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iOS tip: 6 ways to make the most of the iOS Calendar app

The iOS Calendar app has some clever tricks up its sleeves, such as the ability to automatically add reminders to your meetings, drag events from one day to another, display your entire work week with a simple gesture, color-code your calendars, and more.

Read on for 6 iOS Calendar tricks that every iPhone and iPad user should know, starting with…

You can set the iOS Calendar app to remind you of upcoming events automatically.

Create automatic event reminders

Nope, there’s no need to manually add a reminder to each and every meeting in your calendar. Instead, you can set the iOS Calendar app to automatically add a reminder for any new events you create.

Instead of fiddling with an event’s time and date fields, just drag and drop.

Drag and drop iOS Calendar events

Need to change the time or date for an upcoming meeting? If so, you don’t have to tap the Edit button and tinker with the event’s date and time settings; instead, just drag and drop.

Just turn your iPhone to landscape view to see all your Calendar events for the work week.

View your weekly schedule

Generally speaking, the iOS Calendar app only lets you see your events one day a time (from the daily or monthly view) or a few days at a time (in “list” view, which you can access by tapping the three-line Details button).

Wish you could see an entire week at once—or the work week, anyway? Just tilt your iPhone sideways, in “landscape” mode, either in the day or month views.

When you do, you’ll get a five-day view of your Calendar events. Swipe back and forth to view days in the past or future, or tap, hold, and drag an event to move it to a new day.

Don’t like the default color for a specific calendar in the iOS Calendar app? Just pick a new one.

Color-code your calendars

The iOS Calendar app automatically color-codes your various calendaryou know, Home, Work, Family, and so on.

If you like, though, you can change the colors of your calendars directly from the Calendars app. Once you color-code a calendar, all the events for that calendar will show up in the corresponding color.

Nope, your old iOS Calendar events aren’t missing; they’re just not being synced.

Decide how many months of events to sync

Wondering why a calendar event from last year isn’t showing up on your iPhone? Here’s the likely culprit: a key iOS setting determines the date range for syncing calendar events from your desktop or other devices via iCloud, iTunes, or another online calendar service (like Google Calendar).

By default, the Sync setting for the iOS Calendar is generally set to “Events three months back,” meaning that any events before that period won’t show up on your iPhone or iPad. (Don’t worry, your entire Calendar event history is probably sitting in iCloud.)

Why bother with a date range? Well, some users with many years’ worth of meetings might not want their iPhones syncing each and every one of their events.

That said, you can sync all your calendar entries to your iPhone or iPad if you want.

You can creating custom repeat schedules for iOS Calendar events on a daily, weekly, monthly, or even annual basis.

Create repeating calendar events

In just a few taps, you can create an event in the iOS Calendar app that lands on, say, the first Thursday of each monthor the second Wednesday of each month, or the third Friday, for that matter.

You can also create an event that recurs (for example) once every four weeks on a Thursday (but not necessarily the very first Thursday of the month), or once every two (or three, or four) months, or even once every two (or three, or thirty) years.