iPhone Shopping List Apps

anfield11

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Any recommendations?

im really bad at forgetting or losing paper lists 😀
 

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I actually just use the stock Reminders app. You can create a new Groceries or Shopping reminder, give a specific color and even hide the items as you mark them completed. You can add notes, URL, alarm, priority and even subtasks to each list item. Check out the options in the ellipsis menu icon at the top right of any reminder.

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The thing I love most is that I can edit the list on my iPad or MacBook Air and the updated list will appear the next time I open that list on my iPhone. Continuity and Handoff are awesome!
 
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anfield11

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I actually just use the stock Reminders app. You can create a new Groceries or Shopping reminder, give a specific color and even hide the items as you mark them completed. You can add notes, URL, alarm, priority and even subtasks to each list item. Check out the options in the ellipsis menu icon at the top right of any reminder.

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The thing I love most is that I can edit the list on my iPad or MacBook Air and the updated list will appear the next time I open that list on my iPhone. Continuity and Handoff are awesome!
thanks for that I’ll check it out
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My wife and I use OurGroceries. It also has an Apple Watch app.
thank you, will check it out
 

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The thing I love most is that I can edit the list on my iPad or MacBook Air and the updated list will appear the next time I open that list on my iPhone. Continuity and Handoff are awesome!
Re: stock Reminders this.

Been doing this since iOS 13 and Catalina. But a bit disappointed with it.

Moving items in iOS is a bit wonky. Does not play well with my 3rd party calendar/reminder app (Fantastical): things like grocery lists show up there when I don't want them there. Plus stumbled on, I think, a bug on Mac side:
  • Mac powered off
  • Delete item on iOS, deleted on all iOS devices
  • Power up Mac, deleted items show up again (acts as Mac Reminders pushes its copies of Reminders before processing deltas re: completed status, date changes)
Previously, using an app called Paperless. Lots of bells and whistles: big list of icons for lists, options to add at beginning or end of list, duplicate lists, cloud sync between iOS devices, check marks or not. Downside, no Mac support. Had a bug with iOS 13 and font colors, but looks like new version pushed out a week ago that might have fixed that (will test tomorrow). Developer has a new fork of this app with more features, Ikiru.

ADD: looks like the latest Paperless update has fixed the font color issue.
 
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Tajhad

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What about “Apple Notes”? My wife and I use this. Instantly syncs between devices. If one is out shopping and the other adds something to the list - it immediately updates.
You can make a checklist - where you can tick off each item.
Make a list on the Mac - it is picked up on the phone when out shopping.
 

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Previously, using an app called Paperless. Lots of bells and whistles: big list of icons for lists, options to add at beginning or end of list, duplicate lists, cloud sync between iOS devices, check marks or not. Downside, no Mac support. Had a bug with iOS 13 and font colors, but looks like new version pushed out a week ago that might have fixed that (will test tomorrow). Developer has a new fork of this app with more features, Ikiru.
That sounds a lot like Our Groceries. They don't have a Mac app, but they do have a web app, so I can update the list while at work on my Windows PC. You can also attach a picture to the item to help find it.
 

Paco II

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Check out Grocery. The power of the native reminders with extra capabilities.

 
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Grocery looks like a nice app, but they've added items as premium features to justify in-app purchases. I also fail to see how a complete recipe editor has any place in her grocery shopping list.. you can easily add items to a grocery list. And keeping track and replenishment of inventory in your pantry can be done with human eyes. The Grocery app keeps your lists in the Reminders app anyway - looks like the developer is using the Reminders app for the heavy work and uses the Grocery app for extra features.

Just my $0.02
 

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The premium features are totally optional. You should give it a try first for a little bit and see what you think. Even though it is Reminders under the covers, it's really nice having a dedicated grocery app that remembers what you bought and such.


Grocery looks like a nice app, but they've added items as premium features to justify in-app purchases. I also fail to see how a complete recipe editor has any place in her grocery shopping list.. you can easily add items to a grocery list. And keeping track and replenishment of inventory in your pantry can be done with human eyes. The Grocery app keeps your lists in the Reminders app anyway - looks like the developer is using the Reminders app for the heavy work and uses the Grocery app for extra features.

Just my $0.02
 

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The premium features are totally optional. You should give it a try first for a little bit and see what you think. Even though it is Reminders under the covers, it's really nice having a dedicated grocery app that remembers what you bought and such.
Keeping track of what is in your pantry is listed as a premium feature; I would rather use my brain and eyes, no need to pay for something I can already do. Many of the Grocery app features promote laziness, in my opinion.. something I would rather avoid.

The app might be great for some folks.. but I like to avoid 3rd-party apps and purchases when I don't actually need them.
 

Paco II

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Alright, got it. You don't like it.

Keeping track of what is in your pantry is listed as a premium feature; I would rather use my brain and eyes, no need to pay for something I can already do. Many of the Grocery app features promote laziness, in my opinion.. something I would rather avoid.

The app might be great for some folks.. but I like to avoid 3rd-party apps and purchases when I don't actually need them.
 

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AnyList! Multiple lists, Watch app (essential for me) and lists are shareable. One of my most used Watch and phone apps.
 

anfield11

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What about “Apple Notes”? My wife and I use this. Instantly syncs between devices. If one is out shopping and the other adds something to the list - it immediately updates.
You can make a checklist - where you can tick off each item.
Make a list on the Mac - it is picked up on the phone when out shopping.
yes, I’ve been using this and not bad. Just thought with a dedicated app I’d get some nice features. On the notes for instance, would be nice if once you checked an item and it dropped down, it would fall into place alphabetically.
 

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yes, I’ve been using this and not bad. Just thought with a dedicated app I’d get some nice features. On the notes for instance, would be nice if once you checked an item and it dropped down, it would fall into place alphabetically.
That's what ShopShop does. Nice feature.
 

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OurGroceries... my wife and I share a set of shopping lists... great app, and the watch app is quite handy.
 

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Another vote for AnyList. Lots of features and something we use all of the time. I avoid subscriptions (this is only 1 of the 2 I have) but this app is well worth it for us.
 

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As the co-founder of AnyList I am hopelessly biased, but I do hope that you'll check out our app. Just so I'm not tooting my own horn too much, here's a independent review of the app:


If you use Alexa or Google Assistant, AnyList works with both of those, which can be really handy while cooking. For example, just yell, "Alexa, add olive oil to my shopping list," while your hands are covered in olive oil, and it'll show up in AnyList (after you link your account with Alexa). :)

Please email us at team@anylist.com if you have any questions.
 

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Since you've jumped into the fray here :), I wonder if I can ask you why more shopping apps don't have barcode scanners? Is that data not readily available or affordable to put into an app?


As the co-founder of AnyList I am hopelessly biased, but I do hope that you'll check out our app. Just so I'm not tooting my own horn too much, here's a independent review of the app:


If you use Alexa or Google Assistant, AnyList works with both of those, which can be really handy while cooking. For example, just yell, "Alexa, add olive oil to my shopping list," while your hands are covered in olive oil, and it'll show up in AnyList (after you link your account with Alexa). :)

Please email us at team@anylist.com if you have any questions.
 

jeffhunterx

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Since you've jumped into the fray here :), I wonder if I can ask you why more shopping apps don't have barcode scanners? Is that data not readily available or affordable to put into an app?
Databases of product information tend to be expensive, incomplete, or most often, both. Many of them do not include items from Trader Joe's and store brand items, for example. Of course, the more expensive databases tend to be more complete, but even then there are huge holes in them.

If you're willing to deal with numerous limitations, then you can use a Siri shortcut to scan barcodes and add items to AnyList. For example, here is a shortcut that scans barcodes and add items to Reminders:

https://shortcutsgallery.com/shortcuts/scan-upc-ean-to-list/

That shortcut could be adapted to add to AnyList instead, using our "Add to List" shortcut action. But you'll probably find that many of the items you scan aren't recognized, and that the data is messy and not very uniform.

AnyList remembers items that you've added previously and offers them as auto-complete suggestions. Since most people tend to shop for the same things on a regular basis (e.g., Milk, Bread, etc.) is it often quicker and easier to just start typing the item name than to scan a barcode. For example, to add Olive Oil, you could just type "ol" and pick the Olive Oil suggestion, compared to bringing up a camera and pointing it at a barcode.
 
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Paco II

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Jeff, thanks for the tip on the scanner Shortcut. I'm 10 for 10 identifying kitchen products, and it was easy to modify the script to drop them into AnyList. I'd still prefer this kind of thing built into a grocery list app, but it'll do.


Databases of product information tend to be expensive, incomplete, or most often, both. Many of them do not include items from Trader Joe's and store brand items, for example. Of course, the more expensive databases tend to be more complete, but even then there are huge holes in them.

If you're willing to deal with numerous limitations, then you can use a Siri shortcut to scan barcodes and add items to AnyList. For example, here is a shortcut that scans barcodes and add items to Reminders:

https://shortcutsgallery.com/shortcuts/scan-upc-ean-to-list/

That shortcut could be adapted to add to AnyList instead, using our "Add to List" shortcut action. But you'll probably find that many of the items you scan aren't recognized, and that the data is messy and not very uniform.

AnyList remembers items that you've added previously and offers them as auto-complete suggestions. Since most people tend to shop for the same things on a regular basis (e.g., Milk, Bread, etc.) is it often quicker and easier to just start typing the item name than to scan a barcode. For example, to add Olive Oil, you could just type "ol" and pick the Olive Oil suggestion, compared to bringing up a camera and pointing it at a barcode.
 

freeman1899

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Check out Grocery. The power of the native reminders with extra capabilities.

i am also into Grocery as a shopping list app. it makes my shopping trips more efficient threw the automated sorting function and since it uses reminders it’s easy to put things on the list using Siri, and it is easy to share the list with people in my household that do not use the app.