In the digital age, with pocket calendars out of style, your calendar lives on your phone. So what should you use for Hebrew dates and events?
There are many Jewish calendar apps you can get, but how can you simply add Hebrew dates to your phone’s built-in calendar?
How to Add Hebrew Dates:
iOS: Go to Settings > Calendar > Alternate Calendars > Hebrew.
Android (or Google Calendar): Calendar app > 3 dots/lines on top left/right > Settings (> General) > Alternate Calendars > Hebrew.
Now when going to the Calendar app, you will see the Hebrew dates (as a number, not alphabet) under the English ones.
Note: Not all Android models support Hebrew dates in their built-in calendar app, in that case, use the Google Calendar app to add Hebrew dates.
On iOS, it will also say the Hebrew month on the day of Rosh Chodesh, though take note: No one told Apple we have a 2-day Rosh Chodesh. So, when the previous month is 30 days, so it will only show the new month on the 1st of the month.
How to Add Holidays and Events:
You can also add calendar events like Jewish holidays, Daf HaYomi, or Parsha Name to show in your iOS built-in calendar or if you have Google Calendar.
For iOS: Simply go to HebCal and download the file directly to your phone. You can download Jewish holidays, Parsha of the week, Daf Yomi pages, and more Jewish calendar events. Once you download them, they will import into your phone’s calendar.
To edit your calendars for which ones to show, go to Calendar App > Calendars > Toggle on/off the ones you want.
Google Calendar: Go to HebCal and click on the Google link by each calendar event. It will not work to add it directly into your Google Calendar app, you need to add it through the Google Calendar in the browser, and it will appear in the app if it’s signed into the same email address as to where you added it.
To edit your calendars for which ones to show, go to Google Calendar App > 3 lines on the top> Toggle on/off the ones you want.
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