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How to delete Calendar Events on iPhone or iPad

The Calendar app on the iPhone and iPad is a handy tool that lets you add, edit and delete events. It makes sure you do not miss birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and special days. What’s even better is that once you add an event, say friend’s birthday, you can set it as a recurring event. It will remind you every year. All this is wonderful. But what if you add or have an event that you no longer need? Well, no problem. It is effortless to delete calendar events on the iPhone or iPad. Let us see how to do it…

How to delete Calendar Event from iPhone

  1. Launch Calendar app → Access the Date of the occurring event.
  2. Select the Event for the respective date.
  3. Tap Delete Event Delete Event when prompted.

    access the date of event, select event, tap delete event, select delete event in calender app

Delete a repeated event in the iPhone Calendar

When it comes to deleting a recurring event in the iPhone Calendar, there are two ways to proceed:

  1. Follow the steps discussed above → Select one of the following:
    • Delete This Event Only: This will only remove the particular event.
    • Delete All Future Events: The action will delete the event for all recurring dates.

      tap delete event, choose from delete this event only or delete all future events on calendar
  2. Choose what suits your preference, and you’re good to go!

How to delete subscribed Calendar on iPhone

  1. Go to the Calendar app → Tap Calendars.
  2. Select the info button beside the subscribed calendar.

    tap calendars, select i button in calendar
  3. Tap Unsubscribe → Select Unsubscribe to confirm.

    tap unsubscribe, select unsubscribe in calendar

That’s all. You’ll now receive no alerts from the respective calendar. If you don’t see the unsubscribe option, simply toggle off Event Alerts to stop receiving notifications.

How to delete an entire calendar on iPhone

If your Calendar is filled with too many reminders, maybe it’s time to tidy them up. To do so:

  1. Head over to the Calendar app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Calendars Uncheck the calendar.
  3. You can even tap Hide All to silence reminders of an entire category.
  4. Tap Done to save your preferences.

    Calendars, uncheck event, Done

This allows you to avoid unnecessary pings from your Calendar app. However, if you wish to perform a full sweep, there is a discreet way of doing so:

  1. Navigate to Settings Calendar Accounts.
  2. Select the account you seek to delete the calendar event for.
  3. Toggle off Calendar.
  4. Hit Delete from my iPhone to remove the entire calendar.

    Gmail, Toggle off Calendar, Delete from my iPhone

How to delete a shared calendar event on iPhone

In the case of avoiding reminders from a shared calendar, it’s pretty much about accepting or rejecting an invite.

  1. Access the date on which you received a calendar invitation.
  2. Here, tap Decline to delete a shared calendar event.

Note: Though you remove the activity from your calendar, you can still retrieve it from your Inbox if you change your mind.

Why can’t I delete some events?

If you can’t delete an event, it might be a shared or subscribed calendar event. In such cases, you may need to ask the calendar owner to remove it or unsubscribe from the calendar.

What if I accidentally delete an event? Can I recover it?

Once an event is deleted, it cannot be recovered directly from the Calendar app. However, if you have a backup of your device, you may be able to restore the calendar data from that backup.

Master the art of organization!

Taming your calendar chaos on iOS is now a breeze. Deleting calendar events on your iPhone or iPad is a simple yet powerful skill that ensures your digital workspace stays sleek and efficient. Until next time, keep those calendars clean and your schedules even cleaner.

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  • Ankur

    I have been an Apple user for over seven years now. At iGeeksBlog, I love creating how-tos and troubleshooting guides that help people do more with their iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple Watch. In my free time, I like to watch stand up comedy videos, tech documentaries, news debates, and political speeches.

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