Software & Apps Google Drive How to Specify Default Reminders in Google Calendar Tell Google Calendar when and how to alert you to events By Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated November 14, 2019 Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides Tweet Share Email One advantage that electronic calendars such as Google Calendar offer over traditional paper calendars is the ability to alert you of important events wherever you are, and during whatever you are doing. Set it up so that even minor tasks and events raise an alert, so you stay on track throughout the day. Then, specify up to five default reminders for each color-coded calendar in Google Calendar. These alerts are automatically in effect for all future events to alert you of anything you've scheduled. Choose a Calendar Notification Method To set the default method and timing of reminders for any Google Calendar: Open Google Calendar and select the Settings (gear) icon. Select the calendar you want to edit, then select Edit Notifications. Select Add a Notification. For each new notification, choose whether you want to receive a message or an email reminder, along with the time you want to receive it. The default notification time is 10 minutes. In the All-Day Event Notifications section, choose how you want to be alerted to events that occur on specific days without specific times. Select Remove notification (the X icon) to get rid of an unwanted reminder. These default settings affect all events within their respective calendars. But, any reminders you specify individually as you set up a specific event will override your default settings. In other words, you can set up a different notification for a particular event when you first create it in the calendar, and it will override your default settings.