Best reminder and task apps for iPhone

Best reminder and task apps for iPhone

Staying on task isn't always easy, especially when you have a hectic schedule to juggle. While in-depth project management apps work for some people, lots of folks just want a simple reminder and task app that helps them get things done on time. From shopping lists to remembering homework assignments and meetings, reminder and task apps can keep you on schedule so you never miss a deadline again. However, depending on your needs, one reminder app may be better than another. These are the best iPhone apps to choose from as far as reminder and task apps are concerned!

Fantastical 2

Best reminder and task apps for iPhone: Fantastical 2

Fantastical 2 combines your calendar and reminders into one easy to use and beautiful app. Aside from combining two of your most used productivity tools into one, Fantastical 2 offers snooze options, natural language support, TextExpander support, and much more. When it comes to reminders and tasks, Fantastical offers much of the functionality the Reminders app offers but in a much more intuitive and well put together package. It's simple, elegant, and to the point.

If you like the functionality of the stock Reminders app but want a better experience, you want Fantastical 2.

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Best reminder and task apps for iPhone: Evernote

Evernote is more than just a note taking app and is also capable of serving up reminders if you need it to. Not only that, creating a reminder in Evernote got even easier with iOS 8 since you can add the Evernote widget to Notification Center. Just swipe down and tap on reminder in order to launch right into creating a reminder in Evernote. You can even add reminders to existing notes so they are brought to your attention when they need to be. Not only that, Evernote is heavily supported both in third party apps and across several platforms.

If you already use Evernote for note taking, it may be your best option for reminders too.

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Best reminder and task apps for iPhone: Wunderlist

Not only does Wunderlist have an iPhone and iPad app, but Mac and Windows apps also. You can even log in through a web browser and have access to your tasks from anywhere. Wunderlist has all the features of a traditional task app, but keeps clutter out of your way. For example, you can create different lists and projects but dump things in an inbox to sort later. Wunderlist also has a collaboration feature that allows you to mark up and leave notes on tasks for colleagues and anyone else you're sharing lists with.

If you don't need location based reminders but would like a little more control over sorting and sharing tasks, go with Wunderlist.


Best reminder and task apps for iPhone: Due

Due has one main goal, to remind you when you need to be doing something. That's it. When it comes to setting timers for reminders, you'll be hard pressed to find an app that lets you do it faster than due. Working as a series of reusable egg timers, Due lets you set alarms quickly and easily. When one goes off, you'll get a notification. You can also use smart badges inside due so you know at a glance at the icon how many tasks or timers you have remaining for the day. Due supports cloud sync so all your timers stay in sync across iPhone, iPad, and Mac if you'd like them to.

For simple, to the point, and easy to use reminders, you want Due.

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Best reminder and task apps for iPhone: Clear

Not only is Clear super simple to use, it's gesture-based navigation lets you get things done with ease. A simple pull down action lets you create a new task or list. Just keep hitting enter between items to create multiple tasks inside the same list. There's also iCloud support which means your Clear task lists stay in sync across all your iOS devices and your Mac. If you choose, you can also activate the Clear widget in Notification Center to see a look at all your tasks in just a swipe.

If you love gestures, you'll love planning your day with Clear.

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Any.DO gives you options but doesn't demand complexity. For example, you can sort tasks into folders if you want to, but you don't have to. You can mark things as important and share tasks with friends. Any.DO also supports both location-based and timed reminders just like the built-in Reminders app does. All your tasks will sync to your Any.DO account which you can either create or use in conjunction with your Facebook or Google accounts. Any.DO also offers a Chrome browser extension so you can access your reminders and tasks in a click from any computer that supports Chrome.

For flexibility and organization options that don't sacrifice usability, give Any.DO a try.

Your vote for best iPhone reminder and task app?

Not everyone wants a full on task suite. These are our favorite basic reminder apps to help get you through the day with as little effort on your part as possible. If you prefer streamlined and easy to use reminder apps over feature packed with a learning curve, what task app are you currently using? Do you use the native Reminders app? If not, let us know what about it made you look for other solutions!

Note: Originally published, October 2013. Updated, October 2014.

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Best reminder and task apps for iPhone


Anyone know of a Reminders app that will sync with Apple iCloud reminders? I prefer but use the stock Reminders app because I sync a list with my Boss via iCloud and his Mac.

Many of the Calendar apps like Pocket Informant, Calendars 5, Agenda Calendar 4 integrate iOS reminders into their apps along with the calendar. Most allow creation and completion of a reminder with their app and it sync's with iCloud which is because rye use the native iOS reminder DB.

Anyone else using Due? I like it because creating the reminders is easy, but what I like most is that when a reminder shows up, I can snooze it for later. An hour later, a day later, etc. Can't find another app that does this.

I use Calendar Alarm - CalAlarm 2. It nags me to do things just like my wife does. I can actually get things done. It's less expensive then Due too. Not sure if all features are the same.

I guess I'm an oddball. I don't like what they did to Reminders, but my beefs are more UI related and don't have to do with the colours. I'm also always looking for an alternative, but I don't like any of these, also for functional reasons.

My main beef with all these alternatives is that they treat the making if lists almost exclusively as actionable, time-based items in concordance with getting things done on a daily basis. In other words they are aimed at executives, or at least at people in a business-like relationship with their personal lives. The apps are intended not so much to remind, as harangue the user until they get their shit done.

As an inveterate list maker and friend to many others of the type, I find that while I do want that functionality sometimes, the majority of my lists are not time based at all. I don't need to be harassed, I just need the ability to make quick, easy, sometimes inter-related lists that *sometimes* have a time based component.

Sadly, Apples Reminders comes closest to this despite what I consider to be its UI faults and somewhat ugly appearance.

Clear is one of the apps I truly missed while I was using Android as my primary phone. It's simple, fast, and looks good.

Why isn't Finish in this list? I have used a bunch of task managers and my go to one now is Any.Do. I love the chrome extension, its phenominal. Finish would probably be my second favorite though.

I kept this list to simple and easy to use. Finish is more of a project management/task app than a basic reminder checklist. I do agree it's good though. But it's more in a league with Todo, Things, etc..

Interesting, Allyson. Perhaps because I use the comprehensive OmniFocus for projects, I consider, and use, Finish as a basic reminder type app.

Must be a tomato/tomatoe type thing.

I use DrawMinder, it have no sync but is the fastest reminder app for me.
And it have location based reminders.

I use Evernote Reminders. They're awesome. Time based or not, your choice and you automatically have any documents, photos, clipping, etc associated with the Reminder. It's almost perfect.

Evernote sounds great, but I need a Web interface for my task manager app. My employer blocks Evernote but lets iCloud Web through their filters. That is the only reason I'm sticking with Reminders.

I'm using Calendar 5 connected with the reminders app, this way I can still use Siri for adding a reminder. For my location based reminders, nothing beats the Checkmark app.

Not many people know about it, but I love Swipes. It uses the same gestures as Mailbox, my go to e-mail app. Makes it super easy and fun to use.

To-do list apps are probably the ones I'm most interested. I had been using Wunderlist, which I love. But it (and almost all other apps I've tried) is missing one major feature - the ability to have a recurring task restart from the date it was completed, not the date it was originally scheduled for. For instance, let's say I want to check my oil every 5 days. But I'm 4 days late in doing so, that means the recurring task will show I need to check my oil tomorrow. That's not what I want, I want to check it in 5 more days. The only one I've found that does that is Omni Focus 2, which is real nice but costs $20. For me it's worth it. If Wunderlist ever includes that feature I may switch back though.

I have tried many of these myself, and the To-do list app that has the recurring task set up I like the best is Toodledo - They have web, and iOS versions that sync. The recurring task you can choose if you want it 5 days from completion or every Saturday for example... so if you are a couple of days late from completion you can have it start on Saturday again... love the customization of it.

I used Toodledo religiously for a couple of years, and then left it as the interface was too complicated. I also found that it was overkill since almost all of my projects only had 1 task. Plus I dislike monthly fees, no matter how small.
Right now I use Reminders because they have a Web interface that my employer does not block( iCloud ) and there is no monthly fee for access to all of the features.

I prefer Reminder apps that merge tasks and calendars in one app, like Informant.

I know it is going to sound like an advertisement but it is really honest. Actually, I couldn't find a to-do app that would be quick enough for me so I decided to create my own and now I am pretty satisfied. The app is called Say&Go (video: app: and it can be used as a voice note taker but also as a to-do list. Creating a to-do requires you just to 1) open the app, 2) "say" a to-do, 3) close the app. I use it all the time when in a car, when walking and moving from office to office.

I use Alarmed. It can import from the Reminders app and let's you set up intervals for it to nag you. So say you have something urgent, and you know if you get an alert you might ignore it or miss the notification. In that case you can set it to nag you every minute, hour, or day. You an also snooze reminders.

For the past 3-4 years now, ALARMED has been, IMO, the best of all the iOS reminders apps. Can't tell you how much it's changed my life as a daily tool. It had highly robust customization features, it's reliable (it will keep bugging you into infinity) and best of all, it has offline capability (for those of us who don't always have a data connection).

Mobislenotes - my most used app. Very simple and not overloaded with features. Best of all, it syncs across all platforms, devices and PC. Almost forgot, it is also free.

I'm using both Due and Begin.

I love Due because of the great UI (despite the old iOS 6 look although the iOS 7 should be out soon) but more importantly for the persistent reminder/notification. I use it for my dog's daily medication (he has chronic allergy). I also bought the Mac version. I'm looking forward to the iOS 7 update.

I've also started using Begin. It's free but I paid the $0.99 regardless.

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as a graphic designer, there is only one feature that i would want:
being able to make a task bold and/or bigger.
and add color. the things i would do i i write myself a todfo list by hand or in a simple text editor. any simple app that does that?

Todoist lets you bold and italicize your task text. You can't add color to the task, persay, but you can also set priorities in Todoist, which fill in the task checkbox with a color.

Hi! Answering the first question "End_User says: Oct 17, 2013 at 10:50 am - 7 months ago
Anyone know of a Reminders app that will sync with Apple iCloud reminders?" I just discovered "Taskio", that integrates with Reminders but have a nicer interface and tags. Take a look.

Interesting top. I do use Reminders but not as a stand-alone apps. I use Beesy, an all-in-one app for productivity (( ))that syncs with the Reminders app from iPad. Before using Beesy I used to use Reminders only, but it is very limited when you want to use your iPadd as a real predictive tool.

Listastic has been great for me so far. Simple, fast and matches with the new iOS 7 UI. I was a long time Wunderlist user, what drove me to uninstall it was that it just didn't match the new UI. Great features, but I don't want to look at something that isn't appealing on a daily basis.

As someone with ADD, I need a reminder app that will keep bugging me until I do certain tasks, like check my dogs' water, and renew my antivirus software. I use Due, which you can get free and is super simple. You can set it to remind you daily or weekly or monthly (which is great for bills). But recently it uninstalled itself, and I didn't know it, and all the reminders I have come to rely on quit, so my bills went unpaid, my plants and my dogs died, and my computer got a virus. (Just kidding. I doubt anyone will read this far,...) but I really use this app!

I had been switching between the native Reminders app, Any.Do and Clear, but as of late, I've been using the reminders feature in Evernote. It's simple and quick.

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Love Clear and use it all the time (make a lot of work and home to do lists). I just wish they would support Family Sharing. Previously my wife and I shared an icloud account and it was awesome that she or I could edit a list at home while the other was out shopping or doing chores and they would see those updates on the fly. Have since switched to having our separate accounts with iOS 8 and this is the only app where it sucks having separate icloud accounts.

I have been doing research online yesterday and was thinking of requesting you to update the old article, but you posted the article :)
Currently I am using wunderlist. but found that "Due" is really good at reminding(nagging) you to do the work :)

Now could you please post the best "TV Shows Tracking" app.


I've been using Evernote for a long time but after wiping my phone I find the standard reminder app pretty good lol I don't need lot of reminders and task stuff so it fits my needs well.

P.S - could anyone share the wallpaper in the article image?

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I've been using Evernote for a long time but after wiping my phone I find the standard reminder app pretty good lol I don't need lot of reminders and task stuff so it fits my needs well.

P.S - could anyone share the wallpaper in the article image?

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I have tried many reminder apps and although all are good, I have yet to find one that really wows me. Does anyone know of a reminder app for iOS that you can handwrite your tasks into either with a stylus that also gives you the options for dates and locations although the latter is not a vital?

I switched from to another great free app called 'Anylist'. It has no advertisements and can sync certain lists with your friends/wife eg for groceries very handy!

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Daily Notes is great for listing down tasks while adding notes and voice recording at the same time. Plus you can create multiple folders or "Tabs" as they call it and dump in your tasks, notes, reminders, voice recordings, even PDF attachments, photos and sketches in each.

It can even turn into a planner/ time management/ project management/ calendar program app. Quite flexible actually, just check it out.