How to Retrieve Deleted Calendar Events on iPhone

Even though the Calendar app on your iPhone is a commonly used tool, it is not free of flaws. Sometimes events can be accidentally or intentionally deleted which could cause problems if the event was important or necessary.

There is no undo button or undelete feature when it comes to Calendar events on iOS, but it is possible to retrieve your deleted calendar events on iPhone.

This article will show you several different ways to do so. Let’s get into it.

How iPhone Calendar Events Get Deleted

Calendar events on your iPhone can become deleted either by accident or intentionally.

You might have accidentally deleted an event that you thought you were going to reschedule or was no longer going to happen when it was actually still in place. Or maybe you got your dates confused and deleted an event that was on a different Tuesday than the one that actually was intended to be deleted.

When I delete this event, my iPhone asks me “Are you sure you want to delete this event?”

These are intentional accidents that happen to all of us and because the calendar is so easy to use, it’s also really easy to delete events. Sometimes an event can get deleted completely by accident or due to some sort of user or software error.

A glitch in your iPhone may cause an event to become deleted, though this is rare. More common is a mishap involving you entering the information incorrectly or deleting the event unintentionally as described above.

4 Ways to Retrieve Deleted Calendar Events on iPhone

Regardless of how it happened, there is always the possibility that you want to recover the deleted event and put it back into the calendar.

Method 1: Check Calendar App on Your Other Device

If you use the Calendar app (iCal) on your iPhone, chances are that you’re also using it on your Mac or iPad. When you couldn’t find some calendars on the phone, they may still be on your Mac or iPad.

You might be able to find your deleted iPhone Calendar events on your Mac

For example, if you do find those missing calendars (or entries) are on your Mac. Go ahead and select the right ones and export them into .ics files, then import them back to your iPhone. Here’s how:

Step 1: On your Mac Calendar app, click on File > Export.

Step 2: Name your Calendar events and click the “Export” button.

Step 3: Find the .ics file in your defined destination.

Method 2: Use iCloud to Retrieve Deleted Calendar Events

iCloud makes it possible to recover any deleted events that may have been removed from your iPhone calendar. This remote backup system is available to anyone with an Apple device and once you set up an iCloud account, it can come in useful for a variety of reasons other than recovering deleted files.

To use iCloud to retrieve deleted calendar events on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your Apple ID and password
  3. Click on Settings
  4. Scroll down and click on Calendar
  5. Click on Restore Calendars and Reminders
  6. Locate the date on or before the day your deleted events occurred and select Restore
  7. You will then see another prompt to confirm this restore and select Restore again

Method 3: Use iTunes (PC) or Finder (Mac) to Recover Deleted Calendar Events

If you have backed up your iPhone via iTunes (Windows) or Finder (macOS), you can also easily restore your deleted iPhone calendar events.

Before we get into the specifics of this, it’s important to know that you will need a computer to make this method work.

For example, if you use a PC, you can still use iTunes. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the correct cable
  2. Open iTunes
  3. Click on your iPhone device icon on the left-hand side of the iTunes window
  4. Click on Summary
  5. Click on Restore Backup
  6. Locate the backup file you wish to backup from

It is important to note that restoring your iPhone through iTunes in this manner will delete its current data and replace it with the information contained in the backup. This will restore your calendar but might also remove other important files and data that are not within the backup file.

On a Mac, you can use the Finder app. Watch this video for how:

Method 4: Use Data Recovery Software

Another method you can use to retrieve deleted calendar events is to use iPhone data recovery software to help you with the task. This is sometimes the best option if you don’t have luck restoring your Calendar events through the methods described above.

These software are usually not free, though some provide free evaluation or trial versions. Once you have downloaded and installed the software, the process to begin retrieving your lost files is easy and straightforward. Simply launch the program and follow the on-screen prompts or instructions to get started.

This is a great option for anyone who wants the ease and peace of mind that comes with having software specifically designed to assist in data recovery.

Final Thoughts

One feature that many people use their iPhones for today is the calendar. Since the device travels almost everyone you do, it only makes sense that it has replaced the traditional pocketbook in a lot of ways.

The ease with which you can set up and sync your calendar comes in handy for a variety of personal or professional reasons. You can even use the built-in AI, commonly known as Siri, to set up your calendar simply using your voice.

Losing your calendar events on your iPhone can be troubling and annoying. No one wants to be unorganized or miss a special and important event.

Even if you happen to delete an event from your calendar, by following the steps listed above, you will more than likely be able to recover the lost events in a matter of minutes.

Have you ever lost or deleted events from the calendar on your iPhone? Were you able to recover them? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Katherine Baugh

    So helpful, thank you.

  • MGomez

    Why they don’t just put a undo option?, like in other programs, like busycal or others