The 12 Best iPhone Productivity Apps in 2020

Joe Martin
A woman using her iPhone.


We all want to be more productive. Fortunately, there are a plethora of amazing tools available to help us get more done in less time, starting with the supercomputer in all of our pockets: our iPhones. If you're an iOS user, greater productivity is literally a thumb tap away.

The 12 iPhone productivity apps listed below have been carefully selected and each will help you become more efficient. Let's get started!

1. OmniFocus 3

Source: The Omni Group

First up we have OmniFocus 3, a popular task management software that will help you accomplish more every single day. The latest version includes new features like tags, which allow users to add context to their tasks such as priority and difficulty levels; drag and drop task management; and more flexible and detailed notifications.

Of course, OmniFocus 3 also includes all the previous features that users have come to know and love. Use this iPhone productivity app to manage a daily calendar, keep track of todo list items, band tasks together into project groups, and sync your data between devices so it's always accurate, whether you're working on your phone, your iPad, or your Macbook.

A cross-platform version of OmniFocus 3 can be used for a monthly fee of $9.99 or an annual payment of $99.99. If you only want the iOS version, you can have it for $49.99 - $74.99 depending on which features you need access to.

2. ToDoist

A screenshot of the ToDoist iPhone productivity app.
Source: MacStories

More than 20 million people and teams use ToDoist across all devices and the iPhone app, specifically, has 30k glowing reviews. In other words, this is an incredibly popular and well-loved tool that you should definitely add to your tech stack.

"Great," you're thinking, "but what does it do?" Exactly what the name suggests…

Todoist is a todo list app that includes easy task creation capabilities, a recurring due date option, subtasks and priority features, task delegation ability, and an analytics dashboard, allowing you to free up mental space, regain clarity, and boost productivity to new heights  — both at work and at home.

Another plus: Todoist can be used for free! If you want access to premium features, prices start at $3 per user, which is still very affordable.

3. 24me Smart Personal Assistant

A screenshot of the 24me iPhone productivity app.
Source: 24me

Have you ever wished you had a personal assistant? You know, someone to manage your calendar, keep track of important todo list items, and take notes for you. Now you can have one without paying through the nose!

24me Smart Personal Assistant is an award-winning app that can be accessed for just $5.99 a month or $35.99 a year. For that small fee, you'll get a ton of horsepower. Multi-view calendar? Check. Drag and drop task editor? Check. Easy note-taking capabilities? Check!

But that's not all. 24me also includes unique features like the ability to send gifts (read: gift cards to major retailers like Amazon, Brookstone, and Victoria's Secret) to friends, family, and colleagues; host video conference calls; and map directions — all without ever leaving the app. 

Our productivity levels are rising just thinking about this awesome iPhone app!

4. Streaks

A screenshot of the Streaks iPhone productivity app.
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Maintaining productivity is difficult. If you're having a hard time motivating yourself to get more done in less time, you might consider gamifying the process. Streaks is one of the best iPhone productivity apps for this purpose.

Add up to 12 tasks to the Streaks app. These tasks can be business related (make 50 sales calls) or personal (practice guitar) it doesn't matter. Every time you complete your chosen tasks, you extend your streak, which the app tracks for you. Knowing that your streak will end and you'll have to start over if you don't complete a task is really motivating!

The Streaks app can be purchased for $4.99.

5. Toggl

A screenshot of the Toggl iPhone productivity app.
Source: Toggl

It's almost impossible to boost your productivity levels if you don't know how you're spending your time. That's where Toggl comes in. This time tracking app is super easy to use, works on multiple devices, includes calendar integration, and features detailed analytics that you can use to evaluate and improve your time management skills.

Simply tap a button on your iPhone to track the time you spend working, exercising, cooking dinner, or anything else you happen to be doing. Then tap the same button when you complete the task. Don't have a free hand? Toggl is compatible with Siri for hands-free usage. Once your time is tracked, visit the analytics dashboard to see how your time was spent and which areas of your day you can make more productive.

Toggl offers a basic plan which is completely free to use. If you want access to premium features, plans start at $9 a month.

6. Evernote

A screenshot of the Toggl iPhone productivity app.
Source: Evernote

Evernote has been a top option for years when it comes to iPhone productivity apps. This handy tool allows users to take notes on their phones, organize them efficiently, easily recall information, and quickly share ideas with others.

But Evernote is more than a convenient writing tool. Users can add attachments, clip web pages, record voice memos, and scan documents, too. The productivity tool also includes project management features that allow entire teams to reach peak productivity.

Evernote pricing ranges from $0 to $14.99 a month per user, depending on the features needed.

7. Asana

A screenshot of the Asana iPhone productivity app.
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Asana is everyone's favorite project management software. But did you know that they have a mobile version for iOS? Now you do!

This iPhone productivity app includes many features that it's big brother (the desktop application) does such as easy project creation; the ability to add assignees, due dates, and files to tasks; and in-app chat capabilities. And, of course, the Asana mobile app syncs with the desktop version so you're always up to date on every device.

You can greatly improve your productivity by working on your phone while you're out. If you're already a desktop Asana user, then this app is a no-brainer. Download it for free today.


8. G Suite

A screenshot of the G Suite iPhone productivity app.
Source: iMore

You know what's great about G Suite? It's not just one app, it's an entire collection of awesome, productivity-boosting tools that you can use to get more done in less time. Here's a quick list of some of the mobile goodness inside the suite:

  • Gmail: Gmail is one of the most popular email providers on the planet, for both business and personal users. If you're not satisfied with Apple's built in email service, download Gmail and message your friends and coworkers in the environment you prefer.
  • Google Docs: Google Docs is an awesome collaboration tool. The word processor makes it possible to write documents, share ideas with colleagues, edit each other's work, and more — wherever you happen to be.
  • Google Sheets: Spreadsheets are a staple in just about every business. Download this Google app and check company finances, customer databases, and more from the convenience of your phone.
  • Google Slides: Ready to create a presentation? Download Google Slides and do it on your iPhone. The tool is easy to use and will allow you to quickly make and share eye-catching slideshows with your colleagues and clients.
  • Google Meet: Video conferencing is all the rage right now. It makes sense; talking with someone rather than sending dozens of emails back and forth is a more efficient and personable way to communicate. Download Meet to your iOS device and host company meetings on your phone as you travel or sit on the couch.
  • Google Drive: Lastly, we have Google Drive, a Dropbox alternative that allows users to easily store, organize, find, and send files to each other.

Each of these apps boost productivity by giving you access to the desktop tools you're used to using, while on your mobile device. Win!

9. Dropbox

Source: Dropbox

Dropbox is the cloud storage and file sharing OG. The iOS version gives users many of the same features available inside the desktop tool. In a nutshell, you can use this productivity app to backup photos and videos, share large files via convenient download links, and scan documents using your iPhone's camera.

If you want premium perks like additional storage space, commenting ability, and access to watermarks and share link controls, you can pay $11.99+ a month. If not, Dropbox is completely free to use.

10. LastPass

A screenshot of the LastPass iPhone productivity app.
Source: LastPass

You know what's not productive? Fumbling through your phone's notes for five minutes looking for a password, only to not find it and have to go through another password reset sequence. With LastPass, you'll never have to experience that scenario again.

LastPass is a password management app that stores all of your passwords — bank account, project management app, Netflix — in a secure vault. When you visit different sites and apps, LastPass will autofill your login credentials, provided you remember the unique LassPass master password you set up for your account.

LastPass will save you time and ensure your login credentials are as secure as possible. Get started today for free or access premium features for $35.99.

11. Apple Shortcuts

A screenshot of the Apple Shortcuts iPhone productivity app.
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Technically, Apple Shortcuts isn't an app. But it's available on iOS devices and will make you so much more productive that we had to include it in this list.

If you're not familiar with the tool, Shortcuts allows iPhone users to run detailed workflows in order to accomplish detailed tasks more efficiently. For example, Shortcuts can be programmed to download YouTube content directly to your phone so that it can be watched at any time — a task that's incredibly difficult to do on one's own.

Other easy Shortcuts to set up include a simple tip calculator, the ability to pinpoint the exact locations featured in your favorite photos on the web, and the option to automatically search Amazon for specific products by simply scanning the products barcode.

Use Shortcuts on your iPhone for free and boost your productivity immediately.

12. CloudApp for iOS

A screenshot of the CloudApp iPhone productivity app.
Source: MacRumors

Last, but certainly not least, we have CloudApp for iOS. Like the desktop version, CloudApp for iOS allows users to record their iPhone screens and instantly upload the files to a digital database for safe keeping. Saved recordings can also be sent to friends and colleagues with the tap of a finger. It's visual communication at its finest!

Imagine being able to record yourself demonstrating a workflow or activity rather than having to type out directions in an email. You'll save so much time and your recipients will understand what you're trying to tell them much better.

The best part is, CloudApp for iOS can be used for free. Download it today and boost both productivity and communication clarity with zero added effort.

Boost Your Productivity

If you're an iOS user, you have the power to become productive. You just have to download one (or all!) of the iPhone productivity apps we mentioned in this article. Whether you need a better calendar tool, a proven project management solution, an easy to use screen recorder, or something else, the list above will help you find it. Here's to greater productivity!


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