I have about a half dozen shared calendars with friends and family through Google Calendars. It is convenient because I can sync my Google Calendars with my Calendar app on iOS and OS X so that all changes are viewable across all devices. Recently, I wanted to start a group calendar with some friends who don’t have Gmail accounts, but they do have iPhones and iPads. We can all view and edit our shared calendar through iCloud and every edit will sync across all our devices no matter where we are.
If you have the need to share calendars with friends or family, and they have an iOS or OS X device, you can do so with just a few simple steps and we’ve got a quick tutorial to show you how.
Open the Calendar app on your iPad and select “Calendars” from the tab at the bottom of the screen. A window will pop up with editing options for your iCloud calendars.
Select the calendar you wish to add, or select “Add Calendar” to create a new one. After you create a new calendar, select it to access the shared options. Under the section titled, “Shared With:,” select “Add Person” to invite someone.
Since shared calendars are only available to others with iCloud devices, you can only invite friends and family through their iCloud-connected contacts. Start typing a name. If the person’s contact information is already stored in your Contacts app, the name will appear.
You can always change whether someone can share the calendar or even edit it. After you invite someone, select their name to view sharing options. To allow the recipient to edit the calendar, toggle the switch to the “On” position. You can also stop sharing with contacts at any time from this section.
Now you know just how easy it is to share, view, and edit calendars with others using iCloud.