Many iPhone owners don’t make much use of the built-in Calendar app for more than just adding a few events, birthday reminders, sharing calendars and so on. However, this Apple app is quite powerful and convenient if you master all of its functions, like creating and accepting event invitations and using a cool (and very efficient) way to navigate through date.
Let’s take a look at both of them.
Creating and Accepting Invitations on Your iPhone’s Calendar
First, let’s see how to create an invite using your iPhone’s Calendar app.
Step 1: Open the Calendar app and either create a new event or locate an existing one. Tap on it to open it and then tap on the Edit button located at the top right of the screen to edit the event.
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Step 2: Once the details of the event are ready to be edited, scroll down until you find the Invitees option, and select it. You will then be taken to a screen that looks just as if you were going to compose an email where you can add the people you want to invite to the event.
Cool Tip: Additionally, you can also tap the blue “+” icon to be taken to your contacts and choose from among the people you want to invite to your event.
Step 3: Once you add your invitees, tap the Done button. You will be taken to the event’s main screen, where you can confirm how many people you have invited and how many of them have responded and accepted your calendar invitation.
Now, to accept a Calendar invitation:
Step 1: When someone sends you a calendar event invitation, a badge will show up on the Calendar app. Open the app and at the bottom right of the screen you will see the Inbox button. Additionally, you will also see the event you are begin invited to greyed out. Tap on either of these to access the event invitation.
Step 2: The event will open and at the bottom right of the screen you will see the Accept button. Tap on it to accept the invitation to the event and it will be added to your calendar and show up just as if it were an event you created.
Reach Any Date on Your iPhone’s Calendar App Fast
To complete our two Calendar tips, here are two quick ways that I find very useful when scrolling across past and future calendar events.
Let’s say you want to add a calendar event that will take place in three, four or more years. Usually, we do this by tapping the “+” button located at the top right of the screen, then tapping the Date field and finally, use the scrolling “wheel” to scroll endlessly until finding the year we want to add the event to.
There are two faster ways to do this though:
You can tap and hold on any date on the monthly calendar and use the scrolling wheel to scroll through the years until you find the year you like.
Enable the Month view, but instead of scrolling through dates or pressing the “+” button, simply press and hold either the right or left arrows located to the sides of the month. You will notice that months start to fly through the screen, allowing you to reach any specific month on any specific year in no time.
There you go. Creating events on distant dates and adding and accepting invites on your iPhone is now a cinch.