When you have multiple calendars inside of the Calendar app, it can be overwhelming to view all of that information at once. Here are two simple tips for managing which calendars are shown inside of the Calendar app so that you can always have pertinent information at a glance when viewing your Calendar app inside of iOS 8.
Temporarily hide and show calendars
Temporarily hiding and showing calendars to view information that you want is the best way to reduce visual clutter from the Calendar app when you have multiple (and socially shared) calendars set up.
To hide a calendar when you only want to view items on a certain calendar, perform these steps:
- Open the Calendar app
- Tap on Calendars at the bottom of the app (Figure A)
- Deselect the calendars that you do not wish to view currently (checked calendars will be displayed)
- Tap the Done button in the top right corner
Hiding calendars that you don't want visible reduces clutter without having to delete the calendars from your device.
When you tap the Done button, only calendars that remained checked will be displayed inside of the Calendar app. These calendars will remain hidden until you go back into the Calendars view and check the hidden calendars again to make them visible in the view.
Using this method, you can easily hide home calendars while at work and work calendars while you're at home. This way, you always have only the currently relevant calendar events visible.
At the top of the Calendars view, you can also tap the "Hide All Calendars" button to make all calendars hidden. Do this when you want to hide all but one calendar, then select the single calendar you wish to have shown.
Remove unused calendars
When you have calendars that you no longer need and they're causing visual clutter inside of the Calendar app, you can follow these steps to completely remove the calendars from your device (or iCloud account):
- Open the Calendar app
- Tap on Calendars at the bottom of the app
- Tap the info button ("i") on the calendar that you wish to delete
- Scroll to the bottom of the Edit Calendar view, and tap the Delete Calendar button (Figure B)
You can easily calendars that you no longer need or use.
When you do this, the calendar will be removed from the source. This means that if you have the calendar stored on iCloud, it will be remove from iCloud; or, if you have the Calendar only stored locally, then it will be deleted locally.
What other tips do you have for working with calendars on iOS? Share your experience in the discussion thread below.
Cory Bohon is an indie developer, creating both iOS and OS X applications at Cocoa App (his own company), MartianCraft, and for various other clients. As a part of full disclosure, he does not write about any software that he has created or has helped to create through these outlets.
Cory Bohon is an indie developer specializing in iOS and OS X development. He runs a software company called Cocoa App and is also a developer at MartianCraft. He was introduced to technology at an early age and has been writing about his favorite technology part-time since 2007. He runs a development blog named ObjDev when he isn’t writing about consumer tech.