iPhone calendar guide

June 03, 2016

The calendar app on your iPhone has many different uses that covers each of your activities ranging from office appointments to household chores. When used properly, it can be one of the most useful features of your smartphone and really help in improving your life.

Before you can enjoy all the benefits, though, you first need to set everything up, and luckily you can create your calendar based on your iCloud, Google, Outlook or even Exchange accounts. Furthermore, you can combine events from all these accounts to provide a complete view of your activities.

Setting up calendars

  1. From your settings menu, scroll down to ‘Mail, Contacts and Calendars’ and select it
  2. You will be prompted to log in to one of your accounts from the list
  3. Use your account ID and password to log in
  4. Once you’re logged in, you will be prompted to choose which information you want to synchronize, which includes mail, contacts and calendars. Make sure you turn on the ‘Calendar’ option
  5. After a moment, depending on your internet connection, your calendar appointments will be synchronized to the calendar app

Customizing the calendar

The calendar, by default, will have an all-white appearance and bubbles for events. However, you can prioritize events by colour coding them, thereby making your calendar easier to use. You can also change the calendar type, for example, by switching it to a Hebrew, Chinese or Islamic calendar.

Sharing events

It’s now easier to invite people to events just by sharing calendars. Of course, you wouldn’t want to share your entire calendar, so begin by creating an ‘Events’ calendar.

  1. Create an event in that calendar and save it,
  2. Select the ‘Calendars’ command at the bottom then tap the ‘Info’ button
  3. Tap on the ‘Add person’ and type the name of the people you want to share the events with
  4. Once someone responds to the share, the ‘Inbox’ tab within the calendar will notify you and you can see who has accepted the invitation

It’s also easy to share events with the family, and all you need to do is set up ‘Family Sharing’. Doing so will create a Family Calendar, and any events created there will be synchronized to all family members’ iPhones.

Use calendar with Siri

Siri is there to create and edit calendar events, which is definitely easier, but not very effective. Siri will respond to simple commands but for a complete command of calendar items, you will have to do it yourself.

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