Apple working on a fix for iCloud Calendar spam invites

Have you been receiving spam calendar invites? Apple knows about the problem and is working on a solution. In the meantime, we’ve got a workaround that will ease your burden.

SPAM!

Update: Apple is aware of the problem and has issued an official statement on the matter.

“We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations. We are actively working to address this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent.”

Lately, there has been a surge of spam iCloud calendar invites. You get a notification that you have been sent an invitation, which you can either “Accept” or “Close.” If you close it, it goes into your iCloud calendar, un-responded to. You can then decline the invitation, which removes the unsightly event from your view, but doesn’t stop spammers from continuing to send you junk. Plus, some people don’t want to acknowledge the invitation at all because, even declining an invitation will send a response to the original sender.

Unfortunately, there is no way to block or ignore spammers from sending you calendar invites at this time. There are a couple of work-arounds, though, that will make it possible for you to keep these spammers out of sight and out of mind until Apple comes up with a solution to this new problem. Here’s the fix.

How to set Calendar invites to go to your email instead.

You can change your Calendar app settings so that invitations are sent directly to your email inbox instead of showing up on your calendar, where you have to actually decline them in order to get rid of them.

  1. Navigate to iCloud.com on your computer.
  2. Log in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Click on Calendar.
  4. Click the Settings icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. It looks like a gear.
  5. Click on Preferences.
  6. Click on Advanced in the window that pops up.
  7. Tick the box for Email to [email address] under Receive event invitations as:.
  8. Click on Save.

All of your invitations will now be sent to your email account instead of directly to Calendar. You can simply delete the events that are spam.

How to create a spam calendar in the Calendar app on iPhone

You can create a “Spam” calendar in the Calendar app and assign the offending invitations to it. You can then delete the calendar, which will also delete the invitation.

How to create a Spam calendar

  1. Launch the Calendar app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Calendars at the bottom center of the screen.
  3. Tap Edit in the upper left corner of the screen.
  4. Tap Add Calendar under iCloud.
  5. Name the calendar Spam.
  6. Tap Done.
  7. Tap Back in the upper left corner of the screen to go back to the calendar view.
  8. Tap on the spammed invitation.
  9. Tap Calendar, which is directly under the invitation name.
  10. Tap Spam.This will add the invitation to the new “Spam” calendar.
  11. Tap Back in the upper left corner of the screen to go back to the calendar view.

How to delete a Spam calendar

  1. In the main calendar view, tap Calendars at the bottom center of the screen again.
  2. Tap Edit in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Spam under iCloud.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom and tap Delete Calendar.
  5. Tap Delete Calendar again to confirm that you want to delete it.

This is not an elegant solution, but it will make it possible for you to delete spam calendar invitations without actually sending the response to the offending spammer.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about what to do when you get a spam Calendar invitation? Put them in the comments below!

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