12 Apps To Help Forgetful People Remember Things
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“A place for everything, and everything in its place.”

This saying is great in theory but for forgetful types, organization can prove tricky. I’m the kind of person who’s constantly forgetting where I last set down my phone, regularly second-guessing where I parked my car, and who occasionally swaps out the milk for the cereal in the fridge.

When it comes to managing my daily to-do lists, if I don’t have my blogging ideas and rough drafts saved in highly organized and labeled folders, I’m likely to forget about them completely.

So from one forgetful person to another, here are 12 awesome apps that can help you remember pretty much anything.

Evernote (Web, iOS, and Android)


For the creative mind looking for a one-stop app that covers to-do lists, notes, pictures, articles, etc., this is the one for you. This well-known app allows you to store anything you might need and then search through your database of stored items to quickly find the things you want to remember.

When an important task slips away from memory, reminders in Evernote can help. Pin notes to the top of your note list and also add a timed alert to prompt you when the note is due, via in-app notifications, a badge on your mobile app or an opt-in email.Ticking off checklists is also a handy tool against forgetfulness.

Evernote is great for remembering articles that you wanted to read, writing short notes to yourself or snapping pictures of things that inspire you. It also allows you to write long, detailed notes; so if you’ve been meaning to publish a novel or write a screenplay, Evernote will help you remember those ideas, too. From smoother note-taking Lighter And Smoother Note-Taking -- See What Evernote Has Lined Up For You Lighter And Smoother Note-Taking -- See What Evernote Has Lined Up For You Ever wished Evernote had a simpler, easier-to navigate Web interface? Your wish has been granted. Evernote Web just had a makeover, and it appears refreshingly zen in its latest avatar. Read More to managing meetings How To Use Evernote To Manage Your Meetings How To Use Evernote To Manage Your Meetings Did you know that the latest tools and features in Evernote make it a very useful application for managing meetings? Read More , Evernote is a heavy-lifter.

Instapaper (Web, iOS, Android)


With busy lifestyles and work schedules, it’s easy to see an article you want to read but then forget to return to it on your free time. Instapaper allows you to save the articles that you want, which makes keeping up with news and cultural happenings a breeze. The app even allows you to download the article via the Internet and then view it offline later when Wi-Fi’s not available.

Using Instapaper is one way to crack information overload with deferred reading. It also lets you highlight phrases and sentences so you can nail key discussion points and find important parts of the articles more easily. Rather than being the quite guy (or gal) in the corner, you can join in on whatever conversation your coworkers or family memmbers are discussing.

You can also get a premium account for $2.99 a month, or about $30 a year.

DataVault (iOS and Android, $9.99)


With so many required characters, numbers and symbols, passwords are getting more and more sophisticated. This may be great for security purposes, but it can make remembering passwords a challenge. DataVault securely maintains all of your passwords in one tidy app, allowing for safe (and less stressful) account management.

You won’t have to play the which-password-did-i-use-for-this-account game, which means no embarrasing “too many wrong passwords” messages and no wasted time.

Remember the Milk (Web, iOSAndroid, Free)


This free task manager with an easy to use interface truly lets you keep track of the items on your to-do list with ease. Not only can you list each responsibility and mark it complete as you go, but the app also allows for prioritization among tasks and notification features.

By prioritizing all of your to-do lists in one place, you can better manage everything you have to do for work, home and in between (aka remembering milk on the way home from work). What’s more, Remember The Milk has an easy Evernote sync feature so you can track your notes across multiple platforms.

You can also get the Pro version for $25 a year.

CleverCards (iOS) [No Longer Available]


This app syncs with your Facebook profile and notifies you when your friends’ birthdays are drawing close – but it also takes the Happy Birthday messages one step further. CleverCards uses Facebook photos to create custom birthday cards, which you can then print and mail, or send via email in time for the big day.

Additionally, CleverCards can track the Events you are a part of on Facebook and create custom greeting cards for those, too. Not only will you be able to remember your boss’s birthday, but you’ll also remember to send a card for the next coworker’s baby shower, your friends’ sister’s college graduation and your cousin’s housewarming party.

ScatterBrain [No Longer Available] (iOS, $0.99)


If the idea of labeling and organizing items is what helps you remember them best, but your brain is just too overloaded to make this a reality, ScatterBrain is a recommended app. ScatterBrain lets you color code, label and search within all of those important deadlines, obligations and notes. Its attractive interface makes the process all the more enjoyable, while helping you stay on top of your game.

Have to-do lists you need to get through for various clients at work? Color code them by company and manage each client’s to-do list from the palm of your hand. This is ideal for people who travel a lot or are constantly on the go to different meetings and work-related events.

Do It (Tomorrow) (iOS and Android, Free)


If you love putting things off until tomorrow, this app was designed with you in mind. Procrastinators will revel in Do It (Tomorrow), which allows you to postpone tasks until the next day, sync databases and continue to put off those obligations like a pro (without forgetting them altogether).

While it’s best to try to realistically set your goals for each day, sometimes it’s just not possible to make it through you entire to-do list. With Do It (Tomorrow), you can simply shuffle items around to the next day, feel good about what you accomplish today, and still complete those less-important items tomorrow.

Countdown+ Event Reminders Lite (iOS and Android, Free)

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With so many little details to remember each day, those big events can sometimes fly right under the radar. Fortunately, this app keeps track of those approaching life moments for you. Featuring a countdown format that helps you stay aware of nearing birthdays, anniversaries, parties and whatever else you need to remember, this resourceful app keeps your social life and career in check with no fuss.

Not only will you not forget important events with Countdown+ Event Reminders, you’ll also be more aware of how many days are left until said event, which means you’ll be able to better manage gift-buying, card sending and event planning, too.

bytNotes [No Longer Available]


If you’re always struggling to remember that important thing you just had to tell someone, fret no more. bytNotes allows for a simple reminder to pop up on your phone when the person contacts you, helping you to remember those vital details with ease. When you create a note in bytNotes, you then have the option ot link it to multiple contacts in your address book, so you can remember exactly what you wanted to tell those people, or what you wanted to remember about them.

If you’re like me and are especially bad with putting names to faces, bytNotes could also be a super handy tool for remembering that “coworker on the third floor with the office plant” is named Chelsea. Esentially, whatever you want to remember about whomever is possible with the help of bytNotes.

TripList (iOS, Free)


Vacations are incredible, but packing for them? Not so much. That’s why this app is so useful. TripList allows you to document everything you’ll need on that cruise or retreat, making the process of packing far less stressful.

No more showing up at the hotel only to realize your phone charger is still on the coutner, or that check-in time is actually still three hours away. With TripList, you can cut out the frantic running around the house at the last second by making your vacation list well in advance, and then camly packing for it in the week leading up to the big day. You can even set notifications and reminders to alert you to when you need to start packing.

TripList also offers a Pro version, available for $2.99.

Check [No Longer Available]


Keeping up with bills is a daunting task, and this app allows you to breathe easier and rest assured that you won’t overlook any due dates. The app tracks your bills for you and sends reminders when bills are due.

In addition, you can pay your bills through the app with a simple click. The app also conveniently notifies you if funds are getting low or if your credit is reaching its limit to avoid any related hassles.

Wunderlist (iOS and Android, Free)


This app is perfect for anyone who loves a good to-do list 3 Types of Lists That Actually Help You Be More Productive 3 Types of Lists That Actually Help You Be More Productive To-do lists are the ultimate productivity weapon. These to-do lists could give you all the power you need to get things done. Read More . Not only can you make the lists you need and set up helpful reminders on an easy interface, but you can also share lists with friends, family members and coworkers. The people you share your lists with can also collaborate on your lists with you, so planning surprise parties and office events is easier and more well-rounded.

Wunderlist also allows you to set reminders so the app will notify you when deadlines are approaching or when you need to act on one of your lists. After all, lists are fun, but they won’t do you any good if you forget the deadline of what you’re planning.

Wunderlist also has a Pro version, available for about $5 a month or $50 a year.

Keep Track of Everything

Tackling our brain’s weaknesses has never been easier thanks to the advent of these apps. It’s okay to be forgetful, but it does have its inconveniences. As long as you can remember to download these apps, many of those inconveniences will now be a thing of your past.

It’s also a good idea to work with tools that can improve your memory and recall Want to Improve Your Memory and Recall? These 5 Tools Might Help Want to Improve Your Memory and Recall? These 5 Tools Might Help Information overload makes us forget faster. These tools just might help you remember more and improve your memory. Read More . If you particularly struggle with remembering to take your medication, check out the best medicine reminder apps 5 Medicine Reminder Apps to Identify Pills and Remember to Take Them 5 Medicine Reminder Apps to Identify Pills and Remember to Take Them Medicines can cure. But they are only effective if you take your dosage on time. Use these pill reminder apps to help you. Read More .

What other apps do you use to help you remember things? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!

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  1. Mark
    April 4, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Kayla,

    Great list! Love apps that help with productivity and memory. One I like because can never remember specifics about assets is Recall Now - Memory Aid. IOS only :( best regards Mark

  2. Sam
    June 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I use Clean My House (Android) for remembering my cleaning tasks, so handy.

  3. Elesha
    June 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    It should be QUIET, not QUITE. I could not read on. Fix this shit.

  4. Bart
    December 6, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Is there an IOS alternative for bytNoted?

  5. Anonymous
    October 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    RememberStuff.com is also another good one. It covers all sorts of different areas and apps will be out on all platforms very soon.

  6. Abdul
    May 18, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I need an app which beep every 30 minutes to make sure that i have my mobile with me.

  7. pradeep
    May 4, 2015 at 2:34 am

    Is there any app to auto feed the daily delivery of milk, newspaper, car washer etc. so as to calculate the total present/delivered at the end of the month.

  8. Dan
    February 26, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    How about Things and Clear? I use them both and I'm very satisfied with them.

  9. Jessica M.
    December 26, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Check is actually now Mint Bills. (I believe Check was bought by Mint). No obvious feature changes (yet?) though.

  10. Eileen Souza
    December 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Aside from Evernote, with which I am already familiar, do any of these apps offer a Windows desktop version that will sync with your smart Android phone?

    • Kayla
      December 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks for your question, Eileen. Wunderlist offers desktop apps for Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs and should real-time sync your lists across all of your devices that have the app installed.

      In terms of what is listed in this article, Wunderlist is probably your best bet for an Evernote alternative (You may find that some of the other apps suggested in the comments have desktop extensions; I think Google Keep may offer a Windows desktop app, for example. )

      I hope this helps!


  11. Devesh Prabhu
    December 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Good list, but "bytNotes" is a paid app. You should update that.

    • Kayla
      December 23, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Ah, you're absolutely right, Devesh! Thanks for bringing my attention to that. We'll update the article shortly. My apologies for any inconvenience.

  12. Hector
    December 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    2Do is by far the best task manager out there - with no monthly subscription. Nor sure why it's not listed...

    • Kayla
      December 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Definitely a cool app, Hector! Thanks for suggesting it. I'll keep this in mind for future articles.

  13. Robert
    December 23, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Any.DO? Lots of useful features

    • Kayla
      December 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      I'll check it out, Robert! Thanks! =)

  14. connecticut472
    December 23, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Great News!
    Plz tell me what updates you are done in future....

  15. Alexander
    December 23, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I find cheatsheet on iOS very helpful

    • Kayla
      December 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Cool; Thanks for the feedback!

  16. Mark M
    December 22, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I prefer the simplicity of Google Keep...but these here are worthy of a 2nd look

  17. AAR
    December 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    :O Where is Google Keep!!?

    • Kayla
      December 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Also a good suggestion! Maybe for Part 2? =)

  18. WinDork
    December 22, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Good list, but you left out Cozi! I swear by that app, which happens to work very well on Windows Phone!

    • Kayla
      December 22, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion; I'll look into covering it in the future. =)

    • Jeff Schallenberg
      December 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      +1 for Cozi! Its big plus is it's family-shared, so todos and events and shopping items are tagged to the person(s) involved or responsible, but visible to all. It's golden, IMHO.