How to Unsubscribe from Google Birthdays Calendar

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In the frenzy of the holidays, you may have missed Google’s little gift to you: they have subscribed you to the Google Birthdays calendar – whether you want it or not. Now you will be notified of every single birthday that every single person in your G+ circles has – whether you want it or not. Oh, and they have made it nearly impossible to figure out how to delete or unsubscribe from the Birthday calendar. So, here is how to unsubscribe from the Google Birthdays Calendar.

In case you haven’t checked in there for a while, when you go to your Google calendar, you will see immediately that your calendar is now populated with countless birthdays of all of the people in your Google+ circles.

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That is, of course, because Google has ‘helpfully’ added the Google Birthdays calendar to your Google calendar.

google birthdays calendar listing

Gee, thanks, Google.


 

To get rid of the offending Birthdays calendar, follow these steps.

How to Delete the Google Birthdays Calendar

From your Google calendar page, click on the Settings icon, and select ‘Settings’:

google settings

Now click on ‘Calendars’:

google calendar settings

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How to Unsubscribe from Google Birthdays Calendar

Part-way down the page, on the right, click on “Browse interesting calendars” (yes, that’s intuitive):

browse interesting calendars

 

From the “Interesting calendars” page, click on “More” along the top:

google interesting calendars more

This will bring you to a list of calenders that incudes the Google Birthdays calendar, from which you can now unsubscribe.

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10 Replies to “How to Unsubscribe from Google Birthdays Calendar”

  1. I logged into my account and followed the instructions. Birthdays do not appear in the ‘other’ list. Birthdays do show up in the list of calendars I have, and there is no way to get rid of it. I have deleted all events from my calendar, since I do not use it, yet one person shows up in a birthday listing. I have deleted all my circles, since I do not use them either.

    PS: Your ‘captcha’ below with balls, pyramids and rings is cute.

  2. In our experience, Birthdays is only available for unsubscribing/deleting the Birthdays calendar *if you are already subscribed to it* – for the folks who aren’t finding it to remove it, are you definitely already subscribed to it?

  3. Same here – using Google corporate account, following these instructions, Birthdays is not not be found as an option under “more”. Any other hints?

  4. Yes, same here as Dan. Birthdays is not an option. I’ve already spent 30 minutes “poking around” and researching this. Are their any new ideas besides closing all Google accounts (looking like a more and more attractive option)?.

  5. Yes, same here as Dan. Birthdays is not an option when following these instructions. WTF Google?

  6. Andy, yes, it is greyed out on the regular interface page; you have to follow the above directions to get to where you can unsubscribe.

  7. I have birthdays listed under my Calendar option, and the ability to deselect it is greyed out.

  8. Dan, of course without being logged in to your account, we can’t know exactly what is going on, but we’d suggest poking around all the various links there that offer you additional calendars. Also, try logging out of Google, and then back in, and then following the instructions again.

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