How to restore missing Google Calendar events on Android

If you switched to a new device or removed your Google account from the current device for some reason, everything should sync again and all apps associated with your account, including Calendar, should restore. But, as some users reported, that’s not the case. It seems that Google Calendar events are missing for some Android users and that’s most likely a blunder on Google’s side. Nonetheless, it’s worth checking some steps we listed below and try and get them back.

Google Calendar events are missing

Table of contents:

  1. Use a PC to check the Trash
  2. Restore backup
  3. Enable the Events from Gmail feature
  4. Reinstall the app
  5. Remove and add Google account again

1. Use a PC to check the Trash

After some time, Google decided that’s worth to preserve deleted events for a 30-days period and let you restore them. You can do this only on a PC at this moment. So, if some of your events are missing, you can look up for them in the Trash. If the problem isn’t sync-related, there’s a chance that you’ll be able to locate a missing event in there.

If you’re not sure how to do it, follow the instructions below:

  1. Open Google Calendar on your PC web browser and sign in with the preferred Gmail account.
  2. Navigate to My Calendar on the left side and open the drop-down menu from your Calendar.
  3. Click View Trash.
  4. There you can find possibly deleted events.
  5. Mark preferred events and click on Restore selected events.

Have in mind that Google Calendar stores only 30-days old deleted events. If you’re unable to find these, move on to the next step.

2. Restore backup

It’s a well-known fact that backup is a saver. You should frequently back up everything available in case something goes wrong. The same goes for Google Calendar. There are so many scenarios that can cause data loss, and most of them are not even the users’ fault. Of course, no one ever expects this from a first-party app like the Calendar. So, if you’ve exported Google Calendar timely, now you can restore all missing events and resolve the issue in a few easy steps.

Again, you’ll need to use a web browser on your PC and move from there in order to import saved calendars to your Google Account.

Follow the instructions below to do so:

  1. Open Google Calendar in your PC web browser.
  2. From the top right side, open Settings.
  3. Open the Calendars card.
  4. Click Import Calendars.
  5. Extract ICS or CSV files from an exported ZIP file.
  6. Click Choose file and select the exported file associated with your calendar.
  7. Choose Import.

That should help you retrieve the missing events and resolve the problem. Now, once you’ve synced Google Calendar on your Android handset, you should be able to access all events just like before the issue emerged. And if you’re unsure how to export calendars for further use, these are the instructions you should follow:

  1. Open Google Calendar in your PC web browser.
  2. From the top right side, open Settings.
  3. Open the Calendars card.
  4. Click Export Calendars.
  5. This will initiate an automatic download of your calendars. Calendars will be stored in a ZIP file.

3. Enable the Events from Gmail feature

Not all events are exclusively generic (holidays or birthdays) or manually created (to-do’s), some of them might come from Gmail. And if your issue is related to Gmail imported events, there might be a simple solution. Google Calendar should be able to access those by default but the settings might have changed after re-establishing the account.

Because of that, we advise you to check Settings and see for yourself:

  1. Open the Google Calendar app on your Android device.
  2. Open the 3-line drop-down menu.
  3. Navigate to Settings.
  4. Tap Events from Gmail.
  5. Enable Add events from Gmail.

In addition, make sure that your device’s time and date are properly set.

4. Reinstall the app

Also, you might want to start from scratch and reinstall the app. This will result in a fresh automatic restore and, presumably, your missing events should be recovered. On the other hand, if the app is mandatorily installed on your device as a built-in tool, you can restore it to factory settings.

Follow the instructions below to reinstall the Google Calendar app:

  1. Open the drawer or app menu on your device.
  2. Tap and hold on the Google Calendar app, draw it to the top, and Uninstall it.
  3. Restart your device.
  4. Open Play Store and search for Google Calendar.
  5. Tap Install.
  6. After the procedure is finished, check for the missing events within the app.

5. Remove and add Google account again

Finally, removing and adding your Google Account again should also restore everything again, so make sure to give it a go. Once you remove the account, you’ll be automatically signed out of Google apps running on your device. Signing in again will get your data back.

Here’s how to remove and add your Google account on Android:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Accounts.
  3. Select Google.
  4. Remove the account.
  5. Restart your device.
  6. Sign in with your account again.

That should do it. We certainly hope that this was a useful read for you. Don’t forget that you have many alternative clients, so if you have had hard times in the past, you can always try an alternative. In case you have any questions, suggestions, or even remarks, we’ll be glad to hear from you. Thanks for reading and feel free to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for additional content on all things Android and iOS.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in June 2017. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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Jim Levy
Jim Levy
November 8, 2017 5:24 pm

Very interesting article. I have a problem. Google calendar events in my PC, older than 5 years vanish on a daily basis. I have been using google calendar for about 10 years and I cant stop this from happening. Everything from 5 years ago through 10 years ago is gone. I haven’t found any way to retrieve old events and even if I did they would undoubtedly disappear again. Is there a way to set google calendar NOT to delete old events and to retrieve lost ones? Thanks.

Camille Saccente
Camille Saccente
February 28, 2018 5:47 pm

I have the same issue. I’m still trying to find out where my old appointments in Google calendar have gone. They weren’t deleted by me.

Denise
Denise
January 25, 2019 11:03 am
Reply to  Camille Saccente

I’m having the same problem Camille. Did you by any chance find a solution? Thanks

Camille Saccente
Camille Saccente
December 18, 2017 2:39 pm

I have the same issue. I’m still trying to find out where my old appointments in Google calendar have gone. They weren’t deleted by me.

Sheila Berkowitz
Sheila Berkowitz
February 27, 2020 1:22 am

My Google calendar and Outlook calendar sync back and forth. I have lost everything. Tried some of these options and nothing works..Help!!!

jens casupei
jens casupei
April 10, 2021 11:01 am

My Google Calendar was just blank this morning, everything was gone. Can’t find it in trash, it’s not on my android phone and not on my pc. Events, reminders etc. is gone. Where have it all gone and how can I get it back?

Chuck McQ
Chuck McQ
March 19, 2021 5:29 am

When I try to download a video using Loader Droid, it downloads it as a text file only. Any idea what I’m doing wrong? LG Android K51 with AOS 10.

Nykeri
Nykeri
May 21, 2020 1:44 pm

None of the above solutions worked for me. I had the same issue with Samsung/Google Calendars. My calendar entries in app(s) disappeared all of a sudden while being visible on Google Calendar web app. Here’s what worked for me.

Possible Solution
1. Delete the calendar data in settings
– Settings > Apps > Calendar > Storage > Clear Data
2. Manually resync in app
– Calendar App > Hamburger Menu (3 lines icon) > Sync Now

Daniela Gerlach
Daniela Gerlach
November 26, 2019 9:05 am

THANK YOU so much!!!!!

janettejb
janettejb
May 1, 2018 8:25 pm

I went to Trash on my PC and wa-la! over 90 events to Restore and fixed. Excellent. thank you.

Sienna Davids
Sienna Davids
April 26, 2018 7:03 pm

Ignore what the article says about checking the Google calender bin (or trash as they refer to it, though Google calls it bin) only being possible on a PC. That’s nonsense, all you have to do is go to the calendar using a browser on your mobile device and in the page options/settings select the checkbox that says ‘desktop site’ and you’ll have exactly the same access as when using a PC – simple!

Ebi BURUTOLU
Ebi BURUTOLU
April 4, 2021 4:55 pm
Reply to  Sienna Davids

Missing calendar type restored already by your kind response and guidance. Thanks.