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Google calendar is amazing to keep your daily life in order. A lot of people use Google Calendar to keep their lives clutter-free. Anyhow, this tool which allows you to keep your life in order can become a living hell at the same time — with Google Calendar Spam. Yes, you heard it right, Google Calendar can be flooded with spam events. It’s, by no means, a spam-free app. Anyway, you can get rid off of this spam very easily. You just have to follow our guide on how to block Google Calendar Spam from popping up every now and then.
How Google Calendar Spam Works
Google Calendar Spam is different from the usual spam. In its case, it gets flooded with phony events for which you haven’t even signed up. How this phony event invites slips into your daily calendar is an interesting story. It’s very easy for scammers to reach Google calendars. All they need to do is to send you an email on your Gmail account with an event invite attached. Now you must be thinking that this spam email must go to the spam folder and shouldn’t bother you. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Even though the spam mail goes right into the Spam Folder, your Calendar will, by default, automatically pick it up and add it to the appropriate calendar. Now that it has reached your Google Calendar, you can only remove it manually.
Even if you remove the event invite manually, it will keep on showing on your carefully organized calendar as a crossed-out appointment as if it was legit and you had to cancel it for some reason. In this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to block Google Calendar spam in such a way that it never appears on your calendar in the first place.
This whole process is divided into three parts — First, we will ensure that no event invitations are added automatically to your Calendar. After that, we will tell you how not to add all the events on your Google Calendar which pop-up in your Gmail. In the last, you will learn how to hide previously-removed spam events from your computer and phone.
How to Block Google Calendar Spam
- Go to your Google Calendar’s Web Portal. Click the gear icon in the top right corner and select Settings.
- On the Settings page, use the scrollable menu of the left-side to select Event Settings.
- Now, on the right side look for the option that says “Automatically add invitations”.
- From the drop-down menu — select the option “No, only show invitations to which I have responded.”
Next, we need to prevent Google Calendar from adding all events that appear in your Gmail:
- On the same Settings page, scroll down a bit further and look for the option that says “Events from Gmail.”
- On the right-hand panel, find the “Events from Gmail” heading and uncheck “Automatically add events from Gmail to my calendar.”
- Click “OK” on the warning box that appears.
Lastly, we need to hide the spam events which you had removed.
- Staying on the same Settings page, search for “View Options” heading on the left side in the scrollable menu.
- Uncheck “Show declined events.”
- Now open Google Calendar App on your Android phone.
- Tap on the burger icon in the top left corner to bring up the menu panel.
- Scroll all the way down the menu panel to find and tap “Settings.”
- At the top of the Settings menu, tap “General.”
- In General Settings portion search for “Show declined events” and toggle the switch to the “off” position.
- That’s it! Now, canceled or declined events won’t show on your Calendar.
This is how you can keep your Google Calendar Spam Free.