The 15 best cross-platform productivity apps for your phone, tablet, and laptop

0


For most of us, our daily lives revolve around a multitude of gadgets, not all of which run the same software or are made by the same company. This hinders the ability of devices to “talk” to each other. Fortunately, this gap has been filled by a handful of services that can be found on the most popular platforms, like Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux, and the web.

If you are looking for a great note-taking or productivity app which you can access on all or most of the devices you use, I’ve rounded up the best cross-platform apps and services. If you haven’t used one yet, you’re about to make your life easier.


1) Notion

Notion is one of the more flexible services in that it lets you design the way you take notes and store your thoughts. Notion’s blocks – think of them as blank cards for storing data in different ways – really make it easier to store data consistently, and you can even link them together. The wide availability of third-party models also means that you can store information the right way from the start.

Availablity: Android, the Web, ios, iPadOS, macOS, the Windows

Price: Free for personal use. Paid plans start from $ 4 / month

2) OneNote

Even if you’re not heavily invested in Microsoft’s ecosystem, OneNote is a great note-taking app that doesn’t cost a dime – and it’s available across all platforms. Insert text, images, handwritten notes and Excel charts or tables; it can easily manage different types of information. It doesn’t offer as many organization options, and its user interface might need a bit of polishing, but it’s completely free. Note that if you’re using a Windows or Samsung phone, OneNote comes preinstalled on most devices.

Availablity: Android, the Web, ios, iPadOS, macOS, the Windows

Price: To free

ANDROID VIDEO OF THE DAY

3) Evernote

Evernote is one of the pioneers of cross-platform note-taking apps and still delivers a robust experience. You can write notes, embed documents, search for text in images (OCR search), and even save web pages online. A free version is available, but you will only be able to get the most out of the service if you shell out $ 8 per month.

Availablity: Android, Web (Chrome extension), ios, iPadOS, macOS, the Windows

Price: To free. Paid plans starting at $ 7.99 / month

4) Trello

Trello is based on kanban cards that visually describe the work at different stages of a process using cards, from ideation to implementation. It is extremely useful if you want to organize your student or professional life, and offers a user interface that is easy to understand and follow. There are several built-in templates to choose from, and automation will help eliminate some rudimentary steps.

Availablity: Android, the Web, ios, iPadOS, macOS, the Windows

Price: To free. Paid plans starting at $ 5 / month

5) Note shelf

If you take a lot of notes on your tablet, be it an iPad or a Galaxy Tab, Noteshelf is a must-have. It can annotate PDF files, let you take notes or doodle drawings, and supports Apple Pencil and other styluses for a seamless experience. You can back up all your notes to Google Drive, OneDrive, Evernote, iCloud, or Dropbox.

Availablity: Android, ios, iPadOS, macOS

Price: Android ($ 5), iOS + iPadOS ($ 10), macOS ($ 8)

6) Google Keep

If you’re looking for a simple, reliable app for quickly taking notes or creating to-do lists, Google’s free offering, Keep, does a pretty good job. It is compatible with Google Assistant so you can access or create lists simply with your voice commands. Everything you store – doodles, lists, notes, voice recordings or media – syncs across devices using your Google Account.

Availablity: Android, the Web, ios, iPadOS

Price: To free

7) Todo

If the name is yet to come to you, this app is all about getting things done. With natural language processing, you can enter simple text like “cancel Netflix Wednesday subscription” and it will automatically retrieve the text and date of the task. Todoist integrates well with third-party services such as Dropbox, Zapier, Alexa, Google Calendar, and IFTTT.

Availablity: Android, Web (browser extensions), ios, iPadOS, macOS, the Windows

Price: To free. Paid plans starting at $ 3 / month

8) Nebo

Nebo is yet another great note-taking app available for Android and iPadOS (it also works great with Apple Pencil). You can annotate anything, from PDFs to PowerPoint, or take notes using speech recognition and handwriting – yes, that will convert it to text. If you love math, it can even help you solve equations and copy equations like Latex, or as an image.

Availablity: Android, iPadOS, macOS, the Windows

Price: Android ($ 11), Windows ($ 10), iPadOS / macOS (Free, $ 11)

9) TicTic

TickTick is yet another to-do app that does its job well and can be found on the most popular platforms. You can quickly add tasks (natural language processing helps) and categorize them based on tags, due dates, and lists. There are additional tools like a Pomodoro timer and a habit tracker that can help you be more productive. TickTick can connect to Zapier to automatically create tasks.

Availablity: Android, the Web, ios, iPadOS, macOS, the Windows

Price: To free. Paid plans starting at $ 2.80 / month

10) Microsoft ToDo

Yet another app on Microsoft’s list that doesn’t charge a dime but still delivers a great experience. ToDo is based on the foundations of the old List of Wonders (absorbed by Microsoft) and offers a clean and user-friendly workspace. You can customize the background images for each listing, making it extremely easy to understand which one you’re looking at. It also integrates very well with Cortana on Windows (if you even use it) and other Microsoft ecosystem services. You can even connect it to Zapier for task automation.

Availablity: Android, the Web, ios, iPadOS, macOS, the Windows

Price: To free

11) Standard remarks

If security is a must, Standard Notes is one of the best candidates. Every text or code you write in the app is end-to-end encrypted and can be synced across devices at no additional cost. The app is better suited for storing text, code, and sheets, but you can pay to unlock more advanced features like history editing and encrypted backups.

Availablity: Android, the Web, ios, iPadOS, macOS, the Windows

Price: To free. Paid plans starting at $ 5 / month

12) Any.do

Any.do offers one of the cleanest user interfaces of any go-to app and it’s perfect if you don’t like to complicate matters. It has a built-in calendar to keep track of reminders and events and a daily planner to let you quickly go through the tasks of the day. If you don’t mind shell out a few bucks, you can even get premium features like turning WhatsApp messages into reminders and tasks.

Availablity: Android, the Web, ios, iPadOS, macOS, the Windows

Price: To free. Paid plans starting at $ 3 / month

13) Google tasks

Google Tasks is probably the most rudimentary application for configuring tasks on this list, but it stands out for its very good integration with Gmail and Google Calendar, among other Google applications. It’s ridiculously easy to create tasks, and you can sort them into different lists. You can even enlist the help of Google Assistant and eliminate all the manual work.

Availablity: Android, the Web, ios, iPadOS

Price: To free

14) Pocket

If you find it difficult to store and organize articles and videos that you discover on different platforms, on different devices, you must give Pocket a try. You can organize the content and sort it using tags, for later consumption or just to keep an archive. What’s great is that it’s available on the most popular platforms, which means adding content to your curation is just sharing.

Availablity: Android, the Web, Chrome extension, ios, iPadOS, macOS

Price: To free

15) Simple note

The name really does justice here. If you are looking for a free and convenient note-taking app that you can use on any device, look no further. Simplenote automatically syncs all your notes and even stores the revision history in case you want to revert to an earlier draft. The user interface is very minimal, so it’s also a great distraction-free writing tool.

Availablity: Android, Linux, ios, iPadOS, macOS, the Windows

Price: Free


There are plenty of great cross-platform productivity tools out there, and I bet you use at least one on this list – or more that we’ve left out. What are your go-to cross-platform tools, or are you looking at the ones that come with your devices?


t-mobile-5g-antenna-hero

T-Mobile can no longer be called America’s most trusted 5G network

AT&T is outraged by what constitutes “reliability”

Read more


About the Author


Share.

About Author

Comments are closed.