How to switch Calendar views on your iPhone or iPad

How to change Calendar view options on your iPhone and iPad

The built-in Calendar app on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch offers several different ways to view your events and appointments. The default view is Month, but you can also switch to List and Day view, and on the iPad, Year view. This lets you easily see everything at a glance, or drill down to one specific hour.

How to switch Calendar views on your iPhone

Your iPhone gives you the choice of three different views within the default Calendar app - list, day, and view. The list option is good if you're quickly scrolling through events and looking for something specific. It's also a great place to search for items that you need to find quickly as there will always be a static search bar at the top. On top of searching, the list view also is a nice way to get a brief overview of your week.

Day view will show you a graph of what you have going on that day. This is a nice place to make sure none of your events and appointments overlap each other. You can also tilt your iPhone on its side and view each day for the week by scrolling up and down or side to side.

The last view that is available is the month view. This view allows you to tap on any day and view the events that you have planned for that day underneath the month calendar. Tapping on any of these events will expand upon the details of that entry.

To switch between these views, perform the following steps -

  1. Launch the Calendar app from the Home screen of your iPhone.
  2. Tap List, Day, or Month at the bottom of the screen to select an alternate view.

How to switch Calendar views on your iPad

The Calendar app on the iPad is set up a little differently than the iPhone, mainly due to the extra screen real estate you have to work with. While the iPhone only gives you list, day, and month views - you're iPad gives you those plus week and year. You'll also notice that the list, day, and month sections on the iPad look quite different as well.

The week view looks very simliar to the day view on the iPhone but you won't have to tilt your iPad in order to see more than 1 day at a time. You'll automatically see an entire week regardless of your orientation. The year view will give you a grid layout of each month and what days you have events on. The darker the color on the day, the more appointments and calendar entries you have for that day.

To change between views on your iPad, perform the following steps -

  1. Launch the Calendar app from the Home screen of your iPad
  2. Tap Day, Week, Month, Year, or List at the top of the screen to switch views.

Allyson Kazmucha

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Jekyllmd says:

Or just turn your device 90 degs and that will change the view as well.

Matthias D says:

This is the least useful howto you guys ever did. Who needs this? I don't get it.
Next you're gonna do one how to switch iDevices to standby? (spoiler: just leave it sitting there for 1-5 minutes -- advanced users can use the power button)

PS: The How-To about calendar sharing actually is pretty useful. Reminds me of Steve Jobs' advice for Nike:
“You make some of the best products in the world — but you also make a lot of crap. Get rid of the crappy stuff.”