I tried automating my days with Any.do and TickTick, 2 apps that are excellent for managing tasks, read on and you can expect to find out which app is better based on your needs.
For those who like a task management app with more ability to customise how tasks are managed, go with TickTick. For those who’d like one that streamlines how your tasks are organised, go with Any.do.
With TickTick, you’d have to really think about how you want to organise your tasks. With Any.do, a framework that you can readily use has already been laid out within the app.
Going With Customisable TickTick Or Standardised Any.do?
If I could draw a tangent with relation to the level of customisations allowed, I’d say that TickTick is like an Android phone and that Any.do is like an Apple phone.
Let’s first talk about TickTick – it allows you to create custom task templates, whatever that may be.
With this function, I’ve taken this supposedly task management app to include note taking and reflections as well.
The possibilities goes beyond that – you can also use it to create templates for a packing list, grocery list (…). The possibilities for which you can use this feature is almost endless.
Any.do on the other hand, streamlines how you manage your tasks.
One of the ways it does that is through its “Grocery List”.
It’s a feature you can see right from the moment you enter the app.
Although you can change the name of the list, there’s no way to change the name displayed. It will always show as “Grocery Lists”.
It’s just there, and it’s supposed to make grocery shopping more effortless for you I guess.
Great for the person who frequents the grocery shop but not so great for me for the last time I went to buy groceries was probably months ago.
Another thing that makes Any.do ready to use, right out of the box, albeit less customisable, is how its lists work.
For the unacquainted, lists on Any.do and TickTick works as containers for your checklists/tasks.
These 4 list that you see here, you can’t delete.
“All tasks”, “Personal” and “Work” are default lists that cannot be deleted.
You can delete the grocery list. But the moment you tap on the grocery icon shown just now, the list gets recreated.
Although you can’t delete these default lists, with the exception of the “All Tasks” list, it should be mentioned that their names can be changed to suit your needs.
This is how the lists view shows on TickTick.
The default lists are clearly delineated.
While there are default lists that are created for you, with the exception of “Today”, “Inbox” and “Events”, you are free to delete/edit them as you like.
Based on this brief comparison, you can see that TickTick simply allows for more customisations with task management than Any.do.
This is not to say that Any.do is a lesser app than TickTick, but just that Any.do has more of a defined framework that a user would have to go with. With TickTick, there’s more free play.
Choosing between TickTick or Any.do? In my opinion after using both, I’d think that this is will largely be a matter of preference with how much customisations you want with your task management.
And while this level of customisations allowed is a large factor when choosing between these 2 apps, you might also want to look at the overall major features of the 2 apps before you decide.
Between TickTick & Any.do: Which Has More/Better Features?
More features – TickTick for it has 17 out of 20 major features.
Any.do only has 15 out of 20 major features listed below.
Which app has the better features though, is a matter of preference. Take a look at this outline comparison of features between TickTick and Any.do.
|S/N||Feature||Availablity on TickTick||Availability on Any.do|
|1||Treat calendar events like tasks||Available free||Not available|
|2||Creation of calendar events||Not available||Available free|
|3||Natural language||Available free||Available free|
|4||Adding of subtasks||Available free||Available free|
|5||Adding of tasks as template||Available free||Not available|
|6||Adding of task through speech recognition||Available free||Not available|
|7||Adding of notes into tasks||Available free||Available free|
|8||Whatsapp notifications||Not available||Available paid|
|9||List view||Available free||Available free|
|10||Month view||Available paid||Not available|
|11||Day view||Available paid||Available free|
|12||3 Day view||Available paid||Available free|
|13||Week view||Available paid||Available free|
|14||Tags||Available free||Limited availability on free version|
|15||Printing of tasklist||Available free||Available free|
|16||Quick access grocery lists||Not available||Available free|
|17||Location reminders||Available free||Available paid|
|18||Recurring tasks||Available free||Available paid|
|19||Outstanding tasks view||Available free||Limited availability on free version|
|20||Multiple reminders||Available paid||Not available|
Here’s a summary of all the major features available on Any.do:
|S/N||Feature||Availability on Any.do|
|1||Creation of calendar events||Available free|
|2||Natural language||Available free|
|3||Adding of subtasks||Available free|
|4||Adding of notes into tasks||Available free|
|5||Whatsapp notifications||Available paid|
|6||List view||Available free|
|7||Day view||Available free|
|8||3 Day view||Available free|
|9||Week view||Available free|
|10||Tags||Limited availability on free version|
|11||Printing of tasklist||Available free|
|12||Quick access grocery lists||Available free|
|13||Location reminders||Available paid|
|14||Recurring tasks||Available paid|
|15||Outstanding tasks view||Limited availability on free version|
Based on this analysis, Any.do has 12 out of its 15 major features available free.
3 of its 15 major features are only available paid.
Here’s a summary of all the major features available on TickTick:
|S/N||Feature||Availablity on TickTick|
|1||Treat calendar events like tasks||Available free|
|2||Natural language||Available free|
|3||Adding of subtasks||Available free|
|4||Adding of tasks as template||Available free|
|5||Adding of task through speech recognition||Available free|
|6||Adding of notes into tasks||Available free|
|7||List view||Available free|
|8||Month view||Available paid|
|9||Day view||Available paid|
|10||3 Day view||Available paid|
|11||Week view||Available paid|
|13||Printing of tasklist||Available free|
|14||Location reminders||Available free|
|15||Recurring tasks||Available free|
|16||Outstanding tasks view||Available free|
|17||Multiple reminders||Available paid|
Based on this analysis, TickTick has 12 out of its 17 major features available free.
5 of its 17 major features are only available paid.
After going through these features, you may see a few that particularly interest you.
And that’s where we’re going next. A detailed look at each of these features for both apps.
A Thorough Look At Major Features Of TickTick & Any.do
Here are the features which we will take a detailed look at:
- Treat calendar events like task
- Creation of calendar events
- Natural language
- Adding of subtasks
- Adding of tasks as template
- Adding of task through speech recognition
- Adding of notes into tasks
- Whatsapp notification
- List view
- Month view
- Day view
- 3 Day view
- Week view
- Printing of task lists
- Quick access grocery lists
- Location reminders
- Recurring tasks
- Outstanding tasks view
- Multiple reminders
1) Treat calendar events like tasks
This feature is available free on TickTick but is not available on Any.do.
Essentially, this means that you can create your calendar events on another app, sync your calendars to TickTick and then check off those events as you would a task.
As someone that plans my time to the minute, I’ve found this to be useful to track my time during the day.
With this feature, instead of scanning through my day’s plan to see what I need to do, I can now check off my events as I would a task and would know immediately my priority now.
2) Creation of calendar events
This feature is available free on Any.do but is not available at all on TickTick.
Although this feature is not available at all on TickTick, on the paid version of TickTick, you can create durations for your tasks.
This will be not quite like creating an event on a calendar, but is similar.
You can use Any.do as both a task management and calendar app.
The ability to create events and manage tasks is also available on calendar apps like Google Calendar and Fantastical.
The difference is that Any.do allows you much more choices when it comes to how you can manage your tasks.
This will become evident as we go further down the list.
3) Natural language
Unlike Calendars by Readdle where natural language is a paid add-on, TickTick and Any.do makes this feature available for free.
In my use of both apps, I’ve found that the natural language feature on TickTick and Any.do can detect time and day but was unable to detect location and people.
4) Adding of subtasks
With this feature, you can easily breakdown bigger tasks into actionable subtasks.
The adding of subtasks is a feature that is available for free on both Any.do and TickTick.
5) Adding of tasks as template
The adding of tasks as a template is a feature that is available for free on TickTick but is not available at all on Any.do.
Aside from the multi-faceted applications of this feature, this feature will help you to save time.
With this feature, you don’t even need to duplicate tasks.
All you need to do is to identify the tasks that you frequently use and add them as a task template.
The best part is that it is available entirely for free.
6) Adding of task through speech recognition
The adding of tasks through speech recognition is a feature that is available for free on TickTick but is not available at all on Any.do.
I’d imagine this feature to be useful for drivers.
As a non-native English speaker, I’ve found that the speech recognition on TickTick works very well.
Not only can it recognise your words, it can also recognise date and time, just like its capability with natural language.
7) Adding of notes into tasks
Adding of notes onto tasks on TickTick and Any.do is straightforward and are available on both apps for free.
Beyond adding notes, both apps also allows you to upload attachments such as photos.
You can also set locations to every task and choose to activate a reminder when you’re arriving/leaving the set location.
8) Whatsapp notification
WhatsApp notification is a paid feature only available on Any.do.
The main function of WhatsApp notifications through Any.do is to provide you with additional notifications for your Any.do tasks through WhatsApp.
As you can see from the screenshot, creating a task through WhatsApp to Any.do is easily doable, but if you want to add any sort of detail into a task/edit a task, you will have to go into the main Any.do app to make the changes.
You will also receive WhatsApp notifications for tasks that you create on the Any.do app.
9) List view
The list view is available on both free versions of Any.do and TickTick.
The list views in both apps looks similar but works differently.
The list view on TickTick only shows all events/tasks for 1 day at a time while the list view on Any.do allows for the continuous scrolling through of tasks/events.
The list view on TickTick allows you to transform the list view coupled with the month’s overview by swiping down.
Any.do doesn’t allow you to do this.
10) Month view
The month view is only available paid on TickTick and is not available at all on Any.do.
11) Day view
The day view is available paid on TickTick and is available free on Any.do.
12) 3 Day view
The 3 day view is available paid on TickTick and is available free on Any.do.
13) Week view
The week view is available paid on TickTick and is available free on Any.do.
TickTick only allows for 1 tag on the free version of the app.
Any.do allows full functionality of tags on its free version.
These tags allow you to easily search for tasks based on your categorisation.
1 difference between both apps for tags is that TickTick only allows 1 word per tag while Any.do allows for multiple words per tag.
15) Printing of task lists
Both apps allows the printing of your task list for free.
The printing feature is available on the iPhone app for TickTick and I could only find the printing feature in the web version of Any.do.
Overall, I’ve found the print feature on TickTick to be more useful as it’s possible to print not only task by task but also day by day for TickTick.
On TickTick, you can’t print tasks into a pdf, but it is possible for you to share your task, day, week, month etc. into text/images.
For Any.do, however, I’ve found it only possible to print things at the list level. I’ve found it was also unable to convert the print to a pdf or export it as a text/image.
16) Quick access grocery lists
Quick access grocery lists is a feature that is available free only on Any.do.
You can also choose to create multiple lists within this and name them accordingly.
Beyond groceries, this feature will be useful for general shopping related tasks.
17) Location reminders
Location reminders are available free on both TickTick and Any.do with set up and function similar.
Between both apps though, I must say that location reminders for TickTick did feel more intuitive and less buggy to use.
Attempting to “Add a new location” on Any.do resulted in frustration as the location never seemed to save even after tapping on the “save” button.
18) Recurring tasks
Recurring tasks is available free on TickTick and available paid on Any.do.
19) Outstanding tasks view
Both apps call this feature differently. But essentially, what this feature does is that it helps you to focus on tasks that are your priorities.
This feature is available free on TickTick.
For Any.do, you can use this feature up to 5 times for free per month.
20) Multiple reminders
Multiple reminders for tasks is only available paid on TickTick and is not available on Any.do.
Especially useful for the forgetful.
TickTick& Any.do: Perhaps The Most Important Factor?
By now, you probably have a pretty good feel about which app is better for your needs.
Maybe the free versions of either apps are good enough for you.
But if you’re considering premium, then price will be a concern for you.
I’ve compiled a simple comparison of pricing between TickTick and Any.do so that you can make a complete decision about this.
The pricing for Any.do work out to be:
USD$59.88 every year for the 6 monthly plan.
USD$35.88 every year for the annual plan.
USD$71.88 every year for the monthly plan.
For TickTick, there are only 2 plans – monthly and annual. Here’s what they will work out to cost you:
USD$27.99 every year for the annual plan.
USD$33.48 every year for the monthly plan.
If you’re still deciding on a task management app even after reading this article, then you might want to consider Trello.