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Check in, set watched, add to collection and skip

Each episode or movie displays a button bar with up to four actions:

Episode actions

  • Check in via trakt if you are watching right now. (Not available if SeriesGuide Cloud is connected.)
  • Set watched if you have watched this.
  • Add to collection if you purchased (DVD, Blu-Ray) or downloaded this.
  • Skip if you don't want to watch this right now. (Only for episodes, not synced with trakt)

Note 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 only 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 More options 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 More options 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 More options of a show.
  2. Select Update.

Update all shows:

  1. From the show list, touch More options .
  2. Touch Sync manually.
  3. Touch Sync & Update.

Note You can force a re-download of all shows using Sync & Download all.

Backup or restore your data

To backup or restore your shows, lists and movies:

  1. From the show list, tap Open 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. You might have to enable Show internal storage to see all files on your device.

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 (for example email yourself the files or plug your device into a computer). Then use the restore tool in SeriesGuide.

Tip Some users save their backup files to cloud storage. For example Dropbox, Google Drive or 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, tap Open 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.

SeriesGuide Cloud

Works best if you only use SeriesGuide on your devices. SeriesGuide Cloud requires Google Play Services, so it does not work on Amazon Fire devices.

  • Sync
    • Shows
    • Lists
    • Movies


Works best if you use other apps connected to trakt (for example apps on iOS or a media center) or the trakt website.

  • Sync
    • Shows (excluding favorite/hidden state, skipped state)
    • Movies
  • Display trakt friends viewing history.
  • Check into episodes and movies.
  • Post comments.
  • Rate shows, episodes and movies.

To connect to either service:

  1. From the show list, tap Open navigation drawer .
  2. Touch Settings. Look for the Services section. Choose the service you want to connect to.

Note You can be connected to SeriesGuide Cloud and trakt at the same time. Setting watched and collected, commenting, rating and more will still be sent to trakt. However, check-in and sync with trakt will be disabled. Changes on the trakt website or other apps connected to trakt will not download.

Note You can always change your mind! First, disconnect both SeriesGuide Cloud and trakt. Then, sign into only one of them. The data on your device will be merged with the existing data on the service.

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Quality of translations

SeriesGuide app

Please send a message. Or consider to translate or proof read.

Shows, episodes or movies

You can help improve translation at the data sources.

Watch shows or movies

You can not watch shows or movies within SeriesGuide.

However, at the bottom of episode and movie details screens you can add extensions which allow you to search on popular services for streaming or purchasing content.

Shows or episodes are not updated regularly

Note Information might not be available, yet or your connection is temporarily broken (it happens, the internet is not perfect). Try again later.

Check Sync & Update setting

Make sure Sync & Update is enabled in SeriesGuide settings and you have a working internet connection.

Sync & Update setting

Check device auto-sync setting

Make sure that Auto-sync data is enabled in your devices Settings app (on Android 5 and up, see Accounts > More options ; on Android 4.4 and below, see Data usage > More options ).

Sync & Update setting

Check device power saving settings

Samsung devices: check in Settings > Device maintenance > Battery and add SeriesGuide to Unmonitored apps if necessary.

Other devices: see the notes here.

Manually update, remove and add show

If all is configured correctly, try to manually update the show. As a last resort, remove the show and add it again.

Images are not displayed

Image cache is corrupted
You can try clearing the cache for SeriesGuide. Open navigation drawer , then tap Settings > Advanced > Clear image cache. This should point you to the Android Settings screen to do it.

Clear Cache Settings screen

Images over Wi-Fi only is enabled
If your current connection is metered and this setting is enabled, no images are downloaded. Open navigation drawer , then tap Settings. Disable the setting.

Prevent spoilers setting is enabled
If an episode is not watched and this setting is enabled, the episode image remains hidden. Open navigation drawer , then tap Settings > Basics. Disable the setting.

Missing or incorrect information about shows, episodes or movies

Make sure Auto Update is working.

Otherwise, you can check or help update the information at the data source.

Note If search in the Add show screen can't find a show, try to change the language to Any language.

Wrong air/release times

The show/episode release times 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, SeriesGuide assumes the release time is in a time zone of this country (for example Eastern Time for US shows, British Time for British shows, Central European Time for German shows, ...). Then it is converted to your device time zone.

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

You can view the country in the detailed show information.

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

If the displayed country is not correct it can be changed at the data source.

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

Where show, episode and movie data is coming from

The main data provider for shows and episodes is, for movies Both are open, user-maintained databases.

Consider to help those projects by adding or updating information. Get started at Guidelines for and About

Below are the sources of some important data in SeriesGuide:

Release time
and day:
Show > Airs field
Release country
(time zone):
Show > Production Information > Production Country
Note: The TVDB ID has to be linked under External IDs.
Cast and Crew: TMDb
Show > Regular Cast/Crew
Poster: TheTVDB
The highest rated show poster in your language is shown in SeriesGuide. Falls back to English language posters.
Release date: TheTVDB
Episode > First Aired field
Image: TheTVDB
Release date: TMDb
Movie > Release Information
Image: TMDb
The poster for your language.

The widget is not updating 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).

Note It may help to exclude SeriesGuide from power optimization apps, like Samsung Smart Manager, Sony STAMINA or Huawei/Honor Power Saving.

Note If you are running MIUI (for example 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, tap Open 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 (for example 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 (for example 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 (send a screenshot if possible).

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 (for example by SeriesGuide on your other devices) will appear on the next sync.

Still lost? Send a message!

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