9 Best Calendar Apps of 2022

After exploring the different calendar apps available, we put together a list of the 9 best calendar apps that will help you thrive in 2022.

With so many calendar apps available, it can be difficult to understand which one is best for you, your work and your productivity. The calendar space is interesting and diverse, yet ubiquitous. 

To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a list of the 9 best calendar apps leading into 2022. 

But before we get started, let's look at what makes a calendar app stand out.

What makes an incredible calendar app in 2022?

  • People-centric: People need to be at the forefront when designing modern calendar apps. Calendars are capable of so much more than just managing your time - they can help people and teams collaborate and connect with one another. This is what’s making the best calendars stand out nowadays.
  • Ease of use: A good calendar app shouldn’t be complicated to use. Ease of use is critical - from the onboarding flow to daily use, things should be elegant, but simple. The user’s experience should be seamless, requiring minimal clicks or searching to do basic tasks like booking meetings or scheduling time.
  • Mobile-first: There is no doubt that being mobile-first is important, especially for busy professionals. Since we are often glued to our phones, we need to have a calendar app that can follow us around - and not just be available on our laptops.
  • Sync capability: Calendar apps shouldn’t have to work in silos. So, we need calendar apps that can bring in information from other tools and softwares we are already using - whether that be big calendar clients such as Google Calendar, web conferencing tools like Zoom or communication apps like Slack. This will not only improve the user’s experience, but will also increase adoption.

With that in mind, let’s dive into our list of the 9 best calendar apps of 2022.

The 9 best calendar apps for 2022

Nook Calendar

Nook Calendar is the first ever calendar app that puts people first. This mobile-first (iOS/Android) calendar app was built with the modern workforce in mind - connecting colleagues in the flexible working environment. We built a calendar app for the new work life by putting what matters at the forefront - your people. You can sync Nook with the calendar tools you are used to using - Google Calendar, Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Outlook. Nook’s key features include the ability to let colleagues know where you’ll be attending meetings from, highlighting priority meetings and scheduling meetings in the flex working world in just a few taps. You can also book your office space, quickly see the remote or in-office status of your colleagues and be efficient by using our quick meetings feature. Oh, and we have dark mode. The Nook team is excited about improving the way the world schedules. We’re obsessed with providing an elegant, delightful experience for our customers.

Pricing: free

Platforms: iOS, Android

Vimcal

Vimcal strives to be the world’s fastest calendar app - using hot keys, quick commands and keyboard shortcuts to make every action lightning fast. It is a web calendar app with a sleek and fast scheduling system - allowing users to suggest times to meet and share availability with colleagues in a few short clicks. Vimcal also has an interesting time travel feature, making coordination across time zones seamless. Designed for a remote world, Vimcal allows you to launch virtual calls (Zoom and Microsoft Teams) directly from their calendar.

Pricing: free trial for 14 days, then $15 per month afterwards.

Platforms: web app

Mayday

Mayday, although only available via early access request, is a calendar, scheduling tool and personal assistant. It is a desktop calendar application that helps with scheduling by creating links that reflect your availability, uses smart notifications (like knowing when certain days are overbooked) and allows you to protect your time when you need to focus on certain tasks. They also offer calendar templates - allowing you to customize your calendar for your role.

Pricing: unavailable

Platforms: desktop app

Cron 

Cron is known as the next generation calendar for professionals and teams. It is available by request, is a desktop app only and was built to make people more productive and intentional with their time. Similar to Vimcal, Cron offers shortcuts to make scheduling easier and helps with cross-timezone scheduling.

Pricing: unavailable

Platforms: desktop app

Calendar

Calendar is a calendar app that is available through its web application and on iOS and Android devices. It is known for learning pieces of your calendar like your contacts, schedule and tasks, making scheduling and arranging meetings easier. Calendar integrates with Apple Calendar, Office 365 and Google Calendar - ensuring that you’ll see everything on Calendar that you see elsewhere.

Pricing: Calendar has a free version, a Pro version ($8 per month) and a Team version ($6-$8 per month).

Platforms: iOS, Android, web app

Calendars 5

Calendars is a calendar app made for iPhone and iPad devices. Its specialty is making viewing calendar events at a glance easy and quick. Users can sync the calendars they already use directly to Calendars including Apple Calendar, Google Calendar, Exchange, Yahoo, Facebook, Outlook and AOD. Calendars 5 also integrates with video conferencing tools and has a neat natural language input feature that allows you to schedule events automatically.

Pricing: Available for 3 months free, then $2.99 every 3 months or $8.99 as a one-time purchase.

Platforms: iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Google Calendar

Google Calendar is the most widely used calendar, available on mobile, tablets and web. You can access your calendar from multiple views, have your data backed up and create events by using smart suggestions for event titles, people and places. Google Calendar will also automatically add events in your calendar coming from your Gmail. It is completely free and easy to use. Plus, millions of applications integrate with Google - so chances are you’ll be able to add your current favourite apps to your calendar. Users can use Google Hangouts for video conferencing, colour code different calendars and sync across time zones.

Pricing: for personal use, Google Calendar is free. To use Google Calendar for business (which includes all Google Apps), there is a fee of $6 per user per month.

Platforms: iOS, Android, web

Integrate your Google Calendar with Nook today.

Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is primarily an email and calendar client, but also provides other features and services like contact management, task management, journaling and note-taking available through Microsoft Office. Outlook is available on both mobile (Android/iOS) and desktop (Web, Mac, Windows) devices, but is most suitable for Outlook and Windows users. This calendar client is often used by companies at large for its shared calendar, scheduling, calendar management and information consolidation capabilities. 

Pricing: for personal use, Outlook Calendar is completely free. For business use, there is a yearly fee as part of Microsoft Office 365.

Platforms: iOS, Android, web app, desktop (Mac and Windows)

Outlook has mastered the basics. Connect your Outlook Calendar to Nook today (for free!) to reap the benefits of our elegant people-first calendar app.

Fantastical 

Fantastical is a calendar app available to Web, Mac, iOS, Android and Apple Watch users. This calendar app has been awarded the 2020 Mac App of the Year and also received the 2016 Apple Design Award Winner. Fantastical allows you to view your calendar from multiple views (daily, weekly, monthly) and across different devices. You can create events using their menu, through Fantastical’s natural language keyword entry or using an audio note. Fantastical is multilingual, has the ability to send geo-fenced event reminders so you’re only notified when you’re in a specific location and has robust event and task templates. This calendar app also comes along with 14 widgets that go directly on your device’s home screen, a weather forecast integration and improved time zone support.

Pricing: in combination with Cardhop, the monthly subscription fee for individuals is $6.99 and $10.99 for families up to five. A 14 day free trial is also offered.

Platforms: iOS, Android, Mac app, Web app

Find the calendar app that works for you

And that’s a wrap on the 9 best calendar apps to prepare you for 2022. We looked at each calendar’s basic functionality, the platforms they work with and pricing.

With many calendar apps out there, it’s important to take the time to evaluate the options available and find the one that works best for you. Whether you’re a busy CEO, a small business owner or a freelancer, you should be able to find the right one.

If you’re part of a flex or hybrid team and are looking for a calendar app that makes coordinating with your colleagues easier and removes the headache of overly complicated calendar solutions, then Nook might be the calendar you need. If you’re a lover of shortcuts, then Vimcal could be the one for you. It all boils down to what you prefer and how you want to use the calendar app.

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