We all have busy lives. Whether you're trying to remember to hit the gym, grab that present for your coworker, and still make it to the doctor, keeping track of everything is sometimes easier said than done. That's where these to-do apps come in. From tons of features to a pared-down UI there is something here for everyone. These are our picks for the best to-do apps available on Android!
Best Overall: Todoist
Regardless of whether you need to create a basic shopping list, or plan out a much larger project, Todoist can do it all. The app is available on all of your devices, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and there's even a Chrome extension. The developers have also made integration with other services a breeze, so you can use the likes of Slack, Alexa, Google Calendar, and more.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect is the "Natural Language Parsing," which means that Todoist will understand what you're typing. There's no need for you to try and word or phrase things in a specific way. So just type "take the trash out tomorrow at 7 p.m." and the task will do the rest.
Todoist's free plan gives you the ability to have up to 80 different projects, recurring due dates, and integrations. However, if you want access to reminders, comments, project templates, and more, you'll need to upgrade to Todoist Premium. Pricing for Premium starts at either $4 per month or $36 per year, regardless of your device.
Manage your tasks from everywhere and anywhere
Todoist is not just for those on Android. It's for anyone that needs a task manager across multiple platforms. There are also additional features such as natural language parsing, offline mode, and integrations with the likes of Slack, Google services, and more.
Best for Googlers: Google Keep
Google Keep works great when you just need to get ideas out of your head and onto paper. You can create various boards, use labels for organization, and use Google Assistant to dictate what needs to be done. Plus, you can even use Keep as a bookmark saver of sorts, allowing you to share images, links, and more.
Being able to have your notes and tasks all in one place is extremely useful and helpful. As one would expect, you'll be able to set time and place reminders, along with checking off tasks as you knock them out. You can even color-code your tasks and notes to find what you're looking for with a glance.
Perhaps one of the best parts about Keep is the pricing —there is none. Google has made the app completely free, removing the need for another subscription to be added to your bills every month. Just use the app, get your work done, and save those ideas for future projects.
Best for Googlers
Offload your ideas and keep track of your tasks
Google Keep is primarily a note-keeping app, but it does have pretty awesome to-do features baked in. It should be no surprise that it's well designed and easy to use since it is Google's own product. This also means that you may have it installed on your phone already.
Best for Simplicity: Microsoft To Do
Pour one out for the Wunderlist users. Luckily, now that it's in Microsoft's hands, some of the best Wunderlist features have been integrated into the new To Do app. One key feature is the "My Day" daily planner, so you'll know exactly what you need to do before walking out the door.
Those who rely on flagging emails will be able to integrate with To Do so that your flagged emails appear in a list. Then, you can make sure to triage the emails as if they were tasks. All of this is done in a beautifully-designed application that features a dark mode and colorful themes.
While Wunderlist used to offer a Pro tier with additional functionality, Microsoft changed it up. The new To Do application is completely free, regardless of whether you have an Office 365 plan or not. This makes it easy and even simpler to complete your tasks without worrying about the money aspect.
Best for Simplicity
Simplistic, yet familiar, task management
Not everyone needs a productivity app overflowing with tons of features. Sometimes you want something sweet and simple, and that's exactly what Microsoft To-Do delivers. You can easily add new items to your list, and create multiple lists for separating today's errands from long-term goals.
Some other options
There are a bevy of other to-do apps available if some of the ones we've already listed don't catch your eye.
- Tasks and habits: TickTick
- Google Services integration: Google Tasks
- Calendar, notes & reminders: Any.do
- Organize with boards: Trello
- Don't forget the groceries: Remember the Milk
- Work as a team: Asana
It can be difficult to find a task manager that is simple but can also be robust. TickTick checks the boxes by making it easy to organize your lists to be as simple or as complex as needed. There is also "Smart Date Parsing," a built-in Pomodoro timer, and habit tracking capabilities.
Back in 2018, Google revamped its task management application with the new Google Tasks. This app integrates with all of your Google services, making it easy to quickly add a task directly from an email, and more. If you're a G Suite customer, Tasks is already available and you can collaborate without downloading another app.
Any.do is an app that aims to keep you organized through to-do lists, and delivers a beautiful experience while doing just that. You can build multiple lists and customize each one with the tasks you need to complete. Any.do will also link up with your Google Calendar if you sign up using your Google Account, which means everything is in one place.
Instead of making list after list and trying to add things to specific tasks only to come up frustrated, Trello changes things up. This app works with boards and specific blocks that can be customized to your needs. Trello also offers "Power-Ups" to improve the various cards found in your boards, such as custom field inputs.
Remember the Milk aims to make picking up groceries as easy as possible, while also offering a fully-featured to-do list. With options to add specific items to your shopping list with barcodes, zip code based deals, and the ability to add a reminder for specific items on your to-do list, there is plenty here to love.
Sometimes you'll need to collaborate with others on the team to get a project done. This can be stressful, but Asana aims to remove those stresses by providing a clean project manager. The biggest issue is that there is no dedicated desktop app, leaving you to use the browser.
Feature comparison chart
It can be tough to know what app or service is capable of handling everything you need it to. We have compiled a chart for all of the top features for each app and whether these are capable of taking care of what you need, or not. Some are available for free, while others require you to sign up for a Premium or Pro account.
|Features||Todoist||Google Keep||Microsoft To Do||TickTick||Google Tasks||Any.do||Trello||Remember the Milk||Asana|
|Natural Language Parsing||✅||⛔️||✅||✅||⛔️||⛔️||⛔️||✅||Limited|
|Smart Assistant Support||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||w/ IFTTT||✅||w/ IFTTT|
|Folders / Groups||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅||Premium||✅|
|Price / Year||Free/$36||Free||Free||Free/$28||Free||Free/$72||Free/$45||Free/$40||Free/$140|
Find the system that works for you
There are plenty of apps out there that can help keep you on track with your to-do list. Not all of them are created equal though, and this was a collection of the best to-do apps available on Android. Each one has its pros and cons, but there is definitely an app out there for everyone.
You'll need a to-do app to be able to stand up to whatever you need it to, and there's no better option than Todoist. The app works across just about every device available and can be customized to be as simple or complex as you'll need. Plus, you can get a bit done with the free plan, before needing to bump up to Todoist Premium.
If you don't care about third-party options and trust what Google is doing with its apps, then you can't miss out on Google Keep. As expected, there's Assistant integration, but there's so much more than that. Keep makes it easy to dump everything out of your head including tasks, lists, general ideas, and much more. Then, you can keep those items organized by color or with labels so that you know where to find what you need at a moment's notice.
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