How to Change the Default Reminder Time in Calendar

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The Calendar app is incredibly convenient for keeping track of appointments, events, and even birthdays. It’s also a great tool for helping you remember those appointments, events, and birthdays. I am extremely forgetful, so once I enter something into my Calendar I usually add an alert to help me remember it. Different people may need to set different reminder intervals for events. That’s why Apple made it easy to change the setting for when the Calendar will alert you for an event.

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Related: How to Create & Add Events to Calendar on iPhone & iPad

Here's how:

  • Open Settings and select Calendar.  
  • Tap Default Alert Times. Here you can choose the default alert times you’d like for Birthdays, Events, and All-Day Events. 
  • For Events you can choose to be reminded up to one week before or as soon as the time of the event.

For Birthdays and All-Day Events, you can choose to be reminded on the day of the event (at 9 a.m.), one day before, two days before, or one week before.

Now you can set default alert times to what works best for you!

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Paula is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She enjoys life at home with her husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a parrot. Her iPhone is never more than two feet away from her and she can't imagine life without it.