You just updated the firmware on your iPhone or iPad, enabled iCloud – and all the old events from your Calendar are gone. They don’t show up on your iPhone or iPad. What just happened?

While this usually happens when you upgrade or restore your iPhone/iPad, the same thing can happen randomly too. Especially when you just reset your iDevice or log out of iCloud (and login again). The fix for this randomly disappearing old calendar events is fairly simple.

Calendar Events Missing on iOS 7-x in iDevices

The settings for the Calendar app might get reset when you upgrade or restore or reset your iDevice. That reset triggers a change in the way calendar events are synced to the stock Calendar app. And this might prevent older events from syncing to the calendar app. To fix this, here’s what you need to do:

  • Open Settings
  • Scroll down and tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars

Calendar Events Missing on iOS 7-x

  • Scroll down to the CALENDAR section and tap on Sync
  • Tap on All Events to select it

Old Calendar Events Missing on iPhone in iOS 7-x

  • Exit the Settings app
  • Open the Calendar app and tap on Calendars
  • Pull the list down to refresh the calendars

Fixing Old Calendar Events Missing on iPhone

  • Wait for a while before all the events show up

The reason your iPhone defaults to a different selection under the Sync option is based on both utility and speed: most likely, users want to see upcoming/future events on the calendar and having less events to sync makes the sync work faster. But you still have the option of syncing all events to the calendar.

Occasionally, depending on the connectivity, it might take a long time before all events sync to your calendar. You can’t quicken the process but you can help by quitting other apps that access data (Mail, Whatsapp, Facebook etc.) while the calendar tries to sync all events.

  • Lorna

    Thanks that worked perfectly… now my old events are back on my iphone calendar!

  • scottalias

    This didn’t work for me, using iOS 9. Thanks anyway.


  • SomeLady

    It worked! I live by my phone calendar. Nice, simple instructions. Good job

  • kmacca

    Thanks so much!

  • Lori

    Thank you!

  • klc214

    My calenar events all disappeared yesterday. Nothing has worked. Not even this recommened solution. What now?

  • Daniele

    THANK YOU!!!! My disappeared old events are back!!! :)

  • Kasia

    On my iPhone, I am missing all my “occasions” events in April. And I’ve tried everything I could think of.

  • Vandraren

    Funny thing is… Searching for older events show no results but I can with no problem scroll back to the same old event I was searching for

  • Jodi

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I panicked when I saw all my events were gone. Thank you for taking the time to share this information.

  • Mickie