Shared Family Calendars

With iCloud, you can create shared family calendars that appear on your Mac and iOS devices. You can add anyone with an iCloud account to the calendar and they can view, edit and add events. This makes it easy for a family to stay organized. You get notifications when someone changes the calendar. You can create many of these calendars for different subjects or different groups of people to share. If someone does not have a Mac or iOS device, it may be easier to use a Google calendar instead, which can still be accessed in the same Calendar apps on Apple devices.

Comments: 8 Responses to “Shared Family Calendars”

    Crosby Smith
    5 years ago

    Great video. I’ve been using shared calendars for several years. I keep personal events in my personal calendar, family social events in our shared calendar, and when my daughter was planning her wedding, we shared a Wedding Calendar. The events that are added show up automatically with others sharing the shared calendar. Its great !

    Robyn
    5 years ago

    Gary this was a fantastic tutorial – thanks.

    nick
    5 years ago

    hi Gary
    I had a Family calendar already showing and I suspect that I might have created inadvertently when I set up my iCloud account. I turned it off the iCloud settings but now when I try and create a new calendar within the app, the option of creating a new calendar is not showing up, the menu only expands as far as File>New Calendar and that’s it so there are no options showing up in the menu.
    Hope this makes sense
    any suggestions?
    thx
    nick

      5 years ago

      That was probably the default “Family” calendar I was talking about. But if you turned off “Calendar” in your iCloud settings then you won’t be able to create any iCloud calendars at all, or view the ones you currently have. So turn that back on and create your new calendar(s).

    crystal
    5 years ago

    looking for a way to sync family calendars AND contacts. (due to PG on iOS devices/games) we use 1apple id/1 iCloud (the teen’s iCloud notes, bookmarks, books turned off, which disables syncing those from her iphone to her new macbook. playlists created on my iMac to her iPhone imports only some songs into her mac?) family share PG is limited. kids don’t need iCloud icon/download access and hiding is time consuming. any suggestions for better syncs? :)

      5 years ago

      You should use iCloud account for one person. Anything else will cause problems. Once you have that taken care of, use the new Family Sharing option in iCloud to put yourself in charge of the kids’ accounts for purchases. Then use the Family calendar. There is no way to have a shared Contacts account, but that should be a minor issue compared to the major problems you get with sharing one iCloud account across multiple people. Just export or send the contacts that your kids need to them. You probably don’t want them having all of your contacts anyway.

    Ben
    5 years ago

    Hi there, I find that the inclusion of google calendar via your gmail account a bit misleading. In other words – You can’t really share your google calendar to anyone else unless you give them your google calendar credentials, really. A better way of sharing your google calendar would be through a subscription of a public calendar in google through a webcal – link. The downside of this is that the person subscribing your public google calendar can’t make changes to it.

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