Do you receive notifications or invitations for unsolicited events? Is your agenda crumbling with spam? Your iPhone's iCloud calendar is a target for spammers and abusive marketers. Here are some tips for removing unwanted calendars from your iPhone..
Why is my iCloud calendar filling up with unsolicited events
The iPhone's mobile operating system (iOS) has a controlled computing environment in which programs run securely. This greatly reduces the risk of hacking even if zero risk does not exist.
However, despite this high level of protection, you receive unwanted dates. Strange events appear on your iPhone calendar app. Rest assured, there is little chance that your iPhone is infected with a virus. However, you must have accidentally subscribed to a spam calendar..
Spammers have many resources. It didn't take long for them to find a technique to bypass Apple's protections. The crooks discovered that it was possible to send random calendar invitations to iPhone users.
Usually this happens when visiting illegal streaming sites or accidentally clicking on a malicious link. Once the new web page has loaded, you will be prompted to subscribe to a calendar..
Never click Ok or Subscribe. Scammers exploit these calendars to send advertisements promoting malware or questionable websites. Fortunately there are different methods to get rid of these calendars.
Delete spam calendars from an iPhone
Unwanted calendar notifications are not inevitable. You can protect yourself from it. For that, it is enough to never click on a link coming from an email of which you do not know the sender. Also avoid illicit sites offering illegal streaming or counterfeit (music, movies, games, software, applications).
When you receive a calendar invitation, don't open it even if you want to decline it. It is best to remove it immediately. In fact, by clicking on the answer button, you inform the spammer that your email address is indeed active.
Likewise, if you are already subscribed to an unwanted calendar, never open events linked to this calendar. These usually contain links pointing to sites that could steal your personal data.
Don't waste your time manually deleting every event from this malicious calendar. As long as you are a subscriber, you will continue to receive unsolicited events. The best solution is to unsubscribe from the spam calendar.
- Open the Calendars app on your iPhone
- Place your finger on one of the events offered by the spam calendar
- Click on the Unsubscribe from calendar button at the bottom of the window
- Confirm your choice
Please note that the procedure described above does not work on all iPhones. If your phone has a version earlier than iOS 14.6, you will need to follow the instructions below.
- Launch the Calendar app (also called Calendar) on your phone or iPad
- Click on the Calendar tab at the bottom of the screen
- Find the calendar that's causing your problems
- Press the small information button (the letter i surrounded by a circle) placed next to this calendar
- Scroll down the window
- Click the Delete Calendar button
Alternative method to get rid of unwanted calendars
If despite your best efforts, you still receive spam from this calendar. Another option is to delete junk calendar from your iPhone settings. Here is the step by step guide to do this.
- Open the settings (notched wheel icon) of your iPhone
- Select the Calendar section
- Tap Accounts
- Click on Calendar subscriptions
- Place your finger on the calendar you want to delete
- Press the Delete Account button
With the different methods presented in this article, you should no longer be hassled by invitations and unwanted events. Note that the latest versions of the Calendar application have an option to report unsolicited events. The information related to this one (mail, contact) will be transferred to Apple which will examine the calendar to see if it is indeed spam.