How to Set Calendar Reminders in Swift for Your iOS App

In this article, we will walk you through the process of setting calendar reminders within your iOS app using Swift and the EventKit framework. Calendar reminders are a valuable feature for applications such as to-do lists, task managers, or any app that requires scheduling and organizing events.

Step 1: Import the EventKit Framework

To begin, you need to import the EventKit framework, which provides the tools for interacting with the device’s Calendar database.

import EventKit

Step 2: Request Calendar Access

Before you can create reminders, you must request access to the user’s calendar. This is done by using the EKEventStore class to request permission.

let eventStore = EKEventStore()

eventStore.requestAccess(to: .event) { (granted, error) in
    if granted && error == nil {
        // Access granted, proceed to create a reminder.
    } else {
        // Access denied or an error occurred.

The user will be prompted to grant or deny access to their calendar. It’s important to handle cases where access is denied or errors occur gracefully.

Step 3: Create a Reminder

Assuming access is granted, you can create a reminder using the EKReminder class. Set its title, calendar, and due date. In the following example, we create a reminder to “Buy groceries” due in one hour.

let reminder = EKReminder(eventStore: eventStore)
reminder.title = "Buy groceries"
reminder.calendar = eventStore.defaultCalendarForNewReminders()

let dueDate = .hour, value: 1, to: Date())
reminder.dueDateComponents = Calendar.current.dateComponents([.year, .month, .day, .hour, .minute], from: dueDate!)

do {
    try, commit: true)
    print("Reminder saved successfully.")
} catch {
    print("Error saving reminder: \(error.localizedDescription)")

This code creates a basic reminder with a title, calendar, and a due date. You can further enhance this by adding alarms, notes, and priorities as per your app’s requirements.


Setting calendar reminders in your Swift-based iOS app is a powerful way to improve user productivity and time management. By requesting calendar access, creating reminders, and handling user interactions, you can seamlessly integrate this feature into your application.

Remember to handle potential errors, edge cases, and to respect user privacy by requesting access to their calendar data.

By following these steps, you can implement calendar reminders effectively, providing users with a valuable organizational tool in your app.

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