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Check in, set watched, add to collection and skip

Each episode displays a button bar with four actions:

Episode actions

  • Check in via trakt if you are watching right now.
  • Set watched if you have (just) watched this.
  • Add to collection if you purchased (DVD, Blu-Ray) or downloaded this.
  • Skip if you don't want to watch this episode right now. (Not synced with trakt!)

Tip On Android you can touch and hold most buttons to show a brief description.

How check-ins work

Check-in to let friends or the world know what you are watching right now. Checking in requires you to connect SeriesGuide with trakt.

After the runtime of the episode or movie has passed, the episode or movie will be set watched on your trakt profile and in SeriesGuide.

Remove a show

To remove a show:

  1. From the show list, touch Menu of a show.
  2. Touch Remove.

Restore a hidden show

To restore a hidden show:

  1. From the show list, touch the funnel-shaped icon Filter shows.
  2. Touch Remove all filters.
  3. Touch the funnel-shaped icon Filter shows again, then touch Hidden.
  4. Touch Menu of a show, then touch Un-Hide.
  5. Touch the funnel-shaped icon Filter shows again, then touch Remove all filters.

Manually update shows

Update a single show:

  1. From the show list, touch Menu of a show.
  2. Select Update.

Update all shows:

  1. From the show list, touch Menu .
  2. Touch Advanced.
  3. Touch Update (outdated only) or Update (all).

Backup or restore your data

To backup or restore your shows, lists and movies:

  1. From the show list, swipe from the left edge to open the navigation drawer.
  2. Touch Settings > Backup/Restore.
  3. Follow the instructions.

On Android 4.4 (KitKat) and up you can choose where the backup files should be stored or which ones to restore from.

On older versions, the backup tool will create a SeriesGuide folder inside your devices Download folder (accessible with a file manager; the exact path is displayed by the backup tool). There it will store your backup inside of JSON files.

To restore your backup on another device, copy the SeriesGuide folder into the Download folder of that device (e.g. email yourself the files or plug into a computer via USB) and use the restore tool in SeriesGuide.

Tip Some users save their backup files to e.g. Dropbox/Google Drive/OneDrive.

Restore your data from an Auto-Backup

SeriesGuide creates weekly automatic backups to the "Download/SeriesGuide/AutoBackup" folder on your device (use a file manager to view it). You can turn this off or choose custom backup files (Android 4.4 and up) in settings.

To restore an Auto-Backup:

  1. From the show list, swipe from the left edge to open the navigation drawer.
  2. Touch Settings > Auto Backup.
  3. Look for the Restore Auto-Backup button to restore the last auto-backup.

Change the app language

If available, SeriesGuide will use the language your Android device is set to. Otherwise it will fall back to English. To change the language of your Android device look in the Android Settings app.

Note All translations come from amazing volunteers who translate on crowdin. Please consider to translate or proof read as well!

Should I connect to SeriesGuide Cloud or trakt?

It depends on the devices and apps you use. Also keep in mind that SeriesGuide Cloud is experimental and not available for the Amazon version.

SeriesGuide Cloud
You only use SeriesGuide on all your devices. You want to sync the favorite and hidden state of shows. You want to sync the skipped state of episodes, in addition to their watched/collected state.
You use other apps connected to trakt (e.g. apps on iOS, a media center) or the trakt website to access and sync your trakt library, to check in, mark episodes watched/collected or modify your movie watchlist and collection.

To connect to either service:

  1. From the show list, swipe from the left edge to open the navigation drawer.
  2. Touch Settings and look for the Services section.

Note You can be connected to SeriesGuide Cloud and trakt at the same time. Checking in, setting watched/collected, commenting, rating, etc. will still be sent to trakt. However, sync with trakt will be disabled (episode watched/collected state sync, movie watchlist and collection sync).

Tip You can always change your mind! First, disconnect SeriesGuide Cloud and trakt. Then, sign in again into either SeriesGuide Cloud or trakt. The shows and movies on your device will be merged with the data already existing on the service you signed into.

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If you found an error in the translation drop a message.

Even better, consider to translate or proof read on crowdin!

Watch shows or movies

You can not watch shows or movies within SeriesGuide.

However, below each episode or in the menu of each movie you will find links to popular services where you can (depending on your country) watch or purchase content.

Shows or episodes are not updated regularly

Make sure Turn on Auto Update is enabled in SeriesGuide settings (swipe from the left edge, touch Settings > Basics) and you have a working internet connection.

Make sure that Auto-sync data ("global sync") is enabled in the Android Settings app (on Android 5 and up, see Accounts > Menu ; on Android 4.4 and below, see Data usage > Menu ).

Note You can check the last time SeriesGuide did sync by looking at the SeriesGuide account in the Android Settings app (see Accounts).

If all is configured correctly, try to manually update the show.

As a last resort, remove the show and add it again.

Note Keep in mind that more information might not be available, yet or your connection is temporarily broken (it happens, the internet is not perfect).

Missing or incorrect information about shows, episodes or movies

Note If search in the Add show screen (which is powered by trakt) can't find a show , it maybe is not or can't be added on trakt, yet. Check out how to add a missing TV show on trakt for details.

First of all, make sure Auto Update is working.

Otherwise, the information on TheTVDb (shows) or TMDb (movies) might be wrong or outdated. SeriesGuide gets its data from, an open user-maintained TV database and, an open user-maintained movie database.

You may consider helping those projects to add or update show and movie information. Look on their websites for further information: Guidelines for, About

Wrong air/release times

SeriesGuide gets its data from, an open user-maintained TV database (see above) and trakt. The release times there are restricted to the original release in the country of origin.

Tip If you want local listings and listings of re-broadcasts, please look for a suitable TV guide offering in your region.

If the release country is known (check a show's trakt page), SeriesGuide will assume the release time to be in a timezone of this country (e.g. Eastern Time for US shows, British Time for British shows, Central European Time for German shows, ...) and convert it to your device time zone.

If the release country is not known, SeriesGuide will assume the country to be the United States of America.

Info If your device is set to a US mainland time zone, SeriesGuide will automatically adjust the release time (e.g. one hour earlier in Central Time).

If the country displayed on trakt is not correct, please submit a request for improvement and proof of your claim (link to show website, ...) with trakt support.

If the country on trakt is correct, but you believe a release time is incorrectly converted in SeriesGuide, please drop a message.

The widget displays no data or is missing

You may have moved SeriesGuide to the SD card/external storage. For SeriesGuide to work properly it has to be installed on your device/internal memory. Move it back and everything should be fine again (if not, try rebooting your device).

If you are running MIUI (e.g. Xiaomi devices), make sure to allow SeriesGuide to run on start-up in your security settings and to disable managed battery usage for the app.

After changing the time zone, times are incorrect

Please stop SeriesGuide and restart it:

  1. Open the Settings app from the app drawer.
  2. Touch on Apps.
  3. Find SeriesGuide in the list of downloaded apps and tap on it.
  4. Touch Force stop.
  5. From your launcher, start SeriesGuide again.

If that won't help, try to update all shows.

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Connect to trakt

  1. From the show list, swipe from the left edge to open the navigation drawer.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Touch trakt and follow the given instructions.

Troubleshooting If you can't connect (white screen, error message), trakt may currently be unreachable (check @trakt and @SeriesGuide for status updates). Please try again later.

Try to turn off any proxy or VPN (e.g. for ad blocking). Try to clear the SeriesGuide cache (in Android Settings, in Apps find SeriesGuide, then touch Clear Cache).

When using a privacy tool (e.g. a Xposed module), make sure SeriesGuide has access to the Android account system. It needs an account to store your trakt credentials and sync.

If your issue persists, please contact me about what is going wrong (e.g. send a screenshot).

Add shows from your trakt library

  1. From the show list, touch Add show.
  2. Swipe to the Watched or Collection tab.
  3. Touch on the + next to a show to add it to SeriesGuide.

Info SeriesGuide will sync which episodes are already watched and collected from trakt after adding a show.

What is synced with trakt

Submitted immediately to trakt. On the next sync checked-in episodes (via SeriesGuide or trakt) are marked as watched within SeriesGuide on all your devices.

Episode watched and collected flags
Movie watchlist and collection
Changes in SeriesGuide are sent immediately to trakt. Changes on trakt (e.g. by SeriesGuide on your other devices) will appear on the next sync.

Drop a message!

Tweet @SeriesGuide, post to the SeriesGuide Community or email me.