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We juggle a great deal of information and responsibility these days, and while some of us can get by with keeping everything in our heads, many stand to benefit from keeping a to-do list.

Fortunately, there are no shortage of Android apps in the Play Store dedicated to precisely this. Here are nine of them, including Google’s software, subscription-based services, and account-free local apps.

Google’s Apps

You’re using Android, so there’s a pretty good chance that you also have a Google account. Here are some ways you can use the login you’ve already created to stay on top of your tasks.

Google Now (Free)

Google Now is your trusty companion that dishes out useful notifications and information cards when it thinks you need them. It pulls this information automatically from your history and usage patterns Do Siri, Cortana & Google Now Need Too Much Personal Data? Do Siri, Cortana & Google Now Need Too Much Personal Data? Read More , but you can also put it to work directly. Just say, “Ok Google, remind me to…” and it will ask you when or where you would like your reminder to appear.

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Google Now is great for those tasks that you don’t want to forget later in the day, but it’s not exactly good for building a list. For that, Google has another app.

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Keep (Free)

What’s one of the most trusted to-do list managing methods around? Sticky notes. 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 items that you can check off. 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.

Inbox by Gmail (Free)

I hear you — isn’t Inbox by Gmail for email? Yes, yes it is Google Inbox Review: A Breath Of Fresh Air Google Inbox Review: A Breath Of Fresh Air Gmail is a household name in the email department, but Google wasn't content with it. Meet Google Inbox, a new way of approaching email. Read More . But unlike traditional email clients, it turns each message into a task. When you’re finished with something, you don’t mark it “read”, you check it off as “done”. You can even pin messages you want to act on later so that you don’t forget them.

But what’s more telling is the inclusion of reminders. You can create them inside the app and have them show up alongside the rest of your mail. Since these apps are all integrated, you can see the ones you’ve created using Google Now here as well.

The biggest downside here is that Inbox is currently invite-only, though you can ask around for invites or send an email straight to Google. Invites are generally not so hard to come by.

Google’s apps give you plenty to work with out of the box, but if you’re looking for something powerful, you’re going to have to look elsewhere.

Services

A number of companies have made managing to-do lists their bread and butter. You have to sign up to use their apps, but much of the functionality is available for free. These services offer the most power and cross-platform compatibility for the more dedicated to-do listers among us, with all of the options below syncing between PCs and mobile devices with ease.

Wunderlist (Free, Pro – $4.99 per month)

Wunderlist’s main purpose is to serve as a place for you to create lists and share them with others Wunderlist: Easy-To-Use, Versatile & Cross-Platform To-Do List Manager Wunderlist: Easy-To-Use, Versatile & Cross-Platform To-Do List Manager Read More . You can assign tasks to people, set reminders, and set things to repeat. Much of this functionality is shared among its competitors, so if you’re looking for one thing that sets Wunderlist apart, consider its sense of style. The unique visuals will either attract you or push you away right from the beginning.

Todoist (Free, Premium – $29 per year)

Todoist stands in stark contrast to Wunderlist. The interface is flat, white, and largely bare. All that matters here is your ability to create tasks and organize them however you wish. Want labels and filters? You can find them here, along with the ability to organize things into projects, create sub-tasks, leave notes, and attach files. If you want power, you can find it here.

Remember the Milk (Free, Pro – $25 per year)

Todoist. Wunderlist. Can you suggest something that’s a little less obvious with its name? Sure. There’s Remember the Milk, an app that… okay, its name is pretty straightforward too.

This particular service gives you another place to save lists, organize them, set reminders, and get your life in order. It has the advantage of having been around longer than any other app or service on this page Organize your Tasks with Online To Do Lists Organize your Tasks with Online To Do Lists Read More , including Google’s.

Account-Free

Sometimes you just don’t want to deal with the fuss. Do I really need to juggle yet another account just to stay on top of my shopping list? Forget folders and tags — I just want something basic! These apps should fit the bill.

To-Do List (Free)

To-do List is what you want if you’re running Android 5.0 and need precisely zero bells and whistles. With a sleek, Material Design-inspired interface, this app looks right at home with Google’s own creations. That’s all it has going for it, though. Well, that and a widget you can leave on your homescreen. You get a single list, the ability to set priority, and nothing else.

EveryDay (Free, Pro – $2.99 per month)

Okay, EveryDay is more account optional, as it prompts you to create one when you first launch the app. But doing so is only necessary if you wish to backup your tasks online or use the web app.

Even if you opt out, you still have access to an app with a fair amount of the functionality offered by the services above. You get to make lists, create sub-tasks, set reminders, leave notes, and tinker with other things that can help you stay structured.

SplenDO (Free)

While SplenDO maintains the usual set of features, it has a pleasant user interface that sets itself apart. Most functions are clearly visible in the action bar, and there’s a particular interest placed on using your voice to create tasks.

It comes with widgets, smart notifications, and enough features to prove that you don’t need an account to get a good system going.

Which To-Do List App Is The One For You?

There are no shortage of ways to make to-do lists on an Android device. Some people prefer to scribble down notes in a basic text editor or settle down on an app that is only marginally more complex, such as Google Keep or To-Do List. Others want the cross-platform support and powerful features found in the likes of Remember the Milk, Todoist, or Wunderlist. If you aren’t already set in your ways, the innovative approaches Google has introduced through Google Now and Inbox by Gmail may just be all you need to stay on top of things.

If you feel like you’re wandering around in the dark here, maybe you should first consider how a to-do list can help you be productive in the first place These 3 Types Of Lists Will Help You Be More Productive These 3 Types Of Lists Will Help You Be More Productive When it comes to being organized and productive, the to-do list is the ultimate tool. Three types of lists could give you all the power you need without complicating your planning too much. Read More .

And these are far from the only options out there. Feel free to chime in below with your own personal recommendation if you have one!

  1. IKE
    September 12, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    I like TickTick

  2. Rajesh Khanna
    May 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Okay, But I want to sync it between my Windows PC, Android tablet, Android phone and iPhone. What app does this?

  3. Alon
    February 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I tried all of them but the most effective is ClickMe (which is not on the list). It enables you to create any reminder in 1-2 seconds.

  4. Manish Pansiniya
    October 8, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I am using iPro Todo List. Seems good and simple widget on home screen with calendar functionality.

  5. Mathew A. Koeneker
    July 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I have been an Evermore Premium for quite a number of years and love it.

  6. Assaf
    May 21, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I use checklist.com. It's 100% free and has all the functionality like cross device sync, multi level checklists, sharing etc.

    • HR
      March 17, 2016 at 4:57 am

      thank you thank you thank you!! I have been searching forever for something like this!
      I just needed unlimited multilevel lists with synchronisation & while other apps did provide these - they were paid (possibly because they offered other features which I didnt really need)
      This is perfect & FREE! - umm... did I say thank you?

      • Bertel King, Jr.
        March 18, 2016 at 10:41 pm

        This is why we love to see people share recommendations in the comments. I'm glad you found something that works for you!

        • HR
          March 19, 2016 at 3:16 am

          Thank you Bertel!

          I'm back with an update:
          The (slightly) bad news is that while checklist.com seemed perfect for my needs initially I soon found a few cons:

          1. The web interface does not allow for expanding/collapsing of lists (a must when you have multilevel lists)
          while the android interface also does not allow for expanding/collapsing of lists, it actually goes "into" each item - i.e. changes screens for every item that has child items- this was acceptable for me as the screen doesnt get cluttered by an ever-expanding tree

          2. There is no search function in the web interface, though this has been implemented in Android

          Having said this, I still think checklist.com has its merits in that there are thousands of premade lists that users are sharing constantly. I can see myself using it for this purpose. Baby diaper list, travel checklist, home-renovation list - you name it, its there!

          Now onto the good news: I found WorkFlowy & after a couple of days of using THIS is perfect for my usage. Infinite hierarchy, synchronization, search, tags etc. The interface is very 'minimalistically' beautiful - which is awesome - no distractions - just keep typing like you would in notepad.

          I also tried out Trello mentioned by john below - & I think its quite nice too. More visual & more complex functionalities like adding collaborators, setting labels, due dates etc (which WorkFlowy doesnt have). I can see myself using Trello for specific projects especially ones with other team members.

          I urge you to review & include these two in your list should you make an updated version of the above article.

          Thank you once again to all the commenters & I hope others would find mine useful too :)

        • Bertel King, Jr.
          March 21, 2016 at 6:37 pm

          Thanks for the update. I will keep this information in mind.

        • Chris
          July 5, 2016 at 12:27 am

          I could not find tags in WorkFlowy.

        • HR
          July 5, 2016 at 5:15 am

          Hi Chris,
          Tags can be added by using the # symbol before any word that you want to use as a tag. Hope this helps.

  7. john
    May 13, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    TRELLO - a goods level of functionality in the free version with equally good website and android app too

  8. BillRK
    April 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Is anyone aware of a task list program that will let me set alerts on my Android phone that are independent from the system alerts? This will allow me to turn off the sound for task alerts, still see pop-up visual alerts, and still have alert sounds for meeting or other high priority tasks set up in Google Calendar? I use a nifty calendar Android app, DigiCal, that has this sort of feature, so my Calendar alerts are different than, say, Text alerts, etc.

  9. Paul
    February 23, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I like to use the SunDo productivity app. It has a feelgood, beautiful user interface unlike anything else out there. Moving away from long lists that you never seem to get through to something less stressful worked for me!

  10. CJM
    February 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Astrid was better than any of these current gen task managers. Rip Astrid.

  11. Caroline W
    December 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    My latest go to app for lists and notes and to-do's is Google Keep. What I like about it is that it syncs on my phone, tablet and PC and updates any additions or changes in a millisecond.

    I really like its colourful interface and its ease of use. Haven't yet figured out how to add reminders at specific times or used its voice action, but overall I'm really happy with it.

    I have tried a few Task apps, but I found the lack of sync a pain.

    • Harry
      June 8, 2016 at 2:52 am

      Caroline, that is easy! In Google Keep, you will see the icon of a finger with a knot tied to it. Just click on it and set the reminder. Too easy!

  12. Michael
    December 19, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Besides Google Keep, does anybody know of any To Do apps with Material Design?

  13. Rick
    December 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    What happened to Google Tasks? Although I am now using the combo of Keep, Now, and Google Calendar to keep all my to DOS in order, and may work Inbox into the mix as well, I was using Tasks to great effect until recently. It integrates perfectly with several apps like GTasks.

  14. Nevn
    December 15, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Another + Vote for TickTick! The free version is pretty damn feature packed and is suitable for almost everybody. Shared Lists, reminders, categories, and tons more.

  15. Jeff
    December 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I use TickTick which is basically the same as the late-Astrid.

    Features-wise, it shares most of the same as any other app, probably most similar to Wunderlist. The interface UI is pretty bland but works well.

    I have tried so many to-do lists and have stuck with TickTick for the past couple of years:
    Wunderlist: I think the "white bars" make the UI look super ugly
    Todoist: Their PRO features are free on every other app
    Any.Do: Useless. Just does not function

    Been wanting to try HabitRPG but too lazy to try to learn a new system for now.

  16. Brad
    December 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Google Task Organizer Lite is free and, like it says, lets you edit and create Google Task lists.

  17. Brendan Shadwell
    December 13, 2014 at 5:46 am

    What about Todoist?

  18. Carol
    December 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I use Evernote for all of my to-do lists. The lists are available from all of my devices and updated automatically.

  19. Wil
    December 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Cozi Family calendar, to do list, shopping list, is the best app I've used. It works great for families because you can assign specific tasks to dividuals. along with the calendar app, this is a perfect application for any type of list management system in a family organization. because of its synchronization between devices everything is up to date when you're at the store or completing tasks

  20. GTiberiu
    December 12, 2014 at 11:47 am

    HabitRPG does a good job at keeping you on task every day.

    • HabitRPG User
      December 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Me too!!

  21. Daria
    December 12, 2014 at 10:22 am

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  22. Curt Brown
    December 11, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I use Remember the Milk all the freakin time. Mostly for grocery and shopping lists, but the other stuff is handy as well.

  23. Lars
    December 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I like Good Todo (https://goodtodo.com/) (30-day free trial, $3/month).

    Good Todo includes categories, web interface and apps for all the usual platforms, and calendar-based todo items -- and a nifty email-to-todo list feature, whereby I can send or forward an email to today@goodtodo.com (or tomorrow or monday@goodtodo.com, ...), and it will create an item on my list for that day.

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