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Stay on schedule with these Google Calendar alternatives
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Stay on schedule with these Google Calendar alternatives

Google Calendar sets a high bar for other Android calendar apps to try to reach. As solid as it is, you may have unique needs which warrant exploring some alternatives. That's why we've put together a list of some of the best calendar apps on the Play Store.

Business Calendar 2

Business Calendar 2 might be a familiar name to some people, and that's for a good reason: it has loads and loads of features, and that includes the ability to customize each calendar view individually as well as more general customization options. 

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Business Calendar 2 is highly customizable, and so are the home screen widgets. / © AndroidPIT

It's the ability to modify the look of basically every part of the app that might make Business Calendar 2 appeal, along with seven desktop widgets designed to give you at-a-glance information. These widgets each have multiple theme options of their own too.

Add in a whole range of different views for your appointments, and the ability to add contacts, location, notes and a few other things to each appointment, it probably does have the feature you're looking for. That doesn't mean it's necessarily the best looking option available, but it's one of the more powerful. Oh, it'll also show you a weather forecast too.

The only potential downside there is that if you don't need or want control over all the aspects and appearance of your calendar, it might be a little overwhelming but you can always just leave the defaults to begin with. It's free to download if you don't want full customization options, or you can unlock everything for a one off fee of around $5. Alternatively, you can unlock different 'packs' of features depending on what you need.

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Business Calendar 2 lets you view by day, week, month or year.  / © AndroidPIT


SolCalendar is one of the most accomplished calendars on Android, but doesn't go too far and over-complicate things, which is one of the reasons it's made it onto this roundup.

It doesn't offer the most integrations, so if that's what you're looking for in a calendar you will need to look elsewhere. What it does offer though is a good variety of well-designed and customizable home screen widgets. This is particularly important for something like a calendar app, as a quick glance is sometimes all you want to get an overview for the day ahead. 

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SolCalendar's main view integrates your local weather and to-do lists too. / © AndroidPIT

Once you give into the app itself, you'll find that it syncs with Google Calendar, Exchange, iCloud, Yahoo Calendar and a few other popular ones too. It should sync any CalDAV calendar without problems. Add in that you can also sync your Google Tasks and it gets even more useful. 

The main view of the app is split into four sections: Month, Agenda, To-do and Calendars. Each is pretty self-explanatory, and above each of these tabs is another section showing the weather, as long as you granted the app permission to use your location. There's also Google Maps integration for adding locations to meetings and to-dos. 

In addition, you can also color code any events or to-dos as you add them, as well as add stickers to them and share them with friends. You can also plan meetings across different time-zones with ease by switching as you set the meeting or specific task to recur as frequently as you need. 

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Sol Calendar's widget options are one of its strengths. / © AndroidPIT

SolCalendar's strength lies in its ability to keep you out of the main app as much as possible, providing you use a widget, for 'at a glance' convenience. But it also provides a lot of features if you do dig into the main app. 

It's also free, and available in over 22 languages thanks to translations from its community of users.

Any.do Cal

Cal by Any.do is one of the most straightforward schedule planners on this list, which means that power users may want to look elsewhere. However, if what you want from your calendar is the ability to quickly add an event, location and other details in just a couple of taps, Cal can help. 

Rather than show you a monthly view that doesn't allow much detail at a glance, Cal focuses on showing you one day at a time, with your next event clearly marked in your list. Behind this, you get a full screen photo from a range of different categories.

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Cal can automatically suggest places nearby to meet.  / © AndroidPIT

As with others in this list, you can add details to your event, like specific contacts (for quickly getting in touch), a location via Google Maps, notes about the meeting and whether or not you want the appointment to repeat automatically. 

If you want to use the integrated to-do list functionality, you'll also need to install the main Any.Do app as well, which is a bit of a shame for anyone that has limited space on their phone for apps. It also has fewer options than many of the others in this list, and just one home screen widget, but it does offer a simple option for less demanding users. It's probably more of a no-brainer if you're already an Any.do user.

If you're looking for integrations, multiple theme options and a host of other settings, you're going to want to look elsewhere but it does support Exchange accounts, and has a few handy predictive features, like suggesting people you might want to meet and places to do so. 

Today Calendar

You might have noticed by this point that Google Calendar isn't in the list - but that's not a reflection on how good it is or the features on offer. Indeed, Calendar has a few extra benefits if you're tied into the Google services ecosystem, and can even do a few additional things by integrating with Assistant on Pixel devices. 

Today Calendar, however, is a paid alternative you might want to consider if you don't need the integration with Assistant but still want to add a few more features to the stock Google Calendar. In essence, if you're familiar with Google's offering, you'll feel at home with Today. 

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Today Calendar brings some useful tweaks to its Google Calendar based app. / © AndroidPIT

Where it goes above and beyond Google's offering is by rebuilding certain aspects of the app from the ground-up and making useful tweaks to others. So, for example, the overview screen integrates both agenda and month views, so you can see what you're doing today and for the rest of the month all in one screen. 

It also lets you color-code appointments, create duplicate events in just one tap, integrates with Google Maps and has a super-simple event creation screen with all the options presented in one place. There's even a 'busy body' feature that gives you an indication of how much free time you have across a whole day at a glance. 

Overall, the combination of being based on the tried-and-trusted Google Calendar and additional features presented in a smart way make it worth considering if you're a fan of Google's.

Today Calendar lets you choose between a number of different widgets - but there's no 5 x 5. / © AndroidPIT

The one thing that might stand in your way, however, is the price. Today Calendar comes as a free seven day trial, but after that you'll need to pay for the Pro version ($3.99) to keep using all the features. 


While the rest of the options in this list bring a similar daily and monthly overview, CloudCal has a completely different approach that uses visual cues in the overview to quickly indicate how many appointments you have each day and when they are - tapping on a specific day brings all the info into view at the bottom of the screen. 

While there are a lot of options available under the hood, you will need to pay for the Pro version of the app if you want to get the most out of it. For example, you'll need the upgrade if you want to attach specific files or documents to a scheduled event, or even if you just want to add a location in Google Maps to it. 

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CloudCal comes with four different widget options. Two of those are shown on the right. / © AndroidPIT

CloudCal comes with four default widget options by default, which let you to both review and add to your daily agenda without opening the main app. 

It's also one of the options that offers a range of different integrations, including Facebook, Evernote, Trello, Eventbrite and others. You can also download the CloudTasks app from the same company if you want to integrate to-do lists and other tasks too. 

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CloudCal integrates with numerous services. / © AndroidPIT

If you do want to unlock all the features, you'll need to cough up $2.49 though. 

What's your favorite calendar app? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • For some of you here who like to also sync your google calendar with desktop Outlook, I recommend you guys some Outlook add-in that can do the job. It is called evo collaborator for outlook. you can google it. it will make calendars both on your android phone and outlook on laptop or pc inline. it is pretty productive!

  • Shift Calendar is the one i use,so easy to set up and use

  • Good apps. I use Calendar Lite and enjoy it very much.

  • I use CalendarDC, 'cause it has pc version also and it can sync with google calendar.

  • ACalendar is my go to beets the rest

  • aCalendar + Best week layout of all.

  • I use CalenGoo which is excellent!

  • I am currently using SolCalendar. It's a great product with one flaw - it does not support landscape mode when running. The widgets look great in either landscape or portrait, but the program itself insists on running in portrait no matter what mode your device is in.

  • I use Google calendar on my iPhone and iPad only because I used it on my droid incredible and love the integration with gmail. I used various Palm devices including the Centro phone before getting the droid incredible. I have an iPhone to be able to communicate with my family who mostly have iPhones but use so many of the Google apps that it's almost like being on Android. I also find apps on the Android sites and forums that sound interesting and most have an iOS version and enables me to try them out and use them if I like them. Just saying.

  • Digical.

  • I am trying to find a calendar app that integrates Wunderlist or one of the other popular, multi-platform to-do list apps so that my tasks will show up in the daily agenda widget. Outlook does that, but there is no way to control the look of that widget. Some apps to potentially check in this thread, though.

  • I am impressed with A calendar !

  • I've tried to use some of the Calendars listed over the last few years, but I always came back to the Stock Samsung Calendar, it has all the features needed, and presents the data in a easy to use way.

    Peace 🖖

  • Deleted by author - redundant.

  • Shift Calendar is the one i use and its so easy to set up,as i work Shifts

  • I use Jorte, Google and DigiCal all three are great I just wish they would display all or more of the Islamic holidays when you choose to display that calendar

  • I'm using Business Calendar 2 ;) The best

  • I have used PimlicalA and its predecessor Datebk (on my Palm Pilot) for many years. It allows for a great deal of customization do anyone from a simple user to a power user can get what they need from it.

  • I am using today calendar, for me it is absolutely without competition.

  • joost Jun 30, 2016 Link to comment

    I used business calendar 2 for a while but referred to the original because the 2nd version was so difficult and missed the point of being useful to me. The first version does the job better for me.

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