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Wunderlist Is A Compelling Alternative To Plain Old iOS Reminders

Mark O'Neill 30-11-2013

Anyone who is familiar with Apple’s App Store will know that to-do apps are a dime a dozen. If you want a to-do app, you are totally spoilt for choice, to the point where you will quickly feel you are drowning in options.


A lot of people are perfectly content with iOS’s built in Reminders feature, but there are some people who find themselves looking for more from a to-do app. Something with a bit more crackle, and a lot less fizz. If this sounds like you, then consider replacing iOS’s Reminders app with Wunderlist instead. Created by a team in Berlin, Germany, Wunderlist has a fantastic looking interface, and is a delight to use.

I will be taking a look at the iPad version today, but Wunderlist is also available for the iPhone, as you can see in the photo below. Oh and it’s also available for Android, Mac, Windows, Kindle, and of course the web interface.

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Installation & Setup

After installation, open up the app and take a look around.

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Upon opening Wunderlist for the first time, you will be asked to sign-up for an account or sign in. Obviously, being your first time, you will have to sign-up, so go ahead and do that. Registering means that changes to your list will always stay updated, no matter what device you sign in with.

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Entering a To-Do Item

The to-do list in Wunderlist consists of long bars which can be dragged up and down the screen with your finger to rearrange them. To enter a to-do item, just tap on the first bar and start typing. When you’re done, press Done, and the new to-do item will be placed at either the top of your list, or the bottom of your list (depending on what you specified in your preferences).

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Keep going until all of your to-dos have been entered. As you can see, I have a fairly extensive list of things that need done. Nothing too ambitious of course.

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Entering Further Details

Each entry in Wunderlist allows you to add a certain amount of additional information, so your list is a little less stark and a bit more useful to you.

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First off, as any good to-do list should do, you can set the day and time that the item is due (and you can get a notification tone tell you when it’s time). You can also specify whether you want the notification to repeat (a good nagging always gets stuff done, as I have continually found out from my wife!).

You can also add a sub-task. So if your main task is repairing the Batmobile, you might want to break that down a bit. Sub-tasks can be adding the big new tyres, making sure the machine guns work, that the computers are not running Windows – that sort of thing. This ability ensures that you don’t forget anything related to the task, and it is all filed nice and neatly together.

You can also add a file to the task. But don’t get too excited thinking you can add a PDF or anything. By “file”, it means a photo. So you can either choose a photo from your iOS picture collection, or have the camera take a picture right there and then.

See how all of this is already beating the pants off of iOS built-in Reminders?


Sharing To-Do Lists With Friends

If any of your iOS contacts have Wunderlist installed (and if they haven’t, maybe you should show them this article), then you can share notebooks with them. If you look on the left hand side, you will see categories, such as “personal” (other ones can be created as well). These categories – or notebooks – can then be shared with other Wunderlist users. Be careful though, because if you grant access, the user can create, amend or delete items in that category/notebook until you revoke access.

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To share a category, simply tap on the little head at the bottom of the main screen, which brings up a box where you have to initially grant the app access to your iOS contacts. Then just start typing the email address of the person you wish to share with, and send it off.

Emailing Your To-Do Lists

Do you want to send your to-do list to someone who doesn’t have Wunderlist and doesn’t want to install it? Well, then you can’t beat good old-fashioned email. Just tap the envelope icon at the bottom of the screen, and Apple Mail Bring The Power Of LinkedIn To Your iPhone Apple Mail With LinkedIn Intro The creator of Rapportive has announced a new tool for Apple Mail called LinkedIn Intro for iPhone, which is going to make LinkedIn even more valuable and make Apple Mail seriously rock. Read More opens up a new email window, with the to-do list already inserted.  All you need to do is type in the address and off it goes.

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Give Wunderlist a spin, and let us know in the comments what you think of it.

Download: Wunderlist (free)

Do you agree that it makes iOS Reminders look a bit dated in terms of features?

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  1. JackDenial
    January 31, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I like it however reminders still has location based alerts when arriving/leaving destinations and also features a much simpler/cleaner interface.

    Only reason I'm using it is b/c my gf likes it better and doesn't use location based alerts.

  2. Jerry S
    December 3, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I've tried over and over again, but I just can't get into Wunderlist. I am actually using Reminders in lieu of it because it's simpler and is already installed by default on iOS 7 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion/Mavericks. No additional apps needed.