The 10 Best Android Apps for Managing To-Do Lists
Most people juggle a great deal of information and responsibility, and it’s near-impossible to get by keeping everything in your head. Thus, you can benefit from using a to-do list.
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of to-do list apps for Android in the Play Store. Here are some of the best.
1. Google Assistant
Google Assistant has really pulled ahead of other companies’ smart assistants in quality. You can use it to automate your home, make shopping lists, and much more.
From a to-do list standpoint, you can add tasks to your various lists with simple Google Assistant voice commands. And if you set up the appropriate IFTTT applet, you can even automatically email a list of new tasks to yourself at the end of each day.
Check out our guide to getting started with Google Assistant to learn more.
Download: Google Assistant (Free)
Todoist isn’t big on visuals. Its interface is flat, white, and largely bare.
The app offers a free version as well as Todoist Premium ($3/month). In the free version, you have the ability to organize tasks into projects, create sub-tasks, leave notes, and change priority levels.
The pro version adds labels and filters, automatic backups and reminders, attachable files, iCal syncing, and productivity tracking tools.
Download: Todoist (Free, subscription available)
3. Google Keep
Sticky notes are one of the most trusted to-do list managing methods around. Google Keep digitizes this approach into a friendly form for PCs and mobile devices.
You can jot down a reminder onto a single note or create basic lists with checkable items. If you don’t want to forget about a particular task, you can tell Keep to shoot you a notification at a time of your choice.
Download: Google Keep (Free)
4. Zenkit To Do
Zenkit To Do is a simple and streamlined to-do list and task management app. Some of the standout features include folder support for list organization, the ability to @ mention other users, cross-device synchronization, and 2FA login.
The app will also appeal to anyone who’s looking for a Wunderlist alternative; the once-popular app finally shut down for good in May 2020 following Microsoft’s 2015 buyout. You can move all your Wunderlist data into Zenkit To Do thanks to the dedicated import tool.
And remember, Zenkit offers a suite of recommendable productivity apps, including a Kanban board and a Gantt chart. Tasks you create in the app will sync across all the products.
Download: Zenkit To Do (Free)
5. Microsoft To Do
Microsoft purchased Wunderlist so it could integrate many of Wunderlist’s features into its planned to-do app, Microsoft To Do.
Today, Microsoft To Do is three years old and better than ever. It’s the perfect Android to-do list app for anyone who exclusively uses Windows, thanks to its tight integration with the operating system and Microsoft’s other productivity apps.
Of course, many Wunderlist users would argue that some of the old app’s best features are still missing. To Microsoft’s credit, however, the app is under active development, with new features rolling out on a near-monthly basis.
Download: Microsoft To Do (Free)
TickTick is a relative newcomer, but it’s quickly become one of our favorite to-do list apps for Android.
One of its standout features is the availability of smart lists. These can pull tasks from all your projects based on parameters of your choosing. Other key features include separate notes and comment sections, support for attachments, a calendar view, and repeat reminders.
The $28 per year pro plan introduces revision history, sub-task reminders, and calendar integration.
Download: TickTick (Free, subscription available)
7. Remember The Milk
In contrast to TickTick, Remember The Milk is the oldest app on this list. All the features you expect—such as labels and folder-based hierarchies—are present. But it’s the app’s recent features that allow it to compete with services like Todoist.
For example, there’s integration with Gmail, Google Calendar, Twitter, Evernote, and more. You can also dig into the official Remember The Milk IFTTT page to find applets that link Remember the Milk to other services.
The $40 per year pro version will give you colored tags, advanced sorting, file attachments, and new themes.
Download: Remember the Milk (Free, subscription available)
8. Google Tasks
Google gets a second entry on the list thanks to Google Tasks. It offers a more traditional to-do list interface than Keep’s sticky note approach. Think of it as Google’s answer to Microsoft To Do.
You get due dates, checklists, reminders, subtasks, and drag-and-drop task prioritization. Google Tasks also integrates with the rest of Google’s app universe. For example, you can use the app to create tasks directly from emails or make your tasks pop up as reminders in Google Calendar.
Download: Google Tasks (Free)
Any.do has been one of the best to-do list apps for Android for many years. It offers all the standard features—reminders, cross-device syncing, and deadlines—but the integrated calendar is where the app really shines.
Its inclusion means you only need one app to keep both your agenda and tasks in sync. You can pull calendar data from Google, Slack, Salesforce, Alexa, and more.
Any.do also supports voice notes, location-based alerts, notes and file attachments, and even a family organizer.
Download: Any.do (Free, subscription available)
There is no “right way” to organize your to-do lists; you have to do whatever works for you. If you find that regular tasks management apps aren’t for you, you could try an entirely different approach to your note-taking and task management workflow.
One of the most popular alternative methods is the Japanese Kanban system. It uses cards to track and log the progress of tasks and chores.
The leading digital version of the Kanban method is Trello, which is available on Android. Check out our list of Trello tips if you’d like to learn more.
Download: Trello (Free, subscription available)
Plenty of To-Do Lists to Try
Plenty of other apps deserve an honorable mention. For example, some people swear by all-in-one note apps like OneNote and Evernote; others prefer the simplicity of a simple text file that you sync to your devices via a service like Google Drive.
If you have trouble understanding the appeal of a to-do list at all, maybe you should consider how a to-do list can help you be productive.
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