Sharing iOS Calendars

Whether you’re new to iOS, or just want to pick up some useful tips and tricks, we’re here to help. This is iOS Advice.

In my opinion, the Calendar app is one of the most important stock apps on an iOS device. It helps me keep tasks organized and is available on all of my other iCloud enabled devices.

A great feature in iOS 6 is the ability to share calendars directly from a device. Prior to iOS 6, this was only available on iCloud.com. Shared calendars will allow you to coordinate schedules with friends or family members. It’s also a great way to share notes for specific days or events.

Note: This process works best when using iCloud calendars. First, make sure that you have “Calendars” enabled within iCloud through the Settings app on your device.

Step 1: Launch the Calendar app on your device.

Step 2: Tap on the “Calendars” button in the top left corner. Under the “iCloud” category, tap on the blue arrow button next to the calendar you’d like to share. In the video above, I selected the “Home” calendar.

Step 3: On the next screen, tap on “Add Person…” right below the “Shared with” section. Enter an email address or tap on the plus sign button to select an email address associated with a contact. Invitations work best if you send them to an Apple ID or iCloud email address, but it’s not required.

Step 4: After you’re done with that, tap on “Add.” If you’ve sent the invitation to an iCloud email address or Apple ID, the other person should receive an alert to join the shared calendar. An invitation will also be sent via email. The email will display the invitation along with a “Join Calendar” button.

Once the shared calendar is set up, anyone who has access will be able to add or modify events. If the shared calendar is not the default calendar on your device, you’ll have to select it manually when creating a new event.

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