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12 of the Best Shared Calendar Apps for Scheduling Online for 2022

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A calendar is an incredibly important tool for any small business owner, freelancer, or entrepreneur. A well organised calendar is crucial for knowing where you need to be and what you need to be doing. That's why an online business calendar can be so helpful.

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Ready to find the best calendar apps for scheduling and sharing online? (Graphic source: Envato Elements)

Unless you’re in an incredibly fast moving business, the odds are you’ll have to schedule some important calls days or even weeks in advance. You need a way to make sure that you remain free at the crucial times. It’s no good counting on your memory. This is where your calendar comes in.

In this article, we look at twelve of the best shared calendar apps for managing your team's schedules online.

Why Having a Calendar That Can Be Shared and Edited Is Important

If someone is asking if you’re free to do something, you need a way to know whether you can commit. If you don’t have a calendar that blocks out all your events, you’re going to always live in fear that you’re accidentally double booked. Your biggest client will ring for a scheduled phone call right in the middle of your teleconference with your second biggest client!

Calendars can help in other smaller ways. If you like to meditate, blocking it off in your calendar for the first thing each day serves as a consistent reminder. It also stops you from scheduling something else during that important time. It’s the same with maintaining other good habits like:

  • going to the gym
  • batch processing your email
  • or getting an hour or two of uninterrupted work in at regular intervals

A solo calendar is important. But with online calendars you can give other team members a running update on what you’re doing. If they can see your shared calendar (and you can see theirs), then they’ll know not to disturb you when you’re meditating. You’ll also know that Tim is free for half an hour just after midday and that’s probably a great time to have a quick word chat. 

Top 3 Online Shared Calendar Apps for Collaboration

With all this in mind, let's look at some of the best shared online calendar and scheduling apps available. 

1. The Obvious Choice: Google Calendar

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Google Calendar - Popular calendar app for scheduling and online sharing.

Google Calendar is the best shared calendar app online by default. It’s the go to if you’re just looking for an online calendar. There’s almost no reason not to. 

With Google Calendar you can have separate calendars, each in their own colour, for all the different aspects of your life. You can have one for family stuff, one for work, another for daily reminders, and another for everyone’s birthdays. 

You can share each of these calendars. You and your partner could share the business one. You can keep a public work calendar that everyone in the office sees and a private one that only you and your co-founder share online. There’s so much flexibility for you to use it how you like.

Google Calendar can also serve as the back end to any other calendar you want to use. You can use services like IFTTT to push your reminders, memos, or anything else to your Google Calendar. If you love how a particular iOS calendar app looks, it almost certainly syncs with Google.

Google Calendar is also entirely platform agnostic. You can access it from any web browser. If your team all operates on different devices, then you can use it safe in the knowledge that everyone will be able to get it to work.

To top it all off, Google Calendar is free as part of everyone’s Google Account. It’s also included in a Google Apps subscription. So, if you’re using that on your domain already to run your email, then you’re already paying for Google Calendar. 

With all this going for it, Google Calendar is hard to beat.

2. The Business Choice: Microsoft’s Outlook Calendar

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Microsoft Outlook offers an integrated online shared calendar app.

The big contender to Google’s calendar throne is Outlook. Microsoft’s business focus software package is firmly entrenched in a lot of large companies. While you can subscribe to Google Calendars from the Outlook app, if your team is required to use Microsoft’s offering for security or compliance reasons (or even personal choice) it’s probably better if you don’t. 

Outlook’s calendar feature set is very similar to Google’s but it also goes further. It integrates with your email app so you can see them both together in one place. 

Designed from the ground up for businesses, Outlook is great for more traditional tiered teams. It’s easy for managers to view everyone’s schedules, add events, and so on. People can have individual calendars, team calendars, organisation calendars, and more. 

The only place where Outlook really loses out to Google Calendar is in the price. Outlook is included as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 subscriptions which start at $6.99/month/user. If your team is already subscribed to Office 365 because you use Microsoft’s other products, then this isn’t an issue. But it’s a pretty steep price to pay for a new calendar app when there are good free alternatives out there.

3. The Mac Choice: Apple’s iCloud Calendar

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Apple Calendar - Mac calendar app with online syncing options.

Apple Calendar is a great calendar option hamstrung by one thing: it works best on macOS and iOS. While you can access iCloud calendars from the web and subscribe to them in other calendar apps, the experience isn’t as good as using Google Calendar. 

Like many Apple products, iCloud Calendar shines when it’s fully integrated. Maps will automatically suggest directions based on where your next event is, everything you've got to do that day is visible in the Today view, and so on. You can do this on a Mac, but you can’t on an Android phone or PC.

If your entire team is using Macs, then iCloud Calendar is a great option. Its features are broadly the same as Google Calendar; it’s a simple calendar app without too many frills. 

But if your team is using a range of different devices, then a good experience across all platforms is better than a great experience on one platform and an okay experience on all the others. 

So Why Not One of These?

When it comes down to it, Google Calendar, Outlook Calendar, and iCloud Calendar are on top for a reason. They’re all great calendar apps that are easily available. 

Google Calendar and iCloud Calendars are free to everyone. Outlook Calendar is part of the post popular business app suite in the world. The odds are you’re already using one or more of these. Just setting up a Google or Apple account signs you up for their calendar.

Google, Microsoft, and Apple’s offerings are all flexible enough that you can probably turn them into the calendar app you need without too much hassle. 

If you’re not going to use one of the top three options, you should probably have a reason. And it should be a good reason. Maybe you need something that’s more productivity driven? Or perhaps you want something better for scheduling meeting rooms?

9 More Online Shared Calendar App Options

Let’s look at some of the other calendar and scheduling app options out there (listed in no particular order):

4. Zoho Calendar - Sharable Online Calendar App

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Zoho Calendar - Affordable online calendar app.

Zoho recently refreshed it's calendar app to a new version in 2021. The new calendar app features:

  • a better user interface
  • improved scheduling capabilities across time zones
  • enhanced search capabilities
  • a brand new resource booking feature

All users can get started with Zoho Calendar for free. 

Zoho Workplace is an alternative to Google Apps. The office suite also offers email, word processing, spreadsheets, and of course, a calendar. 

If you’re using Zoho Apps, then for much the same reason as you’d use Outlook or iCloud Calendar, it’s probably worth your while checking out Zoho Calendar. It'll integrate with everything else you’re doing. 

5. Teamup - Sharable Group Online Calendar App

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Teamup - Good online calendar app for group sharing.

Unlike the other calendars on this list, which are personal calendars you can share with other people, Teamup is designed from the ground up as an online calendar for groups. If you want an easy way to schedule meeting rooms, organise delivery trucks and out calls, schedule different crews, and basically do anything team related, it’s a great choice. It’s even used by NASA.

While there is a free Teamup plan, most teams are going to want the features, like password protection, that start with the $8/month (total, not per user) plan. 

6. Trello - Popular Online Productivity and Scheduling App

Trello - Flexible online scheduling and task management app. Trello - Flexible online scheduling and task management app. Trello - Flexible online scheduling and task management app. 
Trello - Flexible online scheduling and task management app. 

Trello is one of our favourite project management tools. It’s what we use in our own editorial workflow. It’s a great way for teams to keep track of different tasks and projects. 

While most teams use Trello as a sort of digital todo board, it can do a whole lot more. You can assign a due date to any Trello card. If you do that, you can then use Trello’s Calendar View, which you can see above. You get a calendar layout with the cards sitting at the day that matches their due date. 

Depending on what you need a calendar for, something like this might actually be the best solution. With Trello, people can collaborate and discuss tasks, assign todos, and track everything. If you need something that’s more of a tasks calendar than a strict organisational thing, it’s a great choice. 

7. Basecamp - Great Online Productivity App

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Basecamp - Robust online productivity tool.

Basecamp is a bit more involved than Trello, with each project being given a lot greater weight than a card is in Trello. 

Like Trello though, Basecamp has a well-integrated calendar that makes it easy to keep on top of due dates, events, meetings, and so on. 

While I wouldn’t recommend you choose Basecamp just for the calendar, if it’s already part of your workflow or you’re looking for a more involved project management tool as well, it’s the choice for you.

8. Calendar.com- An Online App and Phone App

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Calendar.com- An Online App and Phone App

Calendar.com is another great calendar app for teams. The design of the app is minimalist, which is suitable for people who don’t like clutter. You can colour-code events on your calendar so you can easily see personal and work events.

There is a free plan and several paid plans. You can access most of this app’s features through the free plan, though.

You can collaborate with up to five people with the free Basic plan. You can view your schedule by day, week, month, or year in this app.

This app is integrated with Zapier (at the Standard level), so you can easily set up meetings with others.

If you want to have separate calendars, you can connect up to ten (at the Pro level), which can be viewed from the dashboard. 

9. Fantastical- An App for Mac Users (can be used on Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iWatch)

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Fantastical- An App for Mac Users (can be used on Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iWatch)

Fantastical is an online business calendar that’s meant to combine your events, tasks, and meetings into one calendar. 

This app is known for its beautiful design and interface. Everything in the app can be customised to add a personal touch to the calendars.

This app had a feature called Interesting Calendars that recommends external calendars based on your interests. So, if you want to stay up to date with sports games, TV shows, and more, you can easily do that.

The desktop app will sync with the mobile app to provide you with consistency throughout. To access most of the features of this app, you’ll need a paid plan. But there's a free plan if you want to try it out.

10. Business Calendar 2- An Android Phone App

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Business Calendar 2- An Android Phone App

Business Calendar 2 is an online business calendar that gives users many customization options and advanced features. The downside is that this can be overwhelming to some users. But they do offer customer support to help you navigate the customization and features.

A nice feature of Business Calendar 2 is the ability to edit multiple events at once if needed. You can also view your calendar in day, week, and month view. If themes are important to your Business, Calendar 2 offers 22 themes and seven widgets that are all customizable. Business Calendar 2 has both a free plan and paid plan. 

11. Calendly- An Online App

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Calendly- An Online App.

Calendly is an online work calendar that aims to make scheduling appointments easy. This app is excellent for small businesses that work with clients. You can send guests links so they can schedule an appointment, or you can add a link on your website where they can schedule an appointment.

In Calendly, events can be categorised by type and set to reoccur. Plus, this app provides you with some hands off scheduling by allowing you to automatically send:

  • appointment reminders
  • thank you notes
  • and more

There aren’t many customization options on this app, though.

Calendly offers a free 14-day trial for all levels. But once the trial is complete, you’ll get charged for a plan unless you've signed up for the Basic plan, which is always free.

12. My Study Life- A Phone App and Web App

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My Study Life- A Phone App and Web App.

My Study Life is a free online calendar that's targeted towards students. It syncs across your devices and works offline.

If you've got an irregular class schedule, this app makes it easy to keep up. You can receive reminders about exams, assignments, or classes. My Study Life also has a Tasks feature to keep track of what you need to do. Plus, you can organise your courses by subject and input information about your lessons.

Find the Best Shared Calendar App for You

In reality, most people’s needs are met by either Google Calendar, Outlook, or iCloud Calendars. But if your team needs something more niche, there are good options out there. For the most part calendars and scheduling aps come bundled as part of other services but there are a few standalone (but paid) options.

Discover more helpful business tools in these Envato Tuts+ articles: 

Find the best collaborative online calendar that works for you. Then start using it.

Editorial Note: This article was originally published in 2017. It's been comprehensively updated by Sarah Joy.

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