Without a calendar to keep track of events, some folks would be absolutely lost. While there are a lot of different calendar applications on the App Store, Apple includes a “basic” app on every iPhone.
It’s likely that you already know how to do basic things like add events. However, we’re going to take a look at some of the lesser-known tips and tricks for your calendar needs.
Copy Events across calendars
There are some issues with Apple’s Calendar app, as there is some limited functionality. Once such “issue” arises when you try to copy or duplicate events with different calendar presets.
However, there is a bit of a workaround for those who want to copy events from one calendar to another. This can all be done in Apple’s application:
- Open the event you want to duplicate
- Copy the event title
- Go back and tap the “+” icon in the top right-hand corner
- Paste the event title
After you enter the title, you will see the same event pop-up below the title. When you tap the event, all of the information will be transferred over to the event you are trying to create.
If you are attempting to add this event to a separate calendar, you will want to adjust that in the new event settings. Once completed, your new event will appear in whichever section you want it to appear.
Double tapping the minutes
Whenever you create a new event, you are normally given the option for 5-minute intervals. However, there is a little easter egg that lets you easily switch between 5-minute and single minute intervals.
Here are the steps you need to take:
- Open the Calendar app
- Tap the “+” icon in the top right-hand corner
- Fill out the event information
- Select either “Start” or “End” to schedule the event
- Double tap on the selection
This will automatically switch the minute options from 5-minute intervals to single minutes. Obviously, this may not be the best way to schedule events, but if you need a reminder a specific moment, then you can use Calendar.
How do you send a calendar invite via iMessage
After you have created an event, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll want to send some invitations. Well, unless you are planning to just sit around by yourself for the duration of the party.
You can go through and send email invitations through the Calendar application. But, that’s not very productive and can get rather annoying if your friends don’t check their emails.
Unfortunately, if you are “limited” to Apple’s Calendar app, then you will be stuck using the email method. However, if you have a third-party app like Fantastical then you can actually send event invitations via iMessage.
This comes with the help of the new drag-and-drop feature added with iOS 11. If you’re an owner of Fantastical, then you’ll follow these steps:
- Open Fantastical
- Find the event you want to share
- Press and hold on the event and drag out of the standard view
- While holding the event, go home and open iMessage
- Drop the event into the message body
If you are frustrated with Apple’s Calendar app, here are a few of our favorite alternatives:
How to work with different Calendar Views on Your Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is arguably one of Apple’s greatest products since the iPhone. The company has taken the smartwatch market by storm, holding a commanding market lead.
Being able to glance down at your wrist to get all of the information you need without pulling your phone out is absolutely amazing. However, when it comes to the actual Calendar app, there is a tip that you may not have known about.
The default view in the calendar app is all fine and dandy, but did you know there are actually three different display modes? In order to access the modes, follow these steps:
- Open the Calendar app on your Apple Watch
- Force touch on the default view
- Select which view you want to be displayed
Some folks on Reddit have claimed to not know about this, despite owning the smartwatch for quite some time. Luckily, Apple has some tips and tricks for the Apple Watch that we are still discovering.
How to Sync Facebook Birthdays with your iPhone Calendar
Facebook has been in the headlines for a lot of the wrong reasons as of late. There are still folks who use Facebook religiously and want to keep track of all of the various events.
These events may be actual events or could be something as simple as your friends birthday. While there was some concern that Facebook and Apple removed this ability, it seems there’s a workaround.
Here are the steps you need to take if you want to add your friends birthdays to the calendar app on your iPhone:
- Open a new window in Safari
- Go to facebook.com and log in
- Open another window in Safari, while staying logged in
- Go to facebook.com/events
- Press the share button at the bottom and select Request Desktop Site
Once the page has loaded in desktop mode, you’ll need to pinch and zoom to find the proper links. In the bottom right-hand corner, there is a box that says: “You can add your events to Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar or Apple Calendar.”
Below that, there will be two links: “Upcoming Events” and “Birthdays”. When clicking these, a dialog box will appear asking if you want to add them to your calendar.
After this has been completed, it will take your phone a few moments, but the events will then appear. Plus, any new events or birthdays will automatically be added for future reference.
These are just some lesser-known tips and tricks for using the Calendar on your iPhone. If you have some more tips and tricks you would like to see covered, sound off in the comments below!