Wunderlist: Serious to-do list management for your Android tablet

Jack Wallen walks through the installation and usage of Wunderlist, a to-do list application that may even rival Evernote.


The defacto standard to-do list application in the Google Play Store is Evernote. However, one app could give Evernote a run for its money -- and it's called Wunderlist.

The Wunderlist app allows you to manage and share a daily to-do list. The feature list is fairly impressive. There are three different versions: Free, Pro ($4.99 per month), and Pro for Teams (call for pricing). With the free version, you can:

  • Sync across all your devices
  • Share lists
  • Save important deadlines

With the Pro version, you add the following features:

  • Add comments to to-do lists
  • Converse with your teammates about to-do lists
  • Leave feedback, ask a question, or add some extra insight
  • Attach files (photos, spreadsheets, presentation decks, PDFs, videos, and even sound bites) to any to-do list
  • Assign to-do lists
  • Add unlimited subtasks

So, if you're looking for a basic to-do list (that allows you to sync), the free version will do just fine. If you consider yourself a power user, the Pro version offers enough features to possibly even ween you from the ever-powerful Evernote.

Let's install and use Wunderlist.


The installation of Wunderlist is simple. Just follow these directions:

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android tablet
  2. Search for “wunderlist” (no quotes)
  3. Tap the entry for “Wunderlist – To-do & Task List”
  4. Tap Install
  5. Tap Accept

Once the installation is complete, you'll find the launcher for Wunderlist in your app drawer or on your home screen (or both). Tap the launcher to open the application and begin your journey.


When you first run Wunderlist, you'll be asked to create an account. I recommend creating a free account to test it out. If you decide to upgrade, go to the Wunderlist site and sign up for a Pro plan.  Once you've signed up and logged in, you'll be asked to add an image for your profile. You can do this from either your Gallery or your camera (or you can skip this step). With the photo in place, you'll be taken to your Wunderlist main screen (Figure A).

Figure A

Figure A
Wunderlist running on a Verizon-branded Samsung Galaxy Note tablet.

By default, you'll see five lists:

  • Private
  • Work
  • Shopping
  • Movies to Watch
  • Wishlist

You can also create specific lists to fit your needs. For example, if you manage numerous projects, you can create a list for each project. To create a list, tap the Add a list button, and then enter the name of the list. Once you've created that list, you can begin adding to-do list items to it. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the list you want the item to belong to
  2. Tap Add an item
  3. Enter the item text
  4. Tap Send

With the item created, tap it to reveal the item properties (Figure B), where you can set the due date of the item, a reminder, a subtask, add notes, add files, and add comments.

Figure B

Figure B
The properties of a new item within a list.

You can also invite friends to join the default lists or the lists you've created. Here's how:

  1. Tap the list to be shared
  2. Tap the plus sign [+] to the right of the list
  3. Tap Invite Friends (Figure C)
  4. Either select friends from the list or, if they aren't listed, enter their email address
  5. Tap Done

Figure C

Figure C
Adding friends to a list is simple.

The added friend will get an email invite to Wunderlist. Once they've created an account, all they have to do is click the Join List button within the email, and they'll be included with that list. Once the friend has joined the list, they can begin collaborating on tasks with you. When either you or your friends have added tasks to that list, they'll automatically sync with your Wunderlist account (and show up on the device).

If you're looking for a to-do list app to possibly supplant Evernote as your default, Wunderlist is a very  good candidate. Give this app a try, and see if it doesn't help you organize your projects and tasks with power and ease.

By Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic, The New Stack, and Linux New Media. He's covered a variety of topics for over twenty years and is an avid promoter of open source. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen....