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How to change the default email address for Apple Calendar Alerts

You can set up Apple Calendar to send you an email reminder for any event. You can go to any event on your calendar, add an alert, and there is a drop down list of email addresses to choose from. But how do you change the default email address?  I was looking everywhere for where to change the email address that Apple Calendar alerts get sent to.

The answer: change your ‘work’ or ‘home’ address in your own contact in Apple Address Book application (Contacts), not in the Calendar Application.

There’s also some good comments below – have a read!

To change the email alert address, edit your 'work' and 'home' email address in Address book!
To change this email  address, you need to edit your ‘work’ or ‘home’ email address in Apple Address book!
  1. Exit from the Calendar app and open the ‘Contacts’ app.

2. Create a new entry with your email address. (If you don’t already have one).

3. Go to the menu called ‘Card’ and select ‘Make this My Card’.

This email address will now appear as the default email address in any new events in Apple Calendar.

22 replies on “How to change the default email address for Apple Calendar Alerts”

I set a calendar alert for mileage about 7 years ago – changed the email address and it still bounces because it is no longer active. Have looked all over the place trying to find a way to change it.

“change your ‘work’ or ‘home’ address in your own contact in Apple Address book!”

I assume you mean the Contacts app, yes? …but how do you change “your own contact”? What are the steps to find it in the Contacts app? Thanks.

Thank you so much, this worked perfectly…it took me over 20 minutes to find a solution and you gave to all of us, thanks!

I’ve checked my information in Contacts, but my Calendar still shows an old email address I no longer use, and there are no drop down alternatives!

Any other ideas folks? Thanks!

I got to the stage of selecting “email” but when I do so it the screen dialogue says I have ti use Contacts. OK but when I open Contacts how do I select my address? Nothing is clickable so no entry opens in the New Event dialogue.

To get the email address cell to come up in the Event dialog box, you have to go into the “Alerts” dropdown, then scroll to the bottom and select “Custom…”, then change the selected method default (Message) to “Email”.
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Curiously only my (unused) iCloud email address will come up and none of the other addresses which I use. How can I set it up to opt for multiple addresses?

YESSSSSS!!!! I was getting crazy. Every time I accepted an invitation another name shows up on the confirmation email. I’ve been trying to solve this for long time. Thank you.

not sure if this is addressed in the thread. but actually it is the topmost email address in your card that will become the default. so if whatever one you want as default, put at the top of your email list in your contact, if you have several emails.

I have an imac 10,1 running on el capitan . for several years contacts or what was address book is trashed. I add records manually. 8 times , every few months the groups were trashed and records were moved to wrong groups. All this I think started when I added gmail accounts. Sometimes images were also changed to some other image which was available on line? The last draw was when the ONMYMAC group disappeared , which basically was when I gave up on adding records to contacts. Now with that in mind and in background, my ical or calendar sends alert emails to an old email address. I did what was suggested here and what happened was that it did in fact changed where its sending emails from but not where it is sending the email to . It currently sends alert emails to an old email address which I have disbled not deleted in fear of losing data or emails associated with that old email. So plain and simple , is there a way to change the email address ical sends emails to?

I have this problem, too. An old email address was hacked so have disabled it from Mail on my iMac (High Sierra) but I check it from time to time via the provider website to see if anything needs attending to. It’s almost all junk which I blacklist and trash. So, my calendar alerts are sent from my new email address, as correctly recorded in my Contacts Card, (I did have to correct that, incidentally) but to the old email address. How do I change the To address?

I was sending calendar invites from my iPhone to my staff. They all said that the email went to junk. I used the advice above and it totally fixed this issue. Thank you. I had never looked at my contact card before and never would have thought to look there to fix the problem.

How can I have two email addresses to choose from when setting up an ical alert? My wife wants to have events she sets up sent only to her email address, while events I set up are sent only to my eamail address.

Hi!

I have tried this, but it does not work.
When I send an invite it uses the apple id as sender, not the mail in my contact.

Suggestions?

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