An overview of the BlackBerry Calendar

Tips & Tricks

cal-featuredPart 2: The BlackBerry Calendar app

Welcome to the second part of Hub+ Subscription Series!

In this post, we’re going to get a little more in depth with BlackBerry Calendar app.

It will feature how-to guides, tips, tricks and perks; essentially, what makes this the best calendar app out there!

For more on Hub+, check out our other posts: Part 1 on Subscriptions and Part 3 on BlackBerry Contacts.


Overview

The first thing you need to know about the calendar app is that it integrates seamlessly with the BlackBerry Hub. What that means is that you can use the Hub to view all of your meetings, appointments or events across multiple email or social accounts! Got a Facebook event invite? Doctor’s appointment was sent to your personal email address? Big work meeting from your enterprise account?

All of them will end up in the same place. Zero problems to be had my friends.

Settings and Options

This may not be the flashiest part of the BlackBerry Calendar app, but it is important to know how it functions in order to have total control over your schedule. Here is a quick rundown on the settings menu in your BlackBerry Calendar app and how to access it:

To access your calendar settings, tap priv_3bar > SettingsIn this menu, you will be able to:

  • Edit quick responses. Tap Quick responses and select a quick response from the menu. Make any changes you wish and tap OK. This is handy, as you can write your own templates to save even more time.
  • Stop events that you decline from appearing in your calendar. Simply tap the Hide declined events switch and voila! Clutter free 🙂
  • Switch between time zones. Turn on the Use device time zone to have the Calendar us your device’s current time zone. Turn off this setting, followed by tapping Time zone to manually select your preferred time zone. This is handy if you’re traveling and need to view an event in the time zone where it is occurring!
  • Choose which day of the week your calendar starts on. Tap Start of the week, and then tap a day.
  • Select the notification sound for event reminders. Tap Tone, select and option and tap OK.

Events

To create an event\meeting, open up the BlackBerry Calendar app and tap the cal-plus symbol. Tap the calendar icon and proceed to fill in the information pertaining to your event. Here, you can add event details like a title, time, reminder time cal-reminder and a location.

And you’ve created an event! It will now show up in your calendar and notify you as you have set it.

Here is a quick list of other event functions and how to do them:

Set Recurring Event

  • During the Create Event stage, tap more options > Turn off Does not repeat and set the desired reoccurring date(s)

Change or Delete an Event

  • Open an event in the BlackBerry Calendar, tap cal-edit to edit the event or cal-delete to delete the event

Change Event Availability or Privacy

  • Tap the event you want to change followed by tapping cal-edit
    • To change Privacy settings, tap Privacy and choose either Private or Public depending on your security needs
    • To change availability for an event, tap Show me as and choose either Busy, Available or Tentative

Invitations

As stated above, the great thing about the BlackBerry Calendar is that you can receive event invitations from multiple accounts and they will ALL appear in you BlackBerry Calendar!

Here’s a quick rundown on how to manage your invitations:

Responding to an Invitation

  • Open the calendar invitation and click Yes to accept, No to decline or Maybe to tentatively accept the invitation. This may seem mundane, but ensuring that you’ve responded correctly to the invitation allows you to manage your calendar effectively and inform your peers if you are attending or not.

Email the Event Organizer

  • The really cool thing about the BlackBerry Calendar app is that you can quickly email the person who has sent you the invitation.  Open the invitation, tap Email organizer, and then you can either select a quick response or compose your own message.

Email Guest

  • You also have the ability to quickly email guests that are attending the event you have just received an invitation to! Open the event, tap Email guests and either select a quick response or Write your own to compose a message.

Though this guide will help you get started, it does not go over every feature of the BlackBerry Calendar. If you have any more questions or want to dive deeper into the functionality of this app, click here to check out the Nano Training course.

Happy scheduling 🙂

To learn more about the BlackBerry powered by Android smartphone, or to troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available. Visit the BlackBerry powered by Android support site for access to product documentation, how-to demos, tips and tricks, YouTube videos, support forums, knowledge base articles, Twitter support, and contact information for your region.

About Cassady Louks

Hey! My name is Cassady Louks and I am a Service Delivery Partner Coordination and Social Media student at BlackBerry. Currently, I am in my fourth year of the Bachelor of Public Relations degree at Conestoga College. On my spare time I like to read, write, play sports and volunteer for community organizations like the Grand River Film Festival or the Cambridge Minor Lacrosse Association. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn!

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