All of your features from Fantastical 2 are automatically available and do not require a Fantastical Premium subscription. This is only available to existing Fantastical 2 customers.
You do not need to do anything special to receive these features, Fantastical will automatically detect your previous purchase and make these features available.
NOTE: You only receive the features that were available on your previous app. For example: Fantastical 2 for Mac had calendar sets, but Fantastical for iPhone did not.
There are also new features available for free to existing Fantastical 2 users:
Note to Mac users:
This appears to be caused by a bug with iOS 13 notifications, which we've reported to Apple. If you open Fantastical, the badge count may update correctly. If the badge count doesn't update, the first place to check is iOS Settings > Notifications > Fantastical. Make sure that Badge style notifications are enabled here. If the problem persists, go to Fantastical's settings and toggle the App Icon Badge setting off and then back on again. If that doesn't work either, we've had reports that reinstalling Fantastical fixes the issue for some people. This issue is not specific to Fantastical and affects some other apps too. Hopefully a solution will be available in a future update to iOS.
The Holidays calendar is built directly into iOS and maintained by Apple, so there is no way to edit or adjust this calendar. However, it is possible to hide this calendar in Fantastical's Settings > Calendars.
You may want to subscribe to an alternative holiday calendar that you find more relevant. Once you've found an alternative holiday calendar online, go to iOS Settings > Passwords & Accounts > Add Account > Other > Add Subscribed Calendar. Paste the calendar feed's URL here and the calendar will appear in Fantastical.
First, please make sure your data appears as you'd expect in the Calendar and Reminders app. If it doesn't, make sure your accounts are configured correctly in the Passwords & Accounts section of the Settings app.
Once you've ensured your data is in the built-in apps, make sure you've allowed Fantastical to access your events and reminders. You can verify this in the Privacy section of the Settings app.
If your events or reminders still aren't showing up, try turning your phone off and back on. You can do this by holding down on the power button and sliding to turn off the phone.
Fantastical itself doesn't sync your data. Instead, your device connects to a service such as iCloud, Google Calendar, or Microsoft Exchange which stores your calendars. When Fantastical updates your calendar, your service will upload these changes and sync them to your other apps that are signed in to the service. These might include other versions of Fantastical, or any other app configured to use your calendar service.
If events or reminders aren't syncing between devices, take a look at our troubleshooting steps for syncing.
You probably need to enable your other calendars through Google's web interface. Go to https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect and make sure that all of your calendars are enabled there. If you originally set up your Google account using Exchange and Google Sync, you can enable your calendars at https://m.google.com/sync/settings/.
Check to make sure your device is set to sync all of your events.
New events will be set to all-day if you don't specify a time in your sentence. If you want a timed event, simply add the time to your sentence, such as "Meeting on Friday 3pm-5pm," and Fantastical will disable all-day mode and set the event times.
You can enable alerts for events and reminders in Fantastical's settings under the Advanced settings. If you enable this option, you'll also want to disable the alerts for the Calendar and Reminder app. You can do that in the Notification Center section of the Settings app.
You can show the current date in as a badge on Fantastical's app icon by going into Fantastical's settings and changing the App Badge Icon setting to Current Date. Apple does not allow developers to modify the icon directly, so this is the best workaround that is currently available.
Fantastical works with any calendar that you have set up on your device's Settings. If it appears in Calendar, it will also appear in Fantastical. If you haven't already added your calendars to your iOS device, you can do so by opening the Settings app, selecting Passwords & Accounts, and adding your accounts there. iOS supports syncing calendars over iCloud, Google, Yahoo, Exchange, and more.
Please see our privacy page for more information.
Fantastical on iOS and iPadOS can access your calendars in two ways: using the accounts you have added in iOS or iPadOS or directly via Fantastical, using accounts you need to add manually to the app.
Accessing your iOS or iPadOS calendars through Fantastical empowers you to start working right away. However, this convenience comes at a price: iOS restricts what third party apps can do, which results in a limited and slower experience. This is why we recommend you take a moment to add your calendar and task accounts directly to Fantastical.
To add your calendar and task accounts directly to Fantastical, proceed to Settings → Accounts → Add Account and select your account type.
The benefits of adding your accounts directly to Fantastical are as follows:
Once you have added your accounts to Fantastical, we recommend you go to Settings → Accounts → Accounts from iOS and disable “Calendars from iOS” to avoid seeing duplicate events. We recommend you leave “Reminders from iOS” on, as calendar accounts do not sync the reminders you have set up in the Reminders app on your iPad or iPhone.
On the Mac, Fantastical does not access system calendars the way Fantastical does on iOS or iPadOS. It is therefore necessary on Mac to add calendar and task accounts manually in Preferences → Accounts before using the app.
Multi-device users, please note that, for privacy reasons, accounts must be added manually on each device. Fantastical will suggest accounts you have added on your other devices, but they still need to be added manually.
You can specify a calendar by using a slash (/) at the beginning or end of a sentence. Even easier, you only need the first character of a calendar. For example, /w or /h would create your event in the Work or Home calendars, respectively. You can be more specific if you have multiple calendars with similar names, such as /pe for Personal and /pr for Private. Alternatively you can use the word calendar, such as "Lunch with John calendar work". Finally, you can tap the space bar four times instead of using a slash. For example, "Lunch with John<space><space><space><space>w" will do the same thing.
Unfortunately, Apple does not allow third-party apps to change the order of reminders in the Reminders app or when using Reminders data. Due to this restriction, Fantastical sorts your reminders by due date. You can view all your reminders in a single list, or separately by each list. Fantastical also displays reminders in your schedule on the date they're due.
There are multiple ways to configure calendar alerts and Fantastical, iOS, and possibly your calendar service, all have their own alert settings. It could be that the unwanted alerts are being added by something outside of Fantastical. If you events have unwanted alerts, check the following:
Fantastical supports the following URL actions:
fantastical2://parse?sentence=[input] — Begin creating a new event with the given sentence. The notes parameter can also be added to specify a note with the event. For example:
fantastical2://parse?sentence=sentence¬es=[your note]. The following parameters are also supported:
add(set to 1 to automatically add an event - be careful!)
due(requires the format
start(requires the format
end(requires the format
allDay(can be 1 or 0)
private(can be 1 or 0, only applies to Exchange calendars).
Note that if you use the
sentence parameter it will cause other parameters to be ignored.
fantastical2://show?date=yyyy-mm-dd — Jumps to the specified date. You can also use a natural language date such as "Tuesday" or "next month" and Fantastical will do its best to show the date.
Fantastical supports x-callback-url. x-callback-url can be used by using
fantastical2://x-callback-url/show?parameters. The parameters
x-error are all supported. Refer to the x-callback-url site for more details.
Fantastical is also officially supported by Launch Center Pro.