Apple iPhone users and reviewers often criticize the company for building a closed ecosystem. Apple apps and services like iCloud, Photos, Mail, Calendar, etc. they are not natively available on rival platforms. To make matters worse, the company won’t allow users to switch default apps to other alternatives from Microsoft and Google.
The situation is improving. Apple recently launched iCloud web for mobile browsers. Thus, users can view and access reminders, contacts, calendars, pages, etc. from Apple to Android devices. For Windows users, Apple released the iCloud desktop app. With that, you can sync iCloud Safari photos, mail, calendars, and even bookmarks with Windows apps.
As for Apple Calendar, there is no direct way to get it on PC. But there are easy solutions to get things done. In this post, we will talk about the top four ways to access Apple Calendar on PC. Let’s get started.
1. Use iCloud Web
Apple provides a robust iCloud web solution to access all major apps and services. Visit iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple account credentials.
You can access Apple Notes, Reminders, Mail, Contacts, iWork suite, and of course Apple Calendar. Tap Apple Calendar and view the web version with events, calendars, and more.
You can change views weekly or monthly. You can create new events and add all the details like URL, notes, location, time, and more. Using iCloud Web, Apple Calendar can also be accessed on Linux.
2. Use the iCloud for Windows app
Apple released the iCloud desktop app so you can sync your iCloud photos, mail, calendars, and more to your Windows computer. This is a boon for iPhone users who opt for Windows 10 on the desktop.
First, download the iCloud app from the Microsoft Store. Add iCloud credentials to sync data in Windows 10. It will ask you to sync iCloud, Bookmarks, Photos, Mail, and Calendar. The app will also show the remaining iCloud storage for your account.
Turn on iCloud Mail and Calendar sync in Outlook and select Apply. Open the Outlook app on Windows and navigate to the Calendar option in the bottom menu.
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3. Copy iCloud Calendar from Web to Outlook
This one is useful for people who don’t want to go through the iCloud app and expect a native Windows experience. Users can manually add the iCloud calendar to Outlook and access it from the Mail and Calendar apps in Windows. Here’s how to set it up.
Step 1: Open iCloud web in a browser and select the Calendar option.
Step 2: Decide which Calendar you want to export and select the Share button next to it.
Step 3: Select Public Sharing and copy the sharing link from the calendar.
Step 4: Navigate to Outlook web and open the calendar menu here.
Step 5: Select Add calendar to monthly view in Outlook calendar.
Step 6: In the next dialog box, tap the option to Subscribe from the web.
Step 7: Paste the calendar URL you copied from the iCloud calendar.
Step 8: Hit import, give it a name, icon, and color, and you’re done! You have successfully integrated iCloud Calendar with Outlook.
Now, you can open Outlook app on PC and you will see iCloud calendar under subscribed Outlook calendars.
After that, whenever you add new events or make changes in the Apple Calendar app on iPhone, it will sync with iCloud Calendar in Outlook on Windows PC.
4. Change the default iPhone calendar
By default, all events added to Apple Calendar are saved on the iCloud platform. However, you can change that in Outlook. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Open the iPhone Settings app and go to the Passwords and Accounts section.
Step 2: Select Add account and tap the Outlook option.
Step 3: Add login credentials to integrate Outlook with iPhone.
Step 4: Go to Outlook accounts from the same menu and turn on the Calendars option.
Step 5: Dive into Settings > Calendar, and here you’ll find all the settings options for the app.
Step 6: Open the default calendar and here you will see both Outlook calendars and iCloud calendars.
Step 7: By default, it will be set to iCloud Home, please change it to your preferred Outlook account.
From now on, all newly added events in the Calendar app will be saved to the Outlook calendar account.
Head to your PC and open the Calendar app, with the same Outlook ID as the iPhone. Here you can see all the events you’ve added to the iPhone.
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Use Apple Calendar anywhere
As you can see from the list above, each option allows you to access Outlook Calendar on PC. Use iCloud web for a quick view, use the iCloud desktop app for additional integration with Apple services, including Calendar and Photos. And the third and fourth options allow you to do things without using the iCloud platform.
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