The newest form of spam: iCloud Calendar invites.
These spam Calendar invites get forced onto your iPhone or computer as notifications and Calendar invitations for junk products labeled “ray-ban”, “Oakley”, “Louis Vuitton.” Amazingly enough, there is no simple way to ignore them through Calendar and iCloud. Here are three ways to deal with them:
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 prevents the notifications from showing up on your screen.
- login to iCloud.com on the web
- 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 instead of as notifications on the devices. Unfortunately, if you actually use Calendar invitations, then you’ll no longer get those notifications either.
Option 2: Move Calendar Spam Invitations to a Spam Calendar and Delete
Another workaround from Apple Discussions forums 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 every time you get a spam invite.
- 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 Spam Calendar 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
Annoying? Yes, 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 popular route is to just decline the spam Calendar invite. The problem with that is it notifies the sender that your email address is active by declining, meaning you will almost certainly get even more.
There is no perfect method to get around these, but due to its highly intrusive nature, it has received mentions in The New York Times and CNBC so the problem will hopefully be addressed by Apple soon.