|Jul 16, 2010, 11:14 PM||#1|
Duplicate "Birthdays" Calendar
Whenever I get a new iPhone or iPad, I always set it up wrong to synch w/ MobileMe and get duplicate calendars. This usually tells you how to fix it:
This time, however, with my new iPhone 4, I could not get rid of a second calendar titled "Birthdays". I keep one calendar on iCal and MobileMe title "Birthdays" and enter birthdays into iCal in that calendar; this second duplicate "Birthdays" calendar doesn't have anything in it, but I couldn't delete it.
After two hours with Apple support, and three separate technicians, they decided that the second "Birthdays" calendar is created by Address Book, and that it could not be deleted.
So, I've got two calendars of the same name. Inelegant, but no big deal I suppose.
If anyone knows how to get rid of the second "Birthdays" created by Address Book, I would be interested to learn the trick. Otherwise, maybe this will save someone a couple of hours on the phone with Apple technical support.
|Jul 17, 2010, 08:49 AM||#2|
Hello. I am not entirely sure of the problem but I do know of a potential cause. However in order to help I may need some more information.
When you open the calendar app on the iPhone, there should be a button in the top left corner to select which calendars you want to use. When you press this, does it show different groups of calendars. For example you could have iTunes synced calendars from your mac, MobileMe calendars, Exchange calendars and another section called other.
Do you have these different sections at all and is the second calendar separate from the original calendar?
If it is in the same section then you may want to ignore whatever else I say. However since it is not an exact duplicate since it is empty it could be a different problem than you think.
One possibility is that you are syncing some kind of calendar through iTunes. This would show up as from my mac.
The second and most likely is that the second calendar is under a heading of other and is a new feature of iOS 4 where your contacts birthdays are added to a special calendar that contains them all.
|Jul 17, 2010, 11:40 AM||#3|
|Jul 17, 2010, 03:28 PM||#4|
Thanks. I think you both are right. The new calendar is a feature of iOS 4 and holds the birthdays you enter into Contacts. And it might well be easy to use that feature, but I've already spent a lot of time entering the information into iCal over the years, and don't want to do it all again.
So, I'm just stuck with two Calendars in iCal each named "Birthdays"! I can live with that, now that I know what it is. Thanks!
|May 7, 2012, 12:57 PM||#5|
I'm having the duplicate calendar issue and the problem is I can't delete the duplicate calendars! I have 15 birthday calendars and I can't delete any of them, just hide them.
|Jun 16, 2012, 05:46 PM||#8|
I found a solution to the multiple birthday calendars...
I tried deleting the contents of /var/mobile/Library/Calendar after removing all my mail and calendar accounts and it fixed the problem. I don't know if it is necessary to remove the mail accounts first, but I don't think it is. I wrote a more detailed set of instructions at,
Let me know how it works. You of course, need to be jailbroken to do this.
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