A good calendar is a handy addition to your smartphone, helping you stay on top of upcoming appointments and events, whether they're personal or for work. Several calendar apps also offer variety of extra features, from event management and social features to highly customizable and easy-to-read view modes. If you're having a hard time keeping track of all the places you have to be today, these 25 calendar apps for Android and iOS can boost your productivity at any time of the year. (Image Credit: Conejota/Shutterstock)
Fantastical is an iOS calendar that delivers a clean presentation of events in daily, weekly, and monthly calendar views, backed up by really easy reminder and event management. Users can create events through a traditional menu-based interface, or simply type or speak a quick audio note that the app automatically parses into an event (which users can further tweak). The Day Ticker is especially great, allowing users to view and manage their events and reminders. Apple Watch integration pushes your events and appointments right to your wrist for easy reference. An iPad version takes advantage of the expanded screen space with a more detailed Fantastical Dashboard.
Readdle's Calendars 5 is a neat iOS app that does a deft job of displaying everything you need to know about your schedule, whether you're on an iPhone or an iPad. It's got all the requisite views, from monthly down to daily, and natural language support means it's easy to enter new events in plain speech. The app also has solid task and event management, which syncs easily with the built in iOS calendar app, Reminders, and Google Calendar for easy event importing. We particularly like the timeline view, where events are categorized with icons for a good at-a-glance look.
Google Calendar service has grown to become the backbone of a variety of calendar apps, but the mobile Google Calendar app (Android, iOS) itself is no slouch, with a clean and bright interface and a variety of views, such as traditional month and week views as well as more focused schedule views. The app integrates with Gmail to give you the option of automatically creating events for flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations based on your emails, and also works in to-dos and reminders, as well as habit-forming goals (pulled in from Google's acquisition of Timeful). It's a feature-packed and nicely designed calendar app that works great.
Accompany brings together calendar and contact management features so you can up your meeting prep A-game. Sign up for the service with your work email account, and Accompany turns itself into your mobile chief of staff, assembling detailed profiles for people and companies in your upcoming events and meetings, all of which you can look up on the fly or consult via an Executive Briefing emailed to you the night before the event. You can look up your last communications with contacts, their social media posts, or news stories featuring them, as well as company profiles, financial reports, and news, meaning you'll never walk into a meeting unprepared.
Sunrise Calendar is dead. Long live... Outlook? Sunrise Calendar's days were numbered when Microsoft bought it, but it's also given a calendar and scheduling shot in the arm to Outlook (Android, iOS). In addition to its powerful email functions and MS Office app integration, Outlook on mobile has been improving on its scheduling and events functions, with new Calendar App tie-ins for Facebook, Evernote and Wunderlist, event directions from your favorite mapping apps, and a new "Interesting Calendars" feature that you can subscribe to for things like sports games and TV shows.
Newton Mail has long been one of our favorite mobile email apps, even with a pricey subscription, and now, CloudMagic is bringing in a new app designed as a companion to that email client. Newton Calendar is built around a quick schedule view and easy event creation (no need to wade through a big form, just type the date, time, and event title, and you're all set), with the ability to fill in extra details as needed. The app works with Gmail and Google Apps calendars, as well as Exchange (EWS).
ZenDay (Android, iOS) is a time-management and calendar app with a timeline-style approach to managing your schedule, zooming in on the near future to display your upcoming events in detail, while a flowing, card-based timeline shows you what's ahead. Users can create events (or sync their calendars), set tasks, reminders, and deadlines and prioritize tasks, with the app's dynamic scheduling adapting to what needs to be done. A neat feature is that ZenDay comes with a debrief mode that lets you view how well you've kept up with your schedule over the past few weeks.