How to Add .ICS Event to iPhone Calendar

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If you are curious on how to add a.ics file to the calendar on your iPhone then you have come to the right place. The .ics file format allows you to share the calendar information between a wide range of systems with minimal stress. It’s used on your iPhones, iPads and even Mac. How exactly do you add this event to your calendar and what do you need to do? Is it even possible to do it? We’ll give you the answers to all of these questions in this article. 


Can You Add .ICS Event to Calendar On iPhone

You must have tried every way possible to add the .ics file to your calendar by going through the different settings and features on the calendar app and yet nothing seems to work. Well, the reason it isn’t working out for you is because there is no way to add an .ics file or event to the calendar app on your iPhone directly. 

If you can’t add an .ics event or file through the calendar app, is there another way? Absolutely. You might not be able to add the .ics file directly through the calendar app on your iPhone but there is a way you can use to get around it and it is pretty easy to follow through. If you follow the steps, you’ll find out that it is actually possible and easy to add an .ics file or event to your calendar.

One of the things you will need to do is to gain access to the URL of the .ics file and you can add it to your calendar app through the settings on your iPhone. This is the only way you can successfully do this on your iPhone. The steps are really easy like we said, at the end of the article you should be able to add it in no time.


How to Add .ICS Event to iPhone Calendar

Using the calendar app on your iPhone may not work. Of course if you were using a mac to import the .ics file, all you would need to do is open the calendar and import the file from the folders. It’s that easy. When using an iPhone, the process gets a bit more complicated than that but there’s no need to panic. It’s very easy, all you have to do is follow the steps below: 

Through the settings app:

The first way you can add the .ics file to your calendar is by using the settings app on your iPhone. All you have to do is copy the .ics file’s URL and then paste it under a specific section in the calendar settings. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to the setting app on your iPhone.
  • Scroll through the list of available options and then tap on mail, contacts, calendars.
  • On the next screen under the accounts section you will have to tap on add account.
  •  Now tap on others.
  • You should see an option that reads add subscribed calendar, tap on it.
  • A server field should appear. Type in the .ics URL or address.
  • To confirm, tap on next.
  • A description field should appear for you to put in a name you would like for the calendar.
  • To save it, tap on save.

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After following the steps above, it means you have successfully added the .ics file to the calendar app on your iPhone. A rule of thumb to follow is to always restart your iPhone after following the above steps to refresh the system’s memory.

The .ics file that has been added should now appear as a subscribed event on the calendar app. To check it out, you can launch the calendar app on your iPhone and then go to the subscribed section of the calendar app and it should appear there.


Using the email app:

One of the main ways to receive .ics files on your iPhone is through your email. Chances are that this is the way you are using to access the .ics file. The good news is that you can use that email to add the .ics file as an event to your iPhone’s calendar. The steps are pretty easy to follow, here’s what you need to do:

    • Launch the mail app on your iPhone to access the .ics app.
    • Find the message that contains the .ics file, tap on it.
    • After opening the message, you have to tap on the .ics file.
  • An option should appear where you will need to tap on add all.
  • Select the calendar app.

As usual, you will have to open the calendar app on your iPhone and you should find the .ics files under the events section of your calendar.


Why Can’t I Add An .ICS File Directly Through the Calendar App on My iPhone

If you are using an outdated version of iOS you will not be able to add an .ics event to your iPhone calendar. The obvious solution here is that you will need to update your iOS to the latest version. This way, your operating system will be able to add the event without experiencing faults. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Launch the settings app on your iPhone.
  • Tap on general.
  • Tap on the software updates option.
  • Download and install any updates that are available.

After doing this, go back to the methods above and you should be able to add the .ics event to the calendar app on your iPhone without any issues.

Will the .ICS File Appear as An Invitation when Added to My Calendar?

After adding the .ics event to your calendar through any of the methods above, it should either appear under the subscribed section or as an event in the calendar. The only way the .ics file appears as an invitation is only when this file is sent to you from a third party.

When this happens, you can accept the invite using your mail app, Mozilla or Microsoft outlook. After doing this, you can follow any of the above steps to finally convert it by importing it to your calendar as an event.



There isn’t any feature available on your iPhone that lets you add the .ics event directly through the calendar app but there are ways to go about it. In this article, we’ve shown you the methods you can try to add the .ics as an event to your iPhone’s calendar. If you have issues trying to add it as an event to your calendar with these steps, you should update your iOS and it should work just fine after that.


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