How Google Calendar can keep you from missing an event by setting your default notifications.

Don’t you just hate it when you see your friend and they say, “Where were you last night? We missed you at the party.” When the only reason you missed it was that you forgot!

I’ve been using Google Calendar to notify me of upcoming appointments ever since I started using a smartphone, and yesterday I found it especially useful. I want to make sure that all of you know how to set the default settings so that you get a notification before any upcoming event.

I had completely forgotten about my Yoga class at 10:30. I also completely forgot about a dinner party we were going to at 6pm. Because of my default settings in Google Calendar, I get a ringing automatic notification an hour before any appointment. Whew! I made it just in time. Thank you Google Calendar!

You can even set your default to give you two notifications if you want, like one at 2 hours and another at 1 hour before any event entered in your calendar. Here’s how:

  • Open Google Calendar (on Android or iOS – just make sure it is the Google Calendar, not Apple or Samsung.
  • Tap the 3-line menu at top left
  • Scroll down and tap on Settings
  • Tap Events (under your account)
  • Tap Notifications
  • Select your choice
  • You’re done, just tap the Back arrow at top left
  • note: the icon has changed since this video, all else is the same

Never miss a party, or a dentist appointment, or a meeting – ever again!


4 replies on “How Google Calendar can keep you from missing an event by setting your default notifications.”

  1. compared with the Outlook calendar reminders that keep bugging you until you turn them off, i find Google’s lacking – i suppose all the happy people immediately drop everything to heed their (one) reminder? (thanks for the place to post comments – we have to use Google these days for so many professional applications that poor old Outlook is disappearing, but i wish we could get that feature!)

    • I now have my default reminders set to 1 hour and a second one at 10 minutes. You could even set a third for 2 minutes if you want. Works for me.

  2. I love how Google Calendar can keep me from missing an event by setting my default notifications. It’s so easy to use and it’s always helpful to have the latest information about my events.

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