Calendar: About shared iCloud calendars

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About shared iCloud calendars

You can use Calendar to manage your iCloud calendars. To set up or create an iCloud account, go to Mail, Contacts & Calendars preferences.

Types of shared calendars

You can share iCloud calendars with people who also have iCloud accounts. They are able to access your shared calendars using Calendar (on a Mac with OS X Mountain Lion, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch), iCloud Calendar at, iCal (on a Mac with OS X Lion 10.7.2 or later), and Microsoft Outlook.

  • Private shared calendars can be viewed only by iCloud users you invite. You can give the users read-only or read-and-write privileges.
  • Public shared calendars are read-only. People can subscribe to the calendar using its web address.

To share an iCloud calendar, see this help topic:

Share iCloud calendars

Shared calendar invitations

If you receive an invitation to participate in an iCloud shared calendar, you can accept the invitation in Calendar (on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) or iCloud Calendar at

Reply to an event or calendar invitation

Shared calendar privileges

  • If you create a shared calendar, you have full access privileges and can make any changes you want.
  • If you have read-and-write access, in addition to the read-only access privileges, you can create and delete events, and edit existing events.
  • If you have read-only access, you can change the calendar’s name, the way you view the calendar, and delete the calendar from your iCloud calendar account. You can’t edit any of the events.

If you’re invited to share a calendar, regardless of your access privileges, you can’t invite new people.

If participants try to edit an event at the same time, the changes that are saved first are reflected in the shared calendar.

Last Modified: Sep 4, 2015

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