How to publicly share a calendar on your iPhone and iPad

How to share or make an iCloud calendar public using your iPhone or iPad

If you use Apple's free iCloud service, and you've added calendars to better organize your events, you may want to make one public or share it completely. For example, if you manage a club or league, and want other members to be able to view it as well, but not edit it like they could a shared calendar, a public calendar is the way to go. If you're planning a trip or maintaining a work schedule, and want other people to be able to not only view, but add and edit events, then a shared calendar is the way to go.

How to make an iCloud calendar public on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Calendar app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Calendars button in the upper left hand corner.
  3. Now tap on the blue arrow to the right of the calendar you'd like to share publicly.
  4. If you scroll down a ways, you'll see an option for Public Calendar. Tap it to turn it On.

That calendar will now be shared publicly on Apple's calendar site. Anyone and everyone who knows where to look will be able to see it, but not edit it. If at any time you decide you don't want to share that calendar any longer, repeat the same as above, just turn the public calendar option to off.

How to share an iCloud calendar on your iPhone and iPad

Note: Calendar sharing currently only works with iCloud calendars. Both you, and the person you want to share the calendar with, have to be using iCloud.

  1. Launch the Calendar app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Calendars button in the upper left hand corner of the main calendar view.
  3. Tap on the blue arrow next to the name of the iCloud calendar you'd like to share.
  4. Tap the Add Person... option under the Shared with... header.
  5. Either start typing the name of a contact, or tap on the blue + button in the right of the to field to access your Contacts list.
  6. Tap the contact name and, if they have multiple email addresses, tap the email address (remember, iCloud only) you want to send the invitation to.
  7. Repeat the process for each person you'd like to invite.
  8. Tap the Done button in the upper right hand corner.

The calendar will now be shared with everyone who's iCloud account you've added.

How to accept a shared iCloud calendar invitation on your iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Calendar app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Inbox button in the lower right hand corner, or tap on the grayed out event that appears outlined in your event list
  3. Tap on Join Calendar to accept the shared calendar. Tap Decline if you don't want to add the shared calendar.

The shared calendar will now appear in your list of iCloud calendars and filter into your Calendar app.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 3 comments. Add yours.

SockRolid says:

Thanks for the tip Ally!

Actually, I've been invited to innumerable calendars by total strangers. I'm starting to wonder whether it's a tactic by spammers to determine which Apple IDs are "live." Actively declining an invitation tells them that your account is real. :-(

Dev from tipb says:

You may wish to explicitly add that this tip is for Apple/iCould calendars only, and would not apply to calendars from other account types.

dlevi518 says:

If someone shares you to their calendar and you accept it, are they notified if you delete it? Or will they know if you still have it? Like if they thought you deleted it, but you actually didn't would they know?