30 Awesome Alternative Calendar Apps for iPhone

As with many of the default iPhone utilities, the iPhone’s calendar app is fairly middle of the road. It’s a great app with solid functionality and good design, but it could be improved. If you find that the default calendar app doesn’t quite fit your needs, here’s 30 amazing alternatives you might want to check out!

We’ve split the selection below into categories containing apps with awesome functionality, apps that allow you to track holidays and important events, apps that throw in a handy clock feature, apps with a limited but useful focus, and finally, a few calendars that are just plain fun. Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Great Features

Pocket Informant (Calendar & Tasks)

“Pocket Informant is an integrated calendaring and GTD-based tasks solution for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Our purpose is to fuse together best-of-class calendaring with best-of-class tasks into one great solution. Proper task management is essential, but it’s only part of the picture. Pocket Informant is a full featured PIM, so it lets you focus on everything you do in a day – not just your task list. We believe bringing your appointments and tasks together in one place is more efficient than working in isolated calendar and task management systems.”

iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $12.99

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Pocket Informant (Calendar & Tasks)

CalenGoo

“The calendar view is similar to the web view of Google Calendar. Events are displayed in the same colors that you use in your Google Calendar. It also recognizes which calendars are visible and which are hidden. So the view should match the view of your Google Calendar as much as possible. ”

iTunes Rating: 4/5
Price: $6.99

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CalenGoo

Organizer

“Organizer is an iPhone application that works just like a real organizer. You can enter text, create diagrams, use emoji, insert pictures and save contacts just as you would write them down in your organizer. You can also record and play voice memos on the iPhone and iPod touch (older models will require an additional microphone). It is the perfect tool to manage your daily schedule, to-do list, notes or diary. ”

iTunes Rating: 2.5/5
Price: $4.99

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Organizer

GoCal for iPhone

“Life consists of small things, but to remember all of them is difficult. Do not miss more than one item, a business meeting, important date, friends’ and relatives’ birthdays. To make easy the most complicated schedule will help you GoCal. This application will be your personal assistant in all matters. Google has created for everything Calendar, we also made sure that it would become more convenient and accessible for everyone via iPhone and iTouch.”

iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $4.99

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GoCal for iPhone

miCal – missing Calendar

“miCal is THE missing calendar for your iPhone and iPod touch. With miCal, planning your events will be much more efficient, well-arranged – and even more beautiful.”

iTunes Rating: 4/5
Price: $1.99

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miCal - missing Calendar

Week Calendar

“See all your appointments for the week in one neatly organized overview. Week Calendar is all new, better, awesome iCal-style calendar for your iPhone or iPod touch. The default iPhone calendar app does not include a week overview and makes it difficult to see all your items for the coming week; Week Calendar fixes this by providing a new calendar overview, in an awesome and stylish iCal-like overview. ”

iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $1.99

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Week Calendar

Calendars

“Google Calendar application of your dream is here. Calendars is the most elegant and easy to use Google calendar client available on the App Store. Calendars easily manages your calendars online and offline. It has an unique interface that allows you to move events with simple drag & drop and navigate between days, weeks, months, pretty like in the Calendar application on the iPad.”

iTunes Rating: 4/5
Price: $6.99

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Calendars

Calvetica Calendar

A super clean, Helvetica-driven calendar app with plenty of power to support its stylish interface.

iTunes Rating: 3/5
Price: $2.99

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Calvetica Calendar

GooCal

“GooCal is an easy, fast and secure way to access and manage your Google Calendar. It supports multiple accounts & calendars and also works in the offline mode if you don’t have an Internet connection available.”

iTunes Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $0.99

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GooCal

TapCal

“TapCal is a schedule management app which pursue the simple design in order for users to do every operation easily and intuitively. It also has many customizable settings and you can customize the app as much as you like.”

iTunes Rating: 3/5
Price: $4.99

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TapCal

Pocket Calendar – Sync with Google Calendar

“For anyone who relies on a digital calendar to keep them on track, Pocket Calendar is a must-have application. Pocket Calendar gives a fast and easy way to manage and modify your Google Calendar with your iPhone or iPod Touch. ”

iTunes Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $1.99

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Pocket Calendar - Sync with Google Calendar

Calendar Alarm

“Never miss an appointment again! Calendar Alarm offers the function you always wanted on your iPhone Calendar: an alarm you can’t ignore because it rings long and loud, so that you are no longer committed to the two short standard calendar beeps. ”

iTunes Rating: 4/5
Price: $1.99

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Calendar Alarm

x-Calendar PRO

“The essential x-Calendar PRO for holidays, vacations, custom events and calendar weeks! Particularly easy to use, the App offers different search options for dates located in the past or future. Corresponding information to the calendar week is displayed within a weekly and monthly overview.”

iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $1.99

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x-Calendar PRO

Calendar Tracker

“Calendar Tracker is the easiest and most versatile tool to track anything you want. Motivate yourself by tracking your progress in detail, setting a goal/target and seeing how close you are to achieve it. Unlike most apps that are based on a single calendar and categories, with Calendar Tracker you can create as many calendars as you like – an individual calendar for each thing you want to track. You can start with creating just one simple calendar and tap dates to mark an event with a check-mark. Calendar Tracker visually shows you the number of events and the dates.”

iTunes Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $1.99

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Calendar Tracker

weCal II

“weCal II uses the Apple iPhone Calendar data and integration options. With weCal II, appointments from the calendars in the Calendar App can be shown and edited.”

iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $4.99

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weCal II

ActionFocus

“Our goal is to provide not only simple user interface and good design but also powerful features to make schedule and todo management enjoyable.”

iTunes Rating: 4/5
Price: $3.99

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ActionFocus

SmartTime 4 – Adaptive Organizer

“SmartTime is a logic based organizer and calendar for people who are always on the go. SmartTime is the only app of its kind that not only shows you all of your tasks and appointments on the same screen, but also finds the time for you to get it all done!”

iTunes Rating: 3/5
Price: $9.99

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SmartTime 4 - Adaptive Organizer

Holidays and Events

Holidays Calendar

“Includes holidays for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, France, Belgium, Italy, Puerto Rico, Mexico – and also jewish holidays (Hanukkah, Yom Kippur, Pesach).”

iTunes Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $0.99

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Holidays Calendar

USA Calendar

“With USA calendar it’s easy to keep track of both important historical events and entertaining facts and trivia all in one place. This great little app would be a nice option for everyone who is looking for a day-to-day calendar app without a lot of complication. ”

iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $0.99

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USA Calendar

On this day

“On This Day is a stylish calendar that lets you view historical events, birth and death dates on your iPhone and iPod touch.”

iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
Price: Free

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On this day

Calendar Clocks

Clock Simply – Calendar

“Clock Simply is a simply clock and calendar application. Equipped with a digital clock needed for Alarm, Start-up time correction, World holiday calender and 17 background patterns.”

iTunes Rating: 4/5
Price: $1.99

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Clock Simply - Calendar

FlipTime

“FlipTime is a simple desk clock & calendar which is designed to look like flight information boards at airports. It uses actual sound sampled from actual clocks so as to realize the flip-flap feelings.”

iTunes Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $0.99

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FlipTime

DeskClock

“DeskClock displays the time, day, date and monthly calendar in a large easy-to-read display on your iPhone or iPod touch – just tap for a full screen year-at-a-glance calendar! ”

iTunes Rating: 3/5
Price: $0.99

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DeskClock

Useful and Focused

Streaks – Motivational Calendar

“Streaks is a simple tool for tracking the consecutive days it takes to reach a certain goal. For each day that you accomplish your task, you mark it on the Streaks calendar, motivating yourself to keep the streak going! Miss a single day, and the streak starts over. ”

iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $1.99

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Streaks - Motivational Calendar

Countdown Calendar

“The easiest, most beautiful countdown app for iPhone. Count down to any date by day, weekday, week, month, or year. Also download from a central repository of countdowns: movie release dates, sporting events, important dates in Apple history, etc.”

iTunes Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $1.99

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Countdown Calendar

ShareCal

“ShareCal makes sharing your calendar events with others as simple as bumping your phones together or sending an email! Just pick which event you would like to send, choose how you want to share the event, and you’re done!”

iTunes Rating: 4/5
Price: $0.99

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ShareCal

QuickCal Mobile

“Create calendar events using natural language in seconds, and seamlessly sync those events to your phone’s calendars! (Exchange, Google, iCal, whatever!) You’ll be amazed how much quicker you can create events than using any other calendar app (native or otherwise). Nothing is faster than typing what you want!”

iTunes Rating: 4/5
Price: $0.99

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QuickCal Mobile

4DCalendar: Maps + Calendar

“Organize your schedules by time and space! 4DCalendar is the missing Calendar for iPhone: you can finally see all your events of the day on the Map. Seamless integration with the native Calendar database, so you will have notifications, sync with Outlook and Google Calendar, but with the benefits of having all your appointments organized in both space and time.”

iTunes Rating:
Price: $3.99

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4DCalendar: Maps + Calendar

Just For Fun

UNIQLO Calendar

“With global capability, this calendar comprises music and images of Japan’s beautiful four seasons, featuring clips of those seasons taken from UNIQLO’s unique perspective. By filming the images in miniature, the app shows clips of Japanese culture and lifestyle from everyday life, taken from a unique point-of-view.”

iTunes Rating: 3.5/5
Price: Free

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UNIQLO Calendar

Fishing Calendar

“Plan your fishing trips based upon information on the sun and moon. Fishing Calendar instantly displays best fishing times for your current location. Quickly choose days and times with the greatest probability of successful fishing. Fishing Calendar stores your catches with photo, size, weight, location… for later analyze or just to tease your friends.”

iTunes Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $4.99

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Fishing Calendar

Closet – Clothing Organized

“Closet is a clothing organization/planning application. It allows you to organize your clothing items, create outfits, plan them for certain days, and view them in beautiful full screen mode. All wherever you go at your finger tips. ”

iTunes Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $2.99

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Closet - Clothing Organized

How Do You Stay Organized?

There a million iPhone apps for organizing your daily life. We hope the list of our favorites above will help you sift through the mess and find a few apps that can genuinely improve the way you track and plan your important dates.

With such a huge number of apps to choose from, we surely left out a few of the greats. Leave a comment below and let us know about your favorite calendar apps!


  • http://www.appforthat.de Julia Altermann

    Wow, that’s a nice overview. I actually didn’t know all of them and will give miCal and TapCal a try, they look really sweet.

    So far, I’ve used the standard calendar app and have it sync with iCal via MobileMe. The sync option is very important to me, I can’t stand to not be up to date on any of my devices.

  • fellowweb

    That’s the crappiest article I have ever seen on one of the AppStorm blogs.

    Be honest guys, who cares about *30* options if you can’t really come up with any worthwhile suggestion or recommendation in the end!?

    If I was that bored, I could also enter “calendar”, hit search in the iTunes Store, and copy and paste together the first paragraph of each app description. Even though your blogs have always had thoughtful posts, that’s just pathetic.

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  • http://www.inger-marie.com Inger-Marie

    I just keep it short and simple: Week Calendar!
    The best calendar out there! Talk about having a full view and “unlimited” options!
    Love it, love it, love it! :D
    Don’t know what to do without it. Helps me keep track of days, weeks and even months! Also tells me how old people get on their birthdays (pulls data from contacts)
    No complaints what so ever :)

  • cjred

    For me the best one is Informant… everything is there and can sync to google cal and toodledo.

  • Dom

    Can’t believe you left out Epic Win! Simple to use, integrates with the base calendar, and, oh yeah, it’s FUN!

    If not Epic Win, the definitely Calvetica, which, while not having all of the features I’ve become addicted to in EW, looks awfully, awfully purty…

  • Sid

    I have to say Calvetica Calendar is my favourite :p

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  • minuk

    These apps are great!!
    but it missed smartcalendar!!
    it is also great and only 1.99$…
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smartcalendar-eng/id422533113?mt=8

  • Evelina

    I have tried some of these.Recently I found ,,Plan” app. I think it’s not on the list just because it’s new app. I love this app so much!
    it has got everything you need on planning.Time management and calendar in one. I can see it on my web google calendar too.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plan/id428005487?mt=8&ls=1#

  • Steve

    I like the simplicity of the original Calendar app, but I hate that you can’t add certain types of events that have a more advanced schedule (i.e. an event that recurs on the second Monday of every month).

    I found a nice little utility app that adds that functionality to the existing Calendar app. It’s called Calendar Event Pro and it costs $0.99.

    • Charlie

      Thx!

  • Steve
  • SeonHyoung

    Recently, new good calendar app is ready for sale.
    It’s free, try~
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/s-diary-lite/id465931001?mt=8

  • Bevan Clarke

    Wonderful set of calendars.
    But no entry tells me that it has the one feature I really need (and perhaps you do too).

    How many, like me, wish to be able to schedule an event such as …
    Board mtg every second Tuesday or
    X ctte third Thursday every month. Anyone know of a Calendar App with that?

    The iPhone can’t do that

  • Chris

    Do any of these have an alarm at the end of the scheduled time?

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  • Torzen

    I have 3 active calendars (private, work, wife). I only want auduble alarms on my private and work-alarm. Does any of thees apps support that ?

  • Nancy Schrock

    Which calendar do you recommend for an office? So that we can maintain one calendar and whomever has an iphone can sync the info to their phone?

    Any suggestions are appreciated!

  • http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/awesome-calendar-lite/id484829437?mt=8 Robert

    I think Awesome Calendar is best calendar app. It is really awesome!!! There is lite version of Awesome Calendar in appstore for free. Give it a try.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/awesome-calendar-lite/id484829437?mt=8

  • Elle

    Anyone else feel spoiled for choice? 30 is way too many to choose from, I just can’t decide…

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  • Cara L

    Oh boy. Soo many people advertising their own apps… :)
    I really like Glance Cal. The visuals are kinda cool and I can move my entire schedule for a day.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calendar-at-a-glance/id404361667?mt=8

  • Mart

    A nice and very comprehensive review. Will help me choosing the one that’s right for me.
    A helpful addition would be a one page sheet listing all utilities with main features differences, price and URL. While reading the revieuws I can cross off the apps that don’t suit my requirements.

  • Sandman619

    The point of this article is that there are many calendar apps available to suit very specific needs of most users. Our needs for a calendar app are specific to us, but not every user will have those same needs. So this well thought out list provides an overview a broad sample of calendar apps which reaches more users than one calendar app style can. I have no use for a golf or HelloKitty themed calendar app, but I recognize that there are users who would rather use those calendar apps than those that I would find usefull. Still looking for that calendar app that fits me just right

    Cheers !

  • david

    Nice app list but would like to suggest Future Scheduler app for iPhone this will not only help you in scheduling text messages but also emails, status update and phone calls.

    Download from
    iTunes:
    http://itunes.apple.com/app/future-scheduler/id515936774?mt=8

  • Tom Last

    My needs are simple. I need more than two alerts and i need to set the alert time not the normal 2/ 4/ 6 hour or 15/30 minute intervals. Are there any Iphone apps calendars that will give me this?

  • Mark

    Those look pretty good! I like this app Calarm (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calarm/id509840570?mt=8) because it links to my iphone’s calendar and let’s me pre-set alarms to go off a certain time before each event. No more being late in the morning!

  • http://Www.birdsoft.net Bird

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/extreme-agenda-calendar-contacts/id397983960?mt=8

    Give Exteme Agenda a try… Full organizer on par with Informant but at a lower price. Rated better value in iPhone Life Mag…

  • Bernard Speight

    As I write:

    Pocket Informant is rated in iTunes at 3.5/5 stars, with 395 ratings, of which 165 are for 3, 2 or 1 stars. There are 162 reviews. It costs $10.49. It was last updated on 08 August 2012.

    miCal is rated in iTunes at 4.5/5 stars, with 121 ratings, of which 11 are for 3, 2 or 1 stars. There are 107 reviews. It costs $1.99, with an extra $0.99 for the Task Add-In. It was last updated on 30 July 2012.

  • Birgit

    Hi guys, I use the Ccal app from New Zealand and am wondering why such a versatile calendar app isn’t mentioned in the article. It allows you to log into one gmail account only but shows all Google Calendars you’ve been invited to see. Apart from the various views (of which I prefer the scroll view and the list of a particular day, what I love about Ccal is, for instance, that I can set the background color to change to a specific color if there is an entry in a particular calendar I can see. I can also hide any calendar at any time, too, of course. There are many parameters you can set and I find it well worth the cost. I paid € 4.99 for it in the Austrian store.

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  • CC

    calprint is a good one to try as well, you can print it out as a hard copy to stick on the fridge so all the family can see the schedule lol

  • Martin

    For making appointments based on any of your calendars Calex (http://calexapp.com) is a great app. It lets you send a simple extract of your calendars by email. It even provides an text list with your free times.

    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calex/id615068482?l=de&ls=1&mt=8

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