How to display your Calendar events as list view in iOS Notification Center

By , Apr 15, 2014

Calendar notification center list view

As is our wont, we’re covering iOS quite extensively here on iDownloadBlog, with Jeff doing roundups of stock apps and features such as Clock, Messages, Music, Siri, Mail and Notification Center (and more to come soon) in excruciating detail. But despite our laser-sharp focus on these things, every once in a while we learn about a new nice-to-have.

This one flew under our radar but thanks to the eagle-eyed iDownloadBlog reader Garen, we now know of yet another gem in iOS: if you switch your Calendar app to daily agenda, your Today section in the iOS Notification Center adapts its layout accordingly to display your daily agenda as a list.

It’s yet another reminder that even the tiniest details matter…

As evidenced on the screenshots top of post and below, the Today view in Notification Center honors your choice of either list or normal view in the stock Calendar app. When you switch to the Calendar’s list view, your daily agenda is laid out nicely in the Notification Center.

Revert back to the ‘normal’ view in Calendar and Notification Center adapts accordingly, with the horizontal red line in the Today view (see below) denoting your current time to give you a feel of when the next meeting is up.

Notification center calendar list view

The list view is a feature of iOS that puts up the daily agenda.

Previous iOS versions had the ability to view your daily agenda from the month view in the Calendar app, but you had to switch screens so it was rather counterintuitive.

Starting with the iOS 7.0 release a few years ago, the feature mysteriously disappeared and was brought back months later in iOS 7.1. Adding up to the confusion, there are two ways to access Calendar’s list view, one on your iPhone and the other on the iPad.

So how do you access your daily agenda in iOS Calendar?

How to enable Calendar List view on your iPhone

1) Fire up the stock Calendar app on your iPhone.

2) In  your month view, tap the Today button at the bottom left corner of the screen until you get to the view where you see all your events for the day per time slot.

get to calendar list view

3) Now tap on the List icon right next to the Search icon in the upper right corner of the screen. This will bring up the Today list view.

calendar list view ios

How to enable Calendar List view on your iPad in iOS

1) Fire up the stock Calendar app on your iPad.

2) In  any view (Day, Week, Month or Year) tap the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner.

how to see list view calendar ipad

This will bring up a panel with a scrollable list of all events on your calendar.

ipad calendar list view

You can use the search field to quickly search for an event, tap the Today button at the bottom to position the list to today’s agenda and tap on any event to edit the details.

You have every right to be confused.

Apple hasn’t made this obvious enough and the nondescript list view icon is downright counterintuitive. This needs to change and I’m hoping Apple will streamline this feature in future iOS releases.

I, for one, really love the ability to quickly glance at my daily agenda, as opposed to tapping on a dot on each day where something was scheduled.

If you like this how-to, there’re a whole lots more in our archive.

Anyway, what do you think of this feature?

Do you like how Notification Center’s Today view changes layout depending on your Calendar view?

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  • baerjamin

    Now how do I get Notification Center on my iPhone to DEFAULT to Today View? Every time I launch it it seems to default to the ALL view.

    • 323K137

      NCObey tweak, if you’re jailbroken

  • slowly cries inside, wondering if there will be a tweak for this.
    Also, a way to auto dismiss the calendar when you have no events or something.

  • turco320

    great tip

  • Lance Baker

    Guess this was new in the later betas. I have 7.1 beta 3 jailbroken and I can’t get this to work.

    Also, I find it odd that it will take a whole hour to buy milk. ; )

  • Nuno123

    I wish that exist a way to do that in iOS previous versions…

  • Wieslaw Zajac

    Is there a JB tweak with this functionality for 7.0.4?

  • Eric S.

    I’d really love to see a tweak that integrates 3rd party calendars like Sunrise into the notification center calendar view. Syncing Sunrise with the stock app works, but the calendar colors don’t transfer and it doesn’t play as nicely with Google calendar as I would like it to. And then of of course tapping on the NC opens the stock app…

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  • queen_ir3ne

    NCAgenda is the equivalent tweak.

  • Deertoelk

    I got the list in notification center on my iphone but it won’t work for my iPad. Any ideas?

  • Lee Scuppers

    Obsolete. They removed the feature. Idiots.