Remove Google+ Contact Birthdays from your Calendar

It’s bad enough I have to have people in Google+ circles, why do I have to have their bloomin’ birthdays in my Google Calendar? This isn’t Facebook you know!

Sorry, bad news everyone – this doesn’t work anymore…

Update 8th January 2015: Google have removed Birthdays from the list of “interesting” calendars in the More tab, so these instructions no longer work 🙁

…but here’s some good news!

Update 25th February 2015: Looks like Google are making changes – good news for google calendar birthday haters?

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If you’re building up a collection of contacts in your Google+ circles and you use the Google Calendar, you’ve probably noticed their birthday’s appearing in your diary.

We all know (don’t we?) how easy it is to hide a calendar by clicking on the little colour box in the sidebar key, but what if you want it removed more permanently? It’s not as easy as it should be.

How to remove Google+ birthdays from your calendar

1) Click on the little dropdown arrow next to “My calendars” and click “Settings”

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2) On the next screen we see the list of your calendars.

calendar2Hang on, how come “Show in List” is greyed out and there’s no Unsubscribe link? That’s a bit cheeky!

3) Look for that little “Browse interesting calendars” link at the bottom and click it.

4) Click on the “More” tab under “Interesting Calendars” and now the “Unsubscribe” link appears for Birthdays. Click it and wave it goodbye!

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I’m sorry Google, you’re going to have to try harder to stop me being a grumpy old man.

 

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Jonathan Gwyer first delved into geekery with a ZX81 in 1981 and has been working in IT since 1990.

A Microsoft Certified Professional with many years of large corporate experience and training, he now focuses on helping small businesses make the most of their IT.
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  • cayhorstmann

    Thank you!!! This was driving me crazy.

    • You’re welcome 🙂

      Still annoying me – every now and then it comes back. I need a “bah humbug” setting!

      • George Smyth

        I agree – I got rid of the birthdays then today they all came back again.

        Frustrating.

  • levelheaded

    THANK YOU!

  • Thank you!

  • Karen Durant

    Thanks a million – that was really really helpful. @KarenDurant

  • Heather Kara

    Birthdays option doesn’t appear under More tab. Yikes! I can’t get rid of it!

    • Hi, Heather,

      It’s not in my list now, either. They’ve stopped us being able to remove it.

      I really don’t understand why – shame on you Google!

      Thanks for letting me know, I’ve updated the post to point out the fix is no longer a fix 🙁

  • David

    Google only makes me want to delete Google+ completely when they take every opportunity to shove it in my face.

    • I don’t understand their logic at all – perhaps they think that if they slap you in the face enough times, eventually you will enjoy it?

      It gives me some inspiration for another, ranting blog post. But only mild inspiration and I’m not sure I want to waste the energy on it!

      Wonder how long it will be until someone brings out a Chrome extension that hides them?

  • Rob Barrett

    Whilst the option to remove Birthdays is still greyed out under the Calendar Settings, if you look at the list of ‘My calendars’ on the left of the main screen, you should be able to click the coloured box next to ‘Birthdays’ to hide these from the calendar view.

    • Nick Brown

      Yep, that did it! Thanks!

  • fredphoesh

    Sorry, google have just stopped this one from working too… the Birthdays calendar is not visible in the Browse Interesting Calendars > More
    WHAT A PAIN, I HATE THIS.

  • fredphoesh

    I would like my contact’s birthdays, but NOT Google Plus people, 95% of whom I do not know at all!

  • Looks like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for us Google+ birthday haters!

    http://www.deargeek.co.uk/2015/02/good-news-for-google-calendar-birthday-haters/

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