How to Set the Default Calendar for New Appointments on iPhone and iPad

Switching between multiple calendars and want to set a new calendar as the default? Here’s how to set a new default calendar on iPhone and iPad.

Are all of your new calendar appointments ending up in the shared family calendar or an old iCloud calendar by default? Want to switch them to another account? Here’s how you can set the default calendar for new appointments on your iPhone or iPad.


You can reset the default calendar on your iPhone or iPad from the Settings app. From there, you can switch the default option to any calendar from all of your linked accounts (including Gmail and Outlook).

First, open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad. Use Apple’s built-in Spotlight Search feature if you can’t locate the app on your Home screen.┬áIn the menu, scroll down and choose the “Calendars” option. (You can also search for it.)

Tap on Calendar option from Settings

Here, tap on the “Default Calendar” listing.

Tap on default calendar

You’ll now see a list of all the calendars available on your device, divided by the services that you’re using. Here, select a calendar to make it the new default.

Tap to switch to a different default calendar

Now, when you go back to the Calendar app and create a new appointment, you’ll see that it will go in the newly selected calendar.

You can also tap on the “Calendar” option from the New Event screen to switch to a different calendar for a particular appointment.

Switch calendars from the Calendar app


Using a Mac? Here’s how you can switch the default calendar on your Mac.

Related: How to Set the Default Calendar for New Appointments in iOS and OS X

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