8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2010 2:58 PM by Joan Auclair
Joan Auclair Level 1 (5 points)
Apparently sometime last week most of the appointments disappeared from my iPhone calendar. (One that stayed was for December 29, 2009; the rest were from both before and after that.) I do not sync the calendar with any other calendars--no MobileMe, no iCal on my Mac, nothing. I enter the appointments directly into my phone, and I assume it gets backed up when I sync the apps on iTunes and it says it's backing up my phone.

I tried restoring the phone to a point from last week, but nothing reappeared in the calendar (which is why I believe it happened last week). I don't want to use the other backup, however, which is from sometime in December, because it sends everything on the phone back to then (levels of games, etc.). '

Is there any way to restore only the calendar?

original iPhone, iPhone OS 3.1.2
  • wjosten Level 10 (94,140 points)
    Try a reset:

    Press the sleep/wake button & home button at the same time, keep pressing until you see the Apple logo, then release(ignore the slide to power off). you won't lose any data or settings.

    You should be syncing with ical, why you're not doesn't make much sense. The iphone is not a backup or storage device...it's a phone...if the reset doesn't work, your only hope is a restore. If you synced with ical, the problem would be easy to fix.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,395 points)
    Is there any way to restore only the calendar?

    No. Restoring from the backup includes the entire backup, or none.

    Although contacts and calendar events are included with your iPhone's backup along with a bunch of other data, contacts and calendar events are designed to be synced with a supported application on your computer. Apparently something when wrong with your iPhone which also affected this data included with your iPhone's backup, which is why you should sync contacts and calendar events with a supported application on your computer as designed and intended.
  • Joan Auclair Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks for the suggestion. The reset did not work.

    I have not synced with iCal because I didn't use it before I got the iPhone, and don't like it. I have become used to using the calendar on the phone, and it just didn't occur to me that I needed to start using iCal also. I'll try it, and I will also buy another paper pocket calendar. This was the first year that I had trusted the iPhone enough not to use the paper one; I guess I can't, really.
  • wjosten Level 10 (94,140 points)

    NO PHONE, no matter who makes it, should be the only repository of data. Backing up data is a cardinal rule of computing & when it comes to phones, it's even more important to backup. There, I'm off my soap box. If your calendar events are not in a backup that you can restore from, they are gone.
  • Joan Auclair Level 1 (5 points)
    I understand about the backing up, thanks. I had thought, every time I synced the apps on my phone, when it said it was backing up my iPhone, it really WAS backing up my iPhone. My question was about only restoring the calendar instead of the whole thing.

    It is strange that you have to use iTunes (as I've now discovered) to sync the calendar with iCal.

    Here's another strange thing: I have now synced it with iCal, and my appointments still have not shown up on the phone, but they DO now show up in iCal. I'm wondering, if I sync it again, will they show up on the phone? I suppose I could try it--couldn't hurt, could it?
  • Joan Auclair Level 1 (5 points)
    A second sync, and the phone is still stubbornly refusing to show appointments, though they are there in iCal on the computer.
  • wjosten Level 10 (94,140 points)
    Do this:

    1. Disable auto-sync when an ipod/iphone is connected, under preferences in itunes.
    2. Put one calendar event on your phone, it can be fake, doesn't matter.
    3. Connect your phone, DO NOT SYNC at this point.
    4. Control-click the phone in the device pane & select reset warnings.
    5. Now sync, this should generate a popup regarding your calendar, asking to merge or replace, select merge.

    Also, launch iSync in your applications folder, under preferences select reset sync history...do this before you do the above.
  • Joan Auclair Level 1 (5 points)
    All righty. It turns out that usually I look at "all calendars" and somehow only the "home" calendar had been activated, where most of my appointments don't show up. Thank you all for your time and patience, and I am now syncing whether I want to or not. Your advice has not been wasted.