One of Google’s key Android apps is a significant change in terms of compatibility: the calendar will only be available to Android 8.0 Oreo users at the very least. This means that if you have a phone or tablet that can’t be updated to that version, sooner or later you’ll run out of Google Calendar. Although there are always solutions to deal with the problem.

The end of support for Android versions below 8.0 is clear: the latest update to Google Calendar has raised the minimum API level, a sign that old devices will be locked out of access to the app. It won’t be immediate, and there will still be time to adapt to the change. It probably won’t even affect you: Android 8 Oreo has been around for six years; so you should have a very old phone or tablet for Calendar to cut you off.

You can use an outdated app for as long as Google wants to

Google Calendar is an Android application that is included in Google Apps, the software that integrates with all devices certified by the company. The app communicates with Google’s servers to access events and reminders stored in the personal account. And once Google deems that access to older Androids poses a risk because it does not have the security guarantees of the most current Android APIs, access will be cut off.

In the latest update, Calendar includes a hidden warning aimed at phones running Android 7 or lower, those that are left out of the minimum version to guarantee use: Android 8.0 Oreo. Once Google turns on the access limitation, it’s probably impossible to use an outdated app. In the meantime, you can keep yours without risking losing access to your appointments and reminders.

You can continue to use the calendar app without a problem even if you have an old Android: Google has not yet announced a closing date
There are still a few months until Google Calendar stops working on Android phones that are more than six years old and as long as they have not been able to update to Android 8.0. You don’t have to worry until Google gives an ultimatum, which hasn’t happened yet.
Do you want to continue using Google Calendar without changing your phone once the tap is turned off? It’s best to use another calendar app that has Google Calendar synchronization and is suitable for versions lower than Android 8. For example:
  • TickTick. An excellent calendar and to-do app that syncs with Google account and, as we’re interested in, is compatible with Android 4.4 and above. TickTick is free in its basic usage and offers a subscription for its more advanced uses. It is available on Google Play.
  • S Calendar. Simple, with a minimalist design, very complete and compatible with Google Calendar synchronization. It has ads, the usual in-app purchases, and is compatible with Android 5.1 and above. You can find it here.
  • Nine – Email & Calendar. A complete combo that not only includes a calendar compatible with Google synchronization, it also offers email service and is compatible with Android 5 and above, perfect for what we are looking for. It has ads, optional subscription, and is available on Google Play.

The main problem with other calendar applications is that they tend to include ads (usually not too intrusive) and hide the advanced functions within a subscription (without prejudice to the essential use of a calendar). Still, the examples we’ve selected for you are perfectly valid to replace Google Calendar when it finally stops working. Remember that the final end can take months to arrive.

The Alternative Without Installation: Google Calendar on Web

It’s not as convenient as having an app installed, but it helps you check upcoming appointments, plan new ones, and see the different views by day and month. Google reduces the possibilities to a minimum and maintains a rather outdated design, but access from the web browser is more than valid for easy use of the calendar. If you don’t want to install other apps, it might work.

To access the Google calendar you just need to access this link from your mobile phone and log in.

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