With the changes to the Calendar app in iOS 7, it introduced new views with navigation that may not seem apparent at first glance. Since many of us rely on the app to get things done, knowing your way around the app is vital. Today we’ll provide you with an overview on how to get around with an emphasis on how to switch calendar view on iOS 7 between day, week and month.

Switch calendar view iOS

The Calendar app has three main views which are year, month and day. The easy way to determine which view you are in is to look at the top left on your iPhone. If you see a navigation element with year, you are in the month view. If you see a navigation link with the month, you are in day view. The Calendar operates with the Year > Month > Day structure. Tapping on those links with back and forth within those calendar views.

Navigating Year View In Calendar App On iPhone

The year is the starting point for your calendars. By swiping up and down, you can move ahead or go back in time. By tapping the ‘Today’ link at the bottom left, you can quickly bring the current month in focus. At any point, tapping on a date will open month view for the associated month.

Year view

Navigating Month View In Calendar App On iPhone

The month view also allows navigation by swiping up and down to move throughout the year. Events and appointments are denoted by gray circles. Today’s date is easy recognizable by the bright orange circle. Apple’s done an excellent job delivering a minimalist user interface. In this view, there is little to see, but wait. If you tap on the icon at the top to the left of the search, you can view daily events within the month view. When the icon background is orange, it means this view has been activated. You can tap on each date to bring up events for that day. The day view is locked, so after select a day, you can scroll through you calendar. To enter the day view, toggle this view off and tap on any day within the month view.

Month view Calendar iOS

Navigating Day View In Calendar App On iPhone

The final view the navigation sequence and arguably the most important is your day view. The default view is today, with an orange line showing the current time. This helps bring you to the exact point in your calendar where you can see what’s happening next.

day view

There are multiple ways to navigate through day view. Swiping up and down will navigate through the hours of the current day. If an appointment or event for the day has passed, the Calendar app will tease it by showing an ever so slight banner. This is helpful if you are opening your calendar late in the day and an appointment or event has passed.

Previous event

If you need a quick list view of upcoming appointments, this is accomplished by selecting the icon with three lines next to the search icon. This will change your entire view to only show appointments, events. Tapping on the icon will shift you back to day view.

List view iOS 8

Within this view, you can tap on any date to bring up the associated day view. If you want to skip to a new week, just drag your finger from right to left across the calendar. As with other views, tapping on the ‘Today’ link brings you back to the current date, within the daily view. Notice that the background for the selected day is black, a visual reminder that you are not viewing today’s calendar.

today future

Tip: Even if you close the app using multitasking, the Calendar app will still open to the view you had previously selected.

While the basic function of the Calendar app allows for three views – year, month, day, there are numerous different views that help you access your events. Once you get the hang of it, navigating can be fast and effective. Find the views that work best for your productivity goals.