The Best To-Do List Apps for the iPhone
Keeping track of the things we need to do in our life is extremely important and something that all of us have to do in some regard. Even if we aren’t constantly busy or have things on the go, managing our lives can be difficult. This is only made even more difficult if you are using the traditional pen and paper for making to-do lists, managing tasks and more. Thankfully, there is a much better way.
In addition to being a way to communicate and keep ourselves entertained, our phones can help us manage our busy lives with ease too. Whether you have a ton of tasks to do, or just a few things, your iPhone can be a huge time-saver in getting things done in the order they need to be done in. While you could use the Reminders, Notes or Calendar app that is pre-loaded on iPhones for your to-do list needs, there are better options out there.
The App Store is packed full of different to-do list/task manager apps that aim to help you better manage your day. With so many options (some good and some bad), we have compiled a list of some of the best to-do list apps you can download from the App Store. No matter how you like to manage and organize your tasks or events, these apps will be able to help you avoid drowning in a sea of tasks each and every day.
With this being one of the more popular categories for people to have on their phones, there were a lot of different apps that were battling for this top spot. After the dust had settled, Wundelist earned this spot as the winner and the best to-do list app for the iPhone. Many different publications have also named this app as one of the best to-do lists out there, which makes it among the most popular as well.
Wunderlist is an incredibly simple to-do list creator and task manager that helps you stay on top of what needs to be done in your life, simple as that. Creating a to-do list (or a number of other things) on the app is incredibly simple and can be done very quickly, and can even be shared with friends or family. For example, if you are recording a shopping list for the weekly groceries, the list can easily be edited and sent to anyone you want. Or if you are working on a project with coworkers or classmates, you can easily collaborate with one another via this app.
You can also easily set due dates and reminders for your lists so you will never forget about them. You can even add notes, files, subtasks and more to each and every task you create, in an impossibly simple manner. The app can even be viewed by swiping down on your phone in any app as they have a Today widget as well. It is this simplicity and ease of use that makes this a great app for beginners who have never really used an app in this space before for whatever reason. The app is presented in a way that you always know what to do next and everything is labeled and laid out in a suitable fashion, which gives it almost no learning curve after picking it up for the first time.
So while the app is very simple, there are also some incredible features included in the app that make it quite powerful, so it is definitely not just an app for beginners in this space. As mentioned, you can easily share, collaborate and conversate with others in the app so while it is primarily used as a to-do list app, it also has some viability as a task manager. You can also star important tasks, add recurring tasks for an even simpler experience and much more. The settings of the app are also quite flexible as Wunderlist allows you to customize your experience so you can choose what lists of viable, what sounds you will hear in the app, different sorting options and much more. For example, you can alter the way you see your tasks laid out in a number of different ways to suit your needs or preferences. There is also a folder system in the app that can keep certain tasks with similar ones and seperate ones that don’t belong. This can make searching for or managing tasks, notes, and lists even simpler.
Another great feature is the fact that the app is cross-platform and works with almost anything. Whether you have an iPhone, Android device, Tablet, Laptop or Desktop computer, Wunderlist will be available and work for you. As a result, there is no excuse for you to not always be in control of the things you need to do. The app also syncs from device to device, so you always know your lists and tasks will be up to date and accurate, no matter where you are when you need to manage an existing list or create a new one.
However, what good is an app with so many helpful and simple features if it looks terrible? Thankfully, Wunderlist doesn’t have this problem in the least. The app is incredibly stylish and has a simple color scheme and user interface that doesn’t have too many unnecessary distractions to keep you from your lists and tasks. The app also comes with a number of different themes and they are all attractive. All in all, the content and features are definitely first and foremost when it comes to this app, but the look of the app is not very far behind.
Another fantastic thing about the app is that it is available for free. However, if you feel like unlocking all of the extra features of the app, there is a premium subscription you can get as well. Wunderlist Pro costs $4.99 a month and will get you a number of useful extra features such as unlimited file access, subtasks and the ability to assign. Whether you decide to just use the free version of the app (which will suffice for most people) or pay for it, that doesn’t change the fact it is one of the best to-do list apps out there for the iPhone.
If you need any more convincing that this is among the best apps in this category, look no further than what occurred to the company that created it back in 2015. Tech giant Microsoft liked this to-do list and task management app so much that they actually purchased the company behind it in a deal that is reported to be worth well over $100 Million. If a company of that caliber is willing to spend that much on the company, you should feel comfortable downloading the app that was created by said company.
However, even without the fact that Microsoft loved and purchased the company behind this app, this is still a great app that is worth a try. While it may lack some of the “in-depth” features of some of the other apps on this list, the fact it is so simple and straight forward (while still looking great) make it a true winner. Apps in this space are supposed to make your life simpler and save time when creating and managing your tasks, so the fact that this app doesn’t have any unnecessary distractions or a confusing interface, really make it a home run. If you are in the market for an app to make to-do lists and get ahold of your tasks in life, I recommend you give this app a try.
When over 15 million people use and rely on your app for creating to-do lists, managing tasks, keeping a calendar and more, you deserve a high spot on this list. Because of that fact, I have named Any.do as the runner-up in this battle for the best to-do list apps. Any.do is an amazing app that combines great to-do list functionality with other great potential uses such as calendar, task manager, note taker, reminders and more.
So while this article is all about different great to-do list apps that you can download for the iPhone, Any.do is truly much more than just a to-do list app. Almost everyone can find some use for this app whether it be to keep a list of things to do around the house, keeping track of your events and appointments on a calendar or work together with others via the apps shared lists or assigned tasks. This app is truly one of the most feature-packed on this list.
But before looking at those list of other features the app boasts, let’s take a look at how the app handles to-do lists, as that is the main topic of this article. Not only can you easily create to-do lists and manage them, but you can also share them with others if you want to collaborate with anyone on a list for any reason. Also, seeing as this app also has a web app and an iPad app, you can sync your to-do lists seamlessly with any other devices.
Now that we know about the to-do list capabilities of the app, let’s look at the variety of other features and extras that this app offers its users. The calendar function of this app is superb and allows you to see and edit your tasks in a variety of different views, quickly make schedule changes and sync with your phone’s calendar and with your Facebook events too. There are also many other great features on this app that you won’t find in many to-do list apps.
So while the features of the app are great as I’ve mentioned, it’s sleek design takes the app to a different level. Any.do is beautifully designed and its interface is very user-friendly as it allows for voice entry, shake the device to clear completed tasks, drag-and-drop and more. While the app is gorgeous, it doesn’t rely on distracting images or menus for that, it is simply designed in a way that is appealing to use, without it being too much.
While an app that boasts as many cool and helpful features as this could likely charge a few dollars here and there, Any.do is available for free. However, if you want extra features beyond the basic offerings of the app, you can get Any.do Premium. This premium subscription costs either $2.99 a month or $26.99 a year and will get you a number of extra features and unlimited access to the basic features the app offers for free.
While some people who love simplicity out of their to-do list apps may feel like this app is overkill, others will absolutely adore all the extra features. It all depends on what you prefer out of a to-do list app. If you want something no-frills and simple, this app is not for you. But if you want a one stop shop for all your productivity needs, this app will be your best friend.
Todoist is a powerful app that helps you organize, schedule, and prioritize your tasks in a way that is also quite simple to use. While the app may not be as streamlined as some of the others on this list, it is still among the best choices for your to-do list app.
The app boasts a number of impressive features such as assigning tasks, share lists, a smart scheduling tool and much more. Like many of the other apps on this list, Todoist combines its app with a web version as well, so you can always keep your lists updated wherever you are.
Todoist is available for free, but if you seek more upgraded and powerful features (such as calendar app integration and expanded reminders), there is the ability to upgrade from the free app to the Premium or Business subscription version of the app. This will cost you only a few dollars a month and isn’t a bad idea to splurge if you want to boost the function of this app.
This app is all about to-do lists, but Awesome Note 2 is so much more than that. Awesome Note 2 combines a to-do list with other great features such as an organizer, managing schedule and more. It is definitely among the most comprehensive apps on this list.
The app is also very versatile as it can be used very simply as a note-taking app or to do list, but can also be used as a rich writing tool, a scheduler and much more. In addition to the functionality of the app being great, the design of Awesome Note 2 is also really attractive and lends to a great experience with the app.
Unlike many other apps on this list, Awesome Note 2 isn’t available for free. You are asked to pay $3.99 for the app when you download it, which might turn some people off. However, an app that is as feature-packed as this one being yours for under 5 dollars is still a great deal.
Ita is an app that makes list-making and note-taking fun and easy. The user interface on this app is very helpful and makes things easy to keep track of. It doesn’t have as many features as a to-do list as other apps on this list, but its design and extra features make it good.
You can easily edit multiple items in a list, can easily get rid of completed tasks, drag items to rearrange, share lists and more. The app also syncs via iCloud and can work on both your iPad and iPhone, so you will always have your to-do lists and notes with you.
While this app may lack some of the features other to-do lists have, it is available for free and thus, is worth a try. If you find that the lack of those apps is a deal breaker, then you can easily just delete it and try another one.
Of all the apps on this list, Toodledo is among the most flexible apps on this list. The app’s primary role is that of a to-do list, but it can be so much more than that too. The app can track your habits, make outlines, organize notes and lists, along with much more.
Whatever productivity style you have, this app can cater to your own personal needs thanks to that flexibility I mentioned earlier. If you want to keep it simple, this app can do that for you and if you want to have a complex app full of lists, notes and more, this app is up to that challenge as well.
But while you might expect the app to be overly confusing or “busy” with all these possible customization options and features, that is not the case. You can easily pick what parts of the app you want to use, and which you want to disregard. There are built in social media sharing options, a map that will let you know when you are close to somewhere where yo have something to do, along with other functions not often found in apps like this.
Toodledo will cost you a few dollars to download and use, but for a power user who wants to take advantage of all the great features this app boasts, that is not too much to ask.
While many of the apps on this list might be aimed at keeping track of things to do at work or while out doing errands, this app is a little bit different. Thinglist aims to be a super-simple way to remember things in your personal life. Think of this as a “want-to-do” app, and not one that is simply about mundane things you have to do. This is the perfect app to keep track of things you want to remember such as the name of that book, an idea you had, somewhere you want to visit and more.
While the app is simple and may lack some of the features that many other to-do lists include, it is definitely good enough if you just want to keep a simple list of things you want or need to do. Also, the app is very colorful and the design of the app is very engaging and fun as well.
While this app is a tad basic compared to many other on this list, that doesn’t make it a bad map. That just means that people who appreciate a simpler and more “no-frills” experience with their to-do list will appreciate Thinglist.
Despite the fact that it is the most expensive app on this list (in terms of how much it costs to download), there is no arguing that it is among the best apps in this category. In fact, millions of people trust this app with keeping their lives organized and managed in a suitable fashion.
The app is incredibly easy to use, but also quite powerful with a number of cool features you will use in your everyday life. Of course, the app features a to-do list creator and manager that features a gesture-based design and other unique quirks. The whole app also used the iPhones specific interface as it allows users to swipe, pinch, drag and a whole other list of useful gestures to move content throughout the app.
In addition to that, the app features reminders, iCloud sync, and an interface focused on your actual tasks, not the days as a whole. Also, this app was perhaps one of the most innovative in terms of their design. Many apps will use a simple and color-light design, but Clear opted to have an extremely colorful and vibrant design throughout the app. This was a bold move that has most definitely paid off as people love this app and if you give it a try, there is a good chance you will too.
If you are an avid user of apps in the productivity and organization categories, you are likely familiar with the CARROT family of apps. They are apps, with personality. This app has the main purpose of helping you get something done, and makes it pretty addicting.
The artificial intelligence of this app is satisfied by only one thing, you getting things done. As a result, the more you complete from your list over time, the more features you unlock on this app. However, if you miss things or slack off on your to-do list, you will be punished. Think of it almost like a simple to do list that is also paired with a virtual pet.
There are hundreds of rewards, many little challenges and this game does a great job in gamifying your to-do list in a way many apps can’t. If you just want a simple and “normal” to-do list app, I wouldn’t spend the few dollars on this. But if you want to be entertained and have fun with your to-do list app, this is definitely one of the best ones you can find.
Do! is once again a very simple to-do list app that does exactly what it advertises without doing too much or too little. Do! is very easy to pick up and use and will be an easy transition for anyone who has not used an app like this before.
There are many different features in this app despite its simple reputation. The app supports a data backup, is password protected, notifications and can assign a different color for each task or type of task to make it easy to know what you have to do. The app even comes with a Today widget, so you can easily see what is left on your to-do list for the day or for the rest of the week.
The app not only works well, it also looks very sleek too. It resembles a paper and pen, and you can have different fonts that all change the experience of the app. The app is available for free, but there is a $1.99 upgrade you can buy in the app. However, all that upgrade does is to remove advertisements. That’s right, the app has all the same features whether you use the free version or purchase the upgrade in the app.
As you could expect by the name of this app, it is all about being minimalistic. The app is incredibly simple to operate, and is also very useful at the same time. The app also really prides itself on being the simplest app out there in the space, and it would hard to argue that. The app lacks a ton of features that many other apps on the article have, and that is because it is just a to-do list, that’s all.
While the content of the app is very simple, its design is simpler than you could ever imagine. The app is simply black words on a white screen and allows you to concentrate on the tasks at hand. It does allow for some reminders and timers, but it doesn’t offer much more than that. One thing that would have been nice to see in this app is multiple lists, but it is still a great app.
If you are after the simplest to-do list app out there (which can be downloaded for free), this is definitely worth a try. MinimaList embodies exactly what a ton of people want out of their to-do list apps, simplicity.
If you are an extremely busy person, this app will help you regain control over your life. While it isn’t just a traditional to-do list app like many on this list (it is more like a productivity manager) it still deserves a spot on here. In addition to being a full-fledged to do list, this app can also write and edit notes, organize your life, prioritize events and tasks and more.
The app is available to download and use for free, but there is also a Pro subscription for if you want to get more features. The Pro version of this app costs $39.99 a year and offers you a large number of extra features including subtasks, sharing, colored tags, unlimited storage, advanced sorting and much more.
All in all, some might find this app a tad overkill in this space, but others will enjoy the bevy of other benefits that Remember the Milk provides. Being as the app is free, you might as well download it and see if all the extra features it offers hinders or enhances your use of the app.
This app is by far the most innovative, intriguing and “different” on this list. Habitica is a to-do list app and task manager that gamifies your tasks and treats your life like a game. This not only makes making to-do lists and tasks fun, but also helps keep you motivated in a way that not many apps in this space can do.
To start the game you input habits, make to-do lists and tasks, and then create a custom avatar. As you check off tasks on your to-do lists, you unlock various things for your character such as armor, pets, skills and more. You can even go on to fight monsters with your friends.
This app plays out more like a game than a boring to-do list app, and while that may turn some people off of it, there is no doubting that this will help certain people feel more engaged with their tasks and more eager to check off items on their to-do lists. This app is available for free, but there are some in-app purchases that allow you to unlock certain features and items.
TeuxDeux is without a doubt the best name of any app on this list. However, the name isn’t the only great thing about this app. This app puts the items in your to-do list firmly in the front which helps you stay on task without any unnecessary possibility for distractions.
In addition to its greatness as a to-do list app, TeuxDeux has other features like recurring to-dos, custom coloring, powerful editing, voice-to-text and more. There is also a web version of this app, which means you can view and edit your to-do lists, wherever you are. This helps everything be synced easily and also means all of your lists are backed up in case of accidental deletion or loss.
The app is designed in a way that is very clutter-free, which helps keep you from being distracted while using the app. In addition to the design of the app being simple and straight forward, it is also incredibly beautiful. It uses a very simple and attractive color scheme as well as an awesome interface that is far from confusing.
The app gives you a free 30-day trial to try all the features and see if you like and enjoy the content of the app. If you aren’t a fan, you can easily just delete the app and try another from this list. But if you enjoy it and want to continue using it, you can pay $2.99 a month or $23.99 a year to get the subscription.