Fix: Google Calendar not working on Android

Google tends to start a bunch of new projects and neglect them, but there are some overall good solutions, including Google’s own calendar. Google Calendar is there for ages and it’s an integral part of the ecosystem. However, many Android users posted about Google Calendar not working on their handsets.

We listed some common applicable solutions for Google Calendar issues below. Continue reading to find out how to tackle a variety of issues this app might run into on Android.

Table of contents:

  1. Clear cache and data from Google Calendar
  2. Inspect the connection
  3. Reinstall Google Calendar
  4. Install an older APK of Google Calendar
  5. Use the web-based Google Calendar client
  6. Send user report to Google Support

Why is my Google Calendar not loading on Android?

There are various reasons why Google Calendar won’t load, open, or is generally sluggish on Android. The most common reasons are connectivity issues and pilled-up cache and data. Although, some server-side issues might occur as well.

Either way, if you have any problems running Google Calendar on Android, make sure to check the steps we provided below.

Solution 1 – Clear cache and data from Google Calendar

The first thing you should do is completely clear locally-stored cache and data. Due to the abundance of stored cache, apps might start misbehaving. This step is simple and, since Google Calendar is a cloud-based service, you won’t lose anything.

Follow these instructions to clear cache and data from Google Calendar:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Apps (open App Manager, All apps, or Manage apps).
  3. Enable System services from the 3-dot menu.
  4. Locate Google Calendar.
  5. Tap Storage.
  6. Tap Clear Cache and then tap Clear Data.
  7. Now, locate Google Calendar Sync and do the same.
  8. Reboot your device and look for improvements.

Solution 2 – Inspect the connection

The next probable culprit for Google Calendar syncing issues is quite an obvious one. The problem is a wireless connection (or lack of it, to be precise) and you can test it inside the app with ease.

Just tap on the 3-dot icon at the top and then tap Refresh. If you get the No connection prompt, double-check your network or try switching to Mobile Data.

Moreover, if you have global issues with a network connection (slow loading speeds in other network-dependent apps), we recommend following these steps in order to troubleshoot it:

  • Reboot your handset and router/modem.
  • Disable VPN or proxy.
  • Enable Airplane mode for a minute or so and then disable it. Look for improvements.
  • Check out our article about Wi-Fi issues on Android for more solutions.
  • Reset Network Settings. Navigate to System > Reset & backup > Reset Network settings. From there, reset the Network settings. Have in mind that this will erase all saved SSIDs and Bluetooth pairings.

Solution 3 – Reinstall Google Calendar

Moving on. If the problem persists and Google Calendar is not working after the previous steps, you should reinstall the app. If the Calendar comes pre-installed as a system app, you still can uninstall all updates and then update it again. This should, hopefully, resolve the problem at hand.

Here’s how to reinstall Google Calendar on Android:

  1. Open Settings and then Apps.
  2. Choose All apps, App manager, or Manage apps based on the Android OS skin you are using.
  3. Open Google Calendar and uninstall the app.
  4. Now, navigate to Google Play Store, look for Google Calendar, and install it.
  5. Reset your handset and check whether the Calendar is working properly.

Solution 4 – Install an older APK of Google Calendar

Now, if the current version of Google Calendar is flawed for some reason, and that’s not exactly unusual for Google’s apps, you can try and install an older version.

There are third-party websites that keep versions of commonly used Android apps, including Google Calendar. Once you download the APK, grant permission, and install it, Google Calendar should work without problems.

We suggest avoiding old versions, so nothing older than 2 months should be used. If a certain app version isn’t working, you can always uninstall it and go for another one.

Follow these instructions to install an older APK of Google Calendar:

  1. Open your preferred mobile browser.
  2. Navigate to APK Mirror’s Google Calendar section.
  3. Download any APK that’s not too old nor it’s the latest version.
  4. Tap to install it and, when prompted, grant permission to install from third-party sources.
  5. Reboot your device.

Solution 5 – Use the web-based Google Calendar client

Until now, the problem should be resolved. However, if the Google Calendar app just refuses to work, you can access the web-based client. Just open Chrome, tap on the 3-dot menu, and check the Desktop site box. After that, just search for Google Calendar.

This might be unrelated, but if you access Google Calendar for the web on your PC and experience issues, make sure to clear the browser’s cache or try logging in when in Incognito mode.

Solution 6 – Send user report to Google Support

Finally, if you want to help with identifying problems or provide Google with some constructive feedback, you can do so through the app. Just open the hamburger menu from the Google Calendar and then tap Help & feedback.

With that said, we can conclude this article. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to post any questions or suggestions in the comments section below.

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