Add alerts to subscribed calendars in iCal?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by haravikk, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Okay, I've subscribed to a couple of calendars in iCal, including birthdays from Address Book, but I'm completely stumped. If I want to receive an alert when one of these items is coming up, then what do I do?

    I don't want to rely on alerts being added at to the subscription itself, I want to be able to customise on my end when I get an alert for an entry, and when or what that alert will be.

    Is this possible? I don't see any options for it.

    If not, anyone know of any good alternative calendar applications that are like iCal?
  2. jeezer macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2010
    Did you ever find a solution to this problem?

    We are using a CRM that gives you asubscription. but having no real alerts in ical thing is killing us!!!

    Thanks in advance
  3. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    Can you not just manually create an alert at the same time as the event? I know its not an elegant solution but it would work. :) I subscribe to a footy teams fixtures calender and occasionally need a reminder about it as they play at odd times sometimes. I just create a new event and set a reminder alongside the subscribed event.
  4. haravikk thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Unfortunately this appears to be the only viable solution, while the available helpers for birthdays are nice I've got a few other subscribed calendars that they won't work for.

    It is apparently possible to set alerts if you're able to find out what unique ID has been assigned by iCal to the events in your subscribed calendars, but I haven't found any scripts that are able to automate this and it's a massive pain. I suppose all we can hope for is that Apple will add it to a future version of iCal, or switch to another calendar app, haven't seen any that grabbed my attention though.
  5. buckeye8504 macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2016
    If anyone is still trying to figure this out, I found a way to do it. (This is using OS X El Capitan and iOS 9.3.2.) On your mac, subscribe to the account in the Calendar app (formerly iCal). In the setup window (or right click the calendar and select "get info" later), make sure the location is set to "iCloud." On your iOS device, your subscribed calendars will now show up as iCloud calendars, and your default notification settings will apply. You also have the ability to change the alert for each event. There may be other variables at play, but this worked for me.

    If this doesn't work for some reason, my previous work around was to use the Google Calendar app for iOS as my primary calendar. That app allows you to set default alerts for a subscribed calendar.
  6. scarecrowmac macrumors member


    Jun 12, 2011
    South Coast of NSW, Australia
    Thanks! This works well, but.. only for one event. I have repeating events each day of the week and there are too many each week to select each one individually. Is there any way to set a default alert for every event?

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