How to manage calendar alerts on your iPhone and iPad

How to manage calendar alerts on your iPhone and iPad

The iPhone and iPad are both great tools for keeping you on task and getting you organized. Not only can you create your own calendars, you can also customize alerts and when you receive them. If you aren't sure how, follow along and we'll help you get up and running in no time.

How to disable calendar alerts on your iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendar.
  3. Scroll down to the calendar section and tap on Default Alert Times.
  4. Tap on the type of event you'd like to disable alerts for.
  5. Tap on the option for None at the very top.
  6. You can repeat this process for any calendar entry type that you don't want to receive alerts for.

How to change the default alert time for calendar events on your iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Scroll down to the calendar section and tap on Default Alert Times.
  4. From here you can choose the type of event you'd like to change the default alert time for. You can choose between birthdays, events, and all day events.
  5. Inside that event type, choose from one of the presets that closest matches when you'd like your iPhone or iPad to alert you of that kind of event.
  6. That's it. Your alert times will now abide by the times you've chosen.

How to change the time zone for calendar alerts on your iPhone and iPad

By default, your iPhone or iPad will automatically change time zones and assume your events should change as well. Say you fly from New York to Las Vegas. Your Calendar app will automatically change to the given time zone which means an alert set at 9:30am will go off at that time in the new time zone, not your home time zone.

If you don't like this behavior, you can easily change this setting within your iPhone or iPad's settings panel.

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Now tap on Time Zone Support.
  4. At the top, turn the Time Zone Support option to Off.
  5. Now tap on the Time Zone option underneath it.
  6. Search for and choose the time zone you'd like your calendar to abide by.
  7. Your calendar will now alert you and abide by the time zone you've told it to instead of automatically changing when you enter a different time zone.

Allyson Kazmucha

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Is is possible to disable alerts for a single calendar? I have some shared calendars that I don't need the alerts for.

This bit of "new functionality" appeared with iOS 6 and there are no signs of a fix yet as far as I know. My wife and I share calendars and the notifications we each receive when the other adds an appointment are tedious. It also means that when I do get sent an invite by her I invariably delete it because of all of the other pointless updates. Hopefully it will be fixed in the next update.

I hate that there aren't any reminder options between 2 hours and 1 day. I like the half day option available in Outlook and on my BlackBerry. I also like 5 hours so I can be reminded at lunch about evening plans.

I also use the calendar app "Agenda" which syncs with the iPhone/iPad calendar. The options for alerts are much more...after 2 hours it has 6hrs, 12hrs, 1 day, 2 day, 3 day, 5 day, 1 week, 2 week, 1 mo.