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

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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

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  • 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. If you're having trouble syncing your iPhone Calendar, make sure to check out our troubleshooting article.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays has over a dozen years of experience writing for online publications. As a Feature Writer for iPhone Life, she has authored hundreds of how-to, Apple news, and gear review articles, as well as a comprehensive Photos App guide. Leanne holds degrees in education and science and loves troubleshooting and repair. This combination makes her a perfect fit as manager of our Ask an Expert service, which helps iPhone Life Insiders with Apple hardware and software issues.
In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.