Get iCloud Calendar Spam Invites? How to Stop Them
Nobody likes spam, but if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, there’s a good chance you’ve found a new avenue of spam on your Apple device lately: iCloud Calendar spam invites! These spam Calendar invites get forced onto your iPhone or computer as notifications and Calendar invitations for spam junk products with labels like “ray-ban”, “Oakley”, “Louis Vuitton”, “handbags”, or some mixed Chinese characters or other garbage, and, amazingly enough, with Calendar and iCloud, there is no simple way to ignore them. Sometimes you might even get the same type of crud appearing through iCloud Photo Sharing spam or iCloud Reminder spam as well as Calendar invitation spam.
There are a few ways you can go about dismissing and trying to prevent the spam Calendar invites from appearing on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Let’s review the options that are currently available.
Option 1: Stop Calendar Spam Notifications with iCloud
All this method does is redirect the Calendar spam from Notifications into email instead. It’s not a perfect solution but it should prevent the annoying Calendar spam notifications from showing up on your screen constantly.
- Go to iCloud.com (yes the website) and login as usual
- Click “Calendar”
- Click the little gear icon in the corner, then choose “Preferences”
- Choose “Advanced” and then scroll down to “Invitations” and check the box next to ‘Email to firstname.lastname@example.org”, then click Save
All this does is redirect all Calendar invitations to your email rather than showing up as notifications on the devices, with the idea being that perhaps email has better spam filters than iCloud itself. A problem with this approach is if you actually regularly use Calendar invitations then you’ll no longer get those notifications either, so you will miss those and the Calendar invite spam too.
Remember if you’re doing this from an iPhone or iPad, you’ll likely need to login to iCloud.com on the web via iOS with the desktop site rather than the mobile version so that you can access the full features of iCloud on the web.
Option 2: Move Calendar Spam Invitations to a Spam Calendar and Delete
Another workaround that has been tossed around on Apple Discussions site is redirecting the spam notifications into a separate spam calendar, and then removing that calendar. The problem with this approach is you will need to do this everytime you get a spam invite, which at the moment can be a few per day.
- On the Mac or iPhone, open Calendar app
- Create a new iCloud calendar, label it something obvious like “SpamCalendar”
- Choose the junk invite and move the spam event invitations to the new iCloud calendar
- Now delete the new iCloud SpamCalendar calendar
- At the pop-up, choose to “Delete and Don’t Notify” – this is important because you do not want to notify the spam sender that your email address is active, so be sure to choose “Don’t Notify”
- Repeat for any and all future iCloud Spam Calendar invitations as they arrive
Sound fun? Not really, but this allows you to delete the iCloud spam calendar invites without responding to them and without notifying the sender.
Option 3: Declining the Spam Calendar Invite
The most frequently relied on option is what most users are choosing to do; declining the spam Calendar invite when they show up on an iPhone, iPad, or mac. You can certainly decline the invites, but the problem with declining the spam invites is it notifies the spam sender that your email address is active by sending them a response that their spam invite has been declined, meaning you will almost certainly get even more spam calendar invites.
If you don’t care mind having to fend off and decline potentially tons more calendar spam invites until Apple figures out a way to block this stuff, you can simply decline the spam invite by tapping on the “ray-bans” or “Louis Vuitton” Chinese spam and notification and tapping “Decline” at the bottom of the spam calendar invite.
Those are the three methods of managing iCloud Calendar invitation spam, none are ideal but they can serve to dismiss and ditch the calendar spam if need be. At the moment there is no perfect method to get around these, and the problem will hopefully be addressed by Apple soon, either with a method to ignore the Calendar Spam invites completely or better yet, for Apple to block them from appearing in the first place. Hopefully this happens sooner than later, otherwise don’t be surprised if this new form of spam really gains even more popularity due to its highly intrusive nature. The good news is the iCloud Calendar invitation spam problem is so widespread that it has received mentions in The New York Times and CNBC, so hopefully that means we’ll get an official fix sooner than later.
Are you getting iCloud Calendar spam invitations on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac? What method did you use to get rid of them? Do you know of another better approach to ignore and remove the iCloud Calendar spam invitations? Let us know in the comments!