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If I put an event in Calendar, on my Mac, in does not sync to my iPhone. However it does sync if I put an event into the iPhone when it will then pick up the previous unsynced events.

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  • How are you syncing both devices? Aug 5, 2015 at 15:23
  • It normally just does it, without a sync. But my phone is backed up to the Mac Aug 5, 2015 at 15:50
  • It must have iCloud or other type of account activated to sync calendars. Please check on System Preferences > Internet accounts on your Mac and on Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars on your iPhone and add to your question the information that exists on both. My guess is you are adding events to a different calendar on your Mac, probably a local one. Then again, it may be a synced calendar but you have hidden it on your iPhone. Aug 5, 2015 at 15:56
  • I checked and both were set also the pulling down of screen as below doesn't work. But as soon as I add some thing to my iPhone calendar it syncs Aug 11, 2015 at 14:08
  • They were set how? Please be very specific. Aug 11, 2015 at 14:19

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I have found that creating a "dummy" calendar event on my iPhone will unjam synching issues and force OS X and iOS systems to talk to each other. This is not a very elegant method, but it's effective. Simply delete the fake entry when your Mac and iPhone have shared their respective calendars.

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I tried the solutions and none worked for me; iPhone 5S sync with MacBook Pro High Sierra; I rebooted both devices; what worked was to go on iPhone Settings -> First icon (my name) then scroll down to iPhone(3) (the name of my iPhone - could be different for you) clicking on which solved the problem - at least for now.

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  • Thank you. After spending 30m trying many solutions. This simple trick is what worked for me.
    – Vaibhav K
    Nov 10, 2018 at 13:00
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I've had this issue recently as well. One way that seems to force a resync is to first go to the list of Calendars at the bottom of the Calendar app. Drag the list of calendars down, and the gear will start spinning at the top of the screen while the data is resynced. This has worked for me so far.

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Recent versions of iOS and OS X support many calendar service providers, and within them you may have different calendars for each category: Work, Personal, Family, etc.

Check on all synced devices that the same calendars are activated and visible.

On iOS, open the Calendar app, tap on Calendar, and select those you'd like to be visible.

On OS X, you can do the same on the sidebar.

Check the calendar (Work, Personal, etc.) of the event that won't sync.

Sometimes all it takes is to make the calendar viewable on all devices.

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This has been driving me crazy too. No matter what I tick in preferences, my iPhone calendar will not update/sync with my iMac. I don't want to use iCloud or bluetooth or whatever - I just want the iPhone to sync when I plug it into my iMac. The method (thanks KENT) outlined below is the only thing that has worked:

"I've had this issue recently as well. One way that seems to force a resync is to first go to the list of Calendars at the bottom of the Calendar app. Drag the list of calendars down, and the gear will start spinning at the top of the screen while the data is resynced. This has worked for me so far."

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