Premium calendar apps with great features are really good. But if you don’t like to pay for your calendars, the free ones are better choices. When I was trying out all these 4 best free iOS calendar apps, I was surprised to find out that most free calendars gave more language options!

1. Sunrise Calendar

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  • Developer: Microsoft Corporation
  • Device support: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Macbook
  • Language support: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

With a clean interface, Sunrise is probably the best free iOS calendar app. Sunrise makes it easy to keep track of your schedule in one beautifully designed calendar.

The events in Sunrise Calendar can be linked to a location, which you can directly navigate to Google Maps. The weather forecast based on your location is shown for the upcoming days to help you plan events before you commit to a time. In addition, you can always add customized calendars to follow your favorite sports games or TV shows.

Sunrise also comes with Meet, a custom keyboard that lets you schedule your meetings without leaving the messaging you’re using. In my opinion, this is the fastest way you can add an event. In addition, you can see the faces and profiles of people you’re meeting, using LinkedIn and Twitter. Sounds great, right?

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You can also connect your Sunrise Calendar to the iOS native calendars and Google calendars, along with: Facebook, Evernote, Foursquare, Asana, TripIt, Meetup, and more. I put Sunrise on the top of the calendar list mainly because it automatically syncs between your phone, tablet, and computer. Thus, you can access your calendar from anywhere.

Since it’s absolutely free, don’t hesitate to download and try Sunrise right now! It’s not only for you iPhone, but also for your iPad and MacBook. You might find the latest version has some bugs. Hopefully the developers can fix them ASAP.


2. PocketLife Calendar

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  • Developer: OvalKey Ltd.
  • Device support: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Language support: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese

If you’re one of those super organized people, PocketLife Calendar is the calendar app for you. It provides you with 7 different calendar views and custom alerts. Even if you have some events overlapping with each other, you can still read all of them clearly with PocketLife from the week view. Same as Easy Calendar, PocketLife gives you 3-Month views. You can set any day to start the week.

There are several ways to share your calendar with PocketLife. You can send a picture of your calendar or .ics iCalendar files of your events to your friends, or share via Email. It is also integrated with AirDrop and AirPrint.

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However, as a virtual person, the interface of this app is not really pretty. If you are looking for a beautiful calendar, this may not be the app for you. Even if the calendar month display is customizable — you can import your own images into the calendar or change the colors and fonts —it’s still not among one of those best-designed calendar apps. I really like the idea that you can create an image of the month view to use as your phone’s wallpaper – if the interface is more beautiful, I’ll definitely do so.

You can download the lite version of PocketLife from iOS App Store for free. But if you want to experience the full version and some advanced features, you need to buy the in-app purchases.


3. Awesome Calendar Lite

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  • Developer: YunaSoft Inc.
  • Device support: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Language support: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese

As stated in its’ App Store description, Awesome Calendar is a fully integrated calendar, task, contacts, and notes solution. In addition to automatically syncing with all iPhone calendars, it helps you write your todo list, set up iOS reminders, create notes with photos, check the weather and holidays, and more, all in one place! It also provides you with Event templates for quick adding and editing. I like the diary function the best. This makes Awesome Calendar not only a calendar app, but also a note app. If you want to avoid ads, sync your note via iCould and get funny emoji stickers, you can pay $6.99 to upgrade it. But in my opinion, the lite version itself is already an awesome calendar.

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4. iXalendar – Simple Calendar

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  • Developer: Jinwon Lee.
  • Device support: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Language support: English, Japanese, Korean

Every iPhone user will tell you how limited the storage space is. I recently used up all my space, so I had to delete some of my favorite pictures to keep my phone working smoothly. I also removed some of my calendar apps— they were all larger than 10 MB and taking up too much space. In the meantime, I tried iXalendar, simple calendar app which only needs 7 MB.

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The free version provides you a pretty interface and syncs with the built in calendar. You can also get some basic calendar features, quick-add events, including month, agenda, year view, Birthday, and a Holiday calendar. Designed by a Korean developer, iXalendar also provides a lunar calendar, which is really helpful for me (my mom only knows her birthday in lunar calendar, and now I’ll never miss it). Like other freemuim calendars, you need to pay to remove the ads and get upgraded features, such as exporting tasks to iOS reminder.



As we can see above, it’s difficult to find free and functional calendars — the only completely free one is Sunrise. For some of them, you can download and try them for free. But if you’re asking for more features, you always need to pay a few bucks to upgrade your app, just as you buy a daily planner notebook.

There are so many new productivity apps coming out everyday. Different people have different needs, and thus they we have various opinions about calendar apps. Share your opinions about calendar apps with us in the comments!