For the past few weeks, there have been reports of people receiving spam invitations on their iCloud Calendars, often from dodgy-looking retailers offering too-good-to-be-true Black Friday offers. This culminated in some unbearable spamming for many over the holiday weekend. So if you’ve been a victim of this, read on for a couple of solutions.
iCloud Calendar spam solutions
Wherever you go, it seems as though you will bump into someone who has been affected by this form of spam. Many of us here at ValueWalk have been affected by this, hence, our desire to assist those who don’t know how to solve the problem.
First of all, DO NOT use the default options “Accept,” “Maybe,” or “Decline.” All this will do is inform the spammer that your iCloud account is active, and you could become the recipient of even more iCloud Calendar spam. Here are some better solutions to the problem, with each one taking a different approach.
Create a Calendar called SPAM
- Start by finding and tapping the Calendar App on your Home screen.
- On the next screen, tap Calendars, which you will see at the bottom,.
- Give the new calendar a name you can remember, like SPAM, and tap Done. This should take you back to the calendar screen.
- Now it’s time to select the iCloud Calendar spam invite and move it to the SPAM Calendar you created above.
- When you’ve moved it, tap Calendars at the top of the screen, and then tap the i button; it should be next to the SPAM Calendar.
- Next, look at the bottom of the screen and tap Delete Calendar.
And that’s it. You have removed this iCloud Calendar spam event without the spammer’s knowledge. Alternatively, the following method will prevent you from receiving all those spam invites in your calendar.
Disable auto-add Calendar via your iCloud account
To use this method, you need to go to iCloud.com and log into your account.
- Go to Calendars and then click the Gear icon, followed by Preferences.
- Next, click on Advanced.
- In the following screen, scroll down to Invitations and select the option to Receive event invitations via email. This will prevent you from receiving them in the iCloud Calendar app.
- Finally, click Save.
And that is it; you won’t get any more spam invites. However, it also means that you won’t see any good invites either.
There is one more solution, but it is the most extreme. However, if you don’t use the iCloud Calendar app, it will solve the problem.
Disable iCloud Calendar
Disabling the iCloud Calendar is easy, but it does mean that you won’t won’t be able to use it, so think about whether you will need it in the future before going ahead with this.
To disable the app, go to Settings –> iCloud and switch it to off by flipping the switch.
It’s unclear whether Apple is looking into all these spam iCloud Calendar invitations. We do know that many have informed the company of the problem, but it has yet to announce anything concerning it officially. Probably the best option for a resolution would be if Apple marked calendar invites as spam to begin with.