Calendar app on iPhone

Apple's Calendar app for iPhone and iPad lets you schedule everything from your workday to your household chores. It also lets you keep everything organized by color coding your calendars, setting time zones, setting calendar types — including Chinese, Hebrew, and Islamic — and even customizing default alerts. All so you can have your calendar your way!

How to change the flag colors in Calendar for iPhone and iPad

The calendar app lets you change the color of the flags for each calendar you have set up in iCloud. Here's how you can change them:

  1. Launch the Calendar app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Calendars at the bottom center of your screen.
  3. Tap the info button next to the calendar you wish to edit. It looks like a red circle with a red lowercase i in the center.
  4. Tap on the color of your choice under Color.

    Tap Calendars, tap the info button, tap the color of your choice

How to set a custom time zone for Calendar on iPhone and iPad

If you want to change your time-zone for the Calendar, you can do that, too.

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Calendar.
  3. Tap Time Zone Override.

    Launch Settings, tap Calendar, tap Time Zone override

  4. Toggle the Time Zone Override switch to on. It will become green in the on position.
  5. Tap Time Zone to select your custom time zone.
  6. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen.

    Turn the Time Zone overrid switch on, tap Time Zone, tap the search bar

  7. Type the name of the place to bring up its timezone.
  8. Tap the timezone you want to use.

    Type the name of a place, tap the timezone you want to use

How to change the calendar type in Calendar on iPhone and iPad

If you're in a part of the world that uses a different calendar type than the Western world, visiting there, or you just want to use a different calendar, here's how you can do that:

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Calendar.
  3. Tap Alternate Calendars.
  4. Tap your choice of calendar type. The selection includes:

    • Off
    • Chinese
    • Hebrew
    • Islamic

      Tap Calendar, tap Alternate Calendars, tap the calendar you want to use

How to change the Default Alert Times for Calendar events on iPhone and iPad

By default, iOS notifies you about upcoming events when it is time to leave for them. However, you can change the defaults by event type to something else. Here's how:

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Calendar.
  3. Tap Default Alert Times.
  4. Tap on the event type you want to set a default alert time for:

    • Birthdays
    • Events
    • All-Day-Events

      Tap Calendar, tap Default Alert Time, tap on the event type you want to set a default alert time for

Depending on the type of event, you'll have different options to choose from. Tap on the your desired option to set it as the default alert time for that event.

Toggling Time to Leave to off will turn off the default alert time for all event types. Any default time you set per event automatically overrides this setting.

How to change the day the week starts for the Calendar app on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Calendar.
  3. Tap Start Week On
  4. Tap your choice for the day you want the week to start on.

    Tap Calendar, tap Start Week On, tap the day you want to start your week on

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