How To Clear & Delete All Events from Google Calendar

Posted by Jamie on January 30, 2019

Google Calendar is another of Google’s suite of apps that I use a lot. It’s free, integrated into other apps, accessible from anywhere, including my Android phone and so simple to use. If you’re moving across from Outlook or other calendar app it may take a little time to get used to, but once you’re there, you will never look back. This tutorial is going to show you how to clear all events from your Google Calendar but will also outline a few other techniques for managing your calendar too.

One reason you might want to clear all events from your Google Calendar is if you’re importing it from Outlook. Sometimes, the two create duplicate events for every imported reminder so you end up with two of everything. If you clear your Google Calendar, you still have all your events in Outlook or other app to copy across again.

Clear all events from Google Calendar

Google Calendar is as easy to manage as all the other Google apps but sometimes it takes a little digging around to find certain options.

  1. Log into Google Calendar here.
  2. Select the gear icon in the top right and select Settings.
  3. Select the calendar you want to clear from the left menu.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the center screen and select Delete in the Remove calendar box.
  5. Acknowledge the warning that tells you ‘You are about to permanently delete all events on your primary calendar. This action cannot be undone.’
  6. Select the checkbox to acknowledge ‘Yes, I definitely want to delete all of the events on my calendar.’
  7. Select Delete all events.

Your calendar will now disappear and you can create a fresh one as you require.

Create new events in Google Calendar

Once deleted, you can now create a new calendar and either create new events or import again from Outlook or other calendar app.

To create a new calendar, do this:

  1. Log into Google Calendar.
  2. Select the gear icon in the top right and select Settings.
  3. Select Add calendar from the left menu and select New calendar.
  4. Give it a name and description and select Create Calendar.

You can also create a calendar event from within Google Search to save time. If you use Google as your default search engine you can type in an event and create it directly from search without going into Calendar.

  1. Type in an event in the Search bar. Something like ‘appointment with vet at 12:30’.
  2. Hit search and select Create Events in the top return within the results.
  3. The event will be transferred to your calendar and will result in a reminder just as you would expect.

Import events from Outlook to Google Calendar

If you’re switching from Outlook to Google Calendar, you can quickly import one to the other. It can create double entries but now you know how to clear your calendar, you can retry import until it works.

  1. Open Outlook and select the Calendar.
  2. Select Save Calendar from the right and save it as an iCalendar file.
  3. Select Date Range and set a range of select Whole Calendar.
  4. Select OK and Save.
  5. Open Google Calendar and select Settings.
  6. Select Import & Export in the left menu pane.
  7. Select file from your computer and import the iCalendar file you just created.
  8. Select Import and wait for it to complete.

Depending on the size of your Outlook calendar, this could take a few seconds or a minute or two. If you’re lucky, there will be no duplicate entry issue but this process is prone to it.

Add interest calendars to Google Calendar

While we use Google Calendar to manage work and life, you can also use it to track other events too. There are a range of options to choose from. I have one that follows NFL. There are some for other sports and activities too.

  1. Log into Google Calendar.
  2. Select the gear icon in the top right and select Settings.
  3. Select Add calendar from the left menu and select Browse calendars of interest.
  4. Select an option from the list and check the box next to it to import.

When you go back to your calendar you should see those events added to your main view. I have all the upcoming games within my calendar so I know who is playing whom, where and when. There are options other than football though.

So that’s how to clear all events from Google Calendar. We also covered creating a new calendar, creating events from Google Search, importing from Outlook and adding calendars of interest. Got any other Google Calendar tips to share? Tell us about them below if you do!

One thought on “How To Clear & Delete All Events from Google Calendar”

Jennifer Patterson says:
I have 2 google calendars that I cannot delete. When I am at the calendar the only options I have is to only display that calendar or to change the color. When I go into settings the 2 calendars do not even show up so I cannot delete them. I have already spent an hour trying to figure something out. I have googled it but I am not finding anything helpful. Do you happen to have some advise?

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