5 Best Microsoft To-Do Alter­na­tives for iOS and Android

Parth Shah

Microsoft To-Do is making waves in the productivity space. After acquiring Wunderlist in 2015, the company migrated all its features and functions to the To-Do app. At the same time, gave more reasons to choose it over the rivals. However, many would still look for Microsoft To-Do alternatives for iPhone and Android before settling for one.

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There are sections of users who are not pleased with Microsoft’s version of Wunderlist. Microsoft To-Do, is a capable offering, but it still misses out on important stuff such as project management, habit chain, detailed stats, etc.

Both the App Store and the Play Store are filled with many task managers and habit trackers. Each one comes with its own set of pros and cons.

In this post, we are going to talk about the top five Microsoft To-Do alternatives that you can use to manage tasks and get things done. Let’s get started.

1. Productive

Productive is a mixture of habit tracker and task management. By default, it uses a beautiful dark theme and graphics throughout the app.

The app is divided into four different sections with a center action button. Today's page shows the current tasks and habits. It’s further divided into three menus, including morning, afternoon, and evening.

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Productive Habit

I like how the app displays two options while adding a new activity. You can either add a task or create a habit. Users can also choose from the long list of habits such as new year’s resolutions, must-have habits, morning routines, and more.

While adding a task, one can choose from the icon, color, and location. Sadly, there is no way to add files or notes in the task.

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Productive Habit 2

The stats page is a unique one. It displays the completed tasks in a habit chain and gives us a closer look at stats numbers.

Productive comes with a 14-day free trial, and after that, it will cost you $30/year to continue.

2. MeisterTask

MeisterTask is a perfect combination of project and task management. The bottom bar is divided into three parts — notifications, projects, and tasks.

As the name suggests, one can add projects from the project menu and tasks from my task screen. Project management is where it truly shines.

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Meister Notification

The users can add a checklist, add power-ups such as time-tracking and task relations, detailed activity on a project, change background, and more.

The task management is fairly basic. The company needs to work on that to get the power users on-board.

The other functions include stats data, Siri shortcuts support, file attachments, the ability to invite members, and more.

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Meister Account

The pricing is divided into three parts. Basic, Pro, and Business. The Pro one is best suited for the majority other there. It’s on a costlier side. It will set you back by $100/year.

3. Focus

As the name suggests, Focus specializes in getting things done during a particular period.

It motivates and keeps the user engaged with a set timer. For example, one can set the timer to 25 minutes and start the meditation session.

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Focus Task

The task management is tightly integrated with the Focus function. You can add tasks, due dates, add an estimated time during focus mode, and even custom durations.

In terms of customization, you can change the app theme as well as icons to your liking.

The feature list includes Siri Shortcuts, detailed activity data, iCloud syncing, short and long breaks during focus sessions, and more.

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Focus Siri

Focus comes with 3 days of free trial, and after that, it costs $40/year. Unfortunately, the app is iOS exclusive, and it’s not available on Android.

4. TickTick

TickTick has integrated everything one could ask for in a task management app. The app provides solid task management, a capable habit tracker, and a functional pomo timer similar to Focus mode in Focus app. The homepage consists of overdue tasks, habits, and completed ones.

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Ticktick Habit

TickTick has the best habit and task management among all apps. While adding a habit, you can choose its duration, add motivational quotes, apply relevant icons, and even create a reminder for it.

In terms of task management, you can create lists, add recurring tasks, set priorities, and even add location. During pomo timer, one can play different tunes such as wavers, forest, etc. to relax and meditate.

The theming engine is the best I have seen on any app. It’s not only limited to light and dark themes. There are season-based themes, city-based themes, and many more to choose from.

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Ticktick Stats

One can also change the default icon of the app to his liking. The remaining features list includes Siri shortcuts, face-ID protection, smart lists & tags, and more. The app is free to use, but some of the premium functions will cost you $2/month.

5. Success Wiz

Success Wiz is a perfect life and health coach for you. It’s combining every possible feature to improve the overall productivity.

The app may seem confusing at first, but after a couple of days, you will fly through options and understand its relevance.

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Success Goal

My Goals section will let you add long term goals and help you achieve them by micro-tracking every step towards the end goal. The to-do list tab is basic yet powerful. One can add tasks, add duration, add those tasks in Google calendar, and even integrate files in it. Routine is similar to habit tracking. One can title a habit and add duration, time, and even sub-tasks to a particular habit.

Success Wiz also offers journal support to let you add those memories with text and pictures.

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Success Journal

Once everything is set, the final information nicely shows up on the My day page. It displays the daily performance, lets you start/end day, and even awards the points and badges to complete tasks.

Success Wiz costs $30/year for Apple devices. For multi-platform sync, it will set you back by $60/6 months.

Take Your Productivity to the Next Level

The overall task management these days isn’t limited to creating and completing tasks. The needs of a modern user have evolved. Now, there are more ways to getting things done than before. Use any of the mentioned apps above, start with a free trial, make yourself comfortable with functions, and then invest in the app eco-system.

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