Manage your events in Sunrise Calendar

Access your Google and LinkedIn calendars via this simple, intuitive iOS app.

Sunrise Calendar is a beautiful tool that can simplify tracking and viewing your daily tasks, and integrates multiple calendar applications into a single, easy-to-use interface. Upon installation, you'll be asked to log in to your Facebook account, which mostly just adds birthdays to your calendar. After setup, however, you can log in to your Google account and your LinkedIn account. In fact, it is highly recommended that you add a Google Calendar so you can set up new calendars and add events. Most of the app's functions don't work without an integrated Google Calendar.

Importing your calendar events doesn't take very long (only a few moments) and once they are entered into Sunrise Calendar you can view, edit, and update them quickly. There are plenty of calendar apps, though, so what makes Sunrise so compelling? It's the design. At the top are two rows from your calendar showing the next two weeks. You can tap any day to scroll to that day's events immediately, or you can scroll through your list of tasks and events and the calendar at the top will scroll with you. On each day you'll see the events for that day, each with a small icon representing the type of event -- gift boxes for birthdays, chat bubbles for meetings, check boxes for tasks, and so on. The app is very good at assigning the right icon for each event and the events are easy to read in this format.

You can easily choose which calendars are visible from the settings menu, set which events will send you notifications, and even choose whether to use Apple Maps or Google Maps for directions for an event. The developers have thought of nearly everything and the app is completely free, with no paid upgrades required to unlock extra features. This is one of the best calendar apps we have tested from the App Store and will probably keep getting better as it is further developed.

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