The best list-making apps? Reader Q+A

Get organized with lots of lists: Teux DeuxI used to use my Netflix queue to keep the list of movies I’d missed, shows I wanted to watch on DVD, etc., but now I’m not sure where to manage this stuff since we canceled our subscription. Is there a way for me to organize my lists for easy access? -Aleca 

Ahh, a list-making woman after my own heart! Aleca, there are so many great list-making apps out there that will help you not only organize your TV and movie picks, but your grocery lists, calendar items, to dos, and so much more.

Here are a few options to get you started–beyond Google Docs, all selected for their ease of use and ability to sync across platforms and devices, so your lists are always on hand.

Teux Deux (above) by the fabulous design crew at Swiss Miss is a super simple, very intuitive web-based
app with a mobile phone app that syncs syncs to keep all your lists
readily at home, at work, or wherever you are. Simply input your items that need to be completed on any given day and cross
them off as you complete them, or they automatically carry over to the next day. There’s something majorly satisfying about
that cross-off feature, trust me. (iTunes, $2.99)
Make lists with Evernote
is a hugely popular list-making app that also lets you sync your
content across multiple devices and platforms. Our own readers have some amazing tips on how to use Evernote. Going beyond just lists, it lets you attach photos, create to-do lists, even record
voice reminders so that you don’t forget to get that birthday present
for Saturday’s party. (iTunes or for Android on Google Play, free) 
Wunderlist free list-making app
is another free, cross-platform app. Using your Wunderlist account, you can instantly share notes and lists
with friends, email lists to yourself or others, assign deadlines to
your tasks (must get mani/pedi by this Friday!) and assign filters to
different tasks so you can figure out which take priority at a glance. (iTunes or Google Play for Android, free)

Paperless list app
Paperless has an easy
interface with tons of functionality–you can email lists, copy and paste
lists, search for items on all your lists, even put passcode locks on
lists you don’t want people to see. (Could be good for gift shopping. Could also be good for that movie queue…) The lite version is free, but only
lets you input 30 items. If you need more space, go with
the premium version. (iTunes, free for lite / $2.99 for premium) -Jeana

Any list-keeping apps you love that we missed?

Jeana Lee Tahnk is a prolific tech writer, crafty mom, and passionate fan of any products that make it easier to raise three children. She's been immersed in the high-tech world for about 15 years, or since Mark Zuckerberg was in the 7th grade.


  • Reply January 26, 2012


    I’ve done a good amount of research on list apps, and the one I picked and have been using for a while now is Zenbe Lists. It is very simple, but that is what I wanted. On the other hand, it has the right features. Some list apps, for example, force you to sort your items by some specified criteria, like alphabetically or by date. Zenbe lets you simply drag an item to wherever you want it in the list. Its ability to display all your lists on one screen, and also to move one list before or after another, makes it very easy to manipulate and update. It syncs with their server, and you can update lists on the web, as well as share lists with others (who don’t need to create a Zenbe account). The only caveat I should mention is that around the first of this year, they had a one week or more server problem that prevented syncing or any web access. This was the first real problem I had, but it was frustrating due to no word from the company. But things are back to normal and I am happy using the app.

  • Reply January 26, 2012

    android user

    App suggestions for Android users once in a while would be nice.

    Ed: We’re always on the lookout for good Android apps, especially as the phones get better and better (even if it is still hard to find ones that meet our standards across multiple brands). If you search keyword Android on our site you’ll find plenty.

    A few favorites include National Film Board of Canada app
    Nook for Android
    Vignette Photo App
    and HopStop.

    But we’re always open to more suggestions.

  • Reply January 29, 2012


    If it’s for movies alone; is the best one out there. You can store wishlists, store trailers, look up other movies the actors have done. It’s really a lot of fun it you love movies.

  • Reply January 30, 2012

    Lisa Marz

    For those daily/weekly/monthly chores and routines I love HomeRoutines. You can customize your lists of things that you need to accomplish and easily mark them off as they are completed. You can then reset for the next day. This app is my favorite and has helped me to be so much more organized and get more things accomplished.

  • Reply February 21, 2012


    Evermore and Wunderlist are available for Android phones.

  • Reply May 9, 2012


    These are some great apps. For Android, I personally really like Amazing Grocery List. It’s very easy to use and it’s the only grocery app I know of that tracks when I’m running low on groceries. I think that’s a pretty neat feature.

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