With the 3.0 release of Agenda for iOS, I’m sure many more people are discovering the wonder of replacing the native iOS Calendar app. I’ve been using Agenda for a long time and I thought this would be a good time to share a tip about calendar notifications.
New users of iOS calendar replacements may wonder why they are getting two notifications for their calendar events with alerts. This happens because by default, notifications are turned on for both Calendar and your replacement app. To solve this, you simply need to go to Settings > Notifications > Calendar and turn everything off (you may need to scroll down).
When I originally switched to Agenda, I thought this was all I needed to do — until I had my sound on and a notification occurred. Same as with the visual alerts, both Agenda and iOS send notification tones by default.
There are two options to fix this: you can use the notification sounds provided with Agenda and turn off the iOS sound, or you can do it the other way around. I prefer to disable Agenda’s sounds as I like to use a custom notification tone.
To do this, you first need to open Agenda and go to Settings > Defaults > Alert Sounds and select iOS Default.
The last tweak is to go back to your iOS Notifications settings (Settings > Notifications > Agenda) and turn off sounds in Agenda.
Now you should only hear the default calendar alert sound you have set in iOS (Settings > Sounds > Calendar Alerts).
If you are OK with the provided alert sounds in Agenda, the only step you need to take after choosing one in Agenda settings is to set the Calendar Alerts sound in iOS (Settings > Sounds > Calendar Alert) to none.