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5Final Words
  1. 9 lists, 99 tasks per list, 19 subtasks per task, 1 member per list, 2 reminders per task, 1 attachment upload per day. TickTick Pro: US$2.79/month. Pro features, unlimited lists, tasks & subtasks, higher member, reminder, and attachment upload counts. 14 day money-back guarantee.
  2. TickTick Chrome App’s key features include: - Offline access with your data - Sync all your to-do’s across all devices - Recurring tasks and instant time reminder - Drag tasks to rearrange order - Create subtasks in checklist - Add notes to tasks - Plan agenda in calendar view - Classify tasks into folders - Instant count undone tasks.

Approaching the end of 2020, we can’t wait to walk you through a complete TickTick feature review: what features have been newly added, what major improvements have been made, as well as what integrations and projects were introduced. Read through the full review of features coming to TickTick this year, and pick up things you’ve missed along the way!

So there are a couple of advantages in using checklists over subtasks: Check list items don't seem to decrease performance of TickTick (having tasks with many subtasks however can slow it down a lot, especially when changing the main tasks due date, project and so on). In a task detail view, tap the 'Subtask' button above the keyboard to switch to subtask mode. Start adding a subtask, press Return to start a new subtask. Inbetween the task name and subtasks is an area where you can add a task description.

Section 1: New features

Break down a complex task with Task Nesting

One of the biggest new features introduced in TickTick this year is Task Nesting (Subtask). Beforehand, there were only Check Items within the task, which could be checked off and set reminders to. Yet, it couldn't perform other functions like a complete task. We brought the whole Task Nesting into your to-do lists! (Please note Check Items are still available in the task description for basic listing).

Task Nesting (Subtask) allows you to cut a huge task into smaller chunk and chucks into slices if you’d like (5 levels supported for subtasks). Each subtask is empowered with the functionality that a task has: setting due dates, priority or tags, or assigning to others.

Breaking down a task into more manageable and actionable ones is a great way to help beat procrastination, because the easier the task is, the less fear of difficulty one would feel. Subtasks also make managing a complex project easier, because it usually takes steps over steps to reach a big goal. Learn more about Task Nesting here.

Sort out your lists with Sections

With Task Nesting, you’re maybe familiar with the task “breaking” process, but what’s also important is the “grouping” process. Here comes the “Section”, which can be added to your lists to help you sort out and group tasks, instead of letting them sparsely scattered.

Sections are like subtitles in the list, which give you a clear clue of what underneath tasks are about. They function as a subelement in the list, to help reduce visual clutter and keep tasks in order. Select “..” in the list > “Add/Manage Sections” and you’ll be able to create Sections. You can also choose to fold any Sections to save more space in the list. It’s also handy if you switch your list to Kanban View because Sections will automatically become Columns under Kanban!

Simplify note-taking with Note

A brand-new Note feature has been introduced in TickTick for mainly two purposes:

To provide a separate room for simple note-keeping at TickTick, where you can record any random thoughts and ideas, without the need of switching to other apps.

To function additionally for the task management. For example, if you’d like to include some context information (background info, learning resources, references) regarding a task in your lists, Note can serve this purpose well.

To enable the Note feature, please first create a Note List (select the type when adding a new list). You can then either take notes in the Note List you just created, or go back to any of your task lists, and convert any tasks to notes! Learn more about how to use Note.

Widgets for iOS14 & macOS Big Sur

Since Apple introduced iOS14 and macOS Big Sur this year, we also brought you all-new TickTick widgets that work perfectly on the new systems. Three types of widgets were redesigned respectively for Tasks, Calendar, and Habits. Check everything from your Home Screen and never miss an important thing! Varying from different sizes and themes, you’re free to customize TickTick widgets to go with your devices however you like!

Check out widgets for iOS14 and widgets for macOS Big Sur.

Section 2: Major improvements

Pomo evolved to Focus

Pomo was renamed as “Focus”, to include another new timer -- “Stopwatch”, which could count up your focused hours, in contrast to Pomo Timer.

White Noises within Focus were also enriched and replaced by better-quality ones, to be more ear-pleasant and helpful for focus experience.

What has also been improved was Focus Statistics. From different perspectives, those stats include how much time you’ve spent on which task, and a timeline chronologically demonstrating your time-spending.

With such updates, you will have more additional resources to track your focused time, and also enjoy a smoother Focus experience. Learn more about Focus.

A more customizable Habit

We also made the Habit feature in TickTick more flexible and personalized, with a lot more customizable choices, such as Habit Icon DIY, individual switches for Habit Log, emoticons within habit logs, and customizable habit frequencies. All these made building and tracking habits a more fun and enjoyable thing to do in TickTick! Learn more about Habit.

Kanban went on mobile

Kanban is not an unfamiliar feature in TickTick already because it’s within the top 3 features picked by our users. But a very important update on Kanban is it can now be accessed and managed on mobile devices too! This means you could simply track the progress of your project, collaborate with team members, and manage your workflow anytime on the go! Learn more about Kanban.

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Section 3: New integrations

Stay connected with TickTick + IFTTT

IFTTT (If This Then That) empowers your apps and devices to work together in a new way by establishing connections (“applets”). The integration with IFTTT brings a more automated task management experience in TickTick because, through IFTTT, you can either make TickTick a “Trigger” or “Action” to other of your daily tools. For example, if you’d like to write in a designated note in Evernote every time you complete a task, you can make “Completing a task” as a Trigger, and it will be automatically fired to Evernote. Just like that, everything could simply be connected. Learn how to set it up.

Streamline workflow with TickTick + Zapier

Similar to what you can do with TickTick + IFTTT, Zaiper is also a wonderful tool to help you connect everything and automate your workflow. It moves info between your web apps automatically, so you can focus on your most important work. Via creating “Zaps” in Zapier, you can link your TickTick with other apps you use daily. Learn how to set it up.

Stay hands-free with TickTick + Alexa

As a popular voice assistant loved by many, Alexa has been offering us a revolutionary hands-free experience in life. Now, you can do more with TickTick + Alexa integration! Call TickTick by the name of “Tick Tick” as the invocation name at Alexa, and it will further be able to “Add Task With Reminder”, “Read Your Today’s To-Dos”, “Read Your Tasks From Any Lists”, “Add Task to a Specific List” and “Read Your Next Task”. Find out more!

Stay on top of your Inbox with TickTick + Gmail

Checking emails might be a daily task for most of us. Now, with the powerful TickTick + Gmail integration, you can easily stay Inbox zero and streamline your workflow, because turning emails into tasks in TickTick is one-click away. Simply follow the path: Add TickTick for Gmail from your G Suite Marketplace > Open the desired email in Gmail > Click TickTick on the panel to the right > Edit some details and set due dates and priorities if needed > Click “Add Task”.

Stay control of your emails with TickTick + Spark

TickTick has also been integrated with another widely-used email app – Spark. With Spark, you can stay on top of your inbox by intelligently prioritizing your emails, and keep your inbox distraction-free. And from Spark to TickTick, you can simply streamline your workflow from email inbox to task management tools! Please note this feature is currently iOS-only. Help me get connected!

Section 4: New Projects

TickTick Blog has a new home

Long been on other blog platforms, TickTick Blog finally has its official site on our website! In TickTick Blog, you can find articles about features and updates in TickTick, contents regarding productivity, time management methods, self-growth, and positive lifestyle, as well as stories shared by our users! Click here to have a small cruise, or simply find “Blog” via the bottom menu on our website, or through the About page in the App!

TickTick Educational Offer

To help people most in need to get through a tough time during Covid-19, TickTick developed the educational plan, offering discounts (25% off) for all students and educators! That special offer would be a long-standing policy, to help more people manage their time well and be more productive while studying from home. Click hereto apply!

TickTick Ambassador Program

As an all-in-one productivity app loved by tens of millions, we sincerely would like to invite those who are also passionate about spreading the power of productivity around to be part of TickTick! That’s why we brought up the Ambassador Program and are calling for people worldwide to join the TickTick family and contribute to the larger community! Check out there.

TickTick Gift Card is available

As Christmas and new year are approaching, we introduced TickTick digital gift cards officially! Either to have one for yourself/your team, or send one to friends or family, it would be your best choice when selecting a practical and worthwhile gift! Time is the most precious gift. TickTick Gift cards help people save time and get things done. Can’t wait to Send Love!

Final Words

Reading TickTick feature review in 2020, I believe you have got a general idea of what's new and picked up things missed. We can’t wait to bring you an even better TickTick in the year of 2021!

We wish you all a wonderful new year ahead! Don't forget to check out the video of 2020 Top 5 features in TickTick!

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A comprehensive comparison between Things 3 and TickTick is what I want to flesh out in this article. Having experimented with TickTick through a previous article and adding it as one of my go-to apps, I became curious about Things 3.

Things 3 is a paid app that’s intuitive to use and almost fully focused on task management. TickTick is a freemium app that has a balance between its task management and calendar viewing functions.

If you’re looking for a task management app that you can use for free, TickTick wins hands down. If you’re looking at functionality as it fits the way you organise your life, then we will need to take a closer look at how both apps compare.

Things 3 – Intuitive. TickTick – Freemium, But So What?

While I’ve found Things 3 to be incredibly intuitive, with it being a premium app, things can get expensive.

Being available on Mac, iPhone/Apple Watch and iPad, each of the app on the different platforms are sold separately.

Things 3 on the Mac is 49.99 USD. On the iPhone/Apple Watch it is 9.99 USD. On the iPad, it costs 19.99 USD.

You can use TickTick for free in most cases but if you ever wanted to go premium, you can do that for 2.79 USD per month or 27.99 USD per year regardless of whether you want to use it on Mac, Andriod, iPhone and/or iPad.

Besides pricing, I mentioned that Things 3 is very intuitive to use. Here’s some of what I mean through using the app to automate my daily routine:

Once you get into Things 3, you will immediately find a clear view of what you can do.

Functions are clearly labelled, with not much guesswork involved.

For me, this meant that I could quickly get my tasks in view.

Clear and precise – what the Things 3 Today view offers.

It gives you a summary of your day’s calendar and the tasks that need to be completed today.

Tasks can also be repeated and recreated every day making my daily routines easy.

While you can see that Things 3 is pretty task management focused, TickTick on the other hand has more of a balance between task management and calendar views.

Here’s what I mean:

Unlike the “homepage” of Things 3 where you get a crisp overview of almost all you can do, on TickTick, you enter into the Today view once you enter into TickTick.

There is a calendar tab and tasks tab at the bottom of the screen where you can choose your focus to be either on your calendar events/tasks.

There are also multiple calendar views on TickTick.

On Things 3, I’ve found that you can only view your calendar events 1 day at a time.

So to conclude this section, Things 3 is a premium-only app that has a heavy focus on task management while TickTick is a freemium app with a balanced focused between task management and calendar events viewing.


In the next section, we will look into a detailed comparison of the features between both apps.

Detailed Comparison Between Things 3/TickTick

This detailed comparison will cover most of the features offered on both apps.

Here is an overview of the comparison:

Ignoring platform availability, out of the 14 features listed, Things 3 has 7 out of 13 features available while TickTick has 11 out of 13 features available.

Although it seems like TickTick is taking the lead just based on the table above, I must say that I enjoyed using Things 3.

I enjoyed using it not because it’s feature-rich, but because each of its features works so well.

In fact, after trying it out over this past week, I enjoyed using Things 3 more than TickTick.

But putting my personal preference aside, what I really want to do for you is to help you to decide on which app is best for you.

The next thing we will talk about (how I felt using both apps, broken down, feature by feature) will help you with that.

1) Templates

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Templates is a feature available free on TickTick and is not available on Things 3.

What I enjoy about this feature is that it allows me to keep checklists/notes that may not be used daily but is still used from time to time.

I use this feature to assist me in my thinking as and when is needed.

Beyond assisting you in your thinking, you can imagine just how versatile this template feature can be for grocery shopping, project organisation, etc.

Although Things 3 does not have the template feature, I’ve found that you can make up your own template feature by creating a new Area categorisation (another feature we will get into soon) for any template checklists/notes you may have.

Once you have the Area set up, you can just go into it and create tasks within it that you can easily duplicate and recategorise into the various categories as needed.

2) Platform availability

I think that platform availability is a major plus point for TickTick because it is available on 10 different platforms as apps/extensions.

Things 3 on the other hand, is only available on the 4 major Apple platforms.

Besides, TickTick works on a subscription model. This means that you only need to pay 1 price every year/month to get access to all of what TickTick has to offer.

Heck, you don’t even have to pay to get access to TickTick on the various platforms although that are certain limitations with the free version of the app.

Things 3 on the other hand, work on a pay-once model. This means that you have to pay every time you want to unlock a platform.

You paid for Things 3 on the iPhone but now you want it unlocked on your Mac and/or iPad? You’ll have to pay for the software again.

If you want Things 3 to be available on your Mac, iPad and iPhone, you can expect to pay about 80 USD.

80 USD is about 2.8 years and 2.3 years worth of subscription on TickTick if you paid yearly and monthly respectively.

3) Tags

Tags are another way of categorising your tasks on both Things 3 and TickTick.

It makes it easier for you to be able to search and find tasks that may be buried in the barrage of things you’ve to accomplish.

While this feature is available on both apps, it has limited availability on TickTick in its free version which only allows you to use 1 tag.

So far, although I do not heavily use this feature in my experience with using both apps, I’ve found them to work in identical ways.

4/5) Areas & Project Categorisation

This feature is something that I feel Things 3 has gotten right. They’ve identified that all tasks or to-dos, as they call it, fit into 2 broad categories: areas and project.

Areas can mean an area of responsibility that can include Family, Finances, Marriage, etc.

Projects can mean any goal that has a definite end to it. This can include housing renovations, getting A for your exams, mastering a certain song on the guitar, etc.

Right on the homepage of Things 3, you can easily create a new project/area as it fits your life.

For me, I just love how it helps me with organising my tasks without being overbearing.

Although this is not a feature that’s available on TickTick, you can mimic the feature through its lists.

While you can almost mimic the feature exactly, TickTick can’t create the checkbox beside a project as Things 3 can.

An interesting thing about TickTick’s lists is that you can change the icon accompanying a list to one that suits whatever you are creating it for.

You can’t change the icon accompanying your areas/projects on Things 3.

Other than these differences, the lists feature on TickTick is similar to the areas/projects categorisation on Things 3.

6) Tasks

This is a staple feature that is available on Things 3 and available free on TickTick.

At first glance, they may seem identical, but if you look closely, you will find that Things 3 allow the creation of subtasks while you’re creating a new task while TickTick doesn’t.

On TickTick, you have to create the task first before going back to the task to edit it and add subtasks.

While we may perceive this as an inconvenience, TickTick makes up for it by allowing you to create tasks by speaking through its voice recognition feature. Things 3 doesn’t have this feature.

7) Subtasks

Another staple feature and available free on TickTick, both apps allow for the creating of subtasks.

As far as I can tell, both apps work similarly as far as subtasks are concerned.

8) Natural language

Only available on TickTick, I would categorise this as an advanced feature – not a necessity, but a good to have.

In my using of TickTick, I’ve found that its natural language feature can detect date and time.

I think this feature can be helpful for some, but I haven’t found it particularly useful.

If anything, it can be a hindrance in some instances. For example, when your event name or venue name itself is “7 am” or “Next Week”.

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9) Treat calendar events like tasks

I guess the reason why TickTick is named the way it is is that it can tick off almost everything, including calendar events.

All the “tasks” where you see a square box beside are calendar events.

Swiping right on a calendar event allows you to check the event just as you would a task.

I’ve found this feature to be useful to help me track where I am during the day according to what I’ve accomplished rather than what time it is.

Treating calendars like tasks is not something that Things 3 can do.

But what it can do is “tick off” expired calendar events automatically.

Notice the greyed out calendar events, this is how Things 3 automatically “ticks off” completed calendar events.

I’ve found this automation to be more useful as this means that I can focus on the management of my tasks on Things 3 and allow my calendar app to focus on calendar events.

10) Calendar views feature

The calendar views feature is available on both apps but has a wider range of possibilities especially with the paid version of TickTick. Epubor ultimate kindle.

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On Things 3, you can view the calendar 2 ways, either in the “Upcoming” view or in the “Today” view.

On the free version of TickTick, you can view your calendar events only through the list view.

Although it is only through the list view that you can view your calendar events on the free version of TickTick, you can easily navigate around dates to view what events you have on any particular day.

It is on the premium version of TickTick that it really outperforms Things 3 in how it allows you to view your calendar events because it offers the Month, Day, 3 Days and Week view.

As a matter of personal preference, I do prefer how Things 3 is focused on task management and not so much on its calendar viewing function.

This lets me use my task management app for task management and my calendar app for calendar events management without confusion.

That said, I do see the value of TickTick for a user who might want to stick to 1 app for task management/calendar events viewing after they have done their calendar planning for the week.

11) Recurring tasks

Both Things 3 and TickTick offers the recurring tasks function with 1 major difference.

Things 3 duplicates its recurring tasks with a more separate feel to it; TickTick duplicates its recurring tasks with a more continuous feel to it.

Once you check off all the tasks within a recurring task on Things 3, the task will disappear from your view and will appear only at your next stipulated time.

Once you check off all the checkboxes within a recurring task on TickTick, the app will automatically move your navigation to the next stipulated recurring time.

I know I’m biased but as a matter of staying true to myself, I’ve got to let you know that I like how Things 3 keeps my focus on today only.

Again, I do see the value in how TickTick tries to help you move things forward with your recurring tasks, but some tasks can only be done 1 day at a time and it does make me feel a bit overwhelmed at times.

12) Location reminders

Location reminders is a feature that is available free on TickTick and isn’t available on Things 3.

This allows you to create a task that is tagged to a location.

You can choose when (either when you’re leaving the location, or arriving at the location) the app will remind you.

Although I haven’t found much chance to use this feature extensively on TickTick, I think it can be useful for tasks that can only be performed at a particular location.

13) Summary view

The summary view is a feature that is available free on TickTick and isn’t available on Things 3.

This feature allows you to immediately focus on tasks that are either overdue or due today.

Options at the bottom of the screen allows you to scroll through the outstanding tasks.

You can also check them as done, set a timing to get it done today, on another date, or to delete the task entirely.

Overall I thought that this is a neat feature on TickTick.

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Although the same feature could be good to have on Things 3, I’m of the opinion that because of how simple the app function and how easy it is to view my outstanding tasks, there’s no need for this function on Things 3.

14) Multiple reminders

Multiple reminders is a feature that’s only available on TickTick.

TickTick allows you to set up to 5 reminders leading up to the deadline of a task.

I’ve found this feature to be useful, especially for tasks that are not yet ingrained as a habit for me.

Although it’s a pity that this feature is not available on Things 3, I’ve found that 1 reminder is adequate for majority of my use cases.

This comparison article should have given you a good idea of whether Things 3 or TickTick is more suitable for you.

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If you’re still on the fence, you may want to look at a comparison between Any.do and TickTick as well.