How to Add Alerts to Your iPad Calendar - dummies

How to Add Alerts to Your iPad Calendar

Events in your life might range from business meetings to karaoke dates, but whatever the nature of your appointments, the Calendar app on your iPad can help you keep them all straight. You can enter single events or repeating events to your calendar.

If you tend to lose track of time, you can also add alerts. And luckily, in the iPad Calendar app, it’s easy to do:

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen, choose General, and then choose Sounds.

  2. If Calendar Alerts is not on, tap the On/Off button to turn it on.

  3. Now create an event in your calendar or open an existing one for editing.

  4. In the Add Event dialog, tap the Alert field.

    The Event Alert dialog appears.


  5. Tap any preset interval, from 5 minutes to 2 days before.

  6. Tap Done to save the alert and then tap Done in the Add Event dialog to save all settings.

  7. Tap the Day button to display the Day view of the date of your event; note that the alert and timeframe are listed under the event in that view.

It’s important to know that, if you are on the road and change time zones, iPad may not recognize the local time, which could cause your alerts to become useless. You can adjust the time of your iPad manually by using the Date and Time feature in Settings to avoid this problem.


If you work for an organization that uses a Microsoft Exchange account, you can set up your iPad to receive and respond to invitations from others in your company. When somebody sends an invitation that you accept, it appears on your calendar. Check with your company network administrator or the iPad User Guide to set this up if having this capability sounds useful to you.