6 of the best free iPhone apps for task management

One of the biggest barriers people face when adopting a task management app is the price. Apps like Things and OmniFocus are at the high end of the price spectrum, but there a plenty of iPhone users out there who have no interest in spending anything on an iPhone app of any kind…let alone a task management solution.

But that doesn’t mean those users shouldn’t have options should they want to add a task manager to their app arsenal.

Here are 6 of the best free iPhone apps for task management out there for those who want to give one a go…

1. Asana

I’ve been using Asana for collaborative task management pretty much since it launched, and the iOS app has recently had an update that makes it far more useful than ever before.

Asana

The great thing about it is its flexibility and its versatility – you can make it fit the system of productivity that suits you best. And with Asana Inbox now part of the mix, any projects that you’re collaborating with people on can have associated emails sent right inside the app. That means no emails from Mail.app to distract you – just the meals you need for the tasks at hand. Very clever.

2. Any.DO

A beautiful and elegant-looking task management app, Any.DO has a clean interface and is simply a pleasure to use.

Any.DO

Any.DO focuses on individuals instead. Tremendously customizable, multiple views for deliberate focus, and a powerful planning component are all aspects of Any.DO that make it a worthy addition to this list.

3. Doit.im

The most “GTD-centric” (GTD: Getting Things Done) of any of the apps on this list, Doit.im is deep and rich in both its form and function. It allows users to be both efficient and effective and makes adopting a GTD min set a little bit easier.

Doit.im

It features a lot of the more desired components of paid task management apps like OmniFocus and Things, but without all of the expense that goes along with those apps. And it’s multi-platform to boot!

4. Cheddar

Cheddar is nice to look at – and it’s really, really fast. It’s as clutter-free as task management apps come (although it is, like Wunderlist, more of a to-do list app for most people).

Cheddar

If you’re a fan of writing things in Markdown, Cheddar has you covered, and the tagging system it uses should be a familiar one to those who use Twitter. Cheddar’s simplicity is its strength – it allows it to have the speedy syncing that it possesses. There are extra features if you pony up some dough for Cheddar Plus, but most people are just fine with Cheddar as-is

5. Wunderlist

One of the most popular list-making apps out there is also often used for all-out task management as well. With its collaborative nature and an interface that is both simple to use and easy on the eyes, it’s no wonder that’s the case.

Wunderlist

With the demise of 6Wunderkinder’s Wunderkit app, there seems to be an impending update of the app that isn’t too far off. For users that don’t need a lot, but just need enough, Wunderlist often fits the bill. (You’ll just have to find out for yourself if you’re one of those users.)

6. Remember The Milk

This app never seems to get enough credit, and it’s been around for a long time. Its iOS experience is much-improved (just like the aforementioned Asana’s is) and it is packed with features in its free version that make it incredibly powerful.

Remember The Milk

Reminders are key component of the app, and syncing to the web service allows for backing p of tasks and notes (once per 24 hours for the free version). You can even set up locations for tasks so that Remember The Milk can let you know when it is time (or perhaps, more accurately) to complete them. A veteran of the task management scene, Remember The Milk is definitely worth a look.

There are plenty of other options out there, and you even can use the pre-loaded Reminders to work if you don’t want to dive too deeply into making it a more fully-featured task manager. But the choices I’ve given you above give the most pleasurable and powerful user experience for the price tag.

Use any of these free iPhone apps for task management regularly and you’ll find that the impact it has on you will be…priceless.

What free iPhone apps for task managements do you use? Share them in the comments.

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  • Niclas

    Evernote – very flexible/dynamic, multi platform, searchable photos etc.
    Gtasks – syncs with google tasks, “area-aware” close to grocery store = open shopping list with sound.

    • http://trishussey.com Tris Hussey

      That is a solid one. I don’t often make lists in it, but I have used it to track meeting action items.

    • http://mikevardy.com/ Mike Vardy

      I’m trying to use Evernote as a task management system but it is almost too flexible to be that. Never been a fan of Gtasks but I know it’s got its users — and RtM has location awareness too (I believe).

  • http://twitter.com/HiTekkSteff Stephaughn Alston

    When you do these articles on certain apps can you start telling us whether the app is compatible with the iPhone 5 (more specifically the 4inch screen)?

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Sure, we will add that point going forward.

      Except for Wunderlist, all the other apps are optimised for iPhone 5′s taller display.

      • http://twitter.com/HiTekkSteff Stephaughn Alston

        Cool, thanks!

  • Jay

    Take a look at the multiDo app. Its simple, but usefull, app for managing repetitive activities

  • Dan

    Haha! “Remember the milk sounds like a fun app to use, and probably a very useful one as well! I’m not sure about the others at the moment, but I will definitely take a look into them.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    Rev. B (impressed by writing skills, i placed some personal preference along with the text however, it’s amazing how Your original article sounds and comes across familiar. i regret i am far too exhausted these days to send creativity messages across in the same way. congrats. Marc)

    6 of the best free iPhone apps for task managementPosted by Mike Vardy on Nov 26, 2012 | 8 Comments

    One of the tallest barrier people face when adopting a task management app is the price. Apps like Things and OmniFocus are at the high end of the price spectrum but, there are plenty of iPhone users out there who have no interest in spending anything on an iPhone app of any kind…let alone a task management solution.

    that doesn’t mean however, those users shouldn’t have options should they want to add a task manager to their app arsenal.

    Here are 6 of the best free iPhone apps for task management out there for those who want to give one a go…

    Asana
    I’ve been using Asana for collaborative task management pretty much since it launched, and the iOS app has recently had an update that makes it far more useful than ever before.
    The great thing about Asana is flexibility (versatility is just about the same concept) and you can make Asana fit your own productivity method in the way that suits you best. Asana Inbox now part of the mix, allows any projects that you’re collaborating with people on, have associated emails sent right inside the app. That means no emails from Mail.app to distract you – just the mail you need for the tasks at hand. Very clever.

    AnyDO
    A beautiful and elegant-looking task management app, AnyDO has a clean interface and is simple to use.
    Placing individuals at the center of attention instead, with Tremendously customizable, multiple views for deliberate focus and powerful planning component that are features of AnyDO, this app is a worthy addition to this list.

    Doit_im
    The most “GTD-centric” (GTD: Getting Things Done) of any of the apps on this list. Doit_im is deep and rich in both its form and function and It allows users to be both efficient and effective, it makes adopting a GTD mind set a little easier too.
    It features a lot of the most desired components of paid task management apps like OmniFocus and Things but, without all of the expense that goes along with those apps. it also is multi-platform to boot.

    Cheddar
    Cheddar has nice look and feel – it’s really, really fast and It’s as clutter-free as task management apps come (although it is, like Wunderlist, more of a to-do list app for most people).
    If you’re a fan of writing things in Markdown, Cheddar has you covered and the tagging system it uses should be familiar to those who use Twitter. Simplicity is Cheddar’s strength allowing the speedy syncing in addition and There are extra features if you pony up some dough for Cheddar Plus . most people however are just fine with Cheddar as-is

    Wunderlist
    One of the most popular list-making apps out there, is also often used for all-out task management as well. With its collaborative nature and an interface that is both simple to use and easy on the eyes, it’s no wonder that’s the case.
    With the demise of 6Wunderkinder’s Wunderkit app, there seems to be an impending update of the app that isn’t too far off. For users that don’t need a lot, but just need enough, Wunderlist often fits the bill. (You’ll just have to find out for yourself if you’re one of those users.)

    Remember The Milk
    This app never seems to get enough credit and it’s been around for a long long time. Its iOS experience is much-improved (just like the aforementioned Asana’s is) and it is packed with features in its free version that make it incredibly powerful.
    Reminders are key component of the app and syncing to the web service allows for backing up tasks and notes (once per 24 hours for the free version). You can even set up locations for tasks so that Remember The Milk can let you know when it is time to complete them. A veteran of the task management scene, Remember The Milk is definitely worth a look.

    There are plenty of other options out there and you can even use the pre-loaded Reminders if you don’t want to dive too deeply into a fully-featured task manager. the choices I’ve given you above, give the most pleasant and Task Management ad-hoc user experience for the price tag.

    Use any of these free iPhone apps for task management regularly and you’ll find out the impact has on you is…priceless. (like mastercard)

  • Ashton

    Well i don’t mean to be a bore here, but i use the iphones own task management system, although reminders is fairly basic but it does everything i need it too and includes geo tagging which is useful for someone like me with an awful memory

  • http://about.me/annakaliska Kaila

    I’d complete the list above with SmartTM app. This app is new on the market and for me now (as I tried several other, even these listed above) is the most advanced task manager. It’s also great choice for all GTD lovers cause it follow all principles of this methodolowy

  • http://appsicum.com/ Appsicum

    Nice list, I totally agree with
    most of this list. I would like to
    suggest Future Scheduler and Location Alerts Productivity apps (Paid).

  • http://www.replicon.com/olp/expense-reports.aspx Carla Frett

    That’s a quite interesting list of apps that can help manage the task management to reach a better way ahead. Its pretty useful as well. Thanks for the share, but do you think that the free software or apps help manage to reach out to deliver the desired result with perfection. I think so the answer is no. Most of the features and functionalities gets lacked in the free version of apps which some what tends to fail in meeting the requirement which the user basically is in need of. And in that case a paid version of the tool is much required with sure.

    Even in our organization we too are pretty much specific and dedicated for the better task management. And to get the end result with clarity, the task management app which we have managed to use till now is Replicon’s task management app ( http://www.replicon.com/olp/task-management-software.aspx ) which is cloud based with a calender based and user friendly interface and that helps manage the task management with high level of dedication. This particular tool as well comes with a minimal price that is quite affordable and very near to the free apps which has been listed here after.