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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

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