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, 2014 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, 2014 at 14:13
  • Did you see the comparison of note-taking software on Wikipedia?
    – user416
    Jan 16, 2015 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.


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.


  • 1
    But how do you use it on Android? It doesn't seem to be available through the Google Calendar app.
    – vclaw
    Aug 14, 2014 at 10:39
  • You're right! I just added a paragraph about Android.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Aug 14, 2014 at 10:52

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

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!

I recommend Trello. I think it's quite reliable, fast and sync's with all my devices.

  • 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. Sep 28, 2017 at 8:15


  • 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.


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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