Best free To-Do list manager
Update March 2017:
I still think this is the best free to do list manager, but I have been considering switching to todoist because the updates to this app are few and far between. There still are not location-based reminders, and since iOS 10, there is a problem where background sync isn't working. I reported it months ago, Wunderlist replied that they were aware and working on a fix, but it is still an issue. I want to support this app and I really appreciate the strong free version; however, I wish they would give the iOS app a bit more love.
This is a great to-do list manager. The free version is functional enough to use for most people, as opposed to todoist's very limited free version. I appreciate all the platforms Wunderlist is compatible with. The OSX app is good and the I use the chrome extension at work and it is reliable and well designed. I wish subtasks showed separate from the main task and that I could swipe a task to mark it complete. From the lock screen, it would be nice to have options for snoozing a notification instead of just marking complete. Those are three very small gripes for a great free app though. I would consider purchasing the pro version if it was a bit cheaper and it had location based reminders. I also enjoy the nice backgrounds. Thanks for the great work.
Room For Improvement
By Book Fan 7
This is certainly among the elite productivity apps out there. I've tried my share of free and paid task list apps and I found it so useful that I subscribed to the pro version. It works perfectly most of the time. However, there are two functionality issues. The first issue is the occasional lag in background synch, which leaves my lists not fully updated after changes, so I have to wait or log in again. The second issue
is the "problem with our servers" message when I go to sign in. This forces me to have enter my info a second, third, or fourth time until I can get into the app. Admittedly, these two issues do not occur very often. Unfortunately, though, often enough to be irritating when I want to log info quickly. I'm not sure whether this is an issue because I have iOS 10 software or whether the same happens to any of you other users out there using other platforms. One more critique involves the backgrounds. It would be a good compliment to the app to have new backgrounds added in with the next update. The existing ones can become rather stale, and the appearance of this app is just as important as its practical use. The wallpapers set it apart from boring one color background to do apps. These changes would certainly merit a five star rating in my opinion. 👌🏻
Best Task Manager.
If you’re looking for the best, this is it. The only issue I have with this app is that the original owners and app designers from Germany sold this software to Microsoft (as I understand it anyway). I really don’t care who owns it as long as it keeps being Wunderlist. No other app even compares. It’s pleasant to use. The aesthetics are amazing. You must love the look and feel of your productivity apps. One of the more important aspects of todo lists are quick summaries. Wunderlist does this very well, especially when it comes to subtasks. Wunderlist is one of the only app that gives you a settle progress bar. So as you check off subtasks you know how far you are advancing in your main task. It probably is one of my favorite features. I also love pressing the star to mark the tasks I want to focus on for the day, week, month whatever you want to label it. I use it for tasks I want to tackle for the week. Everything about Wunderlist is amazing. I have used all of the other task management applications and haven’t found anything close. While I don’t like that it was sold, I can certainly live with it as long as it doesn’t change too much by taking any of the top features that cause me to love it oh so very much!!! <3
Organizing My Life
I am one of those people that can't seem to keep anything straight, whether it's picking something up from the store, remembering what to pack for a trip, or completing a specific task at work. Wunderlist allows me to enter both personal and professional "To-Do's", complete with due dates, as well as the ability to add reminders to each task if need be. Additionally, there is a very good free app for both Windows and macOS, which automatically sync with your phone, so whether you're adding things or checking them off from your laptop, desktop, phone, or tablet, everything stays up to date. And the computer applications allow you to print out hard copies of your lists in case you're better about keeping track of outstanding items on paper. Lastly, you can create "To-Do's" for others, and get notifications when they check those items off. So if you have someone working under you and they have specific tasks to complete, you can use this program as a way to keep track of what they have outstanding. I'm not sure how I kept track of everything before Wunderlist, but I'm really glad I don't have to do that, whatever it was, anymore.
I love Wunderlist
Now I'm able to capture all the big and little tasks and ideas that flash to mind at inconvenient moments and either preserve them for later consideration or schedule them to an appropriate time. This app helps me focus on goals, the necessary next steps to reach them, and schedule actions to appropriate times so I make rapid progress to completion. I use some long repeating lists of tasks to help me not forget some critical steps on days when I feel overwhelmed and my mind starts to fog. I cut and paste items I read about for shopping lists that I can refer to when in appropriate store. I started with a general Mind Dump list and gradually refined it into categories and folders of lists. I love that I can go through the huge list(s), schedule dates for specific needed actions, and then look at today or this week and only see what I need to focus on now and the near future. My life feels more coherent with the help of Wunderlist . Calls get made, needed components purchased, bills paid, desired habits strengthened, small but critical actions completed to help me move toward important goals.
My shrink recommended this!
I am 66 years old and am developing noticeable memory problems. Amongst the practical recommendations (Including things like taking a photo of where I parked my car at the mall) my shrink suggested using a synchronized to-do app with my wife, coworkers, and close friends. She recommended specifically Wunderlist and after using it for a while I can see why.
Other than some annoying and awkwardly editable dictation translation errors… it is flawless.
Grocery and ToDo lists are defaults but you can add any other projects and track them separately. Any specific person is invited to share and complete items in any of your lists. They can't see the others.
My memory problems are said to be "age-appropriate". Wanderlust (dictation error! 😄) has helped save me from those little embarrassing problems of forgetfulness.
Hey developers, how about it… Particularly for the grocery list, I would love to be able to copy several "completed" grocery items and paste them back into the list rather than having to type/dictate each one back in manually.
The right balance! My External Brain!
I love Wunderlist and use it as my external brain! Tracking to-dos is merely a way of remembering what to do and that is not really helpful when you intent to complete those to-dos and have multiple action items along the way with no real end date in concrete. That's where the others get it wrong as they all seem to be geared towards the annoying today, tomorrow, and calendar way of tracking. But with wunderlist I am able to track the task, what I want the outcome to be, and all the action items that come up along the way. Plus little notes, reminders, and yes deadlines when I need them. Basically this has helped me manage my personal and professional life. But like anyone geared towards reducing stress and owning their lives, interactions, projects, tasks, and promises you have to commit to it. Check Wunderlist regularly and and focus on the use of it to maintain you external brain so you can finally get some of this open loop task geared annoyances out of your brain and focus on what is in front of you.
TLDR - seriously good app if you commit
You need this app!
I use this app every day and I love it. I keep lists for projects I’m working on with step by step instructions with the sub-list function. I love that I can use this on the internet to copy and paste items to my list and then it syncs to my phone to use on-the-go.
I keep lists of restaurants I want to try, books to buy, music to buy, garden chores, etc. I create lists to remember campsites I like so I know which one to reserve in the future. I keep a packing list for cold weather vacations, warm weather vacations and music festivals so I don’t have to figure out what to bring each time and I now never forget to pack that all important jacket or extra batteries. I keep a list of what I’d like to cook next week so I know what recipes to check when I make my grocery list. I have a lists to help me remember what to buy next time I’m at a hardware store, Target, Costco, Office store, etc.
I love this tool so much I’ve turned several of my friends into Wunderlist disciples now and they all love it as well!
Abandoned app! Don’t download!
I’ve used Wunderlist exclusively for all my task organization needs since 2011. I credit this app with helping me survive graduate school, it keeps me organized as a freelancer, my family uses it for shared lists, and I have recommended it to so many people over the past seven years. It’s been the most useful organization tool in my arsenal.
Today, I was experiencing trouble getting my tasks to sync between my iPhone and MacBook apps, so went online looking to see if there was a reported server issue. What I found instead is the news that at some indeterminate point in the future Wunderlist is going to be abandoned because the company, which was bought out by Microsoft several years ago, is focusing everything on a new Microsoft-branded app. I knew at the time that Microsoft buying them out was bad news, but I never thought this would happen. I never thought they’d abandon the incredible app that brought them the success to be noticed by Microsoft and abandon all the loyal users of that app. In fact, I’m pretty sure they promised at the time that this wouldn’t happen.
Now I have to hunt for a suitable replacement before they shut down Wunderlist and I lose my task lists. Not at all happy.
Must Have App
I have reviewed this app before and continue to love it but just want to add a few wish list items:
1. Completed sub-task items should auto-sort to the bottom or be hidden when the overall option to show completed items is not checked.
2. There should be an option for lefties that moves the check boxes to the left. When my son uses the app and tries to check off a sub-task, he ends up hitting the pane to the left, which closes the sub-task view. He then tries to re-open the window, but ends up hitting the checkbox for the task, marking it as complete. Then when I mark it as incomplete, all my sub-task statuses are set back to incomplete, and I have to go back through and figure out which ones I still need to do.
3. There should be an option to set the master device for syncing, or to disable it. I had to uninstall the app from another device because every time I turned it on, it synced the app and overwrote the statuses on my main device, instead of overwriting the statuses on the freshly powered up device.