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Essential: always activate Calalarm after creating or editing events in other apps or devices.

Notifications iOS 15 onwards: touch and hold the notification to Snooze/Stop Nag

Go To a date

Tap the top navigation bar. Long-press for older iOS versions.

Toggle list, day, week and month Views

In the toolbar tap on the view button again. For example 7 to toggle the week views.

Immediately stop the Alarm sound

Press either the Sleep/Wake or Home button.

Past events disappeared

Go to System Settings > scroll down to Calendar > Sync > set to your preferences.

Shortcuts

instruction

Tap on the time to reschedule. Tap on the alarm bell to edit alerts.

Font size iOS 13 onwards

We mapped our Font sizes to your iOS font size choice. You can choose a bigger or smaller font size on your device and this will be reflected in Calalarm.

Unwanted Calendar entries

Disable the calendar ”Siri suggestions” (”found in mail” / ”found in natural language”).

Read on Apple's website how notifications are handled.

FAQ

General

How do I

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General

What does Calalarm do?

Calalarm adds a notification with a sound of your choice to all existing calendar alerts. It syncs with the iOS Calendar database so it sets alarms for all calendar apps that use this database. Calalarm sets local notifications, which means you can switch to another app or lock your screen and still get alerted.

 

What happens to my existing events when I install Calalarm?

They remain as they are. Calalarm is built on top of the iOS calendar database and shows all its stored events, including event details such as alerts and notes. When you were previously using the built-in calendar app your entries will now also appear in Calalarm. You will need to activate Calalarm so that it can set its alarms.

 

What happens if I edit events in my built-in Calendar or Calalarm?

Both the built-in Calendar and Calalarm access the same database that stores all your events from the various calendars. Even iCloud syncs this database with calendars on your Mac/PC. When you edit events or alerts in one calendar app it will reflect these changes in all calendar apps.

 

Why should I start Calalarm after editing events in the built-in Calendar, Google Calendar, Exchange, etc.?

Calalarm can only set sounds and notifications according to the latest changes of the database automatically when it runs in the foreground. To ensure your Calalarm alarms/notifications are set in time just start Calalarm after editing events in other apps or devices.

NOTE: Calalarm will trigger the sync with iCloud, Google, Exchange, etc. when it is brought to the foreground from the background. If you want to sync while Calalarm is in the foreground tap the "Today" button (top navigation bar in older versions) to trigger the sync.

 

What is the difference between Calalarm and Supercal?

  • Calalarm has a Nag, Snooze and Overdue view, SuperCal does not.
  • Both apps can set local Notifications. Calalarm is ON by default, Supercal you have to swich ON: Settings > Notifications.
  • Calalarm comes with 25 sounds. Supercal does not contain sounds but you can enable the iOS Calendar sounds.
  • Calalarm contains a WatchKit app and notifications.

 

Why does Calalarm need access to my Contacts?

  • You can directly phone, email, sms, message and edit details of Contacts that appear as Birthday or invites/attendees when you grant Calalarm access to Contacts.
  • If you share calendars, Calalarm also needs access to your Contacts.
  • To show age information of Contacts' Birthdays.

Grant Calalarm access to your Contacts via the privacy settings: System Settings > Privacy > Contacts: set Calalarm switch ON.

 

How do I

Sync with Google Calendars?

1. Follow Google's setup instructions.
2. Go to Calalarm > Calendars (button bottom left) > tap on the checkboxes of the Calendars you want to see.
3. When you start Calalarm it will automatically sync these calendars.
4. When you make changes in Calalarm it will update your Google calendar but this can take some time.

 

Trigger sync with iCloud, Google, Exchange, etc?

Calalarm will trigger the sync with Google, Exchange, etc. when it is brought to the foreground.
If you want to sync while Calalarm is in the foreground tap the "Today" (top navigation bar in older versions).

 

Temporarily switch OFF Calalarm?

In Calalarm settings choose > Calalarm > OFF. The alerts will remain set, Calalarm will only remove the added notifications and alarms. Switching the button to ON brings back the alarms and notifications.

 

Show age information for Contacts' Birthdays?

Please grant Calalarm access to your Contacts via the privacy settings. System Settings > Privacy > Contacts: set Calalarm switch ON.

 

Handle Time Zones in Calalarm?

When you switch "Time Zone support" OFF in Calalarm it will follow the system settings Time Zone automatically.
When "Time Zone support" in Calalarm is ON it shows events in the time zone of your choice.

In addition events can have their own time zone. When "Event Time Zone" is ON, you can add a time zone for individual events, that will be displayed in the event details.

 

Customize sounds and Notifications by Calendar?

Go to Calalarm > Settings > Sounds > turn on switch “By Calendar” > choose a Calendar > check Sound of choice > navigate back to Sounds and repeat for the other calendars.

If you don't want any Notifications from a particular calendar: in the Sound screen scroll down and check Silence (=no sound) or OFF.

 

Alarms

How do the Nag and Snooze work?

The Nag is automatic. If you do nothing or close the notification, the alarm will repeat every minute/hour. The Snooze alerts you only once and allows you to set an alarm again after an interval of your choice.

The Snooze interval has a default value that you can set In Calalarm settings (Snooze > enter a value). Or you can use the "Snooze and Move" screen, where you can set the interval you require at that moment.

Change a snooze after it's been set: Go to Overdue (toggle list view) > tap the Z button

Read on Apple's website how iOS notifications are handled

Snooze alerts or Stop the Nag from Lock screen without opening the Calalarm app

  • To end the Nag: touch and hold the notification and then tap "Stop".
  • To Snooze with the default value: touch and hold the notification and then tap "Snooze".
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"Snooze and Move" with a custom value from Lock screen

  • Tap the "More" button to bring up the Snooze - Move screen. This will open Calalarm and also end the Nag.
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I don't get Calalarm Alerts.

In iOS Settings scroll down, tap Calalarm > Notifications
In Notifications enable: Allow Notifications, Sounds, Show on Lock Sreen, Notification Centre, Banners.

Avoid confusion by disabling Notifications by the iOS Calendar.

Still NOT working, then please check:
  • Your sound settings with the volume buttons at the side of your phone. Be sure the phone is not in silent mode (the button above the volume buttons at the side).
  • Is "Do Not Disturb" switched off (if on you'll see a moon in the status bar) .
  • Is 'Calalarm' ON (Calalarm settings)
  • Are your Calendars visible? Alarms of hidden calendars will not fire.
  • In Notification Center if the Calalarm sounds are switched ON.
  • Always open Calalarm after syncing with your desktop computer (wifi included) or after creating / editing events in other apps or devices.

 

Immediately stop the Alarm sound.

Press either the Sleep/Wake or Home button to stop the sound.

Stop the Nag without opening Calalarm as following:
From Lock Screen Touch and hold the notification and tap "Stop".

 

Apple Watch Notifications.

"Stop" stops the alert and Nag.

"Snooze" snoozes with the default snooze value chosen on the iPhone Calalarm settings.

"More" brings up Snooze and Move screen.

"Dismiss" closes the alert box but does not stop the Nag.

 

The alarms ring at unpredictable times.

Make sure the application you sync with has the same time zone as your iPhone.

Also set the Calendar Time Zone Support switch to off (Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Time Zone Support).
Or alternatively make sure that your Calendar Time Zone settings are the same as your general Time Zone settings (Settings > General > Date & Time).

 

Only 1 alert for Exchange calendar events?

This is an iOS issue (between Apple en MS). So it will be possible to add only 1 alert when creating or editing an event in these type of calendars. Multiple alerts is of course supported for all other calendars.

 

No Events

Calendar entries are not visible.

Please grant Calalarm access to your Calendars via the Privacy settings. System Settings > Privacy > Calendars: set Calalarm switch ON.

 

Where are my past events?

Go to System Settings > scroll down to Calendars > Sync > set to your preferences.

 

Events are invisible or alerts not set, using Google or Yahoo calendars.

Google Calendar and Yahoo Calendar have well known syncing problems.
They might be solved as following:

Google Calendar: remove the Google account from the iPhone and then add it again via System Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Yahoo Calendar: go into the Yahoo Calendar page-options, delete history and cache. Then refresh.

 

Why can't

You display the date on the icon?

Unfortunately at the moment Apple does not give this possibility to third party apps. You can display the date on the badge though.

 

I have more Nag options?

Unfortunately at the moment Apple does not give this possibility to third party apps. You can easily set multiple alerts instead of the Nag though.