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TickTick vs. Google Tasks

TickTick vs. Google Tasks

Several to-do lists apps are available on the market. TickTick is a freemium app with a rich interface, while Google Tasks is a simple yet elegant to-do list app. How would you compare both? The report TickTick vs Google Tasks is all about those two.

The main difference

Both allow you to create, manage, set reminders, complete, and delete tasks. TickTick is more advanced as it offers task durations, location reminders, habits, and more.

Google Tasks has the power to work with other Google apps. For example, I can create a new task while editing a spreadsheet on Google Sheets.

Features

Both have many standard features, including:

  • Tasks
  • Subtasks
  • Reminders
  • Task description
  • Lists (projects)
  • Task repetition
  • Move tasks from lists to lists

Below is the full list of features that make those unique.

TickTick

TickTick Overview

Show timer: Under settings, you can change the due task date to a timer countdown which shows how much time is left. The setting is for all the tasks.

Pin tasks: Tasks can be pinned to the top

Habits: A daily or weekly checkup or something else you want to do regularly; the habit tracker will help you do that for free.

Convert to note: You can convert the subtasks of a task to a text note.

Task priorities: Priorities are to show the importance of a task. There are four priorities with different colors. The task gets color according to the chosen priority.

Pomodoro timer: Based on the Pomodoro techniques, it offers a Promo timer to get the most of the time you have.

File uploads: TickTick supports the uploading of files of up to 10 MB in size.

Location reminders: You can set location-based reminders to get notifications closer to the location.

Tags: Tags help you organize tasks. You can set tags and see all the tasks with a specific tag on one screen.

Task comments: You can comment on each task to help you remember everything as soon as you open it.

Rich text: Task description supports rich-text editing, so you can just add a whole note with rich text formatting.

Google Tasks

Google Tasks Overview

Works with Gmail, Calendar, and Sheets: One of the great things about Google Tasks is that it’s already integrated with other Google apps (example).

GQueues: The GQueues app can be used to connect your Google account to extend Google Tasks features.

Related: Google Keep vs. Google Tasks

Kanban-style view

Kanban Style Boards in TickTick
Kanban Style Boards in TickTick

The special TickTick feature lets you see tasks in a kanban style view. The way it works is you create sections and add tasks under sections.

The kanban view then uses sections as columns and tasks as cards. Moving around cards is possible too.

TickTick vs Google Tasks: Apps

TickTick is available for pretty much most of the platforms. Here is the full list:

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Apple Watch
  • Chrome extension
  • Firefox extension
  • Outlook add-in
  • Google add-on

Google Tasks is only available for Android and iOS as of writing this.

Integrations

Google-Keep-and-Tasks-Integration-in-Google-Calendar
Google Keep and Tasks Integration in Google Calendar

Both support many integrations. TickTick can be connected with a wide range of productivity tools. One of those is Zapier which can pair TickTick with hundreds of apps. Some of the integrations are:

  • Gmail
  • Spark
  • Google Assistant
  • Slack

Google Tasks also supports Zapier to pair with tools, including Slack, Todoist, Google Assistant, Google Sheets, and more.

Google Tasks is also connected with Sheets, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Chat, Slides, and other Google Workspace apps.

Collaboration

Unfortunately, if you have other members, both won’t work. Although TickTick supports collaborations, the option is available in the premium subscription.

Google Tasks on its own does not come with sharing features, but you can do it with Google Chat to assign tasks to others.

If collaboration is important for your projects, consider using Todoist. Here is Todoist’s comparison with Google Tasks and TickTick.

Premium

This round is specific to TickTick because Google Tasks is completely free. TickTick has one plan giving you all the premium options:

  • Calendar functionality
  • Filters
  • Customized filters
  • Collaboration
  • Historical statistics
  • Separate reminders for each task
  • Calendar widgets
  • Premium themes
  • Premium white noise for Pomo timer

The app only supports annual payments, and you can subscribe to the plan for $27.99 per year (around $2.33 per month).

Conclusion

If you want to get things done occasionally, Google Tasks is for you. It brings the essential to-do list features to stay on track.

Of course, for serious users involved in projects all the time like myself, TickTick will suit them better. You might not need the advanced to-do features today, but most likely in the future.

As always, thanks for reading, and please let me know if the TickTick vs Google Tasks article helped. If you are interested in any, below are the links to the main websites.

Please note that Google Tasks does not have a homepage, so the link goes to the Tasks section of Google Calendar.

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