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How to sync Facebook events to your iPhone
Unfortunately, Apple removed the ability to keep your Facebook events synced easily way back in iOS 11 and that continues to the current iOS and iPadOS versions. This can lead to a lot of frustration, depending on how much you rely on Facebook.
Add Facebook Events to iPhone, iPad, and iPod using the Facebook App
- Open the Facebook app
- Tap the menu button (three horizontal lines) from the bottom tab options
- Choose Events
- Tap on an event to open it
- Tap on the More menu button (three dots)
- Choose Export to Calendar
- Tap OK at pop-up message to add to your Calendar
- Repeat for any additional events you want to add to your iPhone or iPad’s calendar
Add Facebook Events to iPhone, iPad, and iPod using Facebook’s Website and Safari (or another browser) in Desktop Mode
Using Facebook’s website (in desktop mode) works best on iPad’s due to their larger screens. For iPhones and iPods, using desktop mode is spotty at best–some users have success with this method while it doesn’t work at all for others. But it never hurts to try!
It’s critical that you open Facebook using Safari or any other browser in desktop mode, not via the Facebook app
- Open a new window in Safari or another browser (Chrome, Firefox, and so forth)
- Go to facebook’s website and log in
- Open another window to Facebook in Safari, while staying logged in
- Once the page opens, Request the Desktop Site
- For iOS 13, pres the aA icon in the URL address bar and select Request Desktop Site
- For the older iOS versions, press the share button at the bottom and select Request Desktop Site
- Once you are in Desktop Mode, go to facebook’s events page
- Once the page has loaded in desktop mode, you’ll need to pinch and zoom to find the proper links
- If you can’t pinch and zoom, you are likely still in Facebook’s mobile site, try steps 3-5 again
- Tap Events from the left sidebar
- Look in the bottom right-hand corner, there is a box that says: “You can add your events to Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar or Apple Calendar.”
- Below that, there will be two links: Upcoming Events and Birthdays. Tap one of these options.
- When clicking these, a dialog box appears asking for you to allow the calendar invites or if you want to add them to your calendar
- Choose to Add All or Select each event one-by-one to add
After this has been completed, it often takes your phone a few moments, but the events appear.
Add Facebook Events to Mac
Dealing with the desktop site on mobile devices can be a bit of a pain. However, there is a way for you to use your Mac to sync Facebook events.
This method is much more straightforward and doesn’t require you to jump through hoops. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Open your web browser of choice
- Go to facebook’s events page
- Scroll down and select either Google Calendar or Apple Calendar
From there you will want to select either Upcoming Events or Birthdays. This opens the Calendar app on your Mac, giving you a specific URL.
When adding this URL, your events will then be synced with your calendar of choice. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about following this process on a regular basis.
Whenever a new event is added to your Facebook calendar, it will be automatically added to your Apple or Google Calendar. This obviously makes life much easier, while also ensuring that you don’t miss out on anything.
It’s important to note that if you need to respond to an event, you will still need to use Facebook. It seems there is no easy way to respond to events using the Apple Calendar app.
If you run into any issues, sound off in the comments below and let us know. We’ll be sure to answer any questions that may arise during the process.
- Use a computer or iPad with iPadOS, right-click (or press and hold) the URL link from the desktop version of Facebook’s event page to copy it
- Then go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > Subscribed Calendars
- Then, paste in that Facebook event URL link
- Type in your Facebook login credentials and save
- To export all upcoming events or birthdays at once
- Click Events on the left side of your Facebook’s homepage
- On the bottom right side, below Find Events, tap Upcoming Events to export all upcoming events
- Tap Birthdays to export all upcoming birthdays
- To export an individual upcoming event
- Go to the event you’d like to export and tap > Export Event
- Select whether to save the event to your computer or send it in an email
- Click Export
- On a computer (mine’s a laptop, not a Mac), I went to Facebook events and right clicked the upcoming events link and copied the link
- I then opened my Gmail on my computer and emailed myself that link
- Then opened Gmail on my phone and coped the link
- Then go to settings, and search for adding a subscribed email. Paste the link there and it should work.
- You can check by going to the iOS calendar, clicking calendars at the bottom and see the new calendar under Subscribed. Also, make sure that the calendar is clicked on whatever other calendars you are using
- Download all your upcoming Facebook events and add them to your Apple Calendar by following these directions from Facebook Support–this works on iPad and Mac/Windows. Does not appear on the iPhone or iPod
- From your News Feed, click Events in the sidebar
- In the bottom-right box, click Upcoming Events below the Learn More link to download a calendar file
- Open the downloaded file in your Apple Calendar
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.