Been using it now for a number of years and it's still keeping up with my needs. Seamless integration with Mac Calendar and great synching with all my devices...Ipad, MacBook Pro, iPhone. I keep pushing the boundaries but always seem to find a way of doing what I need at the time..
BusyCal is a powerful, flexible calendar app for managing busy schedules, events and tasks.
BusyCal's unique features include customizable calendar views, integrated tasks, meeting scheduling, travel time, maps integration, natural language input, tags, alarms, search, weather, moons, birthdays, anniversaries, graphics and more.
BusyCal provides reliable support for iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange, Office 365, and other CalDAV servers, enabling you to sync and share calendars with other Mac and iOS devices running BusyCal or the built-in Calendar app.
BusyCal for iOS is a full-featured mobile companion to BusyCal for macOS, the leading calendar solution for macOS that thousands of users have trusted and depended on for years.
• Display your calendar by Month, Week, Day or List.
• Pinch and zoom to control the number of weeks shown per month, and days shown per week.
• Customize the calendar appearance including calendar colors, weather, moons, birthdays, anniversaries, event times, week numbers and more.
• Create events manually or automatically using natural language.
• Choose from a wid range of attributes to display when viewing or editing events including travel time, time zones, attendees, contacts, tags, maps, last edit time, and more.
• Add tags to events to track projects and important events.
• Tasks are displayed directly in the calendar and carry-forward until completed.
• Tasks can be undated, or scheduled to occur on a specific date or time.
• Tasks can be scheduled to repeat daily, weekly, monthly, etc.
• Tasks can be sorted and filtered by date, priority, calendar or title.
Travel Time, Locations and Maps
• Supports Location Services for adding locations to events.
• Supports both Apple Maps and Google Maps for driving directions.
• Travel time allows you to block out time to travel to an appointment.
• Alarms can warn you in advance of travel time when it's time to leave.
• Display Birthdays and Anniversaries, including birthday age and anniversary number.
• Display a live 10-day weather forecast.
• Display phases of the moon.
• Display graphics created in BusyCal for macOS.
Sync and Share calendars
• Sync and share calendars with iCloud, Google Calendar, Exchange, Office 365, Fruux, Yahoo, Kerio, Zimbra, Oracle, OwnCloud, Confluence, macOS Server, SabreDAV and other CalDAV servers.
• Sync with other Mac and iOS devices running BusyCal or the built-in Calendar app.
• Dark Mode
• Receive Inbox notifications of meetings and changes to events on shared calendars.
• Search your calendar for past and future events and tasks.
• Set default settings for events, tasks and alarms.
What's New in Version 3.7.6
* Fixed bug where overriding the timezone in settings would fail at times
* Fixed bug where the edit screen may show a picked date incorrectly for NZ timezone
* Ongoing stability improvements
Busy Apps FZE
VPP Device Licensing
iOS 13.0 or later
iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 mini, iPad (5th Generation) Wi-Fi, iPad (5th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation) Wi-Fi, iPad (6th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro (Cellular), iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch) (Cellular), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5-inch), iPad Pro (10.5-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air (Cellular), iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 (Cellular), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini Retina, iPad mini Retina (Cellular), iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 (Cellular), iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 (Cellular), iPad mini (5th Generation), iPad mini (5th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (4th Generation) (Wi-Fi), iPad Air (4th Generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular), iPad (8th generation) Wi-Fi, iPad (8th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th Generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (9th Generation), iPad (9th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (6th Generation), iPad mini (6th Generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (6th Generation), iPod touch (7th generation)
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Will be going back to pen and paper never again will I trust this app
If only the app can toggle toggle light/dark mode and allow useful home screen widgets I would fully switch from my current paid subscription calendar app to BusyCal. It has a lot of potential.
There is no better “events and tasks in one” app in the store.
Does as intended. An obedient workhorse. Never fails you
Great for writing to and reading from all devices - iPad, phone, desktop etc.
Some features don’t work the same though - the default alarm settings are different on each device, which means going into each one separately to set alarms. A bit irritating for something that otherwise works well.
I cannot abide developers who move to a subscription service. This very long time user is done...
I used to struggle with the standard calendar app. I’d miss appointments and it was difficult to see what as going on.
I bought BusyCal years ago and it has gone through many versions since.
I’ve paid to upgrade and tested its competitors. Some looked good (Fantastical), but in practice didn’t make it easy to see what was going on.
We use BusyCal for both the business and home.
I know what’s going on and it’s easy to block out work of different types in different colours. It syncs seamlessly with Google to send my instructors their dates too!
It’s the best.
It’s super reliable.
A huge upgrade from Apple Calendar!
I don’t understand why this app has high rating. Yes, it looks nice, but it’s not practical at all. You can’t create a template because there is no option for this and what’s more annoying is that there is no widgets option. Come on, we are on iOS 14 now and no widgets. No, I’m requesting a refund and only refund. I’m so angry. There is no even trial period option. Come on.
BusyCal is such a great app. Far more comprehensive and better screen layouts and views than apples built-in calendar. For years I didn’t use the natural text meeting entry, but you can just type a description of the meeting location times and it automatically decode this and creates the event. It’s actually surprisingly useful. Give it a try!
I've tried all the major apps and BusyCal is my favourite by far. Especially like the adjustability of day/week views.
There are still 3 features I'd love to see, however:
1) The ability to show/hide calendars with fewer taps. Currently it takes 2 taps to get to your list of calendars before you can check/uncheck the. It would be amazing to access this list with just one tap or even better, a swipe.
2) A widget. Tbh an old widget with interactivity would be better than a new iOS14 widget.
3) Draggable start and end times for events in day and week view. Currently there are draggable start and end times only after you tap to edit an event. It would be nice to be able to do this in day and week views with a long press. Currently a long press only offers the option to duplicate the event——but there's space for the circular drag handles here.
Devs: Keep up the good work!
The latest version has a problem when I needed to update my MS Exchange/Office365 account. My host institution forces me to change my passwd every 3mo. I was advised by a developer to delete the account and than re-create it. This did work but unfortunately now it returns that my host institution needs me to give admin privileges to enable login. This is a huge setback in the usability of the app.
I love the BusiCal experience across all my devices, however it’s lack of Apple Watch support means I have to use an alternative so I can easily view my schedule on my Apple Watch. I hope that this functionality is in the works.
Yes, adding a lot of events is a pain without the now common drag and create option. Manually entering the time costs effort and when creating a lot of events it just wastes time. I still prefer it to Fantastical, so I would like to know if this feature will be installed? Otherwise perfect for adding notes to event and looks and functions very nice!
Busycal is no frills, full-featured and robust.
It perfectly supports standards like CalDAV which other developers seem afraid to touch on with their apps.
The configurability of the app is fantastic. Being able to zoom the calendar views is great and the information density and layout are top notch.
The developer appears to also have put significant effort in optimising resource usage, too, which is rare these days.
Worth every penny. Keep up the great work!
Was having problems using this as a todo/reminders app as it did not appear to sync. Connecting via “reminders” relies on the Apple iOS system doing the updates rather than this app so you still need to run Apple reminders to transfer data. The work around is to NOT connect to reminders but to connect using an iCloud account so this app communicates directly.
The calendar view is nice though
Sadly, this doesn’t show meeting availability for attendees unlike the Mac app. Makes this a deal breaker for Exchange users as I’m unable to schedule meetings with colleagues.
My previous rating was one star but after some persistence, which wasn’t really helped by the vendor, I managed to get this working. And yes, it is very good once up and running. I will have to wait for the beta Reminders update to Mac before fully utilising the product but I’m very pleased with it so far. However, the vendor does need to make it much clearer about the Apple in-app password restrictions. Fantastical have got this right.
I mean pretty much everything about it is an improvement on the calendar apps I’ve had before it. Have only been using for a couple of weeks, but it’s intuitive and well featured and I’m optimistic that it’s a keeper.
Why the dropped star? My only gripe is that it just looks a bit dated. For a company that specialise in Mac apps, it just looks, err, a bit PC (especially in month view and the date dropdown in this view). Nothing major would be required to tighten it up and bring a more modern aesthetic to proceedings, but I just can’t quite love something that I find unappealing to look at. Would be great to see oiled and tweaked and it’d be a five star from me.
I would love to use busycal as my daily calendar app but there's one problem....No Custom Repeats for events or reminders. Everything else is spot on which is such a shame!
Hence one star
I’m using BusyCal for years now just because I could see calendars and todos in the same place! Absolute saver.
Though the function was there they didn’t stop evolving and the interface is so easy to use, computer and phone are synched easily. Satisfied customer jere !
One of, if not the best out there. That said there are two options that should be added. Apple Watch app and cloud sync so that it doesn’t have to be set up on separately.
I'm using busycal on my Mac and iphone. It does the work, I am fully satisfied, but one thing that is missing is an ios widget.
In feb, I found a bug where events were being displayed at the wrong time.
When my home area changed to DST, events in a different timezone are displayed in the wrong time on that day.
With the bug over a month away, I could report the bug and wait. The affected date is now a little over a week away, and the bug is still unaddressed. This is affecting my short term planning now, and regretfully I am having to move to fanstastical from busycal (i prefer the look and feel of BC over FC)
Bugs happen, but for a calendar to misdisplay dates is a big bug - and it was not fixed before the problem became “imminent”.
BusyCal does quite a lot right. I’m a heavy calendar user, I run my business through my calendar as a self employed person. BusyCal has some great views with the super useful graphical week view, and very smart and tidy month view. Big ticks there.
But for me, event creation isn’t quite as streamlined as with the competition. Fantastical 2 has way better language parsing. Getting contact addresses linked in BusyCal isn’t quite as consistent as with fantastical, week calendar or the stock iOS calendar. And even starting a new event. You have to press the plus button at the top. No long pressing on the day you want or the hour you want when in week view or day view. This is my biggest bone of contention.
But it’s not all bad. Rescheduling an event has a great view where you can see a drag and drop view of the day. Very smart.
It also displays reminders from the apple reminder app in your calendar which can be edited in calendar. Another great feature there. Plus you can create new reminders from BusyCal. So at least here we are keeping up with fantastical 2.
Overall I’m not feeling that BusyCal in its current state will be the one for me. I create a lot of events and that having to reach for the plus button each time and then populate the time for every event gets old quite fast. Maybe one for a future revisit and hope they can make these quality of life improvements.
When I type in a number into the calendar item it automatically either deletes it or makes it default to the time for the event. For instance if I put in ‘Year 4’ it deletes the 4 and makes it the time. Bugging!!!
You do realise, developers, that Dark Sky only serves the US and the UK, don’t you? Obviously, there’s nothing you can do about Weather Underground removing service, but you should look for an alternative that is moderately accurate for everyone, not highly accurate for a minority (no matter how large a minority that may be). Otherwise, the weather function is non-existant for most of the world.
Seems ok so far but slightly frustrating that there is no option to sync settings and accounts between iOS devices via iCloud. I’d rather not have to set everything up twice.
Would also be nice, but less important, to have an Apple Watch app.
This is so close to being the calendar app I have longed for (particularly because Outlook on your desktop will automatically read BusyCal’s event tags and covert them to coloured categories in the desktop app) but unfortunately it falls down on the final crucial (at least for me) hurdle which is that although it has event tag functionality you can’t assign different colours to the tags or to events in the BusyCal iOS app (instead as with all other rubbish calendar apps you can only set entire calendar colours). Being able to colour code on an individual event basis is incredibly helpful and time-saving as it allows you to look at whole month views of your calendar and immediately identify e.g. high-priority events (which I would colour code red) at a glance. Being able to read your calendar at a glance without necessarily going through individual events is for me a must-have.
BusyCal’s setup means that the only way to colour events by category (as with other aforementioned rubbish calendar apps) is to set up multiple calendars which is fine if you’re not trying to integrate with your business Outlook/Exchange account but useless otherwise since even if you manage to sync your business Outlook account up with all of your various coloured calendars in BusyCal, the events that sit outside your primary Outlook/Exchange calendar won’t show up as part of your Free/Busy time scheduling in Outlook (since Outlook only shows Free/Busy time from your primary work calendar and will ignore any other calendars you sync with in Outlook).
If BusyCal would allow you to set different colours for each event tag then it would be by far and away the best iOS calendar app but as it stands unfortunately it is just one of a bunch of not-quite-there apps.
Sync with Google calendar stopped working suddenly. Tried to remove and reload BusyCal and double checked password to no avail. Desktop app is working fine but IOS is clearly buggy.
Best calendar app. Just needs overdue update for iPhone X please.
Really is the best. I’ve have virtually every single calendar to do app there is and nothing comes close. The only thing missing is iPhone X support for full screen usage. Dragging their feet a bit but hopefully won’t be too far off. I’ll give it five stars once X support arrives.
The app appears to be incapable of doing repeat events other that in the most simple way.If your event repeats on, say, the first Tuesday of every month or the third Wednesday every second month etc,etc it is incapable.
If you are a Windows user and want to do odd, real world, repeat appointments BusyCal is NOT the app for you.
I ask the Developers to do an update so that it can complete with the best, similarly priced, alternatives such as Fantastical.
Update 18 Feb 2017: Impressed by the company. Reported a serious bug in the latest release and 2 days later an update released to fix the issue. They seem responsive and committed to the product so I am confident it will progress. Each release seems a step in the right'ish direction (not every feature will be wanted/needed by everybody). I would encourage the developers to urgently focus on:
a) Custom Repeat Intervals
b) Today Screen Widget
c) Use "built-in Calendar" (rather than going direct to iCloud (meaning double syncing ...) i.e. as per Fantastical (which I also used to use but an not impressed with).
(Increased to 4 stars as it is best Calendar app I've found, but still needs some important features)
Update 27 5 Jan 2017: Location search in contants now implemented is a great improvement but still urgently needs to have the other missing functionality added e.g. Custom Repeat intervals, e.g. Today Widget, e.g. direct access to iOS calendar (as competitor apps do) rather than duplicating built-in Calendar and requiring built-in calendar to sync so they can detect the chage and then do their sync, doubling sotrage and processing pverheads.
Complete update to previous review: Had to stop using it as it is going downhill. It is basically good but is not yet "mature" (lacks some rather important features). Disappointing the the developers seem to be implementing daft things that are making the product worse rather than getting on with those aspects that are really lacking (e.g. Today Screen Widget, etc.).
Good example is the new date/time selector which is a "real pain" and far worse that the previous date/time selection. It was not broken but development effort spent of something not needed that was worse and whilst there are still significant areas needing attention.
e.g. Links directly with your iCloud accounts so you have to keep the built-in Apple Calendar & Reminders syncing so that BusyCal can get sync'ing done promptly. Other competitor (e.g. those who consider themselves Fantastic) apps seem to just link directly to the built-in Calendar syncing function so this "bodge" is unnecessary (and thus introduces processing overhead (=performance/battery impact) and storage overhead).
Have been a long time user of BusyCal for macOS, it's the best Cal app (maybe only Fantastical 2 comes close). On iOS until this was released I have used Calenders5 and Fantastical2
For now will continue to use Fantastical2.
This app needs many bugs tidying (going landscape to portrait can be very slow sometimes). iPhone 6s/7 needs Force Touch support. Setting refresh rates for different calendars would be useful too.
Will keep looking at this and hopefully when it gets up to speed I can migrate across.
4 stars for now.
Refusing to login to my iCloud account. Triple checked password and logged out & back in on web site with no issues, just this app refusing to login?? Deleted.
Looks old fashioned and couldn't seem to get it to pick up my iOS cal events. All other calendar apps seem to pick these up automatically once you have allowed access. Not sure what I was doing wrong but wasn't worth the hassle as the UI just seemed so dated.
Still great on the desktop app, but date setting tools in the latest IOS update are really cumbersome. Please bring back the previous version. This is a case of fixing something that wasn't broken.
Very capable, reliable calendar. I particularly like the 'to do' function which seamlessly synchronises with BusyCal on my Mac. Thoroughly recommend.
I was a happy customer to get BusyCal for Mac before they announce a new paid upgrade. I then switched directly to Fantastical for Mac! This is the most "ugliest" iOS Calendar App in the app store! I was just surprised whether the developers looked at Fantastical by Flexibits and/or Calendars 5 by Readdle? If yes, didn't you learn anything from these developers? Really? If not, then it is shame!
Very disappointed customer and I just wasted £2.29 (yes it is for sale at the moment)! My advice if you need a replacement for Apple Calendar go for Fantastical or Calendars 5 (which I hope they can catch up soon with the competition with Fantastical). If you can't afford spending money, then just use Apple Calendar. Trust me, it is way much much better than BusyCal! Don't bother to get BusyCal for iOS! Don't waste your money!
I think I've tried them all. BusyCal is the one which really adds value to my iPad. BusyCal for Mac is easily my favourite Mac calendar and BusyContacts for Mac is fantastic for the way it integrates, especially in accessing email history. Both are being improved all the time. See the website for how capable they are. Don't hesitate to buy.
Let's get to it then. It's an adequate replacement for the iOS native app it replaces. That's it. Nothing special and the hype it generates is unwarranted. The biggest issue is no Apple Watch support. No complication and no integration. This is not really cutting it in today's interwoven ecosystem. It's underwhelmed rather than excites.
As it stands, this app is pretty basic compared to the likes of Fantastical, and Calendars, and doesn't have much to make it stand out. The initial setup is archaic ( I still can't figure out why this app needs to be configured for an iCloud calendar ), it could really do with a Dark Mode, and the lack of any type of Notification Centre extension is just unfathomable ( I'm sure I read it's coming, but I don't think this app has an update since it came out, unlike the Mac version ). TBH, I'm not sure the app is getting the attention it deserves from the developers, and until it does, it isn't really a contender and has it's work cut out ( especially with Calendars 6 on it's way )
I was just telling my wife how great this app was, came to leave a review but just found negative ones: drag and drop was sublime - I cant understand what the other reviewer had a problem with, Sync was flawless - again, I cant understand what the other reviewer had a problem with, another reviewer said Copy and paste missing, in edit mode it works for me. What I likes was the different views, are great : List, Day, Week, (the scaling for hours and days sublime again, Month & ToDo !). I have never rushed to the App story to celebrate an app before, it's such a relief to have something usable AND FLOATING TIME ZONES TOO (I am an extreme international traveller).
I use busy cal for Mac and like it. Unfortunately as a past user of readdle calendar 5 and fantastical it lacks the basic facility to extend or shorten a calendar entry by dragging either end up or down, am I wrong? It will bother some users more than others. Looks nice though.
As a longtime user of Busy Cal on our Macs and of Busy To Do on iOS I've been puzzled and frustrated until now by the lack of a good calendar on iOS to match that on the Mac. So far this looks pretty good and certainly better than anything else I've found out there on iOS.
I could suggest a few small interface tweaks here and there such as one tap to open an edit on calendar entries instead of three but for the most part things are well organised and familiar to us using the desktop version.
Great app, and really good to have a decent calendar/to do across all devices.
Sorely needs a means to copy events though; sometimes they recur irregularly & repeat function not appropriate.
The description says it syncs with the IOS calendar but it doesn't. I have installed several times but it won't work and even though it says it works with exchange my server will not sync. It asks for permissions to calendar so why can it not just pull through as every other calendar app does! This needs an update to solve this.
Firstly I was thrown off when asked to sign into my iCloud account. Usually calendar apps don't require this however it wasn't really a concern as I use 2fa. However due to this Facebook calendars do not display with no option to add one.
If 'natural language' input is switched on the typing becomes very laggy and predictive is disabled too so that's broken.
I kind of like the layout etc but to be honest this feels like a beta, unfinished product and definitely not worth the £3.99 asking price.
I have always liked the Mac version of BusyCal and was excited to see it come to iOS. For the main part I have not been disappointed, but there are a few things that need to be changed in future versions:
- The creation of events with time needs a faster date/time entry. The iOS wheel method with 60 minutes settings is cumbersome (Calendar5 has a very good and fast way of selecting time and date);
- The detail view for an event should not take up the whole screen (especially on an iPad). It would be much neater to have these as a ribbon, like the day details in the month view;
- The app should support event creation by tapping in the timeline of the day/week views.
Dowgraded my rating to 3 due to lack of Apple Watch companion app or complication. Also,
Nicely thought out calendar app that is speedy and easy.
Most app's that ask for access to your calendars, contacts and reminders do not require your Apple ID and password - if you do not give it you will be unable to see your calendars or reminders in the app. As I see it there is no guarantee your Apple ID and password won't end up on there server - a security risk if ever there was one!