The Most Useful iPhone Calendar Tips

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Third party calendars don’t have access to everything on your phone – the default iOS calendar does. With just a few hacks, you can use the iOS calendar to organize your entire life.

Family Sharing with the Calendar app

One of the biggest headaches for many families is coordinating schedules. From soccer practices to ballet recitals to a night without the kids, Family Sharing can also help you make sure everyone’s where they need to be, when they need to be there. Once you enable Family Sharing, a shared calendar is automatically created for you.

Here is how.

> Launch the Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad once you’ve enabled and set up Family Sharing already.
> Create a new event or tap on an existing one that you’d like to appear on the family calendar.
> Tap on Calendar.
> Choose the calendar labeled Family.
> Fill out and save your event just as you normally would.

Add Events from Emails

If you get an email into your inbox that mentions a specific date and time, you can instantly add it to your calendar, whether or not it’s an official invitation: tap on the time inside the email and choose Create Event from the pop-up.

Quieten Down Some of Your Calendars

After iOS 8 arrived on our screens, Apple has provided the option to disable alerts on a calendar-by-calendar basis. From the Calendars page, tap the i icon next to the calendar in question, then toggle the Event Alerts switch to off.
Integrate Travel Time into Calendar Events

To make your event alerts even more useful, your Calendar app can automatically add in the amount of time it will take you to travel to your appointment. When you add an event, enter the Location. Then tap Travel Time, and toggle on the Travel Time option. You can then indicate whether you’re driving or walking, and based on your location at the time, your alert will automatically be adjusted to include travel time.

Drag and Drop Calendar Events

 The most obvious way to change the time of an event in Calendar is to tap it and edit its “start” and “end” times, but there’s actually a much easier way.

Just tap and hold an event until it pulses, then drag it anywhere you like in your calendar. You can also grab one of the little handles above or below an event to pad it out or cut it short.

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