10 Great iPhone To Do Apps

Manage your tasks with the best to do apps

Managing a to do list can be a real pain, especially if you're still using old fashioned pen and paper. Fortunately, there are a variety of to do list apps for iPhone that make this process much easier. With alerts, notifications, and the ability to manage multiple tasks, these iPhone to do apps will keep your life organized. 

While this article was originally written by Tanya Menoni, it has since been updated and substantially revised by Sam Costello. 

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Awesome Note (+ToDo)

Awesome Note app
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Awesome Note +ToDo (Read Review; US$3.99) is a full-featured list app that offers plenty of customization options. Managing your tasks and to-do lists is easy, and the app syncs with Evernote and Google Docs. I also love the monthly calendar view for getting an overview of your tasks for the coming weeks. Since Awesome Note has so many features, it can take some time to figure out how everything works. Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars.  

Update 2016: Awesome Note now offers an Apple Watch app, writing and journaling features, the ability to Touch ID-protect the app and folders within it, and more. 

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2Do

2Do app
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Some people may balk at the price tag, but the 2Do list app (Read Review; US$6.99) is packed with features and has a ton of functionality. You can assign actions to each task—like phone calls or emails—and the app syncs with your contact list. The tabbed interface is easy to navigate, and 2Do also brings voice recordings, alerts, Twitter integration, and a wide array of customizable features. It can be a bit confusing to use at first, but the 2Do list app for iPhone is a clear winner. Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars. 

Updated 2016: 2Do has upped its price to $14.99 and added in-app purchases for sending to-dos to the app via email. It also offers an Apple Watch app, syncing with many platforms, alerts, an iPad app, and more.

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Todoist

Todoist app
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Like most apps (Read Review) on this list, Todoist combines a web version and an app to give you access to your tasks nearly anywhere you are. Those tools are powerful, organizing tasks by project, offering a smart, natural-language scheduling tool, and setting automatic reminders for any task with a time attached to it. The US$29/year premium version adds integration with calendar apps for a single view into everything you have to do for an entire day and expands the reminder functionality. ​Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Update 2016: Still my preferred to-do app, but some of the recent changes seem to have added more taps to tasks and made the interface slightly more confusing. Includes a helpful Apple Watch app.

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Wunderlist Task Manager

Wunderlist app
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Wunderlist (Free) is a stylish to do list app that syncs with a corresponding desktop client for Macs and PCs. Outstanding tasks are clearly noted, and priority items can be starred for easy access later. Although a monthly calendar view would be helpful, the Wunderlist app  (Read Review) displays upcoming tasks in various ways. Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Update 2016: Sports a redesigned interface and an Apple Watch app, as well as the ability to collaborate on lists and assign tasks. Also now includes a $5/month or $50/year subscription that unlocks unlimited file attachments, task assignments, and more.

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Clear

Clear app
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Clear (Read Review; $4.99) is perhaps the most beautifully designed and most iOS-specific app on this list. It uses the iOS's multitouch interface to terrific effect, letting users manipulate and create to-dos with natural pinches, swipes, and drags. The interface—which is structured around tasks, rather than days, and limits to-do length to the width of the iPhone's screen—won't work for everyone, but for those it does, it's likely to work very well indeed. Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Update 2016: Clear has become more useful thanks to syncing with iPad and desktop versions and offering an Apple Watch app. It also supports Notification Center Widgets. In-app purchases unlock sound effects.

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ToodleDo

ToodleDo app
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The ToodleDo app (US$2.99) has a simple interface that makes it easy to add new tasks to your to-do list. For each task, you can set priorities and due dates, assign it to a folder, schedule reminders, and more. Folders are especially helpful for keeping tasks organized. However, the ToodleDo list app (Read Review) has a confusing priority system, and I wish it would set app badges as a default. Overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Update 2016: Like most apps on this list, ToodleDo includes an Apple Watch app. In addition, it offers an in-app purchase of sound effects, but its interface looks cluttered and overwhelming.

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TeuxDeux

TeuxDeux app
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The TeuxDeux app (Read Review; $2.99) is an iPhone-specific version of the web app of the same name. Its stylish, spare interface places emphasis squarely on your to-dos but doesn't offer many features besides syncing with the web app and rearranging items. Its productivity focus will be perfect for some users, but others will require more features to get things done. Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Update 2016: TeuxDeux still has an appealingly spare interface, but it hasn't been updated in almost a year, which often isn't a good sign for the health of an app. No Apple Watch app here.

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Ita

Ita app
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Ita's developers advertise it as both a to-do app and a list-making app (Read Review). Trying to be two things is a real problem in this case. As a list app, Ita is solid, if basic. As a to-do app, it lacks crucial features such as reminders, due dates, priorities, and a web version. If you just need to keep lists without worrying about when you'll get things done, Ita is fine. But if you're focused on productivity, you'll probably need to look elsewhere. Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Update 2016: Ita now has an iPad version and syncs across devices via iCloud. It also supports printing. No Apple Watch app available here, either.  

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Thinglist

Thinglist app
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Despite being last on this list, Thinglist isn't a bad app (Read Review). It's just too basic. Thinglist helps you create and maintain lists of, well, things. Want to keep a list of all the books you hope to read? Thinglist can help. But once you want to do more than that, Thinglist falters. It doesn't offer search, user-added categories, or advanced features like due dates or geotagging of locations. It's nicely designed, so if it adds features, it could move up the rankings, but for now, it's just too simple. Overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars. 

Update 2016: Thinglist's basic concept—creating lists around pre-defined categories—is still in place. The app hasn't been updated in over two years, though, which may mean it's not best for heavy users.

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Things

Things app
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Things (US$9.99) is the only app on this list that wasn't in the original article. That was an oversight since Things is one of the most popular, and most powerful, to-do lists out there. It's a complex app that takes a while to master, but those who do master it swear by it. Create lists and sublists, schedule and tag tasks, sync with Mac and iPad versions, and stay up to date from your Apple Watch. If you've tried the rest and haven't found the right tool, or just want to start out at the top, check out Things. Not Reviewed.