Android iPhone and iPad Productivity

12 Must-Have Mobile Apps for Forgetful People

Megan Ellis Updated 21-06-2019

Everyone struggles with forgetting at times, thanks to our busy lives. But there are some of us who are forgetful by nature.


If this is you, don’t worry about wracking your brain to remember everything. You can use a multitude of apps to help you remember all your tasks instead. Here are some of the best apps for forgetful people.

Reminder and Automation Apps for Forgetful People

If you often forget to complete daily tasks, reminder and automation apps can help make sure you don’t leave anything undone.

1. TickTick

TickTick is an all-in-one productivity app with solid reminder tools. The best feature is its reminder scheduling. Not only can you set a reminder for a specific time, but you can also designate its priority and whether it should repeat.

If you decide to snooze a reminder, it doesn’t dismiss it forever. Rather, you can snooze it for minutes, hours, or days. You have the option to view your different tasks in a central calendar, which will sync with other apps.


If you’re someone who needs more persistent reminders, TickTick is the way to go.

Download: TickTick for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

2. Remember The Milk

If you want a reminder app that isn’t cluttered with a load of features, Remember The Milk isa service that prioritizes getting your to-do list done.


A few of the app’s perks include the ability to receive reminders through more than just notifications. You can get them through instant messages, Twitter, email, and other platforms. However, you will need to set up some of these features through the Remember The Milk website.

In terms of tasks, you are able to specify the priority level, due date, and number of repeats.

Download: Remember The Milk for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

3. Todoist


A comprehensive to-do list app, Todoist lets you create reminders, goals, habit trackers, projects, and more. The app is primarily focused on tracking these tasks and checking them off, but you also view these tasks in a daily agenda format.

If you miss a task’s due date, you can reschedule it for later with the app’s smart scheduling. Meanwhile, projects allow you to group tasks under a specific goal, such as studying a course.

You can also delegate tasks by sharing them with contacts. And when you complete all your tasks for the day, Todoist even congratulates you.

Download: Todoist for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)



IFTTT is an automation app that works with other apps to perform certain tasks. It can even hook into your smart home devices to establish routines and specific chains of events.

IFTTT is filled with applets—sets of pre-established tasks, such as posting your Instagram pictures to Twitter. However, you can also set up your own actions.

Some applets are especially useful for forgetfulness. You can use IFTTT to make sure Google sends you notifications for your contacts’ birthdays. Other reminders include scheduled prompts and location-based reminders.

The service offers a huge variety of applets to choose from. For a whole lot of info on using it, check out our guide to IFTTT and creating applets.

Download: IFTTT for Android | iOS (Free)

Apps for Saving Notes and Links

Do you ever want to read a story or take notes for later, but end up forgetting? Luckily, there are a few apps you can use for this purpose.

5. Instapaper

Instapaper allows you to save a variety of links and websites to read later, syncing your list across devices. Not only can you save web pages, but the app also lets you save videos and other web content.

The app is optimized to make reading easier. You can adjust the text size and color to suit your needs

Your articles are also saved for offline use, making it easy to catch up on your reading with no internet access. Furthermore, you can create folders or sort items by date, popularity, or other metrics.

Download: Instapaper for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

6. Google Keep

Google Keep is a useful note-taking app that lets you save general notes, pictures, screenshots, checklists, and more.

A few of its most useful features include the ability to color-code notes, categorize them, and share with contacts. You can also collaborate on notes with others—perfect for organizing trips or events. Notes also support audio and file attachments.

Google Keep also has a reminder feature for notes, if you need that extra bit of nudging due to forgetfulness.

Download: Google Keep for Android | iOS (Free)

7. Pocket

Pocket is another app dedicated to saving articles, links, and videos to view later. The app is less bare in its design than Instapaper, offering more aesthetic appeal. However, it’s more than just a pretty face.

Pocket includes some great features, such as a user-friendly text-to-speech function that lets you listen to the article instead of reading it.

Download: Pocket for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

8. Evernote

Evernote is a popular choice for storing notes and memos. Like Google Keep, Evernote allows you to save to-do lists, photos, images, websites, and audio as notes. These notes are easily searchable and sync across your devices. You can also use your phone’s camera to capture items such as receipts.

Other tools include a web clipper, business card contact saves, Google Drive integration, and downloadable templates.

Download: Evernote for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

Apps to Help You Remember Important Dates

While forgetting daily tasks is a major nuisance, forgetting important dates and events comes with a social cost. Instead of risking hurt feelings, use these apps to make sure you don’t forget any upcoming birthdays or anniversaries.

9. Countdown+ Event Reminders Lite

If you need an extra nudge when it comes to remembering important dates and events, Countdown+ Lite provides frequent reminders. You can sync the app with your phone’s calendar, while also manually adding events and important dates that you want to track.

The app also lets you set the frequency of reminders, categorize events according to their types, and share these countdowns if needed. This apps goes much further than the once-off reminder you might receive from Facebook when it comes to birthdays.

Meanwhile, it lets you decide specific important dates you want to see—such as anniversaries, family events, and more.

Download: Countdown+ Event Reminders Lite for Android | iOS (Free, premium version available)

10. Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a great app for remembering important dates and events. Combined with the right customization, you can make sure there’s no way you’ll forget an event.

Email reminders, notifications, and home screen widgets are just a few of the ways Google Calendar can notify you about an upcoming event. The app also lets you get multiple views of your schedule—from daily plans to an overview of the whole month.

The best part is that the app easily integrates with Google’s other services, such as Assistant and Gmail.

Download: Google Calendar for Android | iOS (Free)

Apps for People Who Forget Passwords

If your forgetfulness also extends to passwords, these apps can help you out.

11. LastPass

LastPass is a useful tool for people who want to keep their accounts secure but have trouble remembering passwords. The service allows you to store all your passwords in a secure vault, with a strong master password protecting all your accounts.

The app will fill any password fields for you, so you don’t need to remember the passwords yourself. This includes filling passwords in apps, different websites, and payment portals. If you need to grab an individual password, your master password ensures you can access it within the LastPass app.

For help using it, check out our list of important password manager features.

Download: LastPass for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)

12. Google Password Manager

If you’re an Android user and primarily browse the internet on Chrome, there’s already a built-in tool you can use to remember passwords. Google’s Password Manager stores login details associated with your account and allows you to browse through them if needed.

These passwords are accessible through your Chrome settings or your Google account options. Another useful part of the service is the password generator. When signing up for a website or app, the password manager will suggest a randomly generated password which it saves for you.

The autofill feature also means that you won’t need to remember passwords yourself. If autofill fails, you are also able to search through your saved account list.

You can also access your passwords and change settings through the Google Account password manager webpage. See our guide to Google Password Manager for more info.

Download: Google Chrome for Android | iOS (Free)

How to Keep a Productive Schedule

Now you know how to keep track of tasks, events, and various other items that are important to remember. But what about tasks that you don’t forget, but just haven’t managed to get done? Have a look at our guide to planning a productive week so that you not only remember what to you have do, but actually get the work done. And use these simple ways to boost your memory 5 Ways to Boost Your Memory & Remember Names, Notes (and Everything Else) Struggling with your memory about names and new information? These recall tools and brain hacks can help you level-up your memory. Read More over time.

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  1. Double Lin
    June 29, 2019 at 6:50 am

    IFTTT is a good tool I've been used for years. Tools make our life better!

  2. Mike LaPlante
    June 28, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Lastpass was a game changer for me, once I finally succumbed to its charms. My Google Keep notes are saved with the name of each bigbox store we frequent so my personal 'field marshal' (ahem) can keep me straight with which items she expects me to return home. I love OneNote in the MS Office Pro Plus 2013 suite I use. I wish there were just this one version! Seems like MS keeps trying to dumb it down; the 2016 desktop version is horrific. Stop it, please! Evernote is great too, but the OneNote/Outlook/Win10 integration is really tough to beat, in my opinion... even sticky notes in Win10 show up on my android phone within OneNote. Really helpful.
    If all you had were Win10 sticky notes, OneNote, and an Android phone, you could be as scatterbrained as I am, and still find your way home every evening.
    And that kids is why you change your motor oil often...…. what?!?

  3. dragonmouth
    June 26, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    What if you forget to use these apps?

  4. Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
    June 23, 2019 at 7:08 am

    IFTTT for automation and Google Keep for taking notes are my best, top apps being very forgetful myself.

    Wait, what did I just comment again?

    • Megan Ellis
      June 23, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Thank you for that :'D

  5. Lina
    June 22, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I'm surprised that Kanban Tool wasn't mentioned here. I've been using it for about 3 years now and I must say that this is the most useful app thanks to which I can organize my assignments efficiently. It's interface is very clear and intuitive. Just 1 board with 3 columns ("to do","doing", and "done") gives me the overview to the whole work. Also very useful time tracking option. I use it to control how much time I spend on a single task.

  6. 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

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

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

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

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

    • Mike
      June 28, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Me to ! Your welcome! Deer Lord!

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

    Is there an IOS alternative for bytNoted?

  10. Anonymous
    October 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm is also another good one. It covers all sorts of different areas and apps will be out on all platforms very soon.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!


  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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! =)

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

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. 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? =)

  23. 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.