Missing something fundamental about the iPhone Calendar?

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DEyncourt
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Missing something fundamental about the iPhone Calendar?

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OK, I have gotten set up with a new doctor. In order to set a new baseline, he has asked me to go to some basic specialists. I have done that with 5 of them so far (with the paperwork for a sixth on its way).

I woke up this morning with a nagging feeling. Yesterday I had my iPhone with me practically all daytime long but nothing got flagged or otherwise noted throughout that day, BUT I looked on my Calendar app and saw that I had an appointment scheduled for 12 noon today. It was for the SECOND specialist that I have across the rest of June and through July.

I checked back to yesterday on the Calendar. Sure enough, there was one of those appointments then, but NOTHING actually alerted me. To be sure: I do not spend all of my waking time doing stuff on my iPhone, and often when I am out and about I am listening to my HUGE backlog of podcasts that I am attempting to catch up on (with quite a number of them that I have simply given up trying to catch up). I checked upon the settings for yesterday's appointment and saw that I had set up the two alerts, one for the day before and the other for an hour before.

Um, shouldn't an ALERT actually do SOMETHING like beep or at least vibrate even if the mute switch is turned on (mine isn't)?

I looked around the Calendar app. Nothing setable for an audible alarm.

Ha, maybe this can be set via the iPhone's Settings app. I bring that up and scroll down to the options for Calendar. Again, no options for setting any beeps for any alerts.

Just to make sure, I set up a test appointment that was about 20 minutes ahead of my current time. For the two alerts I set one up at 5 minutes before and the other 15 minutes before, then I put my iPhone next to my MBP so I could easily see if anything happened while I puttered doing various things on my MBP. NOTHING DID. My iPhone simply stayed off. When I logged into my iPhone there weren't even the courtesy acknowledgements saying that I had missed two alerts.

I dunno. Maybe at some point in the past too many Apple users had complained about how the Calendar app was set up to constantly nag the users and so Apple turned that aspect off entirely, but why use Calendar at all if there isn't an option to have it be so bothersome?
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Settings -> Notifications -> Calendar
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C. Ives wrote: Settings -> Notifications -> Calendar

Ah, thanks.

This was likely my fault. I had gone through a LOT of settings on my iPhone and disabled many of them which I had not considered very or at all important, so turning off Notifications for Calendar was likely one of them. AND of course up to now I haven't used Calendar for ANYTHING.
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No problem. Apple has their settings all over the place. It can be very annoying to find what you're looking for.
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