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I'm having a bad time trying to delete a subscribed calendar. I am running OSX 10.8.4 on my iMac and IOS 6 on iPhone and iPad. Whenever I delete this calendar it reappears, usually within a few seconds. I have tried deleting from each device and from iCloud, without success. Any thoughts or suggestions would be most welcome.

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Do those calendars belong to you (that is, did you create them) or are they subscribed calendars? Have you tried deleting them from – jaume Jul 12 '13 at 13:04
Thanks for your comment, Jaume. I have clarified the question (see above) It is a subscribed calendar. And yes, I have repeatedly deleted it from my iCloud account, but it still returns. – Peter Jul 13 '13 at 3:22
What is the original source of the calender. ie Google calender, Mac calender, Outlook calender...others... ? – Buscar웃 Jul 13 '13 at 6:47
How are you trying to delete the subscribed calendar? – patrix Jul 13 '13 at 6:58
Thanks so much @Buscar and patrix for these responses. Original source of the subscribed calendar was iCal, it was created by me some years ago as a course calendar when I was an academic. I am now retired and the calendar is administered by my replacement at the university. I have repeatedly tried deleting the calendar (edit > delete) on each of my devices. I have tried switching off iCloud syncing of calendars on each device, deleting the calendar from iCloud, then renewing iCloud calendar sync. Nothing works! – Peter Jul 13 '13 at 9:50

Assuming you use iCal (not specified in your question), then the Subscribed calender should appear under subscriptions.

UN-checking them will stop showing them.

If you trying to completely remove them then Right Click on the calender and Delete in the Pop up.

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If above fails lets do the "brutal" method:

  1. First make an iCal backup: Click on each calendar on the left hand side of iCal one at a time highlighting it's name and then going to File Export > Export and saving the resulting calendar file to a logical location for safekeeping.

  2. Go to iCal > Quit iCal

  3. Remove the following to the trash and restart your computer:

Home > Library > Caches >

Home > Library > Calendars > Calendar Cache, Cache, Cache 1, 2, 3, etc. (Do not remove Sync Cache or Theme Cache if present)

Launch iCal and test.

If the issue still persists at this point:

Remove the following to the trash and restart your computer:

Home > Library > Caches >

Home > Library > Calendars > Calendar Cache, Cache, Cache 1, 2, 3, etc. (Do not remove Sync Cache or Theme Cache if present)

Home > Library > Preferences > (There may be more than one of these. Remove them all.)

---NOTE: Removing these files may remove any shared (CalDAV) calendars you may have access to. You will have to re-add those calendars to iCal > Preferences > Accounts.

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Thanks, Buscar, for this detailed information. I have tried the normal deletion method, with a few tweaks (see my comment above) and will now proceed to your 'brutal' method with the cache files. I have no other shared or subscribed calendars — in retirement, I am pleased to be able to manage on my Personal calendar only. Will let you know whether it works. Regards. – Peter Jul 13 '13 at 9:58

I was having this same problem getting rid of old calendars. They kept popping back on. I figured that all of my electronics were back feeding each other. I got the iCloud calendar on my monitor, the calendars on my laptop, iPad and phone all displayed. Then I deleted one calendar from each of them as fast as I could. Then I took the next one and deleted it in sequence as fast as I could. They are gone and have not reappeared. I hope this works for others.

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