If you are a frequent user of Apple's iCloud services then you would have perhaps noticed that the spam invites to your account seem to have spiked in the past few weeks.
The spam invites are pertaining to the Photo Sharing and Calendar functionalities of iCloud. Basically, an iCloud user gets a request to share or view an image or album in iCloud Photo Sharing.
However, despite a user selecting the "Decline" option in such an event, the spammer gets alerted that the said account is active, which fuels the spammer to keep sending spam.
So, technically when a user gets a spam invite for Calendar or iCloud Photo Sharing and opts for the Decline option instead of merely ignoring the invite, the likelihood of the spam invites in their iCloud account will see a spike rather than the issue going away.
The use of the Decline option does not get rid of the sender of the spam for always unfortunately. Mail spam, of course, operates differently as that is wiped out by the spam filter or gets restricted to being a one-off. Why? Simply because the spammer has no way of knowing that the account is inactive or active.
However, there is good news for iCloud users — there is a way to stop he iCloud Calendar spam. Those wondering what about the Photo Sharing spam invites — there is no workaround for that yet.
How To Stop iCloud Calendar Spam Invites?
Thanks to a workaround discovered by AppleTips, a Dutch publication, users of iCloud will now be able to get rid of a spam Calendar invite. And no, you need not Decline or Accept it either!
Here's a step-by-step guide to help you shift the spam invites to a different calendar from where the spam can be erased.
Step 1: Open the Calendar app and go to Calendars. Next, tap the Edit option.
Step 2: Use the Edit button to add a Calendar to the list. Name the same, e.g. Spam. Next, tap on Done.
Step 3: To return to the calendar, double tap the Done option.
Step 4: Next, open the spam invite and tap the bottom (located above invite) on Calendar.
Step 5: Select the new Spam calendar you have created. Repeat this process for all the invites.
Step 6: Return to Calendars. Tap on the i-button located next to the Spam calendar.
Step 7: Scroll down. Next, tap "Delete Calendar" option.
Voila! No more spam invites for iCloud Calendar.
Any Solution For iCloud Photo Sharing Spam?
The only option is to turn off the feature completely. To do so follow these steps:
Step 1: Navigate to Settings.
Step 2: Next, go to Photos and Camera.
Step 3: Tap on the "Disable iCloud Photo Sharing" option.
Are you encountering spam invites on iCloud? Did the workaround help? Let us know in the comments section if the fix was useful.