How to Set a Default Calendar on the iPhone & iPad

Have you ever set a work appointment in the Calendar app only to find that it's been scheduled in your family calendar rather than your work calendar? The problem is likely the result of having your family calendar rather than your work calendar set as the default calendar on your iPhone. The solution is to change the default calendar in the Calendar app to the one you use the most often. That way appointments will automatically be added to the right calendar. And on the less frequent occasions when you need to schedule an event in a different calendar, you can easily choose a different calendar when scheduling it. Here's how to set the default calendar on your iPhone to the calendar you use the most.

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How to Set a Default Calendar on the iPhone or iPad

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap Calendar.

  3. Tap Default Calendar.
  4. Choose your default calendar.

You can also create new calendars through the calendar app on your phone in case the default suggestions don't suit your preferences, as well as manually select a calendar for a new entry, but this is how you set your default calendar. For more great Apple product tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.