September 17, 2010

Duplicate Blackberry calendar entries

Do you use multiple calendars on your Blackberry? Have you ever had a problem with calendar entries duplicating for some reason and the "default" calendar showing out of nowhere? One of the triggers of such a situation, at least in my case was the integration with the Facebook calendar. At some point (I think it was after the last Facebook update) the FB calendar just merged with the default one and entries appeared duplicated. Well, in case any of you did encounter such issues I have a few solutions to this problem.

Solution 1:
  1. Go to your calendar -> Menu button -> Options -> Go to the "Default" calendar
  2. Take a look at "Number of entries"
  3. If the number is relatively low then just go back to your calendar and try to locate the entries associated with the "Default" calendar and simply delete them.
  4. After you do so, the "Default" calendar will simply disappear

Solution 2:
  1. You can try to merge the "Default" calendar with your main calendar (such as
  2. Go to your calendar -> Menu button -> Options -> select the "Default" calendar -> type (yes, just type it on your BB keyboard) the letters "move" -> a prompt will appear asking if you would like to merge the "Default" calendar with your main one.
  3. Confirm and you have a good chance that the duplicates will merge and the entries which were missing will become part of your calendar.
Solution 3:

This is the ultimate solution which is going to solve your problem for sure, but it is a little more time consuming than the other two mentioned above. The procedure has been taken from a Blackberry Support Forum and provided by JSanders. Just make sure that you make the necessary backups beforehand as it might delete all calendar databases. Here it goes..

"If you are having errors in your Calendar or Address Book on your BlackBerry, and you wish to delete the entire Calendar (or Address Book) database on your BlackBerry, follow the directions below. Make certain you have a good copy of your Calendar or Contacts elsewhere, as this procedure will complete delete ALL Calendar entries and/or Address Book entries on your BlackBerry.
  1. Open Desktop Manager on your PC.
  2. Open up Backup/Restore > Advanced.
  3. From Advanced you'll see a split pane screen. The left pane is what is going to be backed up from your device and the right is a list of the currently existing databases.
  4. Highlight on the right side your Address Book database (or your Calendar database) and click the arrow in the middle pointing to the left. This will copy the information over and prepare it for back-up.
  5. Once the back-up has completed, hit the Clear button at the bottom to erase and clean out the entire address book database (or Calendar database).
  6. After it's finished, it will ask you if you want to save the back-up you've created, say yes and check the device to make sure the address book (or calendar) has been properly cleared out. Now, resync the necessary contact information and you should be set to go."

1 comment:

  1. Solution #2 worked me, after I figured out that "select the "Default" calendar" meant to just highlight and not to actually tap or hit enter on it!