How do I prevent this from happening in the future? How the hell did it happen? Turns out it’s Apple again – thinking they know better for how you want to use e-mail and calendars. Thankfully there is an option to prevent the forced invites.
These calendar invites aren’t coming from some magic hacked portal in your phone. The invites are coming as e-mails into your iCloud.com e-mail account and then being automatically converted into in-app push notifications to both iOS and macOS. Once that’s done the original e-mail is deleted. Gone. Poof. Magical, yet stabby.
Let’s turn off this magical conversion so we have the ability to spam the incoming e-mails and never have them hit your calendar.
- First, open iCloud.com up in a web browser.
- Log into using the account you use on your phone (where your calendars are stored).
- Click on Calendar.
- Click on the settings gear in the lower left of the screen.
- Click on Preferences.
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Under Invitations set the option for Receive event notifications as to the second option, as an Email to rather than an in-app notification.
This post is just in time as I got hit with a bunch of these today too. After I made the change posted above, I got a few spam emails, but nothing added straight to my calendar.