Each week we receive a few inquiries on how to use Skedi Family Calendar when only one parent owns an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch). You can use the app in this situation and sharing an internet calendar (Google Calendar, Yahoo!, MSN Calendar…) is the glue that makes it happen.
Recently, a customer wanted her husband to be able to view their Skedi events, but he doesn’t own an iOS device. Normally, this is a deal breaker because Skedi only works on iOS devices. However, she said, they share a Yahoo! calendar together. After a moment of considering the possibilities, I thought, well why don’t we make Yahoo! her default calendar on her device. This way her husband will always be able view the upcoming Skedi events in Yahoo! calendar. The downside is that since he doesn’t have the app, he won’t be able to edit the events. She said that was fine, and was happy that she could use Skedi and its family calendar features in lieu of Yahoo! calendar.
Okay, in order for this work we need to ensure that Yahoo! calendar is setup on her device, change the default calendar on her device to Yahoo! calendar, and reset Skedi so it has the latest default setting. Note in the following tutorial, I’m using Yahoo! calendar as the example, however these steps will work with any shared internet calendar such as Windows Live Calendar (Hotmail), iCloud, etc.
Add Your Yahoo! Account to the iOS Device
- From the Home screen, tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account
- Tap Yahoo! and enter your credentials and then tap Next
- Ensure the Calendar button is On and tap Save
Set Your Default Calendar to Yahoo! on the iOS Device
- From the Home screen, tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars and scroll down to the Calendars section
- Tap Default Calendar and tap the shared Yahoo! calendar you’d like to be set as the default
Reset Skedi Family Calendar
- From the Home screen, double-click the Home button to display recently used apps.
- Tap and hold the Skedi app until a red minus appears. Tap the red minus to quit the app. Tip: This list is horizontally scrollable, if you don’t see Skedi then it’s not running.
- Tap on the Home screen, above, to return.
After completing these steps, her husband will be able to see all the new Skedi events in their shared Yahoo! calendar. Again, he’ll only be able to view the Skedi events (read-only). Editing the Skedi events will need to be done in the Skedi Family Calendar app.
Let us know if you’re using Skedi this way or if you have any other ideas.