Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I recently removed a number of contacts from Gmail but their birthday's still show up in my contacts birthday's calendar I subscribe to.

I unsubscribed/resubscribed to the calendar but the birthdays for contacts I've removed are still there.

Is there a way to reload the calendar so it matches my updated contacts list?

share|improve this question
Did you delete the contacts or just remove them from the My Contacts group? – msanford Dec 1 '10 at 23:22
I actually deleted them from Contacts.app on my iPod touch and it synced with Google Sync which was setup on my touch. It's been a couple weeks and the changes still haven't been committed to my Google Calendar. However if I delete from the contacts manager in Gmail from a web browser changes are shown immediately. – Thardus Dec 23 '10 at 17:48

It seems to be an overnight process. A couple months ago I added a whole bunch of anniversaries and birthdays and they didn't actually appear in the calendar until the next day. Same when I removed some.

share|improve this answer
I found it's immediate since when I deleted from the Gmail contact manager changes were immediate on the Calendar side for birthdays. I think it had to do with deleting contacts from my iPod and having Google Sync not send those changes back properly from my iOS device. – Thardus Dec 23 '10 at 17:50

I finally figured it out while doing some cleaning in my Google Contacts.

For those who are wondering how to fix the problem I was having do the following:

  • Export Google contacts to a file on your PC
  • Delete all contacts from your Google account
  • Restore the file you just exported.

When I did that it refreshed/reloaded all my contacts and cleaned up the zombie entries.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.