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Sharing iCloud calendars without sharing alarms


So you’d like to share a calendar with a family member or spouse, but that person doesn’t want to deal with the alarms you set for yourself. Signing into your account on the other person’s device sounds like an ideal solution, but unfortunately, you can’t turn off the alarms on an iOS device, so unless that other person doesn’t mind hearing an audible alert every time you’ve got a meeting, it’s not a workable solution.

There is a workaround, though. If you set the calendar in question to be shared publicly by visiting and hitting the small “broadcast” button next to the calendar, you’ll be given a highly obscure URL that the other person can use to subscribe in iCal, choosing “Remove Alarms” when they add it. If the other person isn’t a Mac user, they can subscribe to the URL directly from their iOS device by entering the URL in Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Accounts > Other > Add Subscribed Calendar, and choosing the “Remove Alarms” option. Once that’s done, they’ll have access to your complete calendar, but without the potential annoyance of unnecessary alarms.

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The only button that looks remotely like a broadcast button on my caleandar just gives me the sharing options - ie the names of the people I’m sharing my calendar with, and the permissions I want to give them.

Is this the button you’re talking about? What am I missing?

Posted by Charles Starrett on April 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM (CDT)


Good tip. I know I saw your post before but forgot how to turn off alerts on my shared calendar. I’m glad I was able to find this again. It works great!

Posted by Charles Starrett on August 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM (CDT)

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