Dick writes: Am I the only one whose past calendar entries have been wiped clear from their iPhone? Is it the fault of the much-touted iCloud? So much for trying to use it as a sort of diary of events.

Hi Dick! Nope, you’re not the only one with an iPhone that seems to be dropping old calendar entries. The good news, though, is that there’s an easy fix.

iOS Calendar Sync setting

If older Calendar events aren’t syncing to your iPhone or iPad, you may need to tweak the Sync setting.

A key setting on your iPhone (or iPad, for that matter) determines the date range for syncing calendar events from your desktop or other devices via iTunes, iCloud, or another online calendar service.

Why bother with a date range? Well, some users with many years’ worth of back-to-back meetings might not want their iPhones laboriously syncing each and every one of their events.

That said, you can sync all your calendar entries to your iPhone/iPad if you really want.

Here’s how…

  • Tap Settings, then “Mail, Contacts, Calendars,” and then scroll down to the Calendars section.
  • See the “Sync” setting? Tap it, and you’ll get a series of date ranges for syncing your calendar events, from six months back to just two weeks ago, plus one more option: sync “All Events.”
  • Go ahead and take your pick. If you sync your events via iCloud, your calendars should start syncing automatically in the background. Otherwise, you’ll see the changes the next time you sync manually with iTunes.

Hope that helps, Dick! Have more questions? Let me know.

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