Google Calendar is getting better at weeding out spam invites

Google Calendar has released a new update for an issue it promised to fix three years ago. With the Known Senders feature, you can finally block invitations from people you don’t know who can effectively spam your calendar. If the “Only if the sender is known” switch is turned on in Event Settings, only people in your contact list, people you’ve interacted with, or users in the same domain will automatically add invitations.

Normally, Google Calendar automatically adds events when you receive invitations via email, regardless of who is sending them. So far, the only way to prevent this from happening was to turn off the automatic addition of events entirely, forcing you to manually edit each invite.

Google Calendar has a new feature designed to sort out spam invites


Now you can have the automatic invites from people you know while clipping spam events like “Crypto meetup 9PM tonight” sent by random. Simply navigate to your Google Calendar settings, select “Event Settings” and then the “Add invitations to my calendar” dropdown menu. Then select the option “Only if the sender is known”.

They’ll still get spam invites, but the new option lets you delete them before they ever see your calendar. Google notes that this might alert a sender that they’re not in your contact list, but that seems like the only potential downside. It’s a small but useful tweak that joins recent Google updates for Calendar, Gmail, and other apps.

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