Apple Reminders, the default task management app on iPhone, has been the talk of the town with iOS 13 update. After ignoring it for the last few years, Apple finally gave the much-needed push to the default Reminders app.
While the new UI and functions are welcome additions, it still leaves a lot to desire for power users.
For example, there is no tagging system, the theming engine is limited to dark/light option, a habit tracker is missing, and finally, it's exclusive to Apple platforms, good luck finding it on Android or Windows.
In this post, we are going to talk about the top five alternatives to Apple Reminders. We will cover both paid ones and free options and primary focus on cross-platform options. Let’s get started.
1. Microsoft To-Do
Microsoft finally announced to shut down Wunderlist in May 2020. The company is confident enough to meet user’s needs with the new To-Do app. Let’s see what it offers.
With the recent updates, Microsoft has tried to mimic Wunderlist’s card-based UI in the To-Do app. Looks quite good to me.
The feature list includes My Day functionality, which lets you display today’s tasks and to-dos. You can use beautiful backgrounds, create custom lists, and share them with friends and family.
While adding a task, the app is smart enough to capture the time. For example, you can write like ‘Buy Milk 8.00 PM,’ and it will set the reminder at the suggested time.
The app nicely integrates with other Microsoft services too. For example, you can flag an email in the Outlook app, and the email will appear in the Flagged email section of Microsoft To-Do app.
The best part is, it's completely free to use and available everywhere. Microsoft has native apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS.
Things 3 has the best UI and UX among all task management apps. Everything is easily accessible from the home screen. And its gesture-based, which further sweetens the deal for the user.
Tap on the ‘+’ icon, and the little dialog box is ready to add new tasks with priority, flag, and due date.
You can create new projects and manage sub-tasks at the microlevel. The other functions include light/dark theme support, the ability to import tasks from Apple Reminders, Siri Shortcuts, Things Cloud backup, and more.
Things 3 is strictly Apple exclusive and available only on iOS and Mac. It costs $10 on iOS and $50 on Mac. A steep price is one of the reasons why the users are looking for Things 3 alternatives on the iPhone.
Todoist has been around for a while. The app uses a fairly standard UI with major options hidden in the hamburger menu.
It terms lists as projects and lets you access tasks with tags. The company recently announced the Todoist Foundation, which lets the user cut down big projects in smaller tasks and manage the entire process more efficiently than ever.
Other functionalities include Siri Shortcuts support, the ability to change app icons, themes, detailed productivity stats, and more.
It is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. The Premium version with extra functionalities costs $40/year.