One of the features that the late, great Steve Jobs talked about in June at the iCloud introduction was calendar sharing – keeping your wife/partner up to date could be easier than ever before. Well, I decided to give it a try.
I’ve been running iOS 5 betas since June and upgrade to iCloud about a month ago. It wasn’t until this week that my wife upgraded her iOS devices. It was time to see how this all worked.
The first place I checked was on my iPad. I searched around for some kind of sharing option. No luck.
I did eventually find it though – on iCloud.com. Here’s a quick step-by-step:
1. Make sure you have upgraded your Apple ID to iCloud / setup iCloud. Both the sharer and the ‘sharee’ need to have iCloud accounts.
2. Go to iCloud.com with your computer and login with your credentials. Open the calendar app.
3. In my case, I created a new calendar, though you can share an existing one too. On the left, you’ll see the calendars listed, each with a little circular symbol to the right (sorta like an RSS icon, if you know what that is). Click that.
4. This will give you a sharing panel. You can choose ‘private’, specifying the email address for the person in question.
5. The recipient will get an email, asking them if they’d like to subscribe to this shared calendar. They say yes and they will be directed to their iCloud account. Once confirmed, the calendar magically appears on all of their devices. It just works.
Now anything you add to this shared calendar appears on both devices. Here at home we’re using it for travel plans and the like.