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How to subscribe to calendars on your iPhone or iPad

Calendar subscriptions let you stay up to date on everything from your team schedule to national holidays to network programming. The iPhone and iPad let you subscribe to any calendar that provides a compatible URL. As long as you have the link for the subscription, you're good to go.

How to add calendar subscriptions to your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Tap on Add Account... under the Mail section.

  1. Tap on Other.
  2. Tap on Add Subscribed Calendar under the Other section.
  3. Enter or copy in the server location of the calendar. This is typically a web address that ends in .ics.

  1. Enter any username, password, or SSL info you need to. Most times you don't have to with public subscriptions.
  2. Tap the Next button.
  3. Tap the Save button.

That's it, the subscribed Calendar will now show up in the Calendar app.

Luke Filipowicz
Luke Filipowicz

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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4 Comments
  • How can I get this to sync refresh everyday? My calender subscription is for my hockey league and every week theres always changes. I use a pc so I dont have ical like mac users. Can someone help me with this.
  • I have entered the detail ending .ics for EPL & it works fine in iPhone but I don't see this calendar in my iCloud (browser) ?
  • Well I got my answer here http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202361 "iCloud.com and Microsoft Outlook don't display subscribed calendars that are pushed to iCloud."
  • registered just to say thank you