How to set multiple reminders for an event on your calendar

Have you ever created an event on your calendar then missed it anyway? I have several online events that are on my calendar, they even give me a one hour reminder notification, and I still miss it because I started doing something else and completely missed one hour mark.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get an additional reminder at 10 or even 5 minutes before the event? Yes, you can! You can try it now with this important event you don’t want to miss! Our next Live Show – What Does This Button Do? Episode 249 is scheduled for Jan 15, 2023 at 2pm Eastern time. Our topic will be How to transfer photos from your phone to your computer.

Using Google Calendar

Open Google Calendar, either on computer at or the app on your phone. Click the + and choose Event, then fill out the

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Setting multiple notifications

When you see the section for Notification, there may be a default notification for 1 hour already added – if not go ahead and add it yourself, then you can “Add another notification for 5 or 10 minutes. You can even add a “Custom notification” via email 1 day before. There doesn’t seem to be any limit to how many reminders you can add to an event using Google Calendar.

Your screen should look something like this:

After clicking “Add Notification” you should see “5 minutes before, 10 minutes before, 30 minutes before and Custom. Just tap the ones you want.

On iPhone’s – Apple iCalendar: it’s called “Alert” rather than notification, and you can only have 2. We recommend using Google Calendar, even on your iPhone.

See you on the 15th!

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2 replies on “How to set multiple reminders for an event on your calendar”

  1. My husband and I share our Google calendars. However sometimes his does not pick up my appt times. Have cked our settings and we both have each other’s emails on our settings on the google calendar settings. Can’t figure out what the problem is. Any suggestions?

    • Jeannie – I’m not sure what could be wrong, especially since you indicate that it is an intermittent problem. You can check the specific settings for your calendar – click the 3-dot menu to the right of your calendar and choose Settings and Sharing (it should be the top calendar in settings) Find your husbands email under “Shar with specific people and then click the drop-down arrow to the right. You have 4 choices there of what your husband can see and do with your calendar – I recommend it be set to “Make changes to events.”
      Here is the complete help screen from Google calendar about sharing calendars Hope that helps

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