Chrome To-Do List Showdown: Wunderlist, Google Tasks, and Todoist

Sandy Writtenhouse 12-05-2015

Chrome has several extensions and apps that work directly with some of the most popular task managers. But, how well do they work and how easy are they to use?


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Let’s take a look at Wunderlist, Google Tasks, and Todoist for Chrome. They each have several official and third party options, however, we will concentrate on the official ones in hopes they are the best.


Wunderlist How to Use New Wunderlist Folders to Boost Your To-Do List Wunderlist got a big update with two new features essential for a good to-do app: organizing and quickly adding tasks. Do these help it become the productivity app of your choice? Read More is a widely-used task manager with multi-platform access and seamless syncing. For Chrome there are four official options; two extensions and two apps.

Wunderlist New Tab

This Chrome extension allows a Wunderlist screen to be displayed when you open a new tab. This is really convenient as you can see what is on your plate for the day or choose a different list you have already created. You can easily cross off completed tasks or add new ones.

The downside to this extension is that you cannot add a due date or set a reminder for new tasks. In addition, you cannot edit current tasks. But, for the convenience of quickly seeing your to-dos the extension accomplishes its goal.



Add to Wunderlist

This extension allows you to quickly add a new task from the toolbar. Just click the Wunderlist icon and add your item. Optionally you can choose a different list, set a reminder, and add a note.

This extension works really well: the interface size is decent, it is easy to use, and the tasks added sync immediately with other devices as well as with Wunderlist New Tab. This is the perfect extension for simply adding a task when you do not need to see your lists.



Wunderlist for Chrome

This Chrome app adds the Wunderlist icon to your app screen and will open a small, new window when clicked. You can quickly see and tend to the notifications, add lists and tasks easily, and edit existing items as well.


Wunderlist To-do and Task list

This Chrome app also adds the Wunderlist icon to your app screen, but also adds it to your app launcher. Another difference with this app is that when clicked it opens within the same browser tab, rather than opening in a small, new window.

Google Tasks

It seems like there are more third party Google Tasks mobile apps for both iOS and Android than any other task manager. But, how does the Google Tasks extension hold up for Chrome?


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The Google Tasks extension puts a button on your toolbar so accessing it is easy. The interface is nothing fancy, so you just see your tasks and it looks very much like the Web app. But what the extension does have is a lot of options.

There are actions for you to rearrange and sort tasks, view or clear completed items, print a list, or see helpful tips. You can view, refresh, delete, rename, or add new lists, which is all very handy. Adding a new task is simple and allows you to choose a due date, add a note, and move to any list you have already created. Syncing seems to work pretty well.

So, although it may not offer the most beautiful interface, the Google Tasks extension offers helpful features and is simple to use.




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Todoist: To-Do list and Task Manager

This is a Chrome extension that is accessed from your toolbar. The interface is matches the Web and mobile apps, allowing you to view tasks by timeline, project, label, or filter. Adding new projects and tasks is very simple and the features are extensive for a browser add-on.

When adding a new task you can add a due date, set a reminder day and time with an optional mobile push notification, set the priority, and even add a website as a task. You can also share, sort, import, export, and more when creating a task.

After a task is created, you can add notes as text, an attachment, record audio, and attach a website. You can also configure various settings and view your productivity with Todoist’s signature Karma Trend feature.

There are actually even more features of this extension than listed here, if you can believe it. Needless to say, this is a pretty impressive task manager extension for Todoist users and has reliable, immediate syncing to other devices.


Todoist for Chromebook

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Most of the same features and functions are available as with the Todoist extension and mobile apps. Adding websites as tasks or as notes is not available, but the other features appear to work as expected. This makes the Todoist for Chromebook app just about as great as the extension.


Which Chrome Task List Extension Do You Use?

For the most task management Chrome options, Wunderlist is the clear choice. For complete simplicity with ease-of-use, Google Tasks is your go-to pick. For extensive features with a sleek design, Todoist is the best of the three.

Most likely you have already selected a task management app and if you have chosen one of these then their Chrome companions should hold no surprises. However, if you are still undecided The 5 Commandments for Choosing the Right To-Do App for Productivity Different people organize in different ways. So choosing a to-do app really depends on what kind of person you are. Here are five commandments you can think about for your own productivity system. Read More on the best task manager and you are a Chrome user, hopefully the descriptions of these companions will help with your choice.

Do you use one of the task managers mentioned above or have you found a hidden jewel? Have you had any problems with these extensions or apps that you would like to share? Share your thoughts with us below, we would love to hear from you!

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  1. Navigator72
    September 15, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    I have been very pleased and satisfied to use gTask Pro on iOS and Mac. It is straightforward and well integrated. Only significant shortcoming is conveniently creating Task from email. I use Airmail 3 as mail reader on Mac and iPhone. I understand this to be a strong feature of Wunderlist and probably of Todoist.

  2. Anonymous
    October 25, 2015 at 2:00 am

    There's a reason neither Todoist nor Wonderlist will sync to Google Tasks: GT already provides most of the features these other two want you to pay for, so if you could sync freely, you'd never have any incentive to pay them for the additional features. And GT can be improved for free with browser add-ons like Task Checker Plus. The other two are prettier, but I don't need pretty (especially at the expense of graphics and other overhead, on a mobile device), I need fast and functional.

  3. Anonymous
    August 16, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    @Charles--I've been trying to use Wunderlist. It was attractive for the support by work automation tools like If This Then That (IFTTT). However, it is driving me crazy. You can't create a reminder that repeats until something is done. So after one notification, nothing else. There are issues in Windows that the app does not always use desktop notification. If your computer wakes up from sleep or some other conditions, you get desktop notifications. Otherwise in many cases you get sound and you have to switch over to Wunderlist to see to what it was trying to draw your attention. Finally, as far as I can tell you cannot set a reminder when you create a task via email. This effectively kills any potential as a work automation tool.

    So after all that, have any suggestions or tell how Todoist handles the things I've noted?

    Thanks in advance.

  4. Nevin
    May 15, 2015 at 5:32 am

    I love TickTick. I don't know why more people don't use it...

  5. Charles
    May 13, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Every review puts Wunderlist on top. I simply don't getting it. Having used them all there is simply no comparison. Todoist is superior by far in everyway? The GUI is clean and un-obtrusive and the functionality is in a class of it's own. The bias always amazes me.

  6. Jamieg
    May 13, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Wish you would have included You would have had all the major players covered. Feels incomplete without it.

  7. bob
    May 12, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    google keep

  8. Arvind
    May 12, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Nice feature by Chrome,Thanks for sharing this article.