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Disappearing iPhone Calendar events

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Q: My iPhone calendar seems to have a problem saving events that I try and enter for dates in the past. When I try to enter an event more than a couple of weeks old, it shows up in my calendar for a few seconds, and then suddenly disappears right before my eyes. I don’t have any problem with entering current or future events, but anything I try to enter too far back in the past just vanishes from my calendar entirely. I’ve tried creating the same event numerous times in several different ways, but it disappears every time. Any ideas?

- Kathryn

A: The likely cause of this problem is that you’re synchronizing your iPhone Calendar with iCloud or another online calendar service and your iPhone is set to sync only recent events. This option can be found under Mail, Contacts, Calendars in your iPhone Settings app. The default setting is one month, however you can tap on this option and choose from either two weeks, one month, three months or six months or simply choose All Events to sync everything in your calendar.

New events created in the iPhone Calendar outside of this time frame are still saved and synchronized to your online calendar (e.g. iCloud), but once the online calendar has been updated, they are removed from the local iPhone Calendar; hence these events appear to vanish shortly after you’ve created them. Items you have created on these older dates will actually have been saved in the cloud and you would likely be able to see them on a desktop computer; iCal for Mac, for example, automatically synchronizes all events from iCloud to your desktop calendar, regardless of the setting on your iPhone. Further, if you’re using iCloud you can log onto iCloud.com from any web browser and you should see these events in your Calendar there as well. In fact, if you adjust the sync setting above to a longer time frame—or All Events—all of these “lost” events should automatically be synced back down from the cloud and reappear; you’ll likely even see all of the instances of events that you tried to create multiple times.

Ultimately, unless you have a very large calendar going back several years, it’s probably best to just set your sync events preference to All Events, which will ensure that your entire calendar is available on your device and avoid any future confusion with vanishing events.


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THANK YOU!! I have a photography business and use my iPod for all my session dates. Suddenly the dates from a month or more back were all gone. So glad I found this post and changed my setting - now all is right in the world again!

Posted by Michelle in Toronto on July 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM (CDT)


My calendar for the last few months have all of sudden deleted all my saved appointments, I don’t always forward info onto the next apt as I have always been able to go back to a previous date and check a location or number. So where have my past appointments disappeared to??? Help

Posted by Melanie Barcley in Toronto on October 22, 2012 at 8:16 PM (CDT)


Thank you, your answer solved my problem.

[It’s a pity that Apple thinks it knows best - if I put an entry in a calendar, *I* expect it to remain there.]

Posted by Ron Hughes in Toronto on October 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM (CDT)


Thank you so much for posting that info!!  You just saved me so much time and it fixed my problem immediately!  Thanks for sharing your knowledge!!

Posted by Nancy Lake in Toronto on November 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM (CST)


iphone 4
I have no sync option in the calender menu on my phone like your ilistration above.

can you help

Posted by john edwards in Toronto on November 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM (CST)


@johnedwards Go to your iCloud Settings & sync Calendars. Now check if it’s there. Hope this helps! :)

Posted by David in Toronto on November 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM (CST)


Thank you so much! I have been bumbling around my phone’s settings when linked to Itunes and had been struggling to work out how to fix the calendar problem as I run my mobile business through my calendar on my device and keep my history of client details there to save time. With your easy to follow advice, my problem has been sorted. Phew!!

Posted by Kelley walker in Toronto on December 10, 2012 at 7:14 PM (CST)


I can’t seem to find this feature on the iphone5. Is it someplace else now? HELP

Posted by Kathleen Jennison in Toronto on December 19, 2012 at 9:16 PM (CST)


Thank you very much, I just followed your advice and my problem which I’ve been suffering for months now has been sorted in no time!

Posted by Hanan in Toronto on January 15, 2013 at 7:13 AM (CST)


i cannot able to save any Reminders and Calendar events in my iPhone 5, the + option on top right corner is missing please help me out in this…

Posted by shan in Toronto on January 22, 2013 at 2:18 AM (CST)


When I got my iTouch several years ago, I imported into it all my Palm calendar entries, some dating back to the early 1990’s. It was a chore, but I figured it out, and there have been no problems; I can look back and there they are. But last week I discovered that all the iTouch calendar entries before Aug. 25, 2009, have disappeared! If I look at Yahoo calendar, which is synced to the iTouch, the entries are still there; and entries created in other calendars than iTouch for dates before 2009, are still visible on the iTouch calendar screen; it’s only the iTouch entries that have vanished.

Here’s more: If I create a new entry for August 29, 2009, say, in the iTouch calendar, it works; it’s there and it stays there. But if I create it instead for August 22, 2009, then it appears, but in a minute or so it vanishes—even though I can still see it on the Yahoo calendar.

I know this sounds crazy; but it’s making ME crazy. Any ideas?

Posted by beach004 in Toronto on January 28, 2013 at 2:54 PM (CST)


I found that I need to turn iCloud on for Calendars, but off for Contacts.

Posted by Diane Williams in Toronto on January 30, 2013 at 7:17 PM (CST)


I stopped syncing my iphone calendar with icloud and started managing multiple calendars on my iphone directly from my PC with Copy-tran Contacts.

I don’t know if this is the cure, but is certainly has averted my appointments from being removed due to some sync for one reason or another.

Posted by Gab in Toronto on January 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM (CST)


The disappearing events dates were making me lose my mind!  THANK YOU !!!!!!!

Posted by Paulysgirl in Toronto on January 31, 2013 at 1:25 PM (CST)


I have the opposite problem - my events appear on my iPhone, but have disappeared (while I watch) from my iCloud page. How do I get them back?

Posted by ctaylorjay in Toronto on February 6, 2013 at 9:29 AM (CST)


This is wonderful news and it worked. I simply changed the setting to ALL EVENTS and they all reappeared on my calendar.

Posted by Eileen in Toronto on February 17, 2013 at 2:04 PM (CST)


Have had same losing events problem for some time. Yr solution works SOOOO well—simple really. Many many thanks!!

Posted by Pete Fargher in Toronto on February 19, 2013 at 8:43 AM (CST)


Thanks so much for helping me fix this, it was so frustrating!! Very easy to understand instructions & a quick fix.

Posted by Kyla A in Toronto on February 20, 2013 at 8:10 AM (CST)


Thank you!  Googled the problem, this is the first posting I read….problem fixed in five minutes flat!  These things are normally time zappers!!

Posted by Lisa in Toronto on February 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM (CST)


Regarding your statement: “Ultimately, unless you have a very large calendar going back several years, it’s probably best to just set your sync events preference to All Events”:

This is exactly my problem. I have many entries dating back to 1999, and want to be able to view any event at any time. But if I set the device to “All Events” it means that every time I open its calendar the cloud-device syncing begins and continues for an enormous length of time. If I merely wanted to open the calendar to enter a new event for today, I’d need to wait for this long long time before I could enter because while the syncing is happening I can’t enter anything. And if I want to check the calendar a short while later, I’d again, as every time I open the app, have to wait the same long long time.  This renders my calendar basically useless for immediate use.  So, I am forced to keep it set to sync just “6 months” for smooth efficient day to day use, but this means I cannot look up what I did on some date in the more distant past because none of the past info shows up beyond the 6 months. Why can’t the app allow the data to remain visible on the device without requiring all of it all the way back to 1999? Let it sync for only 6 months, but allow the older data to remain visible.

Posted by Charlie in Toronto on March 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM (CDT)

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