Making plans

The only app you need to make plans with friends 🕺

Honestly, trying to make plans with friends sucks. It can feel pretty much impossible. There’s always one person working, someone on holiday and that friend that ALWAYS double books.

Even worse? You find yourself juggling a whole load of different apps and calendars and calculating complicated maths equations just to find a date that works. And then there’s still someone who can’t make it. It’s really not the one 😅

It’s almost like there needs to be one app just to make plans and organise group events with your friends… 😏

How are people making plans with their friends?! 

What are they doing to try to find time to get together? How do you invite people to your events? It gets complicated pretty quickly and it’s so hard to keep up with it all. It takes way more effort than it should and here’s why…

The group chat madness

We’ve all been there when you try to plan an event in the group chat. Whether it’s a quick drink or a holiday, it takes (at least) 1,000 back-and-forth messages to find a time when everyone is free.

The conversations get sidetracked by people sending gifs or asking random questions, and suddenly you’re back to square one 😭

Real life kicks in

That moment when you realise that all your friends have lives and they’re always busy… 😳 People don’t answer fast enough (or at all) and you’re left wondering if you should wait for a response or go ahead without them. 

When the stars finally align and a plan is decided, it still gets lost in the group chat. You end up manically scrolling or searching for random words to find the details. Then, of course, there’s always that one person who still says “so what’s the plan again guys?”...🙄

So many apps…

You’re trying to get everyone together but there are just so many things that you need to make that happen.

Flipping between your calendar, your group chats (on iMessage, Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp, Snap…) your social media, your notes, your maps, downloading new apps to create polls, keeping track of itineraries… the list is never-ending 😣. Most tragic? The Excel guy building a spreadsheet with formulas and calculations to try to find everyone’s availability (even though we’re lowkey impressed). 

At this point, it feels like the only way to actually find a time that works is by getting everyone together in one room… and then you’re back to where you started… trying to get your friends together… 😳

Enter Howbout: the app to make plans and organise events with your friends 🥳

With the Howbout app, you can instantly find out when your friends are all free and make plans on the spot. Share your free time, availability, calendars, or polls to find when works best and actually organise that group event 🕺

Each plan keeps all the details together

All the details of the plan are in one place so everyone knows exactly what’s going on. See the plan location and even click through directly to your maps so you can work out how to get there. You can also customise all your events with pictures or gifs to make your plans and invites way more ✨aesthetically pleasing✨ 

Built-in chat for every plan

You don’t need a million new WhatsApp groups because every plan you make in Howbout will automatically have its own dedicated group chat 💪 It’s the best way to keep conversations and details together without the constant spamming. And it’s a great way to share pictures and videos with the group too so you can relive those memories after the event! 

Easily invite friends

Make responding super easy for your friends - they can easily be invited if they’re already on the app, or by sharing a quick link ⚡️

Instantly find when your friends are free

You can share calendars with all your friends and groups. If you’re already using a calendar app, you can sync all of your existing calendars with Howbout or quickly add your blocked time directly. The simple “traffic light system” for availability means you can see if your friends are free instantly and make plans together. The question of who’s free and when is solved before you even have to ask 🫡

Share polls

So, what if my friends don’t use their calendars much? You can find when works best for everyone by sending them polls. You can automatically see your availability when voting on polls to decide the best date or time.

Once the date’s sorted, share polls to work out the other details, such as where to go for bottomless brunch 🥂 or the getaway spot your friends are dying to visit 😎

Keep track of all the things you want to do

Think about the great new Thai restaurant you’ve been meaning to try or that boozy axe-throwing spot... you mention it to your friends once but then instantly forget about it when you’re actually making plans 😓

You can keep track of all things you want to do so by saving them as ideas on Howbout and then easily turn them into plans later. 

Make groups for all your social circles

Whether it’s your Uni Pals or The Fam, Running Club or Brunch Baddies, each of your social circles can have its own group in the app which makes it so much easier to make plans and catch up.

You can easily see all the group's plans or how long it’s been since you’ve last met up (because “it’s been too long” should never be said seven texts in a row…), and every group has its own built-in group chat 🔥

Ready to actually get together with friends? 🙃

Howbout is the only app you need to get plans made with friends - one app for your whole social life. Howbout is 100% free and available on iOS and Android. 

Time to actually get together - get the app now! 

Emma Spicer

Emma is Howbout's digital marketing executive 💫 

She studied for a degree in Journalism and worked in social media and marketing before joining Howbout in September 2022. When she's not working, Emma loves reading 📚, hosting cheese and wine nights 🧀🍷 and talking about why The Apprentice is the cornerstone of British Television 📺

Time to actually get your friends together 🥳

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