Over the past week I have been inundated with Apple calendar spam. If you, too are getting lots of junk notifications on your calendar – this is what you can do to get rid of it.
Maybe the spammers were out in full force because it was Black Friday or maybe they just felt like bothering me – but this week I received about 4 or 5 calendar invites to buy Ray-Ban sunglasses and Michael Korrs bags.
Ummm, if I needed sunglasses or designer bags, which I don’t, I’ll probably visit Sunglass Hut or Macy’s. I think I will pass on the unsolicited and annoying Apple calendar invite that is obviously FAKE!
I guess that Apple didn’t anticipate this little loophole because there really isn’t an easy way to put a stop to Apple calendar spam.
There is a workaround, though, and it involves creating and deleting a junk calendar.
Do NOT Respond to the Calendar Invite
I will mention this first because it is so important.
Make sure that you do not respond in any way to the spammy Apple calendar invite.
Do not open, accept, decline, or dismiss these notifications.
Any interaction at all will let the spammer know that your calendar is an active one.
And then, of course, they will send you more spam.
Step 1: Create a New Calendar
The first thing to do is create a new iCloud calendar on in your Mac app.
Go to File->New Calendar or right click in the calendar list pane on the left of your calendar app window.
You will see a new calendar called Untitled tack on to the end of your list.
Either leave the name or change it to whatever you like.
I name it Junk.
Step 2: Move your Apple Calendar Spam Events
Now carefully right click on the iCloud calendar spam event.
When you do this a drop down menu will open, which allows you to select a different calendar for this event.
Select your Junk calendar.
Repeat this process for each of your iCloud calendar spam events.
Do Not Delete the Event
In the same drop down that opens, you will see an option to Delete the event.
DO NOT DO THIS.
If you delete the event, then iCloud will send a notification to the creator that you have declined.
This tells the spammer that they hit an active account.
Step 3: Delete Your Junk Calendar
Once you have moved all of your iCloud spam events over to your junk calendar, it is time to delete the Junk calendar.
Go the the left calendar list pane and highlight your junk calendar.
Then, right click, and hit delete in the dropdown menu that appears.
Step 4: Select “Delete and Don’t Notify”
When you hit delete in the dropdown you will likely get a pop up window asking you if you want to Delete and Notify the organizers.
Yikes! You do not want to do this.
Rather click on the other option – “Delete and Don’t Notify”.
Your Junk calendar will disappear along with all of the iCloud calendar spam that you moved over.
Will Apple Issue a Fix?
I wish Apple would come up with an easy way for us to abolish Apple Calendar spam.
While this workaround will work, it is still an awful lot of steps to take and very inconvenient.
What a waste of time.
Do You Have A Better Way of Deleting Spammy Calendar Invites?
If you have a better way to battle calendar spam, then I would love to hear it.
Please leave a comment below and share your solutions.