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All of your features from Fantastical 2 are automatically available and do not require a Fantastical Premium subscription. This only applies to existing Fantastical 2 customers.
MAC USERS: In order for Fantastical to activate your prior purchase you need to download Fantastical from the same location you originally purchased it from (either directly from our website or the Mac App Store). Otherwise Fantastical will not unlock your Fantastical 2 features.
If you purchased Fantastical 2 for Mac directly from our website (you have a Fantastical 2 license code) then you need to download Fantastical 3 directly from our website.
If you are using the version from our website, you can enter your Fantastical 2 license by clicking 'Fantastical' in the Menu bar > Enter License. This will not work with the Mac App Store version.
If you originally purchased Fantastical 2 for Mac on the Mac App Store then download Fantastical on the Mac App Store. Make sure you're signed in to the same Apple ID you used to make your previous purchase of Fantastical 2. Fantastical will automatically detect your previous purchase from the Mac App Store and make the existing features available.
NOTE: You will only receive the features that were available on the previous app you purchased. 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:
If you enable Fantastical's local Calendar option (under 'Apps' in Preferences > Accounts) then you will be able to view Calendar's built-in Birthdays, Holidays and Siri calendars. You will not be able to view any local calendars you have created in the Calendars app yourself. Instead, please add your calendar service (iCloud, Google, Exchange etc.) directly to Fantastical's Preferences > Accounts.
Are you having trouble with Fantastical crashing on startup, accounts missing, or just want to quickly remove your accounts and start over again? Here's how to do that:
It is important that you restart your Mac after deleting the folder, otherwise Fantastical will not be able to save your settings!
If you previously purchased Fantastical 2 you can still use Fantastical 3 with all of your features from Fantastical 2 unlocked.
If you originally purchased Fantastical 2 from the Mac App Store then please be sure to download the latest version of Fantastical from the Mac App Store. If you originally purchased Fantastical 2 from the Flexibits Store and have a license code, download the latest version of Fantastical from our website. If you download Fantastical from the Mac App Store you will not be able to enter your license code.
Once you have Fantastical installed by downloading it from our website, enter your license code:
This yellow exclamation mark means that you upgraded your Reminders database to the new format Apple is using for iOS 13. This makes iCloud reminders disappear entirely on Mac because it takes them off the iCloud CalDAV server and moves them to the new iCloud reminders format.
You must upgrade to iOS 13 and macOS Catalina to view upgraded Reminders. Also update to the latest version of Fantastical to view upgraded reminders.
Once you update to macOS Catalina you can enable reminders by doing the following:
Apple requires app-specific passwords when using two-factor authentication with iCloud. Please see our documentation for more information on creating an app-specific password. You will not be able to connect to iCloud using Fantastical if you don't have two-factor authentication or two-step verification enabled.
Also, make sure are using your Apple ID's primary email address. You can check which email address is your primary address at appleid.apple.com.
The Join Call button will only appear for your next, upcoming call. This has the advantage of reducing clutter in your calendar, and when future calls become due you can click the Join Call button to join these calls too.
If you use a service such as iCloud, Exchange, Google, or Yahoo, you probably need to add that account directly to Fantastical. Open the Preferences and click the Accounts tab to ensure your accounts have been added. If you have On My Mac calendars that you want to use with Fantastical, Fantastical needs access your Calendars and Reminders. Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy and ensure Fantastical as allowed to access your Calendars and Reminders. Fantastical will not work if you disallow access to either of these. You also must allow access to Contacts in order for event invitations to work.
If you're having trouble getting your calendars to sync between devices, take a look at our troubleshooting steps for syncing.
You don't have an account that supports reminders added to Fantastical. This usually happens when there's no iCloud account set up. Open Fantastical's preferences, click the Accounts tab, and add your iCloud account.
Click View > Show/Hide Sidebar to toggle the sidebar's visibility. Keep the sidebar enabled to quickly refer to a mini-calendar for the selected month and a list of your upcoming events and reminders. Hide the sidebar to give your main calendar view more space.
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.
You need to disable the Apple Calendar and Reminder notifications and enable Fantastical's notifications. Please perform the following steps:
Open Fantastical's Preferences > Alerts. Make sure the notification options you want are enabled.
Open System Preferences > Notifications. Disable all Calendar and Reminders notification options, including setting the 'alert style' to 'none'.
Whilst in System Preferences > Notifications, make sure that all Fantastical notification options are enabled.
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.
All notifications and alerts for a calendar or reminder list can be disabled by doing the following:
If you are getting frequent prompts to log back into your Zoom account, then this is caused by a device limitation imposed by Zoom: Zoom can only be signed in to one computer and one mobile device at a time. Zoom's authentication system doesn't yet support multiple devices of the same type being able to sign in to the same account simultaneously. Thus, signing in to Zoom through Fantastical one one device will automatically log you out on another device of the same type. We have reported this limitation to Zoom.
For more information on this topic please refer to Zoom's help center
Please see our privacy page for more information.
Yes, we offer a 20% educational or military discount! This discount is valid for 24 months of your Fantastical Premium subscription or for your order of Cardhop or Chatology.
Looking for an education discount for Fantastical Premium? Please contact us here and reply with proof of status.
Looking for an education discount for Cardhop or Chatology? Request a discount from us at the Flexibits Store and include proof of your educational institution, student status, or military service (such as a copy of your ID). You can contact us if you have any questions or have trouble receiving the discount.
Fantastical 2.5.16 is the last version available for macOS El Capitan and High Sierra. You can download it here.
Fantastical 2.2.5 is the last version available for macOS Yosemite. You can download it here.
Fantastical Premium offers a 14-day free trial period. During the 14-day free trial period, you have the option to cancel your subscription before it is billed.
If you signed up for a free 14-day trial subscription and don't want to renew it, cancel it at least 24 hours before the trial ends.
If you are currently on a plan that has been billed, you are responsible for those charges. However, you can cancel future billing at any time. If you want to cancel, follow these instructions:
Once a subscription charge has been billed, it is non-refundable.
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