Best reminder app ?


sean000

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I use Due even though I have other reminder options: There is the native Reminders app, Fantastical 2 (which I use for my calendar), and my task management app (TickTick), but sometimes you just want a simple reminder app with lots of options for recurrences, snoozing, etc. Due just does one thing very well (actually two things if you count timers, but I don't use the timers).

Due is attractive and easy to use. It supports setting reminders via Siri and importing from native reminders. You can create recurring reminders, set custom auto-snooze/nag intervals, set different tones per reminder, easily postpone a reminder for 10 minutes, one hour, 3 hours, or one day. It also keeps a log of completed reminders and supports creating custom timers. It supports natural language for setting dates, so you can say "Take out the trash tomorrow" or "Replace air filter on December 10th."

It's one of my most useful apps. I think it's just a one-time purchase of $2.99. If I recall it is possible to use for free, but the free version has some limitations... like you don't get as many options for auto-snooze intervals.

I would add that I make a distinction between task management and reminders. I don't want reminders for the vast majority of my tasks. I only schedule tasks, or set reminders for them, when I plan to complete the task on a specific day/time. Of course I could just use my task management app for reminders, but I like having the separate reminder app for some things. I rarely have more than half a dozen items in Due, but I have hundreds of tasks in TickTick. So while I might get reminders from TickTick, my calendar, etc. I use the Due app for things I absolutely need to do within a very specific length of time. If it's really urgent, I might have it auto-nag me every 5 minutes.
 
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dbrewood

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For me GoodTask 3 shines, and especially as it works with Reminders (Apple native & Office 365 synced via Apple reminders), plenty of flexibility, etc. Regularly updated as well!
 

ilawlin

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I really prefer the "Reminder" app that comes with device. It is simple and easy to use. It has worked really well for me so far. "Due" sounds really interesting and seamless, too, from the description above. Although, I lack the spirit of adventure to install a third-party app in lieu of "Reminder." :oops::apple:
 

Treebark

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What features do you want in a reminder app? People could interpret your request from as simple as needing alarms to grocery lists to full-blown project management managing thousands of tasks. What do you want to do?

I personally finally gave into Things last year after avoiding it for so long (thought it was overpriced). I probably spent more on all the other task management software out there over the years though, lol.
 
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sean000

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Just tested it and you can indeed snooze but only at hourly intervals.
Yeah... I need my snooze and I need it have lots of interval options. That's what led me to Due as a reminders app. The paid version lets you set an auto snooze interval of every 1 minute, every 5 minutes, 10, 15, 30, or every hour. Auto-snooze is what happens when you ignore the reminder. If you don't ignore the reminder you can also manually snooze with options for 10 minutes, one hour, three hours, or one day. I set the default auto-snooze to 30 minutes, but if I need to make absolutely sure I do something at a specific time I can set the auto-snooze for every 5 minutes or even every minute. I don't use it for task management (that would be TickTick), so I don't usually have many reminders set in Due. I use it mostly for the time-sensitive stuff, and set recurring reminders for things like taking out the trash or recycling on Thursday nights.