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edwardaggie98 Level 1 Level 1

I haven't seen a question about this posted since iOS 5 came out (and most seem to come from the last decade).


I'm running iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 and my iPad 2. I use both iCloud calendars and I subscribe to a number of Google calendars, as well. This problem only manifests itself with the subscribed calendars. I'm glad that you can finally customize the color of a subscribed calendar, but your choices don't stick. I want my work calendar to be red, my travel calendar to be blue, my personal calendar to be green, and a fourth orange. I have set these by clicking on the Calendars tab at the top to show the list of calendars, then tapping Edit, and then setting the colors.


I don't know when it does this, but it will always change the colors to something else. And it's not consistent between the iPhone and iPad. So, for example, the work calendar, which I had set as red, is now purple on my iPad. It's green on my iPhone. I realize the color might not sync between devices, but if I set it as red on both, why is it changing them to something else?


Only thing I can tell is perhaps it happened when the iPad's screen shut off, or maybe when it synced.


Is this a known issue? Is there a workaround?

  • seanlun Level 1 Level 1

    I have five subscribed calendars on my iPad, and four of them are on my iPhone as well. And since updating to iOS 5, I have been having the same issue. This does not happen with any of my iCloud calendars, just the subscribed ones. Unfortunately, I don't have a fix either. I was here looking for one myself. But I thought I'd chime in just to say I'm dealing with the same thing.

  • skyhigh330 Level 1 Level 1

    Hi all, same problem here and I'm glad this issue has finally come to light.  I have two Google calendars and two subscribed calendars on my iPhone.  I can manually change the colours of the subscribed calendars, but upon the first fetching of data the colours simply change.  I have no idea where the default colours are coming from.


    Having the wrong colours really ruins the user experience of the calendar app, as now I have to think twice about what calendar I am viewing rather than intuitively knowing by the colour.


    Please recognise and sort this out Apple!

  • skyhigh330 Level 1 Level 1

    I've just downloaded Week Cal iPhone app, and my initial impressions are that it seems to do the job much better than the standard calendar app.  Colours can be set (and stay that way) and the views are better.  Only downside is no date on the app icon, but that's worth putting up with if it means my calendar colours are correct.

  • stmalia Level 1 Level 1

    Just posted a similar question - wish I'd seen this first.  I have the same problem - what's odd is that the calendar color does NOT change on my iPhone - just my iPad.  Only thing I can point to that might be different is that I recently restored my phone to factory settings, and have not done so with the iPad.  Maybe restoring & starting fresh (i.e., not restore from backup) eliminates the problem...

  • Level 1 Level 1

    Same issue here... only subscribed calendars. Sometimes changes the colour immediately, other times it changes a few days later. Either way it will not stay the colour I have chosen!! Soo annoying!!!

  • sunilfromtoronto Level 1 Level 1

    I have the exact same issue - also only with my subscribed calendars. The 2 Exchane accounts that I have, do not have this issue with their calanders colors. Just the 3 subscribed ones.


    Apple Help!!

  • Dirk St. Level 1 Level 1

    Same problem here!


    Subscribed calendar (*.ics file) will hold its custom color, no matter what different color I select on my iPhone 4s. It changes the color as I choose it, but when resyncing with the server that hosts the *.ics file, the custom color is reset.


    No (more) problems with my Google echange calendar, the selected color stays the same (was a problem with iOS 4.x.x).


    @Apple: what´s wrong? 

  • dave.kirshner Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having the same issue also! This is really a drag, as the subscribed calendar I'm attemping to change to red is defaulting back to green, which is my "home" calendar. This is really frustrating. Is there any known fix for this? Workaround??

  • lel87 Level 1 Level 1

    i have this problem too!! if any of y'all figure it out please let me know!! so frustrating

  • sfnicoya Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem with ONE subscribed calendar on iPhone 4.  I have three subscribed calendars and three Google calendars on iPhone, iPad and Mac and one of the subcribed calendars keeps changing to Purple no matter what i try to keep it as Orange. The funny thing is the IPad and Mac are not affected, just the iPhone.

    Hope there's a fix in the works.

  • JasonGough Level 1 Level 1

    Me too Im afraid.

    Subscribed sports calendars keep changing colour. Very annoying :(


    Hope this gets fixed in the next iOS version.

  • PaulB Level 2 Level 2

    Just ran across this same issue and found a mention elsewhere that the color of a subscribed calendar can only be set the first time the calendar is added to iCal. After pasting the URL adjust the settings in the panel (name, color, reminders...). Although you can access that same panel later, subsequent changes after the calendar is added don't stick and the calendar will revert to this original setting.

  • SoccerNutt10 Level 1 Level 1

    Mine keepes changing all the time to different colors. I even tried setting the colors in google. I wish some one would come up with a fix.

  • JasonGough Level 1 Level 1

    I've got what i think is a pretty good fix to this.


    subscribing to calandars via iCal on your Mac is the way to go. you can subscribe, set the colour and tell it to push via iCloud to your iOS devices. they come through with the correct colour and stay that way.


    all good


    however, i can't seem to delete the subscribed calandars i have on my iPhone. every time i delete the subscription, they just come back in again! quite annoying, but at least you can untick it so that it doesn't show up. which it would go away for good though.


    much happier now i'm controlling everything through iCal and iCloud

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