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Must-Have Mobile Productivity Software

Download.com has the best free calendar, to-do, note-taking, and presentation apps for personal and business use to help you work efficiently on the go.

Apps in this Guide

In a nutshell, mobile productivity apps keep you on task. Whether you need a new note-taking app for when inspiration strikes, calendar and to-do apps to track dates and obligations, or finance managersmore

In a nutshell, mobile productivity apps keep you on task. Whether you need a new note-taking app for when inspiration strikes, calendar and to-do apps to track dates and obligations, or finance managers to monitor your saving and spending, mobile productivity apps can handle all the details so that you're free to focus on big-picture items. A good mobile productivity app should help you work smarter, not harder. Here's what else to look for.

Frequently Asked Questions

How efficient is it?
Without efficiency, there's no point in a mobile productivity app. The fewer steps and clicks it takes to access a particular function, the better. You should be able to get to where you need to go and do what you need to do with a minimum of friction. Evernote, for example, lets you jump into note-taking when you launch the app.
Is it easy to learn?
If a mobile productivity app takes long to learn, then it's no longer timesaving, and there's little incentive to switch to it.
Is it cross-functional?
A mobile productivity app that includes, for example, a calendar, to-do list, and notes section, such as Google Calendar can save you from having to jump from app to app to do what you need to do.
Can you work collaboratively?
When working on a project with family, friends, or co-workers, you want them to be able to view, share, edit, and make copies of the work in progress. That's why Microsoft Office, G Suite, and Evernote are so popular.
Is it automated?
Automation is a great timesaver. So if an app, such as IFTTT, can automate a task that you would otherwise have to perform manually, that's a great help.

Best Mobile Productivity Tools

Google Calendar

Google Calendar

Google Calendar gives you ready access to your events and reminders.

IFTTT

IFTTT

Create your own automated functions with IFTTT.

Evernote

Evernote

Add all your notes, to-do lists, and Web clippings and sync them across devices.