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A quick search in the iPhone App store can return you more than a dozen to-do list apps. If you can’t make up your mind over which to-do list app to choose, here are five of the best free to-do list apps that I have reviewed.

1. Dobot Todos

DoBot To Do

If you like simplicity and just want the bare minimum, then Dobot is the one for you. Dobot provides a plain text interface, but with some really useful features. Usage is easy. Simply press the ‘+’ button to add a task. For each task, you can edit the Task name, due date, priority and note. On the front end, you can easily change the task priority by tapping on the blue horizontal bar.

When viewing a list, you can sort by priority, due date, or creation date, and you can opt to view all tasks, just unfinished tasks, or just those tasks due today.

For those who are looking for a simple, decent and free to-do list app, this is the one to go for.

2. Zenbe List

zenbe-list

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Some users may find Zenbe too simple with only a few functions. However it has two things that other apps don’t have: a backend sync with Zenbe and the ability to share your list with others. You can easily create a list for a collaboration project with your co-workers, sync it with your Zenbe account and email the share link to your partners. When any one of them updates the list, everyone can see the update.

Another use that I can think of is to share your shopping list with your family members so that no one buys any extra items.

For those who wanted to share their lists with others, this is the only app that allows you to do so.

3. iProcrastinate Mobile

iProcrastinate Mobile

Although iProcrastinate Mobile is free, it does have plenty of useful features that are only found in paid apps. You can allocate your tasks under different subjects and assign different colors for each subject. You can also create smart groups to manage tasks that are due today, or to select different subjects altogether. When creating a task, other than the standard priority, due dates and notes fields, you can also add steps required for each task, and if necessary, add team members to the tasks. If you are looking for a to-do list app that has a nice UI and focuses on task organization, then iProcrastinate Mobile is the one for you.

4. Easy Task Manager

EasyTask Manager

As its name implies, Easy Task Manager is easy to use and there are few complicated options around. Simply enter your task and see it display on the screen. Tasks are automatically sorted according to their due dates. Tasks due today will be showed on the top of the screen so you can easily refer to it without much tapping around.

There is also an option for you to perform an online sync with their server. If you are using the EasyTask desktop client on your Mac or Windows, you can also sync your iPhone to-do list with your desktop.

5. reQall

reQall

reQall is unique in the way that you can use your voice to add tasks (the voice recording is for the iPhone only, iPod touch users can add tasks by typing). It is similar to Jott, but with more functionality.

Other than task management, Reqall also acts as a shopping list, idea recorder, reminder service, memory aid and also a contact list. In the reQall home screen, there are three sections that you can view: Time, Things and People. Time helps you to group tasks according to their due dates while Things allows you to see the categories where the tasks are located. People allows you to share reminders with your friends and family.

If you are online, reQall will automatically sync your tasks with their online server.

Do you have any other favourite to-do list apps for the iPhone? Share them in the comments!

  1. Pete
    January 31, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    You may find some of the todo apps introduced here either too simple to be useful or too long-winded where it takes years to add tasks and appointments. You don't want your to-do app to actually take away your time that could have been spent actually getting things done.

    Why don't you try Todew - a task management app that won't waste your time?

    You can see the screencast here: http://somaticcontact.com/todew
    iTunes App Store link: http://bit.ly/dn2DBo

  2. Steven
    January 25, 2010 at 8:26 am

    A wicked amount of to-do apps have emerged since this article, which remains a top source for those searching. Take a look at YouDo http://slidetorock.com/apps/YouDo-todo-task-list-iphone.html and let me know what you think. I'm subscribed.

  3. Dioin
    January 24, 2010 at 5:14 am

    There’s nothing like online sync from wherever I have network connectivity. Plus, it’s one of the only apps I’ve downloaded that doesn’t constantly crash, not to mention the fact that I can’t live without it now. Best $10 I’ve spent on any app.
    http://www.superchinawholesale.com

  4. iPhone Apps
    January 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Great list, but I think that TODO wins hands down for ease of use.

  5. Fred
    January 16, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Check out SimplyDo for the iPhone. Looks awesome and has a great feature set for the price. Easy to use as the name implies. http://www.knickapps.com/simplydo

  6. Heigo
    January 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Interesting links but I'm having real difficulty finding an App that does what I want.

    I have a daily routine (check email, exercise etc) and I'm looking for a Todo app that will present me with this list of todos for me to check off each day.

    As well there are some todoos that need to come up once a week or once a month.

    As far as I can see none of the Apps listed manage this. They don't start each day afresh with a daily list; they either carry over incomplete earlier todos or do not add recurrent todos to today until the previous day's entry for that todo have been completed (I hope you can follow that).

    I guess what I'm asking is if anyone knows of an App that will allow recurrent todos, starting fresh each day with a new list for that day.

  7. Travel Blogs
    January 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Great list! I was looking for so long for such apps. Thanks

  8. Free Iphone Applications
    December 15, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Great list, In the end i decided to get iProcrastinate Mobile its a awesome app! Thanks for the list.

  9. Bobby
    December 9, 2009 at 11:00 am

    The easiest software to unlock your iPhone is http://softunlock.com

    It works and it is free.

    *thumbs up*

  10. Gina
    December 5, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Lucid Lists is a fantastic to-do app for managing recurring tasks... call you mother, wash the dog, go for a run... etc. Very handy!

    http://itunes.com/apps/LucidLists

  11. Guided Ways
    November 17, 2009 at 9:51 am
  12. iPhone GTDer
    November 15, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I personally prefer an app called Nubi Do. If you really need to be productive and manage your day better, try this app. I believe they recently released a lite version to try out.

  13. James
    November 6, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I am a big fan of Skratch List. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done - exactly what I need. I also really like the flickAdd feature.

    They recently added a free version called Free List. Check it out:

    http://www.skratchboard.com/iphone-tips-tricks/skratch-list-best-to-do-list-app-for-the-iphone-and-ipod-touch/

  14. sam
    October 26, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I thought this article was about free apps. The first line says: "here are five of the best free to-do list apps". Thanks for all the comments on how great the $2 and $10 (and $19.99! WTH?) apps are but this article was talking about free apps. Things is not free. Todo and Remember the Milk are not free. OmniFocus at 19.99 is certainly not free. If you're looking for a paid app, I'm sure those are great. Anyway, thanks Damien for the review of the free ones - I'm going to go try them out now.

  15. e11world
    October 7, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    After using a few out there, I uninstalled all of them and found a way to sync my iphone calendar to google calendar (even to outlook) and it works great (2 way sync).
    I guess the interface is not as easy as others but it gets the job done. I only wish there was something like a project/time management app to sync with google. Does anyone know of a free one?
    Merlin - Project Management & Behance are good but don't sync with google. Toodledo is the best I found but it's not exactly that.

  16. Deborah
    October 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I'm a slacker. I love Put Things Off!

  17. lozwaldo
    September 26, 2009 at 5:37 am

    just so you know the link off my comment goes to a good review of Jobshare app in case you were interested. I didn't write it but I found it useful

  18. lozwaldo
    September 26, 2009 at 5:35 am

    I tried "Jobshare" by Joubee.com. I didn't have high hopes as I've tried other similar apps before but it surprised me :)

    For $2 its well worth the money.

  19. Jason HT
    September 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Do any of the apps sync with the to do list in Outlook?

  20. Newly iPhoned
    August 25, 2009 at 3:25 am

    I am just wondering if anyone tried "Informant"? I thought it's pretty good, and am surprised that it is not mentioned in the threads.

  21. Michelle D
    August 22, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Is iphone too complicated? I just use a simple app named "TaskCard", it is cool! The idea is great so I bought the paid version... Check it out! http://bit.ly/TaskCard

  22. Donna
    June 7, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Can't get EasyTask Manager desktop to sync with iPod touch version. The desktop app just doesn't recognize my iPod touch. Can't find much documentation on it either. Did you actually try this functionality out? Did it work for you?

  23. Jamie
    April 9, 2009 at 12:11 am

    I like Skratch List! It's simple and easy to use. Best of all, you can shake and flick it to delete and add stuff :)

  24. Jeffrey
    October 27, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Hi guys, I'm actually looking for a todo app that has these features:

    1. Allows you to link a task to a contact in your iphone.
    2. Your tasks has due times as well as dates
    3. Allows your tasks to remind you when it's due 1hr/30mins/15mins before it's due.
    4. Shows on the main screen of the iphone how many tasks you have for today without having to first go into the app.
    5. Allows you to append a note to the task.

    Any recommendations? I need ALL these features not just one or two. I've been search forever and haven't found anything yet. If there is one like that, OMG that would be awesome. Thanks in advance.

    • Giovanni
      November 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm

      did you find it?

    • Simon Powell
      January 7, 2009 at 4:40 am

      Late to the party, I know, but I just thought I'd chime in on this one! From what I've read, the things you're asking for here aren't possible on a normal iPhone because Apple don't let app developers get their claws that deep into the phone's operating system, so they can't screw it up for you. If you want these features, you might be able to find something that'll do it if you jailbreak your phone. I've not attempted this myself (I only got my phone a week ago!) but I've seen online that there are unofficial apps that can display messages on the locked-screen, so perhaps this might help?

  25. JEff Evans
    September 24, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Evernote, OmniFocus, Jott

  26. john m.
    September 3, 2008 at 7:11 am

    Don't forget about skwink.com, a simple todo and note manager. (skwink.com).

  27. Mark Hurst
    August 19, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Gootodo.com has a nice iPhone version. No need to deal with the App Store - just go to the URL in the iPhone Web browser.

  28. chipsambos
    August 19, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Any todo list without reminder functionality is useless imo.

    Sending an email or sms reminder is a cop out. The app should just be able to pop up an alert... the same way it works on every other phone in existance.

    If the app developers hands are tied by working in a sandbox then apple should get the finger out and make a special case app themselves.

    i'm sick of remembering that i forgot things.

  29. Girls On You Tube
    August 19, 2008 at 3:58 am

    I sometimes find iPhone too complicated. Anyway, great article, thanks for sharing

  30. raptorking74
    August 19, 2008 at 12:38 am

    I just tried out the latest Things release that "syncs with the desktop". What a huge disappointment! I will stick with Appigo's Todo. There's nothing like online sync from wherever I have network connectivity. Plus, it's one of the only apps I've downloaded that doesn't constantly crash, not to mention the fact that I can't live without it now. Best $10 I've spent on any app.

    http://www.appigo.com/todo/

  31. john
    August 19, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Do any of these support reminders???
    Would like to be reminded hourly for some tasks ;-)

  32. xxdesmus
    August 18, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    You also missed the aptly named "ToDo" app which syncs with Remember the Milk (if you have a pro account). It's an incredibly handy application.

  33. Ethan
    August 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I'd like to give a shout out to OmniFocus for iPhone which has a most awesome "big brother" app for Mac. http://omnigroup.com/omnifocus/iphone and http://omnigroup.com/omnifocus

  34. yegaoo
    August 18, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    You are missing the best of the best

    http://www.rememberthemilk.com

  35. Mike Graham
    August 18, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    You forgot Jott which is very similar to Reqall and Nozbe which isn't in the APP store, but was released as a web app. Reqall and Jott are great because they will transcribe what you speak and both have an 800 number to enter data as well.

  36. Rob
    August 18, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Wow, this article missed LOTS:

    1) OmniFocus. The best one out there, period. It's rather complex and expensive, but amazing.
    Link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=284885288&mt=8

    2) Zenbe is not "the only app to allow sharing with others", so does ToDo through it's interface with either Remember the Milk or Toodledo
    Link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=282778557&mt=8

  37. TAG
    August 18, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Zenbe works great!

  38. BrianRubin
    August 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I personally prefer Todo. Sure, it costs $10, but syncs with Remember the Milk too, and is, IMO, better than the others y'all mentioned. ;)

    • Kevin
      August 21, 2008 at 11:03 am

      Totally agree. With Appigo's "To Do" synced with Remember The Milk and integrated into Gmail (Firefox plug-in) and Google Calendar I've finally got the easy-to-use task manager/calendar set up I was dying to have on my iPhone.

      It's a shame it took software from three companies to do it, but the sync was actually pretty easy.

      "To Do" was well worth the $10.

  39. Dan
    August 18, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Another task management web-tool that works on the iPhone is Gtdagenda

    http://www.gtdagenda.mobi

  40. Ray
    August 18, 2008 at 10:27 am

    You may find this article (Top 25 Free iPhone Web Apps for Your Daily Life) useful as well.

    http://iphonetoolbox.com/news/top-25-free-iphone-web-apps-for-your-daily-life/

  41. Peter Zingg
    August 17, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I'm using do.Oh (pronounced do point oh). Also a very simple one, with today, tomorrow and next week lists. It's a web app, so all your stuff is stored online, not on the phone.

    http://dopointoh.com

    • Aibek
      August 18, 2008 at 6:23 am

      I prefer the one that runs on mobile though

  42. Grant D Griffiths
    August 17, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Dont forget about Things for the iPhone. And best of all, it will soon sync with Things on your Mac.

    • Carsten
      August 18, 2008 at 6:24 am

      Link ? Please ...

    • Simon
      August 18, 2008 at 7:42 am
    • Skootz
      August 22, 2008 at 5:51 pm

      YES THINGS IS AWESOME! I don't know what I'd do without it!

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