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How to customize your calendar settings on iPhone and iPad



How to customize your calendar settings on iPhone and iPad


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The built-in Calendar app on iPhone and iPad is not only Apple’s purpose-built event tracker, it’s also a gateway to many other productivity apps that sync with it to provide useful information for your daily life. Even if you use a different calendar service, like Google or Microsoft, you can still link those services to your Calendar app to get the most out of your daily planning. Apple’s Calendar app has many dedicated customizations that you can use to help make it work for you. Here’s how to set them up the way you want.

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How to change the default time zone for calendar alerts

By default, the Calendar app on your iPhone and iPad will automatically change time zones as you move across the country. However, you may want your calendar information to remain in the time zone in which you live or work. If you want to change the default time zone, you can override it in your calendar settings.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Calendar.

  • Tap Ignore time zone.
  • Turn on the time zone override switch.
  • Tap Time zone.

  • Find the city for which you want to change the time zone.
  • Touch the city to change the default time zone for the Calendar app.

  • How to select another calendar type

    If you normally follow the Chinese, Hebrew, or Islamic calendar, you can make that your default calendar type on your best iPhone or iPad instead of the Western calendar.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Calendar.

  • Tap Alternate Calendars.
  • Tap Chinese, Hebrew, or Islamic.

  • How to enable and disable week numbers

    By default, the Calendar app lists each week of the year. For some it is a useful way to quickly see how many weeks have passed, but for others it is useless information. You can enable or disable this feature as you like.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Calendar.
  • Enable or disable the week number switch.

  • How to turn guest declines on and off

    If you’re interested in inviting other people to events, you may want to know all the people who confirmed and declined the invitation. However, you may not be interested in knowing who will not be attending your event. You can enable or disable this feature as you like.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Calendar.
  • Enable or disable the Show Guest Declines button.

  • How to manage calendar sync

    To keep data usage and internal storage to a minimum, your iPhone and iPad only sync one month by default. If you’re likely to find information about past events in your various calendars, you can change the sync date for your accounts.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Calendar.

  • Tap Sync.
  • Tap the time period you want to sync.

  • How to set default alert times

    You can specify what time you want to be alerted for an event on your calendar. This does not override events for which you have manually selected a notification time. This is for default event notifications for birthdays, scheduled events, and all-day events.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Calendar.

  • Tap Default Alert Times.
  • Select the alert for which you want to set a default time.
  • Select the time you want to receive the alert.

  • How to set a reminder to leave on time

    You can also enable the ability to receive an alert to remind you what time you need to leave to get to your event based on typical travel time for events where you have an address included.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Calendar.

  • Tap Default Alert Times.
  • Enable the Start Time switch.

  • How to schedule the start of your week

    In the US, our standard time starts on Sundays, but that may not work for you. Maybe you think that Monday is the beginning of your week. If you work a schedule other than 9-5/Monday-Friday, you might consider Saturday as the first day of the week. You can select any day to start your week in the Calendar app.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Calendar.

  • Tap Start week at.
  • Play a day of the week.

  • How to set a default calendar

    You may be trying to manage multiple calendars from work, home, and other activities. One of them will always be your main calendar, for which you normally create events. You can set a specific calendar as your default calendar, which means that events created and shared will automatically come from that specific account unless you manually switch to another.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Calendar.

  • Tap Default Calendar.
  • Select the calendar you want to use as default.

  • How to enable and disable location suggestions

    When you create an event, the Calendar app includes a feature that will suggest locations based on what you give it. For example, if you’ve planned to meet someone for lunch at Applebees, the Calendar app will suggest adding the closest Applebees location to the event, which will help if you expect to be notified when it’s time to leave for your meal. You can enable or disable this feature as you like.

  • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap Calendar.
  • Enable or disable Location Suggestions.

  • Having problems with the calendar on your Apple Watch?

    While we love the Calendar app and the fact that it syncs with your Apple Watch, many people have trouble getting the Apple Watch calendar to sync properly with their iPhone calendar. Sometimes you can fix your calendar not syncing with your Apple Watch by following some basic troubleshooting tips.

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