Howbout: Social event planner

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About this app

Howbout is the easiest way to get friends together in-person or virtually. It's a social calendar & planning app that lets you instantly find when you’re all free, easily organise plans and quickly manage everything they’ve got on. 🎈

🥳 Easily organise any in-person or virtual plan
⏰ Instantly find a date that works for everyone
📅 Share calendars with friends and easily control what they see
💬 Built-in chat on every event
📌 Find restaurants, cafés, bars and other venues to go to nearby
📫 Invite anyone instantly, if they have the app or not
🎥 Link straight through to any video call (e.g. Zoom, Skype & Houseparty)


Featured by Apple, TechRound, Fabulous, Verdict, Sifted, UK Tech News and named as “One to watch in 2020” by The PHA Group.


Plan it. Do it. Finally, an app that makes organising plans and your social life easy, quick and fun. No more endless new group chats, using outdated Facebook events, manually finding a date that works or using five different apps to organise a plan. Howbout is a smart social planning and calendar app that allows you to instantly find when you’re all free, easily organise plans and quickly manage your social life.

One app to organise your dinners, lunches, brunches, holidays, birthday parties, weekend trips, after work drinks, private events, group meet-ups, date nights, sports events, restaurant outings, gigs, comedy nights, gaming sessions, coffee catch-ups and book clubs, to name a few!


How about… we go for drinks?

• Organise events in seconds in one app.
• Select a GIF or photo for your plan.
• All the event details – who, what, when and where – together.
• Every event has a built-in chat, so no more endless new group chats.
• All your plans sync directly with your calendar, automatically.
• Easily invite anyone on or off the app – share an invite link in any group chat.
• Get quick RSVPs and easily keep up-to-date with who can come and who can’t.

How about… next Saturday?

• Howbout securely connects to your existing calendars to automatically find the dates that work for your group.
• Organising Friday drinks, weekend brunch or a holiday? Let Howbout find when you’re all free.
• No more Doodle polls, manually checking your availability, calendars or schedules or saying “Sorry, busy then. How about…”

How about... we find a time next week?

• Securely share your social or work calendars with your friends so you can put plans or reminders straight in their calendar.
• Anything you don’t want to share? No problem – mark it as ‘secret’.
• Merge your existing calendars with Howbout, so no need to start from scratch.

How about… we go to the pub?

• Use our Google Maps integration to find examples of places to go nearby – e.g. “pizza” restaurants.
• Drop a pin at the exact place to meet – e.g. a specific location in a park or place near the restaurant.

How about… a group call?

• Easily organise video and virtual plans using our one-tap integration with Zoom, Houseparty, Hangouts, Skype and others.


All your data is secure with us. We’re fully GDPR compliant and don’t share any data with third parties.

Any comments, feedback or suggestions? Email us at
Updated on
Feb 3, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
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Personal info, Messages and 5 others
Data is encrypted in transit
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2.06K reviews
Richard Plant
November 22, 2022
Way too converluted for what should be a simple app. Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. Tone down the features and introduce them gradually. Users downloading for the first time will just want to create a calendar for an event. Less is more. I got through set up, and started setting up an event but gave up when I realised how much effort was needed. It has potential to be great, but needs a marketer to help drive better UX and retention strategy.
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November 23, 2022
Hi Richard 👋 Thanks for feedback and sorry you didn't enjoy your first experience with Howbout. We're actively working on our UI / UX right now and would love to chat to you properly about your thoughts on how we can improve. Please email us at if you're up for it - we'd happily to reward you for your time as well! 😊
Lucy Skone
February 6, 2023
super easy to plan, much easier to use over Google calendar IMO, especially the mobile version. slightly annoying you're not allowed all the features until you've invited 3 friends - all my friends are apped out, and it's mostly for me and my partner!
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Andrew Mullen
January 11, 2023
Very useful overall, but the calendar is somewhat unintuitive. Also I haven't discovered a way to mute notifications within the app globally, instead of changing it for every event
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What's new

We get it. Just like crocs, ketchup and Pete Davidson, some people have a weird obsession with their work calendar. We’re not here to judge. In fact, you’re about to love us more 😉

Howbout’s availability sync with your external calendars just got a lot better. So now you can better show when you’re busy without your friends seeing the *sus* things you’ve got on 👀

Even better, you can now mute DM’s and group chats too - we heard you! 🙏