Sharing iCloud calendars without sharing alarms | iLounge Tips

Tip of the Day

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.

« Accessing the 6-day forecast in Notification Center

Clearing out your iCloud Photo Stream »

Recent Tips



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 Kieran Madden 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 Jim on August 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM (CDT)

iLounge Weekly

Recent News

Recent Reviews

Recent Articles

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2018 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy