iOS tip: Create automatic alerts for new Calendar eventsOne of my New Year’s resolutions is to find lots of little ways to save time, and this year, I’m starting with an easy one: a way to automatically add alerts to all my new iPhone calendar events.

As it stands, whenever I add a new calendar event on my iPhone or iPad, I always have to take a second or so to scroll down to the “Alert” setting, tap it, and then add a reminder time—anywhere from a week or a day before to five minutes prior, or the moment the event starts.

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Manually adding alerts to my calendar events only takes a few seconds, but after a year or so, all those seconds add up to a big chunk of inefficiency. Time to make a change, no?

iOS Calendar default alert settings

For standard Calendar events, your auto-reminder choices range from a week before to the moment the event begins.

Luckily, it’s easy to get all those seconds back. All it takes is a quick trip to the iOS Settings screen.

  • Tap Settings, “Mail, Contacts, Calendars,” then scroll down to the Calendars section.
  • See the Default Alert Times setting? Go ahead and tap it.
  • Next, go ahead and select automatic alert times for up to three different types of calendar events: birthdays, generic events, and all-day events. For birthdays and all-day events, you can set a default alert anywhere from a week before to the morning of the event. For standard events, your auto-reminder choices range from a week before to the moment the event begins.
  • All set? Just back out of the Settings screen—you’re done.

Now, head back to the Calendar app and create a new event—and when you do, you should see an alert already set up and ready to go. Looks like you just saved yourself a few seconds.

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