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I'm looking for a very simple to-do list that can be shared with Android and Windows (ie just web access). I only require a list with text that I can edit; I don't need 'set dates' and 'categories' etc.

I'm now using a text file in my Dropbox account, which meets the requirements, but I'd like to have a dedicated app to open this. Any suggestions?

  • I'm not using Windows, so I cannot really recommend anything from my experience. But you might wish to check with my Android-App-List for Todo Lists. – Izzy Aug 14 '14 at 11:00
  • you could keep going with your text file but switch dropbox to botsync for android and follow the homapage's one-time instructions for windows. – n611x007 Aug 14 '14 at 14:13
  • Did you see the comparison of note-taking software on Wikipedia? – user416 Jan 16 '15 at 22:38
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Google Keep is simple app for notes and todo lists. It is a free Android app - Google Keep on Play Store.

It lets you store text notes, or lists with checkboxes. You can add a photo to a note or list. You can also set reminders for a date/time, and colour code notes. Google Keep screenshot, on Android

It is synced to a Google account, but it is somewhat separate to Gmail or Google Calendar. You can use it online at keep.google.com. There is also an app for the Chrome browser.

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Google Calendar can have a very simple TODO list called "Tasks" on the right of the screen:

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You can:

  • Add/edit/delete a task
  • Drag a task higher or lower in the list

The drawback is that you get a calendar on the left side, but you don't have to use it.

On Android I use the GTasks free app to sync the list. It has a widget which shows the top of your tasks list, tap it to add a new task.

Free.

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    But how do you use it on Android? It doesn't seem to be available through the Google Calendar app. – vclaw Aug 14 '14 at 10:39
  • You're right! I just added a paragraph about Android. – Nicolas Raoul Aug 14 '14 at 10:52
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I use Evernote to keep track of my todo list. It is cross platform, and it has a chrome app for easy web access.

From the description page, you can find what you've requested under key features:

  • Create and edit text notes, to-dos and task lists
  • Save, sync and share files
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If you only need web, use the Free version of Wunderlist. Very simple interface (a plus on a small phone screen).

This is the most complex (task properties) screen it has: ;-)

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An alternative to keep your text file but replace dropbox with botsync

botsync should synchronize your text file with your windows machine.

botsync 1 botsync 2
botsync (click images for larger variants)

on the windows machine, you could follow the one-time instructions from botsync's homapage:

Using BotSync with Windows

BotSync is designed for Linux/BSD/OSX servers, however, it can work with Windows using cygwin opensshd:

1. Download and install cygwin from the link above. Enable Net -> opensshd
2. Click the cygwin desktop icon, then run:
   ssh-host-config -y
   net start sshd
   mkpasswd -l -u botsync >> /etc/passwd
   passwd botsync
    [enter a password]
3. Open BotSync's Config and set the hostname.
    Set username to 'botsync'. Set Remote Dir to '/home/botsync'
    This maps to c:\cygwin\home\botsync\ on the Windows filesystem.
    To use another Windows directory, first, convert it to a cygwin
    path for BotSync's Remote Dir.
Ex: D:\Media\Music\ becomes /cygdrive/d/Media/Music
4. Open TCP Port 22 in the Windows firewall, and enable port forwarding
    on your router, if necessary.
5. Start BotSync!
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I recommend Trello. I think it's quite reliable, fast and sync's with all my devices.

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  • Trello does have some extra functions that OP doesn't request, but in my opinion they are not bloating the interface, so I think Trello would be a great choice. It's seems quite CPU heavy though. – PetaspeedBeaver Sep 28 '17 at 8:15
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OneNote

  • There is (among others) an Android app, a website.
  • You can create simple todo lists with checkboxes, which synchronize across all your devices.

You need a Microsoft account, of course.

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I use the free version of Evernote for this.

A simple text file containing a list of to-do items is a fraction of Evernote's capabilities, but it does just what I require.

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