Itâ€™s the simple things that Apple canâ€™t seem to include with their products. Who would ever want to send an invitation to someone else using their iPhone? Apparently Apple thinks that +20 million people donâ€™t need that functionality. Thankfully, thereâ€™s always a solution to every problem. This will only work if you use Google Calendar and sync your calendar to your iPhoneâ€¦Iâ€™m sure you can accomplish this with other services, but Iâ€™m going to cover Google because itâ€™s the service I use for my Calendar.
Before proceeding with this tutorial, make sure you meet the following requirements:
- You have a Google Calendar account.
- The Google Calendar account is synchronized to your iPhone.
If you need help with the latter, post it in the comments below and I will walk you through the process.
Note: I used an iPhone 3GS for this tutorial.
1. Tap on Safari to open the browser.
2. Go to google.com/calendar and log in to your Calendar account.
Note: You will automatically be redirected to the mobile site optimized for the iPhone.
3. Add a new event/meeting by tapping on the [+] sign located on the top right corner.
4. Enter the meeting information.
5. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
6. Invite others to the meeting by entering their email addresses.
When added they will appear in the invitee list.
7. Scroll back up and tap on the Save button to send the invitation.
You will find the meeting in the Google Calendar list.
If you click on the event you will see a list of Guests and their response to the meeting request.
When you open the Calendar App on the iPhone, the appointment/meeting you just created should appear.
Note: Depending on the frequency at which the iPhone synchronizes you may have to wait a couple of minutes before the calendar entry appears.
Example of email invitation sent to guests.