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Organize your life with the task manager 2Day for Windows Phone and PC

There are many life management apps available in the Windows Store, and 2Day is hoping to catch your eye with its simple interface, customization options and cloud synchronizations.

2Day isn't a new release to the Windows Store, recently passing the 100,000 download mark. It was recommended by a few of our readers as a top-notch choice, and it didn't take long for us to see the appeal of 2Day.

2Day is available for both Windows Phone and PC, with both versions sharing the same functionality. However, the Windows PC version is more comfortable to use due to the larger screen real estate. The Windows Phone version, while a great option to keep track of your tasks while on the go, does feel a little cramped. In using 2Day over the past few days, I found it best to use the PC version for heavy lifting and the Windows Phone version to check or quickly enter tasks.

The layout of the Windows PC version of 2Day has your navigation and task creation tools running down the left side of the screen. At the very top of this column, you find a + button to create a new task, a + button with a lightning bolt for the Quick Add feature, a button to launch voice commands and a sync button.

2Day

Below these command buttons, you find view options for your tasks. You can customize this section in 2Day's settings, but the default options include sorting your tasks by:

  • What is due today
  • What is due this week
  • View all tasks
  • View completed tasks
  • View favorite tasks
  • View tasks with no due date

You also find the options to check any scheduled tasks and view your tasks by files (personal, work, hobby, entertainment, etc.).

At the very bottom of this column, there is a button to add new folders, access 2Day's settings, print your tasks, and share your tasks. Settings cover the following:

  • General: This section cover options for default properties when creating tasks, establishing the first day of the week and a few display options.
  • Sync: 2Day has the ability to synchronize between devices using 2Day's cloud service, Office 365, Outlook.com or ToodleDo.
  • Display: 2Day has support for dark or light themes along with custom backgrounds.

2Day Sync Options

  • Task Ordering
  • Views: Turn on or off a variety of views you want viewable from the navigation column.
  • Smart Views: Configure rules on how tasks are filtered and focus on identifying the tasks that are the most important to you.
  • Folders: Manage or edit your task folders.
  • Contexts: Create and manage contexts to help you better organize tasks by where you are and what you are doing.
  • Misc: Here you find options to delete all tasks, backup your tasks, turn on/off the anonymous usage details that can be sent to the developer and language support.

Should you feel the need to minimize this navigation column, all you need to do is click on the menu button in the top left corner of the main display.

2Day

Your tasks are displayed across the remainder of the main display in card fashion with columns representing the task's due date. That is for every task, you create a card that details the title of the task, a brief description of what is needed to be done, and the folder the task belongs.

There are two ways of creating a task. You have the Quick Add feature where you add the title of the task, assign it to a folder and select the due date. The Create Task option allows you to add more detail to the task such as frequency, start date, progress, tags, context and notes about the task. If you create a task through the Quick Add feature, you can always go back and edit the task to complete the full range of fields. Tasks can be pinned to your Start Screen and there is Action Center support for task notifications.

2Day

As you complete tasks, you can tap the checkbox on the card or if you need to assign it to another view, just drag and drop it to the view listing in the navigation column. For example, if the task's due date becomes non-specific you can drag that card to the No Due Date view. The card's due date is erased and the card is now displayed in a "No Due Date" column on the main display.

There's a lot to 2Day, and while there isn't an onboard help section to guide you through the app, you can visit 2Day's online help section, or in 2Day's Settings under the About tab.

Windows Phone Version

While there is plenty of real estate on the screen for the Windows PC version of 2Day, corners had to be cut to fit everything on the Windows Phone version of 2Day. The app is still just as functional, but the appearance isn't as clean.

2Day

Tasks are displayed linear instead of in card fashion, there is a menu button to reveal the navigation column and the create task, voice commands and sync buttons line the bottom of the display. Access to the settings, share and add/edit folder commands is hidden under the three-dot menu at the bottom of the screen.

Tapping and holding on a task displays a pop-up menu with options to clear the task, edit the task, delete the task and view the calendar to reassign the due date.

Overall Impressions

In using 2Day to help keep my daily activities in order, I found it to be a feature-rich, easy to use and eye-appealing Windows app. I liked the task card design of the PC version that makes it easy to glance at the screen to stay up to date on your tasks. The design reminds me a lot of Trello, a project management tool that we use here at Windows Central.

2Day Quick Add

2Day does support synchronization between devices, and the Windows Phone version shares the same functionality as the PC version — but in a more compact design. It may take you a little while to get used to the Windows Phone version, but the PC version is easy to pick up on right out of the box.

One thing I would like to see added to 2Day is a time associated with the due date for tasks. I may have overlooked it in 2Day's settings but if you have two tasks due on the same date, a time would help distinguish the order of importance.

Overall, 2Day is a solid option worth considering if you are looking for a task management app. There is a free, 30-day trial version available with the full version of 2Day running $3.99.

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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

38 Comments
  • Finally an article about the imho best task management / todo list app in both stores. Been using it for years now.
  • How does it compare to ToDoist? Hand a chance to use both heavily?
  • I tried it and didn't like the subscription model required for the pro features. Not too impressed with the UX either. But that's probably because I'm so used to 2Day.
  • Thanks, So you haven't used the Pro version to compare with 2Day? (I have a sub, tiny am't /yr for me personally)
  • Nope, didn't try it. If I have an app that perfectly suits my needs, why should I subscribe for something similar? ;)
  • If it fits all of your requirements, then yes, there's no need. Just hoping you had some insights, oh well, thanks anyway.
  • Disclaimer: I'm the founder of 2Day :-) One big advantage of Todoist is that it's crossplatform and runs everywhere. This is not true for 2Day that is a Windows-only app for now. 2Day have few advantages regarding features (like start-date support to hide tasks until a date is reached) and very customizable task-board. In 2Day you can choose to group & sort your tasks in any way and the lead to a very useful and pleasant workflow. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer :-)  
  • Ha, the master himself. :D Greetings, Jérémy.
  • Busy now, but maybe later, thanks for the snippets!
  • I wrote this in the normal comment stream but I thought I'd put it here for other's benefit (and to get a plug for my requested features). Thanks so much for your app it really is the best todo list manager I've used! I found 2day about a month ago and I love this app. I work in a virology lab and have to juggle many different little tasks as I've been taking on a lot of the miscellaneous tasks the past several months. I've used Wunderlist (which was my favorite until 2day) todoist (very briefly I wanted too many features from the pro version and wasn't willing to pay), trello, google keep, asana, and a few others. 2day without a doubt is capable and very intuitive to use and manage. The only three things I with it had is calendar integration for meetings (and classes I'm going to grad school in the fall), the ability to attach documents to the tasks, and a web interface when I'm on someone else's desktop.
  • Big disadvantage of Todoist is subscription price. No, thanks. :) I'll test 2Day 2 days more :) , and if everything works OK, I'm going to buy it. :)
  • >Big disadvantage of Todoist is subscription price. So many freeloaders on these forums. Devs have to eat too you know!!
  • You don't understand. I'm not a "freeloader". I'm developer too and I'm buying apps (I'll buy 2Day after short test) - just don't like subscription model.
  • it's downloading now! thanks!!!
  • Hello 2day developer. Thank you for making this app. Initially I installed it only to check out how it works and then immediately uninstall it. But then after installing, I saw the sync options and I saw..wait a minute.. Exchange 2010? Does that mean I can sync with my work account? Ah..no way. My workplace has the strictest security rules and I can't even sync my email in a non company laptop.so this isn't going to work either. Anyway let me try once and get an excuse to uninstall the app. Credentials entered and then it works and I can even see the tasks I created from my work laptop. least expected it to happen. I immediately bought the app. It is one of the very few apps(less than 5) that I actually bought. Developer - you are awesome. I just have one request if it is not too much. Could you please enable option to sync with multiple accounts with the same app? Because...you know.. I can't really sync my personal todos with my work account. Maybe you can differentiate the switching these two accounts very clearly like totally different colors or big icon or stuff like that so that people don't sync into wrong account. Thanks again for making this app.
  • Syncing with multiple accounts is on the roadmap but it's far from easy from a technical point of view so I have no idea yet when that will fit in the schedule. Right now updates are mostly bringing small new features and bug fixes. One big topic that is missing is sub tasks support. That will probably be available before multiple accounts support.
  • Wow, this looks amazing. I'm going to try it out today because I seriously need to get organized.
  • Guys, someone please suggest an app like any.do in Windows 10 mobile store, that will handle reminders for missed calls and organize replies to messages... asking with the usual stuff !
  • I use wunderlist and I'm happy
  • Unfortunatelly, on W10 Mobile wunderlist's live tile doesn't work.
  • They are aware of it and fixing the problem..... Hopefully the next update will fix the problem.... (as per the mail sent by the team)
  • I don't use w10m but on my windows 10 pc it works like a charm much better than todoist in my idea. in fact I switched from todoist
  • The best task management app. Especially the Hungarian version, translated by me. :)
  • Looks promising. Downloading the trial now. I do have desktop Outlook but it takes time to load and prompts for my work password multiple times (different issue related to Groups, my IT admin is looking into it), so having something that can load in a hurry would be nice.   Update: Nevermind, looks like it can only sync to one account. Aside from my work Office365, I would want 3 other Outlook.com task lists in there.
  • Would anyone be interested in an app that lets you schedule when you work on tasks as well as doing the normal stuff? I've started work on such an app, since it's something I would like and I haven't found one that does it. But I'm not sure if there will be much demand for it.
  • Disclaimer: I'm the founder of 2Day :-) Please send me an email about that at jeremy@2day-app.com, I would be glad to understand your need and see if 2Day can be improved to do in that direction.
  • Wow, finally i found good task app, with outlook.com sync.
  • This task app is excellent
    Well done :-):-):-)
  • Why do you say it is available for Windows Phone when it isn't? This is available for Windows 10 & Windows 10 Mobile, not Windows Phone.
  • Don't know about WP 8.1, but also available on Windows 8.1 PC.
  • 2Day is available on all Windows Phone version starting with Windows Phone 7 ;-) But, only the Windows 10 universal version is still updated on a regular basis.
  • I found 2day about a month ago and I love this app. I work in a virology lab and have to juggle many different little tasks as I've been taking on a lot of the miscellaneous tasks the past several months. I've used Wunderlist (which was my favorite until 2day) todoist (very briefly I wanted too many features from the pro version and wasn't willing to pay), trello, google keep, asana, and a few others. 2day without a doubt is capable and very intuitive to use and manage. The only three things I with it had is calendar integration for meetings (and classes I'm going to grad school in the fall), the ability to attach documents to the tasks, and a web interface when I'm on someone else's desktop.
  • Looks very promising. Seems like a clearer UI than ToDoist and Myerlist too
  • Windows Phone app is good. For Windows desktop, just use Toodledo website instead, faster and easier.
  • This is a great app! I use it daily on phone, SP3, and PC. Posted from Windows Central App for Windows 10
  • Are there any users who used Wunderlist and can compare?  I use Wunderlist for everything and have even integrated it into Outlook 2016.  I tend to favor first party apps as I know they will have long lasting support.  In the past when I got into apps that were "indy" so-to-speak, the developers more often than not, get bored updating it and move onto another project within a year or two and I want to avoid this as it sucks having to drop money every time my favorite app's developer stops supporting it...
  • sub.5
  • I wish they could bring any.do to wm.