iPhone: Delete a calendar event

Find a way to weasel out of that four hour Friday afternoon meeting? Enjoy the satisfaction of deleting the event directly on your iPhone after hanging up with your boss (you can stop the fake coughing now).

To delete an event on the iPhone, tap on the event to see its details.

From the event details page, click the Edit button at the top right of the screen.

In the editing screen, look for the big red Delete Event button at the bottom. Tap that and either confirm the deletion or cancel.

If you have opted to delete an event that repeats automatically in your calendar, when you click the Delete Event button you’ll be presented with the option in the confirmation screen to Delete This Event Only or Delete All Future Events as well as canceling the deletion. If this Friday meeting comes up every two weeks and you don’t think your boss will buy the coughing routine again and you have no more “living” relatives, you can choose Delete This Event and only that occurrence of the repeating pattern will be deleted. If you snapped an incriminating picture of your boss and have gotten out of all future meetings, tap on the Delete All Future Events.

If you delete an event on your iPhone, the event will be removed from your calendar application of choice if you have configured it to sync with your iPhone.


About Quinn McHenry

Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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  • CB

    I am unable to tap on the event edit on the top right hand corner of the screen.

    • Volna5

      Have you figured out how to delte that event? I’m faced with the same issue – can’t edit or delete.

    • bill

      > iPhone 3GS on two occasions when I added calendar appointment the entry has an ‘invitation from’ line and ‘unknown’ after it and NO EDIT BUTTON top right hand corner and NO DELETE BUTTON scrolling down the page. Since this has only happened occasionally I’m not willing to reset entire calendar which might cause me to lose all entries.

  • Sismondi

    i am with CB… what edit button? can’t edit the event or delete it…

  • SS

    There is no edit button on my calendar. I have the iPhone 3GS

  • Gaeapanda

    iPhone 4 does not have the delete button, does it?How to make it appear? WHY does it hide itself?

  • JM

    was this ever sorted out, I have a bunch of events that i cant deleteย 

    • Ron

      > Change the timeline on sync the events to the shortest possible time like 2 weeks and then all the calendar events will drop off after that time.

      • James

        > so good thread, but it doesnt work that way all the time.
        I had an exchange server synch on my iphone. the only way to get rid of unwanted calendar entries was to remove this calendar synch and the turn it on again.

  • iphone tech

    ย If you cant delete events,you would also want to check and make sure you are not using an exchange account. it is possible that the server is not setup to allow you to remove these from your device and they would need to be removed from your computer then synced with the phone

    • J Danger

      I accepted the event as the email on my phone is my work email. I am unable to sync my iPhone on my work computer (not allowed). I do not have an edit/delete option for an event that I really need to delete. If I am not able to sync with my work computer, am I unable to get rid of the event?

  • Wilbailey3

    Go to calandar, select the event (at that time), top right-edit, scroll the page to the bottom, and there should be a delete there.

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    • Wayne

      Thanks! You gave me exactly the answer that I needed.

  • Dustin

    I had an event originally from Exchange that I couldn’t delete from my iPhone calendar as well. What I had to do was to go into “Settings” > “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” > (Your Exchange Account) > Switch “Calendars” to “OFF”. You’ll receive a confirmation dialog, then you should have cleared out your Exchange calendar completely. Now you can turn it back on and it will re-sync with Exchange.

    • Oren

      > Great tip!!

    • Michael

      Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for the answer ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Terry C.

      > Thank you! This solved my problem with not being able to delete calendar ‘invitations’ on my iPhone 4s that were from an exchange e-mail account. Since I just spent 2 hours trying to figure this out, I am saving your solution so I can go straight to it the next time it happens (… and I don’t remember how to fix it! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Thanks!

    • Terry C.

      > Thank you, Dustin! This solved my problem with not being able to delete calendar ‘invitations’ on my iPhone 4s that were from an exchange e-mail account. Since I just spent 2 hours trying to figure this out, I am saving your solution so I can go straight to it the next time it happens (… and I don’t remember how to fix it! ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Thanks!

    • James Randolph

      > Dustin…..thank you. This is exactly what I needed. You rock.

    • Ian

      > Dustin, you rock! I had two events that clients who had left the company sent a year ago and there was no way for me to delete them. Simple solution and they’re gone. Seriously, thanks.

    • Maria

      Thank you so mush Dustine, your information was so helpful and I deleted all the events. You explained everything so well.

  • Dallas

    My event was created as ‘all day’ event. I can’t select the event to edit it. How can I now delete it?

  • Gary

    @ Dallas,
    the event may have been added from your Contact List, (ie, a Birthday)
    correct/delete this in your Contacts List

  • Yolonda

    I have entries I can’t delete or edit and I put them in myself. I sync my iPhone 4s with a MacBook Pro. I was, at one point, able to open ical on my Pro and delete but one of my items don’t even show up there! Any suggestions?

  • Christina

    @Dustin: that worked perfectly! Thank you SOOO much! Though I should warn people that it deletes everything in your calender, but still, it definitely gets rid of those events that doesn’t have an edit/delete button!

  • Don

    When I found a birthday that could not be edited it turned out that event was listed under contacts.

  • Charlie

    Whats the sence in having a (smart phone) if you have to do everything through your computer anyway. I thought i woul try the apple but if i cant even delete a date whats the sence.

  • Sara

    I don’t know how to delete one of my event at calendar for this specific one there is no edit icon in the corner could u Plz help me thx

  • brucebach

    It’s because their birthday is stored in Contacts NOT Calendar. Go to Contacts in Outlook, open the individual contact and click on Details, select Birthday and click on None.

  • Chris

    I’ve received and email with a mime attachment to add an event to my calendar. The time on the event has been changed and I want to change it in my calendar but my 3GS won’t let me change or delete it. When I select the event it refers me right to the original email.
    How do I fix this

  • josh

    Your instructions absolutely do not work. Press the delete button… WFT. If that worked would we have googled it to get here? no one would have ever. I get “an unexpected error occured” when trying to save, and the “delete” button just sits there like a bump on a log.

  • Maria

    Thank you much Dustin , I was able to delete all my events. You explained everything so well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ernie t

    Thanks, have a 4s and found the delete bar at the bottom of edit screen. Had to scroll to get there. Thanks again.

  • JonC

    Hey everyone,

    I had a similar issue where I could not delete a forwarded meeting request from work Exchange account to my personal Gmail account which I have configured on my 4S. There was no edit ability on any of the forwarded events so I could not delete it on my phone. I logged into Gmail and deleted the events off my gmail calendar and that changed synched automatically to my phone calendar.

  • Billy

    Why is deleting calendar events such a damn pain to figure?! It should be easy as putting them on for Christ sake…

  • Rajinder

    Apple hid the button but thanks for revealing its location. I had been trying to delete so many entries for so long.


  • Bob

    This sounds good – but when you go to the details – there is no “Edit” button –
    I have an Iphone 4. is that the problem?

  • Kate

    What do you mean by “red”? j/k Dang, that was so easy I feel like a dolt for not figuring it out myself.

  • Harriet Zunno

    What if an event does not show an Edit option? I have one that was an invitation that appeared on my iMac and iBook that I was simply able to delete. However, that same repeating invitation did not disappear on my iPhone. It is the only event that does not have an edit option. How do I get that off the iPhone?

  • Mia

    After a while I figured it out! You have to double tap the even and then it comes up to edit it and if you go all the way to the bottom you can delete it. Hope it helps