Does your iPad / iPhone calendar start on a Monday?

For some bizarre reason, Apple has decided that here in the UK our week starts on a Monday rather than a Sunday. Now this confuses a poor brain like mine, as my other calendars all start the week on a Sunday – and if I use the weekly view on my iPad or iPhone, my at-a-glance reckoning is one day out.

To make the change, you’ll need to select Settings > General > International and pick a different country.  Now selecting USA will make the week start on a Sunday, but then dates will then be all back to front, so Christmas will be shown as 12-25-2011 rather than 25-12-2011. (I’ve never understood this, why have the sequence middle-smallest-largest rather than the more logical smallest-middle-largest? Come on Barack – sort it out – 4/6 is the 4th June, not the 6th April!)

Also, selecting USA will give Fahrenheit temperatures rather than Celsius. (OK, I’ve got used to Celsius now.)

The home of the Maori tribe, the All-Blacks egg chasers and the Kiwi fruit provides the answer!  Select New Zealand, and your week will start on a Sunday, your dates will be logical, and your temperatures will be centigrade.  Yay !

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  1. Fionam August 25, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    The New Zealand suggestion was very helpful -just what I wanted. Thanks.

  2. Martin March 19, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    Paul –
    after trying a fair few options I landed in Barbados. It has the week starting monday, metric units, the same time format as us, and lends me that relaxed caribbean feel whenever I carry my iPhone…

  3. Geoff October 24, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Try putting your International settings to UK, as Apple thinks the UK starts its calendars on a Monday.

  4. Paul G October 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    Hi Geoff,
    I just noticed that after updating my iPhone to IOS5 my week starts on a Sunday, I prefer the monday. Any idea how I amend this back to a Monday start. regs Paul g (Melbourne, Aust)

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