Forum Question: How Do I Remove Ads From My Mac Calendar?

Hi Gary, I am getting unwanted adds on my Calendar on my Mac desktop. I want to keep birthdays, occasions, etc, but is there any way to block the advertising? This has only been going on a few days. Thanks

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Cheryl Applegate

Comments: 4 Responses to “How Do I Remove Ads From My Mac Calendar?”

    11/29/16 @ 3:07 pm

    This has been going on for most people over the last week or so. I’m sure Apple will come up with an update to Calendar to block these if this continues. It is a shame, though, because it will mean that adding invitees to your Calendar events will become much more difficult.
    Until then, you’ll want to log on to iCloud.com. Then go to the Calendar app in iCloud.com. Click on the Preferences button at the bottom left. Then go to Advanced Preferences and switch to receive invitations as email. This will stop them from arriving in your Calendar where all you can do is to decline or accept them. Either one alerts the sender that you exist. Now you will get them as email and can delete them without harm.

    Art Bridges
    12/1/16 @ 12:04 pm

    This is great. Just started getting them and wondered how to stop them.

    Thanks

    Markus
    12/1/16 @ 12:04 pm

    For the ads that are already in your calendar, you can create a new calendar called “junk,” or whatever you want to call it, and move those ad “events” to that junk calendar. Then you can just delete the junk calendar altogether.

    12/1/16 @ 12:07 pm

    Markus: While this works, and you should certainly do it if it makes you feel more comfortable, I see no harm in simply (and quickly) “declining” them. Sure, it technically tells the spammer that you exist and the iCloud account is a real one, but they already probably know that and simply don’t care. I would protect your iCloud account with Apple’s two-factor authentication any case, whether you decline them, use the Junk calendar trick, or haven’t even received any of this spam.

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