Google Calendar data, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Apps or Application manager.
  3. In the list of the apps installed, select Google Calendar.
  4. Tap Clear Data and confirm.
  5. Restart your device.

Solution 6: Stop any other app that uses the connection

Many users found social apps as one of the sources of the problem. These apps use a lot of system resources while maintaining the background connection as well. This can create a problem for both syncing or auto-updating apps. To stop the apps from working in the background, do as follows:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Choose Apps or Application manager.
  3. Select the preferred app.
  4. Choose Force Stop.

Solution 7: Reset your device to factory settings

The last resort in any problem related to Android is factory settings reset. Some of the issues tend to stack up over time. To do the factory reset, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2.  Tap Backup and Reset.
  3. Back up your settings and data to Google servers via a Google account.
  4. Select Factory Data Reset.
  5. Tap Reset Device.
  6. Choose Erase Everything.

Keep in mind that resetting your device to factory settings will erase everything from your phone and that you might not be able to restore everything, in case you make a misstep. So, only do this if you know what you’re doing. If you want to learn more about the whole process, our article about resetting an Android phone to factory settings is a good starting point.

That’s about it. We hope at least one of the solutions helped you resolve the syncing problem with Google Calendar on your Android device. Thank you for reading and make sure to follow us in the comments section below and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in January 2021. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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January 23, 2018 10:17 pm

My google calendar on my computer will sync with my Samsung S7 but if I add something in my phone calendar it does not sync with my computer….. I have tried all suggestions so far and nothing is working. Help please.

April 18, 2020 10:15 pm

This is a bit lengthy, but absolutely worked for me and took me only 5 days to come up with a bonafide solution where all others failed. Please take 5 minutes to read carefully as it took me almost 40 minutes to write this all out after 5 days of “problem-solving.” It may look like a lot, but it only takes 20-30 minutes to attempt. Since this worked for me, I posted this solution to the Google community as well. If it works for you, please share and leave comment. “My Calendar” Sync issues truly SOLVED!!  Please read this entire… Read more »

Carlena Smith
Carlena Smith
August 6, 2019 5:55 pm

Yes, this is a little LONG, but I hope it helps when trying to sync pre-installed calendar apps with Galaxy S series phones. Don’t know if it’ll work w/ all, but it did PERFECTLY w/ mine. I had a Galaxy S3 & it began hanging up during calls & suddenly shutting off for no reason, etc. Had it for abt 5 yrs, so I figured it was time for a “new” phone. I found a Galaxy Stellar (I know, it’s older than the S3) well worth the $$ & covered under my cell contract. I was trying to sync the… Read more »

Meesha S
Meesha S
August 7, 2019 9:55 pm
Reply to  Carlena Smith

Use the app Copy My Data. MUST BE INSTALLED ON BOTH DEVICES TO WORK! Copies ALL Calendar info, Contacts, Photos, & 1 other thing (can’t remember) (has a list of the ‘categories’ ie Calendar, w/ a check box beside it). Check the box next to the info you want to copy (it goes MUCH quicker if you copy 1 @ a time). MUCH EASIER & QUICKER THAN ANYTHING ELSE I’VE TRIED! Good luck folks!!

October 18, 2018 8:39 am

Sorry – none of these things seemed to work. I have a Samsung Galaxy S6.

May 9, 2018 2:02 am

THANKS MAN!! Could not find a solution anywhere else. It was a power saving mode problem for me too

Dave Stevens
Dave Stevens
April 28, 2018 10:55 pm

Turning off ‘Power saving mode’ on my phone (Note 8), worked for me

Liz Sanders
Liz Sanders
April 20, 2018 8:07 pm

Problem is, I removed and re-established my google account, and voila, everything is there. Three weeks later, still having the same problem and actually missed a meeting because it didn’t show on my phone. I shouldn’t have to reinstall the account every week.

February 28, 2018 5:27 pm

remove and re-establish your Google account also worked for me as well.

February 28, 2018 5:27 pm

Cheers mate, this solution worked perfectly for me

Danilo Rossini
Danilo Rossini
February 28, 2018 5:27 pm

Thank you. Power saver mode was not allowing sync many Google services