Finding the best iPhone calendar appBy far, one of the most important and most used apps you’re going to have on your smartphone is your calendar. It’s how you keep track of all your important meetings and appointments. You might also use it for reminders, like remembering to pick up the birthday cake on the way home from work. However, the default iPhone calendar may not necessarily be the best and most useful option for you.

Just as there are many terrific alternative calendar apps for Android, you have a choice when it comes to the calendar app on your Apple iPhone too. If you want to get more done, you might consider stepping outside of Apple’s ecosystem and grabbing one of these third-party iPhone apps instead.

Sunrise Calendar

Like a breath of fresh iPhone calendar air

Like a breath of fresh iPhone calendar air


Download from the iTunes App Store (Free)

Named by many outlets as the absolute best iPhone calendar app available today, the free Sunrise Calendar comes jam-packed with a plethora of features. Recurring events and Google Maps are built right into the interface, as well as the option to add photo avatars for event attendees and smart icons to reflect your different events. Sunrise will integrate with Facebook to grab important dates and events too. Don’t worry; you don’t have to start from scratch because Sunrise can hook up with your iCloud, Microsoft Exchange or Google Calendar in real-time, including multiple Google Calendars should you so desire.

Fantastical 2 for iPhone

Using natural language to set appointments

Using natural language to set appointments


Download from the iTunes App Store ($4.99)

You don’t want to waste all sorts of time fumbling around your iPhone calendar. You just want to grab the information you need and get on with your life. Users with that kind of mentality might gravitate toward Fantastical 2 and its fast performance and easy interface. It naturally syncs with Google, iCloud and Exchange, but even better, it has some of the best natural language parsing around. Enter “dinner at Hyatt Regency Hotel Friday at 7pm” and it’ll know exactly what you mean.

Cal by Any.DO

Work with your Any.DO task list too

Work with your Any.DO task list too


Download from the iTunes App Store (Free)

Are you already making use of the Any.DO ecosystem, perhaps as a means of handling your time management and trying to get the most done in the least amount of time? The accompanying iPhone calendar app ties into that whole environment and synchronizes with what you’re already doing. The interface is clean and attractive, with plenty of visual information. Your reminders integrate with the main Any.DO app and you can call up an Uber with just one tap.

Week Calendar

Colors and views and emoji, oh my!

Colors and views and emoji, oh my!


Download from the iTunes App Store ($1.99)

Some people like their calendars to be as clean, simple and minimalist as possible, stripping away all the excess so they can get straight to the matter at hand. Those people are not the ones who will want Week Calendar by WeekCal B.V. While still touted as being fast and easy to use, this iPhone calendar is about as colorful and crowded as it gets, jamming as much information onto that smartphone screen as possible. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s perfect for those who seek a more visual-oriented organizer.

Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar

A case of the Mondays on a Wednesday

A case of the Mondays on a Wednesday


Download from the iTunes App Store ($4.99)

Regular adults tend to work regular schedules, starting their jobs at the same time each day and on the same days each week. Then, there are those who have shift work or rotating schedules. That’s much harder to track and “normal” repeat functions don’t handle that information very well. Shifts was designed with the shift worker in mind, including the ability to save your most used shifts to quickly add to any day, even right from the lock screen. Whether you’re a nurse or a cab driver, this is the calendar app for you.

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