6 Handpicked Free To-Do List Apps for 2020

Gone are the days we are frustrated about writing down the minutest task in a piece of paper and keeping it on your pocket all day long.‌ Now we have apps to do anything and actively remind us of our tasks.‌ This post aims to rank 6 apps that are either completely free or has free versions we can use for our day to day lives.

The apps will be rated based on 4 qualities.

  1. Pricing:‌ Some apps are completely free while others have basic free versions.
  2. Easiness to use: Some apps have simple to use interface, suitable for casual hobbyists, school children, etc while others are advanced and have terrible learning curve.
  3. Multi-platform support: Almost all apps have cross-platform support.‌ It is important that you have access to your task list in phone, tablet or PC.
  4. Advanced features:‌ Won’t be very specific on this one but this is valuable for groups/organization especially when it comes to collaboration based features.

1. Microsoft To-Do

Microsoft To-Do is a cloud-based productivity app from Microsoft. It is developed by the team behind Wanderlust which is an amazing premium productivity app. Microsoft To-Do is free and minimalist. It is cloud-based, which means it’s also cross-platform. Access your Microsoft To-Do anywhere on‌ Android, iOS, Mac, Windows and even on your browser. You can access it with your personal Microsoft account or Office 365 account.

Price

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The product is completely free to use.

Easiness of use

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The product has fast learning curve.

Multi-platform

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The product supports all major platforms and is well integrated with Office 365.

Advanced features

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Lacks some advanced features especially in collaboration.

2. Todoist

Todoist is an increasingly popular productivity app on the market. Todoist was launched in 2007 and is one of the oldest continuing successful apps out there. The distinguishing feature of this app is an AI-powered feature called Smart Schedule which helps you schedule or reschedule tasks in a smart way.

Price

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Free version is available with limited amount of projects and users. Premium and Business plans are only $3 and $5 per month.

Easiness of use

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The product is fairly easy to use and has moderate learning curve.

Multi-platform

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The product supports all major platforms.

Advanced features

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Typical advanced features and group collaboration available.

3. Any.do

Any.do has a differentiating character that sets it apart from rest of the apps on the list. It lets you use your voice to enter your to-do list. So if you don’t wanna type long lists, this app is your cup of tea. Any.do has a very simple interface and lets you share your list with other people. You can set different colors for different tasks depending on your priority.

Price

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Free version is available but many advanced features are premium.

Easiness of use

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The product is easy to use and has fast learning curve.

Multi-platform

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The product supports all major platforms and has cross platform sync.

Advanced features

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Many features available with premium.

4. ToodleDo

ToodleDo is a simple to use app that is concentrated on task management. It allows you to add tasks and sub-tasks. It also has habit tracking capabilities and can be monitored through graphs. Interestingly, it has a feature to set a remainder based on your location.

Price

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Free version can handle unlimited tasks.

Easiness of use

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The product is fairly easy to use.

Multi-platform

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The product supports all major platforms and has cross platform sync.

Advanced features

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Great features available with upgraded plans. Especially on collaboration front.

5. Habitica

Habitica is probably the most interesting app on this list. This app is designed for game lovers. You will get achievement unlocks when you complete your tasks and punishment if you fail. Interesting enough? At least for your kids.

Price

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The app is completely free.

Easiness of use

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The app is easy to use.

Multi-platform

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Available in iOS, Android and Desktop.

Advanced features

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Not the best app for serious people looking for their task management.

6. Google Keep

Google keep was kept for last on the list. This is probably the most minimalist app in the entire series. It is very basic and simple. The core reason it was kept last was because of its lack of advanced features. But it’s extremely easy interface made the cut. Best app for causal hobbyists as it also supports audio input.

Price

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The app is completely free.

Easiness of use

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The app is very easy to use.

Multi-platform

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Available in iOS, Android and browser.

Advanced features

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Severely lacks advanced features.

Conclusion

There are way more than 6 apps on the internet that can help you get through your life. If you are a casual hobbyist or a simple user, I recommend completely free to use apps like Microsoft To-Do or‌ Google Keep. That’s because they are not only free but have very short learning curve.‌ You can start to use these apps almost immediately.

If you are more of an advanced user or want apps for your company/group/organization, it is best to go for any feature-rich premium apps. You should research more on the internet about apps this post hasn’t covered. There are many completely premium (not covered in this post) apps that have advanced features that could help your journey.

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