Tap a Date in Email to Add to iPhone Calendar

Feb 22, 2011 - 6 Comments

Calendar icon

You can quickly add dates to your iPhone Calendar by just tapping on any date in the iPhone Mail client:

This is a super easy trick that works like so:

  • Open the Mail app as usual and open any email that contains a date
  • Tap on the date, then tap on “Create Event”

Create an event from email

You will instantly be taken to Calendar app where you can set any further scheduling specifics, or just go with what it already has filled in for you.

By default, the event will include the subject line of the email as the default events name, and any date and/or time information included in the region you tapped will be configured as the appointment time in the Calendar app.


I’ve used this feature for a long while now and find it to be the fastest way to set appointments that have been discussed in emails, but it’s also great for adding things like concerts, flights, dating details, and so much more. Since we’re all so dependent on our smartphones these days anyway, this is one of those features that is an excellent time saver.

Another handy trick? Email yourself dates and times for quickly adding them to your calendar rather than typing them out, or add dates and events with Siri using simple natural language commands.

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Posted by: William Pearson in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Peter says:

    I email myself dates all the time to add to iCal, it’s a lot faster than manually entering the data on the dinky virtual keyboard.

  2. pablo says:

    When I moved from Europe to New Zealand I changed the timezone on my iPhone. But, it seems that there’s a bug with the address book, because it shifted some birthdays of my contacts 2 days ahead. Even if I edit and try to fix the birthday it won’t save the correct date.

    Have you seen this bug? Do you know a fix?

  3. Carl says:

    Is this date detection available in SMS ?

  4. Viv says:

    This is obviously a clever and useful feature, but do you know how to disable it? I find it a distraction.

  5. John says:

    This is obvious

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