Updated: The Best To-Do App For iPhone

With all the great to-do apps for iPhone, it’s unsurprising that a new challenger came along that was capable of unseating our reigning champion. Wunderlist has been moved down in the rankings to make way for Orchestra, our new top pick.


Platform: iPhone
Price: Free
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  • Add tasks by typing or with (very accurate) voice recognition
  • Add tasks via email
  • Collaborate on tasks with coworkers, friends or anyone else regardless of whether or not they use Orchestra
  • Syncs with the Orchestra web app so you can access your Orchestra to-do list from any computer or device with a web browser
  • Organize tasks by due date and type
  • Easily filter tasks so you’re only looking at what you need

Orchestra was designed to be a to-do list app that works kind of like email, letting your tasks live outside of the app and interact with others. It’ll let you send tasks to other people, whether or not they use Orchestra, and they can request your assistance on anything as well. You don’t need to collaborate to use Orchestra, however, as it’s still an excellent to-do app regardless of what features you use. One of the places it shines the most is in the many ways it lets you add tasks. You can forward emails, speak to the app, or type them in normally. It also offers plenty of task viewing filters and methods of organization. It’s simple and easy to use too. It is, overall, about the best way you can manage your tasks because it’s flexible enough to work the way you want.

For more information, check out our full review of Orchestra.

It’s free and it’s great. There really isn’t anything to complain about. We’d just like to see Orchestra make its way to Android and other platforms as well.

Wow. There are a ton of excellent to-do apps on the iPhone. While Wunderlist is a very solid choice that will handle the needs of most people, you should absolutely check out these alternatives because they’re all pretty great and may suit your specific needs a bit better.

If you’ve upgraded to iOS 5, you now have a built-in app called Reminders which is a very simple to-do list app that can make use of your location to remind you when you’re near a task you have to complete. It’s also capable of creating standard to-dos with deadlines. If you don’t like Apple’s built-in location-aware option, ReQall (free), Tasker ($2.99) and TaskAware ($10.49) are alternatives.

For those of you who like notebook-style, well-design to-dos, you’ll want to look at EgretList ($2.99) is a pretty great option. It allows you to attach relevant media to your tasks and even includes faux-sticker packs that can be used to indicate what kind of item you’re adding. It syncs with Evernote so you can access your list from practically any desktop platform or the web. 2Do ($7.49) offers a similar experience, but with a more professional look (rather than the fun, personal style of Egretlist).

If you’re looking for simple-syncing options, Toodledo ($2.99) is worth a look. You can add tasks, sort them easily, create locations reminders and sync with Toodledo.com. Another similar, long-time favourite is Remember the Milk (free-ish). You can use the app to remind you or you can have it send you emails, text messages and more to make sure you do not forget anything ever again. It syncs with RememberTheMilk.com, of course, and offers push notifications, smart lists, task prioritisation and plenty of other features (some of which are premium and require a subscription, by the way).

When you’re aiming for simplicity and minimalism, TeuxDeux ($2.99) is the app you’re going to want. You just add items by day (or under the “Someday” header) and that’s about it. It keeps things extra simple so all you have to worry about is adding tasks.

Lastly we have Things ($10.49) and OmniFocus ($20.99), which make up for the pricier side of the to-do apps. Like their Mac OS X counterparts, they concentrate on the Getting Things Done (GTD) system. If you need a solid GTD app, both of these are great choices.

Got a favourite we missed? Share it in the comments!

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