As much as some people may swear by Google Calendar, when it comes to managing your time and schedules, it isn’t for everyone.
However, if you’re not using the market leader’s solution to sorting your busy life, there are a number of possible alternatives.
Yet, if you’ve already tried and tested a few digital calendars you’ll know that finding a user-friendly replacement for Google Calendar can be a bit of a job. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of eight alternatives.
If you have a ton on your plate every day and need a way to visualize and manage your time more efficiently, one of these calendars might be the answer for you.
Sunrise (iOS, Android and Web, Free)
This browser-based calendar and Chrome extension app plays nicely with applications from other developers. Sunrise integrates with iCloud and popular social media platforms to deliver a uniquely consistent experience.
In fact, we’ve reviewed it before and come to the conclusion that it’s one of the best releases we’ve stumbled across to date. The drag-and-drop functionality makes it a joy to use on mobile devices and its ability to categorize events with icons and work with keywords should put it at the top of your list.
The only downside is that connection to the app requires access to a Google Account. But it’s free and even if it weren’t, it would still be a solid choice.
Momentum (Google Chrome, Free)
If you’ve ever had trouble staying on task when you open up a new tab, then you’ll find Momentum a welcome installation on the Chrome browser. Unlike a scheduler, its wants to keep you inspired and on your deadlines, but you can also create daily schedules via its to-do list feature.
Use Momentum to create to-do lists that track your progress, forecast the weather and navigate the Internet in a more efficient manner.
Your default “new tab” page will be replaced with a showcase of beautiful photographs, each captioned with a motivational quote which should (hopefully) prevent you from heading to Facebook or Reddit for the tenth time in two hours.
Download: Momentum for Chrome
Fruux (iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Web, Free)
This brilliant and free service keeps your calendars, tasks and contacts in sync to give you complete control over your daily agendas.
With Fruux, you’ll be able to share calendars with others, create and publish team address books and edit anything you like from any device and from any location.
As Microsoft Exchange lets you share calendars, Fruux integrates quite nicely with Outlook to help you sync and collaborate with a team. Before you can begin using the app, however, you will need to register for an account with the developer – a small price to pay for this German-made, Google Calendar substitute that is everything it claims to be and more.
In addition to the time management benefits that come from using a cross-platform calendar, your data is routinely backed up. A built-in to-do list application adds more versatility.
Overall, this is a very popular choice for busy professionals who need to work across different operating software, applications and devices.
Fruux also has upgrade options available, ranging from approximately $6 to $31 per month.
SolCalendar (Android, Free)
Like Momentum, SolCalendar’s approach to organization is slightly more whimsical than the others listed here. When the physical act of creating new tasks seems like more of a chore than actually crossing them off, you can go right ahead and download this one.
There are numerous extras such as sticker packs that inject some personality into the process. Best of all, the app can sync with Google Tasks and create new to-dos which you can view as a monthly calendar with a daily or hourly agenda, whichever you prefer.
Just note that this is an app for true calendar enthusiasts and will take some time to learn before you can get full use out of it. Don’t let that deter you; the app’s context-adding approach to event creation will have you sold in no time.
Download: SolCalendar for Android
Jorte (iOS and Android, Free)
Jorte goes beyond what other calendar apps are capable of. The mobile app provides Cloud-syncing capabilities to manage your events and schedules from the web. In fact it’s a good alternative to Calendars 5 — a $6.99 iOS exclusive app — as it can also work with Android devices.
It provides more details in the monthly overview when compared to Google Calendar and spotlights upcoming important events when viewed in either portrait or landscape format. There is a lot of scope for customization with this app and that’s what makes it so attractive. For instance, a daily calendar that will show pictures you like.
The free version offers in-app purchases for between $1 and $5 to for personalization but the premium version is available for $2.99 per month on a plan and is an expensive upgrade should you wish to pursue a paid option.
Business Calendar (Android, Free)
This app may not appeal to everyone as an Android exclusive, and it still requires Google Calendar to be installed for a few of its syncing abilities. Nonetheless, Android users will find this an intuitive app for simplified schedule maintenance and management.
The interface with the “show text” functionality provides more detail than the standard calendar found on Android devices. Overall it isn’t a replacement for Google Calendar but it does have a $4.99 Pro version with prefect Google sync for business professionals.
Anyone who’s used Google Calendar before will find the menus easily navigable, helping them save time where it counts. And best of all, you’ll be able to jump in the moment after installation is complete.
Foogi (Web, Free)
Despite not being a self-contained syncing calendar solution, Foogi does service a specific niche of professionals who face the hassle of scheduling meetings in the workplace.
You can use just about any calendar archetype inclusive of Outlook, iCloud and Google Calendar. This app revolutionizes the way collaborators share their preferred availability and calendar events across time zones.
Two of the app’s biggest strengths are that scheduling efficiency is not lost in situations where large teams are involved, and using alternative tools. Everyone can sync to Foogi without needing to install new software. Note that you will need to sign up with a Google, iCloud, Exchange or Microsoft Office account.
Download: Foogi for Web
Fantastical 2 (iOS and Mac, $4.99 and up)
To round out this list of Google Calendar alternatives is Fantastical 2, an app that is equal parts smart, convenient and flexible – everything a busy individual could want.
Installing this app allows you to take control and manage your Mac calendar from the menu bar. It’s optimized for use with smaller screens too.
The application runs off the same color scheme you have set in the iCal app which helps make identifying your different to-dos a much more time-efficient task. You can also change the view to a more detailed, five-day view setup that is capable of displaying map directions.
Fantastical 2 is more of a companion with reminder integration and natural language facilitation. If it weren’t the most expensive app by far (nearly $40 for full Mac integration), it would not be listed last.
That said, the app performs at such an exceptional level that its price is often easily justifiable by those who use it.
If you want to give it a try, you can also take advantage of Fantastical 2’s free 21-day trial.
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While Google has become very good at tending to the needs of its audience, so has its competitors. As it turns out, they’ve created some simply stunning replacements to the near ubiquitous Google Calendar.
There should be something for everyone on this list and it really all comes down to experimenting with your preferences. Give a few of these a try and gain more control over your busy schedule.
Tell us the Google Calendar alternative that finds a place on your devices. Or do you think that Google Calendar is indispensable?
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