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The 10 Best To-Do List Apps of 2019 for iPhone and Android

2019's 10 best to-do list apps for iPhone and Android reviewed and ranked.

The 10 Best To-Do List Apps of 2019 for iPhone and Android October 27, 2018Leave a comment

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To-do list apps are becoming an important part of people’s daily lives. From notetaking to chores, purchases, and work, everyone uses to-do lists. They’re easy to use, simple to understand and they make most people get things done, without having the need to remember what to do.

So, we decided to look at some of the best to-do list apps for iPhone and Android this year and make this list.

The Best To-Do List Apps for iPhone

When it comes to to-do list apps, there are a lot of options available for iPhone users. I decided to check out some of the most highly rated to-do apps on the Apple Store and picked out my top 5.

1. Evernote: Editor’s choice for the best to-do list apps for iPhone

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Our editor’s choice for the best to-do list apps for iPhone is Evernote. From notes to lists, organizing tasks, archiving, and more, Evernote offers a comprehensive productivity package for everyone. It’s simple to get along with and makes taking notes and lists easy and effortless.

If you’re not using Evernote already, you are missing out. Evernote reported earlier that more than 200 million people use the app to organize their personal and professional lives.

Key Features

Evernote comes with the following features:

  • Write, collect and capture notes, notebooks, checklists, and to-do lists
  • Supported note formats: Text, sketches, photos, audio, video, PDFs, web clippings, and more
  • Smart camera scan for PDFs, business cards, and more
  • Sync everything automatically across your devices
  • Add a passcode lock to the mobile app for more privacy
  • Note sharing, comments, and discussions
  • Image annotations and comments
  • Task assignees
  • Personal checklists
  • Set reminders to keep on top of activities
  • Document annotations and comments
  • Clip and highlight articles from the web
  • Quick Actions for faster note creation and search
  • Sketch in notes with pressure sensitive ink
Evernote for Apple Watch:
  • Speech to Text
  • Speech to Search
  • View newly created & updated notes
  • Reminders and notifications

2. Todoist

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Todoist needs no formal introductions. It is one of the world’s best to-do list apps that offers a feature-packed to-do list app for iPhone. Notes, checklists, tasks, projects, to-do lists, and more – everything can be organized using Todoist for iOS, making it our second recommendation for the best to-do list apps for iPhone.

Key Features

The free version for Todoist comes with the following features:

  • Quick Add for smarter task creation
  • Checklists
  • Available on 10+ platforms
  • 60+ popular integrations
  • Recurring due dates
  • Sub-tasks & sub-projects
  • Task priorities
  • Active projects maximum: 80
  • People per project: 5
  • Pin favorite projects, labels & filters
  • Intelligent input (smart date entry)
Todoist for Apple Watch:
  • Speech to Text
  • Speech to Search
  • View recently created tasks
  • Reminders and notifications

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3. Wunderlist

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Wunderlist for iPhone is another excellent contender for this roundup of the best to-do list apps for iPhone. With Wunderlist, you can manage all your tasks, to-do lists, checklists, and more using a simple and smart organizer on your iPhone.

Key Features

  • Create tasks and checklists
  • Create notes
  • Group all related lists in easily accessible folders
  • Task comments
  • Share lists with colleagues and friends
  • Add task and to-do list reminders
  • Set due dates
  • Email to Wunderlist – add anything from email to Wunderlist
  • Web to Wunderlist – add anything on the web to Wunderlist
  • Tags for easy accessibility
Wunderlist for Apple Watch:

With the latest Wunderlist for iPhone update, the Apple Watch version has been deprecated. The Apple Watch version of Wunderlist now only supports reminders and notifications.

4. Microsoft To-Do

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#4 on our list of the best to-do list apps for iPhone is Microsoft To-Do. Be it work, school or elsewhere, To-Do can be a great task management and to-do list planner for your needs. It has an elegant user interface and setting up only takes a few seconds.

Key Features

  • Add, organize and schedule to-do list items
  • Add reminders and due dates
  • Set up recurring due dates for to-do lists
  • Automatically syncs with Tasks in Outlook
  • Take notes
  • Customizable themes
  • Color-coded lists
  • Smart suggestions
Microsoft To-Do for Apple Watch:

Microsoft To-Do for Apple Watch only displays reminders and notifications using Reminders on the Apple Watch. Simply sync your wearable with your Outlook or Exchange account and you can now enable reminders and notifications from Microsoft To-Do.

5. Any.do

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Any.do is another excellent to-do list app for iPhone. From notetaking to to-do lists, calendars, planners, scheduling and more, Any.do lets you streamline daily productivity efficiently. The design is minimalistic and keeps things clutter-free, which is why Any.do grabs the 5th spot on our list of the best to-do list apps for iPhone.

Key Features

  • Add, organize and schedule to-do list items
  • Speech to Text input
  • Add reminders and due dates
  • Share tasks and lists
  • Set up recurring due dates for to-do lists
  • Schedule everything in a calendar
  • Sync Any.do calendar with Outlook, Google Calendar, iCalendar, and more
  • Take notes
  • Add a to-do list item straight from your email inbox by forwarding to [email protected]
  • Attach files from your computer, Dropbox, or Google Drive to tasks
  • Print, Export and share lists
  • Color-coded lists
  • Smart suggestions
Any.do for Apple Watch:

Any.do announced a brand-new Apple Watch app experience earlier this year. The new Any.do app for Apple Watch includes features such as:

  • View your agenda
  • Check tasks, subtasks & notes
  • Receive notifications on your watch
  • Speech to text input

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The Best To-Do List Apps for Android

Now, let’s talk about Android. Although, the to-do list apps I mentioned for the iPhone also have Android, I decided to go with 5 completely different to-do list apps for my Android roundup. Here are my picks:

6. TickTick: Editor’s Choice for the best to-do list apps for Android

TickTick is one of the most highly-rated apps on the Google Play Store. It is a simple to-do list app, but offers great features and functionality.

With a simple and easy-to-use UI, seamless sync, and a recurring task feature that helps automate task creation, TickTick grabs the 1st spot in this roundup of the best to-do list apps for Android.

Key Features:

  • Task lists
  • Quick task creation
  • Subtasks
  • Seamless sync across devices via the cloud
  • Voice input
  • Share lists
  • Reminders and notifications
  • Email to tasks
  • To-do calendar view
  • Timeline for planning and scheduling
  • Repeat tasks
  • Assign goals
  • Themes and customization
  • Third-party calendar integration

7. Google Tasks

What could offer a more stock Android experience than Google’s own task manager? Earlier in 2018, Google announced that it will make Tasks a standalone service, offering its own mobile apps and integration with the new Gmail redesign.

Google Tasks is a great to-do list app if you’re looking for simple, minimal design and straightforward functionality. I do believe that Google Tasks is lacking some functionality for now.

However, it seamlessly syncs across all your Android devices and offers the most stock Android experience available on any to-do list app, which is why Tasks grabs the 7th spot in this roundup of the best to-do list apps.

Key Features:

  • Task lists
  • Seamlessly sync task lists on Android devices
  • Manage tasks created in Gmail or Calendar
  • Create Subtasks and to-do lists
  • View tasks created from emails
  • Create a task directly from an email in Gmail
  • View tasks directly in Gmail
  • Trace a task back to its source email
  • Task due dates, notifications and reminders
  • Prioritize using drag-and-drop

8. Memorigi

Next up on my list of the best to-do list apps for Android is Memorigi, a to-do list app, task planner and reminder. The creator of this app, Randy Saborio, claims it to be the simplest to-do app on mobile. Upon signing up, you are redirected to your tasks list. Tap on the + button and get started. It’s simple as that.

Memorigi comes with gesture control features, a floating action button to quickly create tasks, recurring tasks functionality, and a lot more, and that’s why it’s scored the 3rd spot on my list for the best Android to-do list apps.

Key Features:

  • Integrated Memorigi weather API
  • Multiple task lists
  • Floating action button
  • Create Subtasks and to-do lists
  • Location-based reminders
  • Backup and real-time sync
  • Gesture control features
  • Nag Me reminder feature for constant reminders
  • Task due dates, notifications and reminders
  • Prioritize using drag-and-drop
  • Read aloud feature – text to speech when tasks are due

9. Ike

The 9th to-do list app (#4 for the Android roundup) I’d like to share is Ike. It is inspired by the famous Eisenhower Matrix for time management and productivity. In Ike, you prioritize tasks by importance and urgency. Prioritizing tasks is the first thing you do in Ike, rather than selecting it afterwards.

You can also create widgets out of Ike for your Android device to view at a glance what needs to be done and quickly access tasks in Ike.

There are various other features that make Ike a great contender for this roundup of the best to-do list apps for Android and iPhone.

Key Features:

  • Eisenhower Matrix for prioritization
  • Mobile widgets for quick access and summary
  • Due dates, reminders, and notifications
  • Images and audio for tasks
  • Speech to Text functionality
  • Notes and descriptions for tasks
  • Customization and personalization options
  • Multiple reminders for tasks
  • Repeat tasks
  • Location-based reminders

10. Google Keep

My last pick for this top 5 roundup of the best to-do list apps for Android is Google Keep. Before Tasks was released as a standalone service, I avidly used Google’s Keep to note down important stuff and keep track of things to do.

With Tasks offering more dedicated features to manage tasks and to-do lists, Keep has since then become more of a substitute for me. I still use Keep, but mostly to take notes and jot down things to sync between my Android devices.

Key Features:

  • Add notes, lists and photos
  • Record a voice memo
  • Share notes and lists
  • Share and collaborate on notes in real-time
  • Color codes and labels
  • Sync with phone, tablet, computer and Android wearables
  • Location-based reminders

So, this was it. 5 brilliant to-do list apps for iPhone and 5 to-do list apps for Android devices that you can start using today to optimize productivity.

Which one did you like the most? What to-do list app are you using on your smartphone? Let us know in the comments below.


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