ios Quick Tips | Fix Disappearing Past Calendar Events

Problem:  Past Calender Events Keep Disappearing

  • Description

Your looking for a past event in the ios calendar app but can’t find it.  Once you’ve ascertained the correct date you realize you couldn’t find it because it’s not there!  Assuming that you aren’t experiencing more significant problems with the calendar app in which random events keep disappearing from future events too…there’s may be a simple and quick fix.

If you are having the bigger problem with all calendar events…most likely you are syncing ios calendars with other calendars such as Google or Hotmail.  If that is the case turn off the syncing and see if that resolves the problem…it did for me and the culprit was Google calendars.

  • Further Description

Once you’ve ascertained when the event should have been you may attempt to add it back into your calendar if, like me, you rely on your digital calendar as a record of past events too.  While attempting to add this past event back into the calendar (regardless of whether or not it was in there originally) it looks like it’s working and then you watch as the calendar app just removes it again a few seconds after you added it.  No matter how many times you try this you just can’t get the  past event to stick and stay visible in your calendar.

How to Fix the Problem

Go to SettingsMail, Contacts, Calendars…and scroll down the page to get to the Calendar section.

Look for this field:  Sync

Change the entry for this field to:   All Events


ios mail calendar settings - set events to all

Put the check mark by All Events


How I figured out this solution (because I believe in crediting the source if it wasn’t me :-)

Following several failed Google searches I decided to downloaded a Calendar app I’d used in the past when I have problems with the ios calendar app.  The one I like is called Calendar 5 by Readdle (it’s $6.99)  Readdle is an app devloper who has developed an entire suite of office and productivity apps that are solid. Many of them are free too. 

I tried add the past event that kept disappearing using Calendar 5…but the same exact behavior occurred.  The event was deleted right before my eyes!  But, the Calendar 5 app has an in-app Help section…and that’s where I found the answer.  Below is a screenshot of their help:



About vsajewel

Hi...I'm the author of 2 main blogs on WordPress...vsatips...where I write tech tips for mobile devices...primarily ios...2nd is vsatrends...where I write less about tech things and more about everything else. I also host a YouThe channel. I use it to better illustrate some of the posts from vsatips and for other random 'How To' topics. I'm a huge fan of YouTube because I think you can learn pretty much anything in the world there. Sometimes I search for something I can't do and don't find anything. A lot of my videos come from that influence...if I do eventually figure out how to do something :-)
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