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Most people juggle a great deal of information and responsibility, and it’s near-impossible to get by keeping everything in our heads. Thus, you can benefit from keeping a to-do list.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of Android apps in the Play Store that can help. Here are eight of them.
1. Google Assistant
Google Assistant is rapidly pulling 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 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.
Download: Google Assistant (Free)
Check out our guide to getting started with Google Assistant to learn more.
Todoist isn’t big on visuals. Its interface is flat, white, and largely bare.
The app offers a free and a pro version ($29 per year). 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 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.
Download: Google Keep (Free)
And once you’ve mastered the basics, you can try some of the more creative ways to use Google Keep every day.
Sometimes you don’t want to deal with the fuss. Do you really want to juggle yet another set of account credentials just to stay on top of your shopping list?
If you’d prefer something more basic, check out EveryDay. Creating an account with the app is optional. You only need to make one if you want to back up your tasks online or use the web app.
Without an account, you can still enjoy all the app’s functionality. That includes making lists, creating sub-tasks, setting up reminders, adding notes to tasks, and tinkering with other tools that can help you stay organized.
EveryDay also offers a $3 per month pro version. It increases your number of lists from 20 to 100, adds calendar integration, a widget for your phone, and location-based reminders.
Download: EveryDay (Free, subscription available)
5. Inbox by Gmail
Isn’t Inbox by Gmail for email? Yes, it is. 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 ones you’ve created using Google Keep and Assistant as well.
Download: Inbox by Gmail (Free) [No Longer Available]
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. It 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. Some people claim it’s the best to-do list app for Android.
All the features you expect—such as labels and folder-based hierarchies—are present. But it’s the app’s recent features that have allowed it to compete with services like Todoist.
For example, there’s integration with Gmail, Google Calendar, Twitter, Evernote and more. You can dig into the official IFTTT page to find applets that’ll 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. To-Do List
If you want a straightforward app without any bells and whistles, you should try To-Do List. With a sleek, Material Design-inspired interface, this app looks right at home with Google’s own creations.
But be warned—it’s seriously bare bones. You get a home screen widget, a single to-do list, the ability to set priority tasks… and nothing else. As a plus, there’s no pressure to upgrade to a pro version.
Download: To-Do List (Free)
What About Wunderlist?
Wunderlist’s main purpose is to serve as a place for you to create lists and share them with others. You can assign tasks to people, set reminders, and set tasks to repeat. However, perhaps Wunderlist’s biggest selling point is its unique visuals. They will either attract you or push you away right from the beginning.
Sadly, Microsoft purchased Wunderlist in 2015 and ended support for the app two years later. It’s been slowly migrating the best features over into the new Microsoft To-Do app, but this still leaves a lot to be desired compared to its predecessor.
On the bright side, Wunderlist is now entirely free to use after the company scrapped the Pro version, and it remains as popular as ever. You can still download and use it, if you wish.
Download: Wunderlist (Free)
And the List Goes On…
We’ve covered eight of the most popular and well-rounded to-do apps, but our list is far from exhaustive.
Plenty of other apps deserve an honorable mention. So if you love an app that we haven’t discussed, please tell us about it in the comments.
And lastly, if you feel like you’re wandering around in the dark while reading this, maybe you should consider how a to-do list can help you be productive in the first place. But whatever you do, you shouldn’t switch to-do apps willy-nilly.