iCloud Calendar spam invites are causing frustration to many iPad, iPhone, and Mac users around the world. You probably have gotten Calendar invites labeled ‘Louis Vuitton,’ ‘ray-ban,’ ‘Oakley,’ ‘handbags,’ or even some garbage like a mix of Chinese characters and other garbage. What is shocking is that with Calendar and iCloud, there is no simple way to ignore them. This type of crud can also appear on iCloud Reminder spam, iCloud Photo Sharing spam just as it does on Calendar invitation spam.
There are several ways one can prevent or dismiss the spam Calendar invites from appearing on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. This article discusses the three major options that are currently available.
Option 1: Use iCloud to Stop Spam Calendar Notifications
Through this method, the notifications will be redirected to the email instead of appearing on the iPhone, iPad or Mac. While this is not a perfect solution to this problem, it certainly helps in stopping the frustrations of having to deal with notifications on your screen.
Here are the steps to follow to do this:
Step 1: Go to iCloud website (www.icloud.com) and login using your details.
Step 2: Click on the “Calendar” tab.
Step 3: Click the gear icon located at the corner and choose “Preferences.”
Step 4: Click on “Advanced,” and then ‘Invitations’ and check the box next to ‘email to firstname.lastname@example.org’ and then click save.
This process ensures that all Calendar notifications are redirected to your email instead of showing up on the device. The assumption here is that since email may have more powerful spam filters than the iCloud, then you will not be as frustrated sorting them out on the email.
However, the biggest challenge with this that for those who use Calendar notifications regularly, then this means you forfeit the services of this feature, which could be a great hindrance to the smooth running of your everyday activities.
Another thing to keep in mind is that to do this
on iPhone or iPad, one will have to login to the iCloud website through the iOS with the desktop since the mobile version of the site may not have all the features necessary to activate email notifications.
Option 2: Move Spam Calendar Invitations to a Spam Calendar and Delete
This method has been discussed in Apple Disc
ussions site. It involves having a separate spamcalendar where you redirect the spam notifications and then remove that calendar. One of the major problems with this approach is that you’ll have to do this every time you receive a spam calendar invite. It could be tedious task considering one can get several of these invites per day.
Here is the process of moving the spam notifications to spam calendar and removing it:
Step 1: Open the Calendar app on your iPhone or Mac.
Step 2: Create a new iCloud calendar and name it ‘SpamCalendar.’
Step 3: Select the spam invite and move it to the new spam calendar
Step 4: Delete the SpamCalendar you created from the iCloud
Step 5: At the pop-up, select ‘Delete and Don’t Notify.’ This will ensure the spammer is not notified, since this would show them that your email address is active. Make sure to choose ‘Don’t Notify.’
Step 6: Repeat the process for all future iCloud spam calendar invitations.
Well, this is not such fun but it will help you delete the invitation without notifying the sender.
Option 3: Decline the Spam Calendar Invite
This is by far the most used option. However, this could be the intention of the sender. Since they know that the invite will probably be declined and they will get a notification, which indicates that the email address is active. This leads to more such invites.
By declining the spam Calendar invite, you can almost certainly be guaranteed that more will come. You can decline by tapping on the invite and then click or tap ‘Decline’ at the bottom right of the screen.
As we wait on Apple to deal with this issue, these are the three ways you can deal with the iCloud Calendar invitation spam. While they are nowhere near ideal ways, they are the available options for now. If Apple doesn’t come up with a solution to this soon, then these invites might gain momentum especially because of their highly intrusive nature.
Since this problem has since gotten the attention of The New York Times and the CNBC, there might be an official fix coming sooner rather than later.
We would like to know how you are dealing with this problem. Share with us the method you’ve used to deal with the iCloud Spam Invitations and tell us how effective they have been. Looking forward to reading your comments.
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