School is underway and all those events and homework assignments are starting to add up. Sure you can use a physical planner to write down everything you need to do, but what if you forget it at home or in a different bag? You always have your phone with you, so it just makes sense to use it for everything you need. These five apps will sync with your Google or Apple calendar and make it easy to add or delete events and set reminders.
1. Google Calendar
Google Drive as everything you could need to keep track of your life, and Calendar is no exception. The company finally created a free app so you no longer have to use a knock off like CalenMob. Begin by syncing your Google calendars. If you don’t have a gmail account you can use the app without one. The main page shows a list of what you have going on today and the upcoming events for the week below that. It is a great way to look at your week in a glance. To see your entire month, hit the name at the top of the screen and the month will drop down. To add a new event, hit the red plus sign in the corner and put in the time, location and a description.
- Easily sync Google calendar
- Easy to get to month view
- Adding an event is very fast
- Can be difficult to use if you don’t have a Gmail account
- Can be hard to find location
- Adding times is sometimes complicated
2. Sunrise Calendar
Sunrise is able to connect with many different kinds of calendars from Gmail to Facebook. Not only can you sync your personal calendars, but you can also add the schedule for your favorite sport team or follow your favorite show. Sunrise has many “special calendars” to choose from so you never miss something you’re passionate about. Adding an event is incredibly easy and you can switch from week to month view with the tap of a finger. You can even add icons that correspond with each event, like a little tooth for the dentist or a plate for lunch.
- Can sync many different calendars
- Add sports team schedules or TV show schedules
- Easy to switch from week view to month view
- Doesn’t have agenda view for iPad
- Need Wifi to first sync calendars
- Can be difficult to find location services
3. Calendars by Readdle
Readdle made a calendar that doesn’t have any frills. Switch view, add an event and get reminders all in the main page. The thing that sets it apart is you can make to-do and grocery lists and add those to the events. It also has a very good color-coding system that makes identifying certain kinds of events much easier and allows for different calendars to be combined but not confused. Quickly switch between months with the bar at the bottom of the screen.
- Easily switch between months
- Look between month and week view quickly
- Color code events
- Can only Sync with Google or whatever is on your phone
- Can’t add Facebook calendar
- Can be difficult to navigate
Cal is a beautiful and easy-to-use app that makes it fun to schedule things. The main page is a list of what you have to do today as well as a look at the week ahead. Pull the date down from the top to see the month view and swipe through the upcoming months. If you have friends who also use the app, you can add their photo to an event. Make a list of everyone who is coming to a party with individual profiles. The app will add beautiful photos behind each calendar, which makes viewing much more interesting.
- Shows beautiful photos behind calendar
- Can switch between months easily
- Add friends’ profiles
- Can be hard to navigate
- Can’t sync with Facebook very easily
- Can only communicate with friends who have the app
5. Pocketlife Calendar
There isn’t anything fancy to the Pocketlife Calendar. It has day, week and month view and a plus sign so you can add an event. Everything is in one menu. Something this has that other apps don’t is the year at a glance option. You can see all the months at once and figure out which day your birthday falls on this year. Use the icons at the bottom of the screen to switch between different views. When you add an event, you’ll be able to change the time, description, location and add a color to make organization easier.
- Easily switch between different views
- Add an event easily
- Synch Google calendar
- Has ads
- Can be a bit difficult to navigate
- Can’t sync with Facebook