Reminder apps have been around for quite some time. Among them, there are quite a few that have built a decent reputation in the industry for offering easy to use features at little to no cost. Reminder apps have evolved a great deal over the past few years, with apps now making use of your geolocation to remind you of things when you’re in a particular location.
Given the many changes that the industry has seen, it’s only fair that we talk about some of the best reminder apps available today. We’re going to talk about some popular names while also listing out some of the little known names. Let’s dive right in.
Todoist has been around for quite some time now. It comes with a wide set of features on board to make it one of the best reminder or to do apps available out there. In addition to setting personal reminders or tasks, the app can also help multiple people collaborate on a task, making it an excellent tool for teams in organizations. Keeping this in mind, it’s also an excellent enterprise tool.
Todoist also comes with integration for services like like Dropbox, Amazon Alexa, Zapier, IFTTT, and Slack. However, being a popular app, all of Todoist’s features are not free. The developers ask for a premium subscription for features like additional tasks, comments on collaborative tasks and so on. The app’s goal is to help you stay organized and separate your personal life from your work in the process. The app is free to download, but comes with in-app purchases. There are no ads, however.
The aforementioned subscription will set you back by $29 per year. Considering the kind of features that the Premium subscription brings, we feel the pricing is justified. Todoist is compatible with smartphones and tablets running Android 4.4 and above.
Many consider this to be a slightly toned down version of Todoist given that it comes with pretty much the same features but with a different color scheme and lighter colors. You can separate your tasks based on multiple parameters for better organization of your tasks. You can even start a conversation in collaborative tasks to better coordinate and manage your tasks. Further, you can add photos, PDFs and presentations to your lists, something that not a lot of apps out there offer.
While pretty much everything is free with Wunderlist, you will need to pay if you’re going to collaborate with bigger groups. A task can only be shared with 25 assignees with the free version, and this is where Wunderlist tries to tempt users into getting the Premium subscription. But if you’re an individual user, the features of Wunderlist’s free offering are pretty hard to match.
If you’re looking to add more people to your tasks, you will have to shell out $5 per month. This puts it at a slight disadvantage against Todoist given that it only costs $29 per year. But both are pretty solid options with some compelling features to brag about.
This has been around for quite some time as Google’s default option for note taking and setting to-do lists or reminders. It has a simple and easy to use interface, and doesn’t take much expertise to get used to. The best part here is that it’s completely free to use and has a web version in addition to an iOS application, so all your data is synced seamlessly across devices in no time. You can also set location based reminders on Google Keep, which is handy if you wanted to be reminded of something when you’re at a specific location.
You can add collaborators to your notes or to do lists, which brings it on par with pretty much every other reminder app out there. Further, you can also add photos or drawings on your lists, making this a power packed productivity tool. The app is completely free to download on the Play Store and lacks ads or in-app purchases. It comes preinstalled on most Android devices, so it’s likely that you’ve always had it and never realized.
This app is modeled on President Dwight Eisenhower’s priority matrix, and comes with a playful interface with tasks divided up in terms of priority. It also comes with time based and location reminders, making it easy to remember things. Further, the app lets you add images and audio files to your lists. Customization is a key feature here and there are some themes available to help you spice up your productivity list.
In terms of features, the app sets itself apart from the competition thanks to priority based tasks. Tasks can be organized by their importance and urgency to you, so you will never miss that important commitment. The app is completely free to download, but comes with in-app purchases. Purchasing a one-time Pro license gives users access to a variety of themes, widgets as well as audio recordings. The app works with devices running Android 4.4 and above.
Evernote is easily one of the most recognizable apps in the productivity genre. In addition to taking your standard notes or setting reminders, you can also scan handwritten notes directly on the app for those times when typing just wouldn’t cut it. One can say that it works pretty much like other reminder apps by allowing access to notes, collaborators and so on. However, Evernote also adds offline usage to its repertoire, allowing users to access their repository even when there’s no internet connection. This, however, is a Pro feature, so free users will not see this on their app.
All the notes, documents, scanned pages and media on Evernote sync seamlessly across platforms provided you have logged in from your primary Evernote account. Evernote can be used for free, but customers might be required to pay for the subscription to continue using some of its features. Check it out from the Play Store.
Any.Do is an excellent choice for those that are looking to start using a task list. It’s not just a to do list, but has a calendar, reminders function, and a planner all-in-one. You can easily add tasks to Any.Do, and even created Shared Projects. It’s a great organizational tool, but it has a lot that’s also specific to reminders.
You can create recurring reminders for ongoing activities, appointments, and events. Or, if you just have a one-off reminder, you can create a Classic Reminder to remind you of the task or event at the appointed time.
One of the best ways that you can set reminders is with your built-in voice assistant. Most phones come equipped with Google Assistant or some sort of voice assistant nowadays. That makes setting a reminder as simple as prompting your built-in voice assistant, and saying something like “Remind me to visit Mom on Thursday” or something along those lines.
Since your voice assistant is built right into your phone’s operating system, you don’t have to download any extra apps.
It’s always good to have a reminder app on your smartphone. It makes it really easy to write down a running task list of things that you need to accomplish for the day. Not only that, but many of these apps allow you to set reminders for the time that you need to be reminded to accomplish them. Never miss a task or appointment again.