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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 tap and hold most symbol-only buttons to show a brief description of what they do.

Remove a show

To remove a show:

  1. From the show list, tap More options of a show.
  2. Tap Remove.

Make a hidden show visible again

  1. From the show list, tap the triangle-shaped filter shows button.
  2. Make sure that only Hidden is enabled.
  3. Tap More options of the show.
  4. Tap Do not hide.

Note After tapping the filter button use Remove all filters to restore the default shows list view.

Manually update shows

Note By default, show and episode data is updated regularly.

Update a single show:

  1. From the show list, tap More options of a show.
  2. Select Update.

Update all shows:

  1. From the show list, tap More options .
  2. Tap Sync manually.
  3. Tap Sync & Update.

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

Backup or restore your data using files

To backup your shows, lists and movies:

  1. In the bottom bar, tap More > Settings.
  2. Tap Backup/Restore.
  3. Look for the Create backup section.
  4. Tap Select file for either shows, lists or movies to create a backup.

Note On Android 4.3 and older you can not choose the backup file location. Instead SeriesGuide will store the backup files in the Download folder on your device.

To restore your shows, lists and movies:

  1. In the bottom bar, tap More > Settings.
  2. Tap Backup/Restore.
  3. Look for the Restore backup section.
  4. Tap Select file for each type of data you want to restore and select the matching backup file.
  5. Tick the check box next to each type you want to restore.
  6. Tap Restore backup.

To restore your backup on another device, first transfer the created files to it. For example send yourself an email with the files attached, plug your device into a computer to access its storage or save the files to online storage.

Note You can use a file manager app to view or copy the backup files.

Note You can import data from another source as long as it uses the JSON format that SeriesGuide expects. Add some shows/lists/movies and create a backup, then just open the created JSON file to see an example with actual data.

Restore your data from an Auto Backup

Auto Backup creates a file-based weekly automatic backup of your shows, lists and movies.

To restore an Auto Backup:

  1. In the bottom bar, tap More > Settings.
  2. Tap Auto Backup.
  3. Tap the Restore Auto Backup button. If it is disabled, there is no auto backup available to restore from. Use the Backup/Restore tool to restore a backup from another location (e.g. Google Drive).

Note Restoring a backup affects your device only. It won't affect data synced to Cloud or Trakt.

To turn on and configure Auto Backup:

  1. In the bottom bar, tap More > Settings.
  2. Tap Auto Backup.
  3. Turn on Auto Backup.
  4. (Recommended) Enable the option to create copies, select files in an off-device location (e.g. Google Drive).

Note The Auto Backup files are saved to a storage directory that is removed when the app is uninstalled. Hence, it is recommended to turn on the option to create additional backups to an off-device location (e.g. Google Drive).

Backup and sync using SeriesGuide Cloud or Trakt

You can backup and sync using either SeriesGuide Cloud or Trakt . Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Which one you want to use depends on the devices and apps you use.

SeriesGuide Cloud

Works best if you only use SeriesGuide on your devices. It supports backing up and syncing all SeriesGuide data:

  • 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 . It supports:

  • Sync
    • Shows (excluding favorite/hidden state, skipped state)
    • Movies (watchlist, collection, watched)
  • Display your and friends Trakt viewing history.
  • Check-in (episodes and movies).
  • Post comments.
  • Rate shows, episodes and movies.

Note Unlike with Cloud, shows are not added automatically and the Lists section is not synced. But you can quickly access your Trakt show watchlist and watched and collected shows.

Check-Ins are submitted immediately to Trakt. But only with the next sync are checked-in episodes and movies marked as watched within SeriesGuide.


To connect to either service:

  1. In the bottom bar, tap More .
  2. Tap either SeriesGuide Cloud or Trakt.
  3. Tap the sign in or connect button and complete the sign-in process.

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.

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!

Change the language of a show

Note SeriesGuide adds a show in the language you have chosen using the globe icon.

To change the language of a show already in your library:

  1. Tap on the show to view its overview screen.
  2. Swipe to the Show tab.
  3. Tap the globe icon .
  4. Choose a language.

In More > Settings > Advanced you can set an Alternative Language. The alternative language will be used if no translation or poster in the language chosen for a particular show is available.

Note If a translation is missing, help contribute one.

Improve show, episode and movie data

The main data provider for shows and movies is (TMDb) . Additional data for shows is provided by Trakt .

The data in TMDB is contributed by its users. Consider to help this project by adding or updating information!

Below are the sources of some important data in SeriesGuide:

Release time, day
and country (time zone):
Cast and Crew: TMDb
Show > Regular Cast/Crew.
Poster: TMDb
Show > Media > Posters
Release date: TMDb
Episode > Air Date
Image: TMDb
Episode > Images
Release date: TMDb
Movie > Release Information
Image: TMDb
The poster for your language.

Fix an issue

Watching shows or movies is not supported

You can not watch shows or movies within SeriesGuide.

However, on the episode and movie details screens there is a Stream or puchase button to help you find streaming and purchasing services a show or movie is available on in your region.

Images are not displayed

Desired language has no poster
Try to change the language of the show, most often to English. If you prefer another language, change the alternative language in settings to English instead.
Image cache is corrupted
You can try clearing the cache for SeriesGuide. Tap More > Settings > Clear image cache. In the App Info screen that opens, go to Storage and tap Clear Cache.
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. Tap More > Settings and disable the setting.
Prevent spoilers setting is enabled
If an episode is not watched and this setting is enabled, the episode image remains hidden. Tap More > Settings > Advanced. Disable the setting.

Show, episode or movie data is not updated regularly

Note Information might not be available, yet, your internet connection might experience temporary issues, or your access to one of the services SeriesGuide uses might be blocked in your region. Often it's best to try again later.

Regardless, here are some things to check and try:

Check Sync & Update setting

Tap More > Settings and check if Sync & Update is enabled.

Check device Accounts sync setting

Open the Settings app of your device. Go to Accounts and check that Auto-sync data is enabled. You should also see a SeriesGuide Sync account there.

Check device power saving settings

Try to exclude SeriesGuide from power optimizations.

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.

A translation is wrong or missing

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.

A show or episode air/release time is wrong

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.

Show, episode or movie data is wrong or missing

Trying to add a show:

If search can't find a show, try these tips.

Show or movie in your library:

Make sure Auto Update is working.

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

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).

If that is not the case, it may help to exclude SeriesGuide from overreaching power optimizations.

After changing the time zone, times are incorrect

Please stop SeriesGuide and restart it:

  1. Tap the switch app button on your device.
  2. Swipe SeriesGuide away or tap the X button.
  3. Launch the SeriesGuide app again.

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

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Connect to Trakt

  1. Tap More > Trakt.
  2. Tap Connect and follow the onscreen instructions.

Troubleshooting If you can't connect (white screen, error message), Trakt may currently be unreachable (check, @trakt or the SeriesGuide community 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 your device settings, in Apps find SeriesGuide, then in Storage tap 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 shows list, tap the add button Add show.
  2. Tap the Watched, Collection or Watchlist button.
  3. Tap the plus button next to a show or use the add all button at the top.

What is synced with Trakt

See notes about syncing in SeriesGuide.

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.

Something else? Send a message!

Post to the SeriesGuide Community or email me.