Everyone needs an effective way to manage appointments, meet deadlines, and remember birthdays and anniversaries. Juggling all of this in your head is impossible, but luckily you’ll find plenty of mobile apps that help you keep it all together.
So let’s take a look at some of the free calendar apps for Android that are currently available on the Google Play Store.
The obvious starting point for any list of free calendar apps, Google Calendar comes pre-installed on most Android devices and is available from the Play Store for everyone. If you use other Google productivity services (like Gmail or Keep) this should be installed on your device.
Google updated the app in 2014 to align with Android’s new Material Design philosophy. The web app also got a design overhaul in 2017, so now both versions are slick and feature-rich.
Month-to-month browsing of the calendar is easy, and you can set it to automatically pull events (such as hotel, flight, and event ticket bookings) right from your inbox and add them to your schedule.
Finally, Google has also added a schedule view. It shows you a continuous list of upcoming entries, rather than offering a daily or weekly view.
Download: Google Calendar (Free)
Don’t let the name fool you. This calendar is just as suitable for students, retirees, and freelancers as it is for people who work in an office.
The main selling point of this app is the alternative approach to use and display. Instead of the typical dropdown menu that gives access to day, week, and month views, the app uses an intuitive swipe and tap approach to navigation.
Other features that make Business Calendar a worthy competitor include:
- Task view for managing to-do lists.
- Direct search.
- Special event templates.
- New and improved user interface, including dark theme.
It also uses Android calendar sync, which allows it to sync with other popular calendar services like Google Calendar and Exchange.
Download: Business Calendar (Free, premium version available)
Its standout feature is its 3D event timeline. The timeline aims to make it easier for you to see what you can achieve on any given day. If desired, ZenDay can even fill in each day for you automatically. You just need to tell the app how much free time you have and when it falls.
The app also offers a retrospective feature. It shows you what you can achieve in addition to what you can achieve. In theory, revisiting what you’ve done should make you more productive in the future.
All the other typical calendar features are present, including synchronization with Google and Outlook, priority events, and reminders.
Download: ZenDay (Free, premium version available)
Jorte is another big hitter in the world of free calendars and is one of the most popular downloads on the Play Store.
It stands out from some of its rivals thanks to a cloud sync service that lets you manage your calendar directly from the web. But its biggest appeal is the incredible level of customization. You can change aspects such as color, background, theme, and size of the widget. It also provides a shop that allows you to purchase additional backgrounds and various icons.
Further features include the ability to download sports team schedules, clickable locations that will take you directly to the map app, and a more detailed day-by-day view than Google Calendar offers.
Download: Jorte (Free, subscription available)
With some great calendar widgets for Android, more colors than Jorte, and easier navigation than Cal, aCalendar is yet another major contender for the title.
One productivity feature that comes in handy for powering users is the presence of a small monthly calendar in the day and week views. This allows you to organize yourself more efficiently without having to constantly jump between different screens.
Swiping to the side lets you quickly navigate between its monthly, daily, and weekly planners, while flicking up and down moves you through the calendar incrementally based on your current planner choice. This feature isn’t quite as seamless as Google Calendar, and unfortunately, it doesn’t have a Tap to Expand Business Calendar feature.
It can also sync photos from your address book for birthdays and anniversaries, and features NFC sharing to quickly spread information among large groups.
Download: aCalendar (Free, premium version available)
Informer provides four useful productivity tools—calendar, notes, contacts, and tasks in a single app interface.
Visually, it’s not as pleasing as some of the other apps on the list. But it’s clearly laid out and easy to follow; the developers clearly prioritized functionality over form.
Apart from standard features like multiple displays and ICS support, users can enjoy several other important benefits. They include attachable notes, natural language entries for events (for example, you can type “Meet Ben at 12 for lunch tomorrow” and the app will recognize it), time zone management, and integrated weather forecasts.
The $25 per year premium version unlocks the sync tool. If you plan to access your calendar on more than one device, it’s a must-have.
Download: Informant (Free, subscription available)
DigiCal offers the usual set of features, including:
- Daily planner
- Seven different agenda views
- Global weather forecast
- Sync with Google Calendar, Outlook, and Exchange
- dark theme
However, it has earned a place on this list of the best calendar apps for Android thanks to its downloadable extra calendars. We’re all used to seeing holiday calendars and several sports calendars available, but DigiCal improves it.
It offers more than 500,000 event calendars to download. They cover everything from finance and lifestyle to TV and astronomy. As you can imagine, some seriously obscure content is available if you look around.
Download: DigiCal (Free, premium version available)
As the name suggests, this app is simple. However, it is this accessibility that makes this app so great. It doesn’t connect to Google Calendar or any other big name based calendar service.
Instead, all app data is stored locally on your device and the app code is open source. It will only ask for two permissions: Contacts (to import birthdays and anniversaries) and Storage (to export ICS files).
Given that we live in an age where Google knows almost everything about you, this level of privacy is sure to appeal to security fanatics. Bottom line: Simple Calendar is one of the leading calendar apps for Android.
Download: Simple Calendar (Free)
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