I just bought a Samsung Galaxy 2, coming from a Nokia 3600.

My old cell phone had a quite simple calendar app but when it was supposed to alert me it kept ringing and vibrating until I dismiss it.

I could quietly use an alert as a morning alarm if I knew, for example, I'll have to wake up at 6:00 on next 12/25.

In new one calendar just beeps once and I already missed a ton of appointments this way.

Moreover I started using alarms but there's no vibration available and it's limited in time setting.

I'm looking for an app to suit my needs, possibly syncing with Google Calendar, not too much bells and whistles but not mandatory.

Any advice?

Thank you


As a note to who, gently is answering how to set calendar notification:

Please let me know also how to set it the way I need i.e. to make it ring until dismissed (or after, say, max 1 minute in case I'm far from the phone).

Otherwise changing from blip to din don won't help that much because I already tested it losing some appointments. :)

  • My standard Clock app plays the alarm and vibrates. Rather obnoxiously I might add. You can change the notification sound that gets used; have you tried that?
    – ale
    Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 20:30
  • @AlEverett: I'm using Clock alarm but it does not vibrates nor I can see any setting anout it. However it comes hard to put a note far in time, for example birthdays alerts and so on. I can't fill it with tens of alarms just 'cause the calendar alerts suck...
    – neurino
    Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 22:45
  • Ok, sorry, I found vibration setting for alarm but I'm still unable to set a proper alert for an appointment, say, coming in 10 days.
    – neurino
    Commented Nov 9, 2011 at 9:58

6 Answers 6


Calendar Snooze can repeat reminders until you acknowledge them, forever. It works with the default Calendar app, and will let it keep syncing with google.

You can customize how often the notification repeats, how many times (including "Keep Repeating"), and you can customize two sets of reminders, for example repeating every minute for 5 minutes, and then ever 5 minutes for an hour. It can also use notifications, the LED, text-to-speech, and alert popups.

It also (as the name suggests) allows a very powerful snooze mechanism, with completely customizable snoozes.

  • Thanks, I will try it! Anyway: 700Kb for adding just a simple snooze seem to me overkill but if it works I'll be happy of installing
    – neurino
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 11:02
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    A Galaxy S 2 has 2 GB of storage for apps (/data). That's four times what I have, with about 200 apps installed. I wouldn't worry about it. ;)
    – TREE
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 18:12
  • I accept your answer even if I went with another app CalendarAlarmHelper (primarily because it's cheaper and lighter) but I found it thanks to your link so... thank you ^^
    – neurino
    Commented Nov 19, 2011 at 13:12

Open the Calendar App. Press MENU > SETTINGS > scroll down to NOTIFICATION SETTINGS.

You can then choose your desired ringtone and whether an alert should pop up or merely a notification bar update shows along with Vibrate options.

As a calendar alternative, check out Jorte.

The Galaxy S2's alarm interface has options for recurring alarms as well as preset Snooze modes.

UPDATE: Nudnik and Calendar Event Reminder are calendar nag apps that seem to offer the functionality you're looking for.

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    About Notification Settings please see my comment to KalEl answer. Again about alarm, I already use it with multiple alarms and snooze but, again, see my answer to Al Everett in question comments... I wonder why my 100€ Nokia was able to alert me in a way I was sure to get it and a 600€ android is not. Maybe android engineers was thinkin' I'd passed my whole day looking at the phone screen holding it in my right hand... I'll check your suggested alternative.
    – neurino
    Commented Nov 9, 2011 at 9:40
  • I saw your update and try apps you suggest
    – neurino
    Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 12:27

Im trying now CalendarAlarmHelper that's way cheaper than TREE suggestion.

Free version expires after 7 days but has full functionalities.


Now that Astrid has stopped,trying out TicTac. Working quite well and seems reliable

  • A link to the app would make this more useful for the OP
    – bmdixon
    Commented Mar 1, 2014 at 10:49
  • And some information on how, specifically, it fixes the OP's problem would be good, too.
    – ale
    Commented Mar 1, 2014 at 12:07

You could try Astrid, I find it very useful as a task manager

  • Who asked for a task manager?
    – Izzy
    Commented Aug 16, 2012 at 10:30

Calendar -> Settings -> Notification Settings -> Select Ringtone.

Also set "alerts and notifications" in the same menu to Alerts.

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    I already saw it, all sounds last no more than a second and I don't find any option to tell it to ring until dismissed, that's what I asked. I see there's an option for always vibrating and it's on but if it just vibrates once for a second, as the alarm, then I know why I never felt it...
    – neurino
    Commented Nov 9, 2011 at 9:34
  • Here's an idea - if you use an alternate SMS app like Handcent or GoSMS pro or RingDroid - they have an alternative music picker which can be used to select songs from your media/audio folder. That'll give you a loooong ringtone.
    – Sparx
    Commented Nov 9, 2011 at 16:07
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    Yes it would be a long ringtone, but once again, it does not answer the question that is asked.
    – Kevin M
    Commented Nov 10, 2011 at 16:23

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