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How to stop Google Calendar spam



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Every now and then, I look at my Google Calendar I've never met. Recently, my colleague noticed that it had been flooded for "invites".

Yes, Google Calendar spam is a thing, and a quick search through Twitter revealed hundreds of complaints in recent weeks. The spam looks like this:

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It's tough to avoid, since the events are based on spam messages, but there are some ways to prevent it from cluttering up your calendar.

Here's what to do.

How to stop Google Calendar spam

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  • Open Google Calendar by going to Calendar.Google.com.
  • Tap the settings cog on the top-right of the page and select settings.
  • Choose "Event Settings."
  • Change the option that says "Automatically add invitations" from "Yes" to "No, only show invitations to which I have responded."
  • Now scroll down the page titled "View Options" and uncheck the box that says "Show declined events."
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If you use Google Calendar on your phone, check it out .

This should help you get some, but you may still get some. In my colleague's case, they have already accepted them, which means invitations still appeared. Delete one of them, then you delete all future events.

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