How to Make Calendar Events From Emails in iPhone Mail

Turn emails into calendar events in seconds

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The built-in Mail app on your iPhone automatically detects when an email is talking about an event, so long as it includes a date or time somewhere in the message. From there, you can easily add the event to your Calendar app in seconds.

For example, if you receive an email that reads "How about dinner tonight at 8 p.m.? Or would you prefer Wednesday around 7 p.m.?" In this instance, the Mail app would underline these times to make it really easy to add one or both of them to your calendar should you accept them.

There are a couple other ways Calendar and Mail work together, any of which you can use to quickly import email events straight into your iPhone calendar.

The directions below use iOS 12, but they should work the same on other versions of iOS, too, on any iPhone model.

How to Add Email Events to Your Calendar

Here's how import email events into the Calendar app by using the date and/or time found in the message:

  1. Tap the date or time underlined in the message, and then choose Create Event from the pop-up menu.

    Another method is to tap add... at the top of the email. It should say something like "Siri found 1 Event."

  2. Fill out the calendar event, choosing a title if it wasn't already chosen for you, entering an optional location, adding notes, etc. Also verify that the date and/or time auto-loaded into the event is accurate; you can make any changes you need to.

  3. Tap Add to save the email event details to your calendar.

    Date in email, Create Event button, and Add button on iOS

You can also have the Calendar app aggregate events automatically that it finds in your emails. Just tap Inbox at the bottom of the Calendar app, choose the event you want to add, and then select Add to Calendar.

For this to work, you need to have a specific setting enabled: go to Settings > Calendar > Siri & Search to confirm that Find Events in Other Apps is enabled. Older devices use the Events Found in Mail setting located in Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Remember that Mail only picks up events from recognized sources, such as reservations or bookings from travel websites, airlines, OpenTable, etc.

You can also remove events by ignoring them. Just tap Ignore to do that.