We all need a little reminder to do things sometimes. We live in a world filled with distraction and various shiny things that often lead us off course of whatever it is we’re trying to do. Thus, setting reminders can not only be productive, but a savior in some situations. There are a variety of ways to use reminders on Android. You can set them up in your calendar app, a dedicated to-do list app, and there are some apps that exist only to serve up reminders when you need them. Even some note taking apps have reminder functionality built-in. We’ll take a look at the best reminder apps for Android here!
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Price: Free / $3.99
BZ Reminder is a very simple to-do list app. You can set reminders and then the app reminds you when it’s time. The app has a robust, but short list of features. You can color code tasks and reminders for easier organization. Additionally, it comes with Android Wear support, alerts, recurring tasks (for taking out the garbage every week), and even set hourly reminders for things like drinking water. It also has widgets, a simple calendar included, and more. The app isn’t as complex as the big names in this space. However, it’s one of the best simple reminder apps for personal use.
Price: Free / Up to $5.49
Calendar Notify is an above average calendar app and a great reminder app. It syncs to Google Calendar so you can use both if you need to. It delivers a quick view of your agenda and schedule. In addition, you get some widgets along with a high degree of customization. It’s a bit simpler than the stock Google Calendar app, but you can use both interchangeably for more control.
Google Keep Notes
Google Keep Notes is probably the best note taking app available right now. It’s also about two or three feature updates away from being a to-do list app also. It features a collaboration features that let you share notes with others. You can also take text, list, photo, audio, and video notes. The reminders features is fairly simple, but effective. You can set notes to pop up as notifications at certain times or places. For instance, you can make your shopping list note pop up when your GPS indicates that you’re at your local grocery store. It also saw a major redesign in late 2018 that makes it even more pleasant to look at.
Heynote is kind of a wildcard in this space. It’s actually a live wallpaper app mixed with a note taking app. You leave notes on your wallpaper and re-apply it to get your reminders right on your home screen at all times. It’s a neat way to accomplish the feat without extra push notifications or a widget. You can create notes over plain backgrounds or simply write them over your existing wallpaper. Just remember that this is a wallpaper app so if you decide you don’t like it, you still have to switch your wallpaper back to what it was manually. It’s also entirely free as of this writing.
Price: Free / $1.99
Ike To Do List is another unique reminder app. It uses President Eisenhower’s Priority Matrix. You put in a bunch of tasks and assign them an importance value. The app then prioritizes the tasks. It also comes with reminders, due dates, images, audio, notes, widgets, customization, and more. It definitely covers all of the basics and does so in a fun way. The app is free. The pro version goes for $1.99 and unlocks all of the themes, widgets, and some additional features.
Price: Free / $4.00
Life Reminders is one of the simple reminder apps. It lets you create tasks with a deadline. The app simply reminds you when it’s time to do it. It can even set-up phone calls or send SMS/text messages on a schedule. Tasks are repeatable on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule. Additionally, the app uses Material Design, supports seven languages, and more. Otherwise, the app is simple and it works well. The free version has most of the features.
Microsoft To-Do is Microsoft’s to do list app. It works cross platform with Windows devices. Some other features include collaboration features so you can share tasks with family, friends, and coworkers. You also get recurring tasks, reminders, and some more granular features like notes and subtasks. It’s a perfectly good reminder app and it’s usable on your windows PC or laptop. That makes it a good candidate for people on a budget who still want all of the features and cross-platform support with their Windows PC.
Price: Free / $27.99 per year
TickTick is an up and coming to do list app. It has a lot of features, including reminders, recurring tasks, widgets, various customization options, and even a calendar. TickTick rounds out the experience with Material Design, syncing between devices, collaboration with other TickTick users, and more. It works great for a variety of situations. However, it works best in a household or work environment where multiple people use the same app. The free version is more than good enough for personal use. The pro version runs for $27.99 per year and it’s mostly for businesses.
Price: Free / $29 per year
Todoist is among the best to do list apps. It’s powerful, stylish, and it works really well. Along with the app, it comes with a Chrome extension and a native PC app. That way you can stay synced up everywhere. It supports most of the basic features you’d need in a to do list app. The only downside is that the actual reminders part is a premium feature. You can still view your to-do lists in both the app and widget format. We would’ve liked at least a single reminder per task in the free version. We only recommend this one as a reminder app if you plan on going premium with it anyway. Those looking for free options should check out the other apps on this list.
Personal assistant apps
Price: Free (usually)
Personal assistant apps are all the rage right now. The popular ones include Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Samsung’s Bixby. All of these personal assistant apps are also good reminder apps. You simply engage with them and ask them to remind you to do something at a certain time. They usually comply without any hassle. Assistant is probably the best one here and works on most Android devices. Alexa is right up there but only works on Amazon devices. Cortana works on most things but it’s a little incomplete while Bixby is the one we’d recommend for Samsung owners (assuming they don’t already use Google Assistant). Hit the button to see our list of the best personal assistant apps on Android!
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