The Best Calendar Apps for Smarter Scheduling

When life requires more than simple scheduling, use one of these apps

Calendar apps can integrate with your email inbox, your social networks, your to-do list apps, and other services. Here are the best calendar apps for iOS and Android that can help you take your planning, scheduling, and organizing to the next level.

If you're looking for a way to coordinate schedules as a group, consider a shared calendar app.

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Best for Gmail Users: Google Calendar

Google Calendar for Android


What We Like
  • Automatically pulls events from your Gmail.

  • Easy access from any web-connected device wherever you are.

  • Easily share schedules and important dates with others.

  • User-friendly.

What We Don't Like
  • Integration into some external apps can be cumbersome.

  • Limited layout options.

Google put a lot of work into updating its Calendar app to make it smarter, easier to use, and more visual. Instead of manually typing everything into the app, Google Calendar makes suggestions and fills in the blanks for you, among all the other things it can do too. It has a lot of the same look and feel as the recently launched app.

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Best for Mac and iOS Users: iCalendar

iCalendar app for iOs

Symfonies, Inc.

What We Like
  • Unique, useful, and uncluttered interface.

  • Color code events.

  • Syncs with most other calendars.

What We Don't Like
  • Exclusive to iOS.

iCalendar is made for Apple users, so it's only available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. However, iCalendar syncs with iCloud and with Google, Exchange, Outlook, and Yahoo Calendar. It has a great search feature for sorting through your busy schedule. If you use Android, you can sync your iCloud with your phone using the Sync for iCloud app.

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Best for Budgeting: 24me

24me app for iOS


What We Like
  • Available for Android and iOS.

  • Connects a variety of apps and sites to manage events, tasks, bills, and more.

  • Many bells and whistles but simple to use.

What We Don't Like
  • No desktop or browser version.

  • Not all banks integrate easily.

For the complete and ultimate solution to all your planning and scheduling needs, there's 24me, one of the most powerful personal assistant apps out there that goes beyond simple scheduling by integrating your calendar, tasks, notes, and personal accounts together. It's all there in one place.

You can connect accounts and set them up for automatic reminders and completion. Make a bill payment, send a gift, or send an assistant to run an errand all with a tap of your finger.

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Combine Your iCloud and Google Calendar: Fantastical

Fantastical app for iOS

Flexibits Inc.

What We Like
  • Powerful and easy to use.

  • Create events and reminders using natural language.

  • Automatically enters event addresses when you include a place name.

  • Easy to create a reminder from an event.

  • Integrates with most other calendar apps.

What We Don't Like
  • Two-factor authentication is inconvenient, yet necessary.

  • Works only on Apple devices.

  • Pricey.

Fantastical is another great app for Mac and iPhone users. For those who want an uncluttered look but love detailed schedules, this app is for you. You can easily add events, alerts, and reminders to a clean and organized interface that lets you expand to see more details or use more features in the app.

It supports iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange, and more. There's also a version for Apple Watch.

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Best Task Tracker: Any.Do

Any.Do for Android
What We Like
  • To-list and calendar app all in one.

  • Helpful calendar widget.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited integration with other apps.

  • Best features are behind a paywall.

The Any.DO list-making app automatically takes your to-do lists, puts them in your calendar, and sends you reminders when you need them. It also syncs with the calendar on your phone as well as Google Calendar, Facebook, and Outlook. It also integrates with WhatsApp, so you can get reminders in the chat app.

If co-workers or family members download the app, you can share your to-do lists and calendars with each other.

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