How to Restore Missing Calendar Events on iPhone (iOS 16)

If your iPhone deleted old calendar events and you want to restore them, read on for an easy fix!

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Here's how to restore calendars and events that have disappeared from your iPhone. Get your Calendar events back quickly!

If you believe your Calendar was deleted on your iPhone, meaning the entire calendar app, check out our article about how to find and restore Calendar on an iPhone. If your iPad or iPhone only deleted events, read on to learn how to restore your old calendar events! For more great Calendar app tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Keep all your old events in the Calendar app, so you have a log of your activities.
  • Choose how far back to sync your calendars. 

How to Restore Missing Calendar Events on iPhone

If your iPhone Calendar deleted events, here's how to get them back: 

  1. Open the Settings app.

    iphone settings app
  2. Tap Calendar.

    calendar settings in iphone settings app
  3. Tap Sync.

    sync calendar in iphone settings
  4. Tap All Events to sync every calendar event; choose a shorter length of time if you don't want to sync your oldest events. 

    choose the length of time to sync calendar events
  5. Now exit Settings and open the Calendar app.

    iphone calendar app
  6. Tap Calendars.

    tap calendars in iphone calendar app
  7. Drag three fingers down from the top of the screen to refresh your Calendars; you'll see a buffering symbol at the top while your events refresh. I did this while my iPhone was connected to my home Wi-Fi, and my events refreshed in just a few seconds. If your connection is slower, it may take longer. 

    refresh calendars to restore old calendar events

That's it! The missing and deleted Calendar events from past calendars should be recovered. 

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.