Things To Do App For Mac

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Before reaching out to our support team, please check out these answers to our most-asked questions.

Using Things on Windows, Android, or the internet

Things is available for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. We don’t make Things for Android, Windows, the web, or other platforms.

If you just need to add to-dos from a non-Apple device to Things, you can use our handy Mail to Things feature. You can also use the iCloud website to enter to-dos into Reminders and then import them into Things later.

Sharing a list with family or coworkers

Things currently does not have any dedicated collaboration features (collaborating on a specific list or task).

You can, however, share one Things Cloud account with someone else to collaborate on the entire content of that account.

To just send a list of to-dos as plain text to someone else you can use the share feature, or you can use Mail to Things to create to-dos in someone else’s Inbox through an email.

Discounts & bundles

Is Things a single purchase for all devices? – No. Things for Mac, Things for iPhone, and Things for iPad are sold separately – here’s how to buy the apps. If you have more than one Mac or multiple iPhones or iPads, you can install the app without additional cost on all of your devices of the same kind - here’s how.

Are there bundles for all three apps? – No. Developers are unable to provide bundle pricing for combinations of iOS apps and macOS apps. This is something for which Apple doesn’t provide a mechanism.

Are there discounts for education, businesses, previous owners of the app? – We can’t offer any discounts ourselves because we’re selling Things through Apple’s App Store and Apple doesn’t provide us with to give discounts.

If you are a student or teacher, please ask your institution if they are part of Apple’s Education Program which offers discounts.

If you are buying for a business, please check out Apple’s Volume Purchase Program.

Are you upgrading from Things 2 to Things 3? Have a look here.

Apple Watch

Things for Apple Watch requires watchOS 5 or better and a Things Cloud account.

If you’re having trouble with the watch app, please check out our troubleshooting steps as well as our general tips on how to use the app.

Getting a refund from Apple

Since you bought the app directly from Apple through the App Store, you have to ask Apple directly for a refund (developers can’t give refunds). Find Apple’s guidelines on refunds here.

Transferring Things & your to-dos to a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone

Have you got a new device or did you have to wipe your old one? Since you bought Things through the App Store, you can easily reinstall the app. Here’s how.

After you’ve installed Things again, restore your to-dos by logging into your Things Cloud account. Follow the instructions on this page.

Trial versions for iOS and macOS

You can download our Mac trial version here and use it without limitations for 14 days. It requires macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later.

There’s no way for us to offer iOS trial versions at this time. This option is only available to apps that have in-app purchases or subscriptions. Things is a one-time purchase at the time of download without any additional costs, and therefore Apple’s App Store doesn’t let us offer you a free trial.

Pinning Quick Find lists to the sidebar/main lists view

Things doesn’t support pinning Quick Find lists to the sidebar/main lists view, but it’s on our list of feature requests.

View Google/Outlook calendar events in Things

Things can only read data from Apple’s native Calendar app but if you sync your 3rd party calendar data to Apple Calendar, Things can show it to you as well. Here’s how to set up calendar integration.

See your to-dos on other devices (sync)

  1. To see your to-dos on another device, it must have Things installed.
  2. To sync data between the apps, you need a free Things Cloud account.
  3. To use Things on Apple Watch, you need to create a Things Cloud account on your iPhone. Learn more.
  4. You cannot use third party services like iCloud, Dropbox, etc. or your own server to sync.
  5. To learn more about how we secure your data, check out this page.
  6. Things Cloud is optional. If you’re just using the app on one device, you don’t need to turn it on at all.

Adjusting font sizes

At this time, it’s not possible to adjust the font size within Things. This is on our list of feature requests.

Location based reminders (geofencing)

While Things doesn’t have native geofencing support, you can use Apple’s Shortcuts app to automate interactions with Things by setting up triggers based on your geolocation, time of day, or other environmental factor. Learn more here.

Restoring deleted to-dos

On the Mac, deleted to-dos and projects go to the Trash. Since there’s no trash on iOS, all deletions are permanent which is why we’ve made deletions a 3-step-process. You can, however, recover the last deleted item: shake your device immediately after a deletion to recover it. On an iPad with an external keyboard, hit CMD + Z.

Things Helper (Quick Entry with autofill) freezes Things

Invoke Quick Entry with autofill again, wait for 90-120 seconds until you see the error message appear. Confirm it by hitting OK and immediately afterwards reboot your Mac per the on-screen instructions.

Things Cloud password or username change

To change the email address you are using with Things Cloud, follow these instructions.

Need to reset your Things Cloud password? Here’s how.

Things and Alexa

Things and Alexa do not integrate directly due to technical limitations, but if you can build a workflow that generates emails, you would be able to use Mail to Things to send Alexa’s output to your Things’ Inbox.

Alphabetical sorting of to-dos or lists

At this time, it’s not possible to sort content alphabetically in Things. You can always manually re-arrange to-dos or your own lists in to any order you prefer by dragging and dropping, though.

Projects ”disappear” from the sidebar/main lists view

If you gave your projects a start date, you’ve made them inactive until that date – on which they’ll appear both in your sidebar/main lists view and the Today list. Projects added to the Someday list are also inactive. The sidebar/main lists view only shows you active projects so you don’t get distracted by to-dos you can’t do yet.

Repeat to-dos only on specific days

If you need help to set up a repeating rule that only repeats on weekdays, weekends, or just specific days, have a look at the instructions on this page.

Completing a repeating to-do early

It’s currently not possible to complete a repeating to-do ahead of its schedule but it’s on our list of feature requests.

Changes to repeating to-dos don’t stick

If you are making changes to a repeating to-do but the next time the to-do appears those changes are gone you have edited the copy of the repeating to-do, not the template. In order for changes to stick and appear in future copies, you must edit the repeating template. Here’s how.

More questions?

Don’t forget to check out our full support pages – we cover all the main features of the app and how to use them!

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Developer(s)Cultured Code
Stable release
3.13.0 (Mac) 3.13.5 (Mobile) / 21 October 2020; 0 days ago
Operating systemmacOS, iPadOS, iOS, watchOS
Available inEnglish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
TypeTask management

Things is a task management app for macOS, iPadOS, iOS, and watchOS made by Cultured Code, a software startup based in Stuttgart, Germany. It first released for Mac as an alpha that went out in late 2007 to 12,000 people[1] and quickly gained popularity. The following July, when the App Store launched, it was among the first 552 apps available for iPhone.[2] It was then released alongside the iPad in 2010,[3] and became one of the first apps available for Apple Watch in 2015.[4]

In December 2013, Cultured Code announced that they had sold one million copies of the software to date,[5] and in December 2014 the company announced that downloads had increased by an additional three million.[6]


Things has won multiple awards over the years. It first won the MacLife Editors' Choice Award in 2008, and then in 2009 it went on to win the Apple Design Award,[7] the Macworld Editors' Choice Award,[8] and the Macworld Best of Show Award.[9] In 2012, after the release of Things 2, Apple selected it as Editors' Choice, named it among the App Store Best of 2012, and inducted it into the App Store Hall of Fame. Things won the Apple Design Award again with the release of Things 3 in 2017.[10] In 2018, thanks to its innovative implementation of external keyboard support, Things for iPad won the MacStories Selects Award for Best App Update of the year.[11]


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Main features[edit]

Things allows to-dos to be subdivided into several sections, which roughly correspond to parts of the Getting Things Done methodology:


  • Inbox is used to temporarily collect to-dos which have not been filed into a specific list yet.


  • Projects are collections of to-dos that contribute to the completion of a larger goal (e.g., 'Plan Holiday'). A project can be subdivided with headings. Once the project is finished, the user marks it complete and it moves to the Logbook with all the to-dos it contains.
  • Areas can be used to group together projects and to-dos which correspond to the same, ongoing theme (e.g., 'Work' or 'Family'). Unlike projects, areas are perpetual, do not have a checkbox, and are never completed.


  • Today automatically collects to-dos which are due, or scheduled to begin, from all the user's lists into one centralized place; they are the user's priorities for the current day.
    • This Evening is a separate section at the bottom of Today where the user can set aside to-dos they don't plan to do until later in the evening.
  • Upcoming contains to-dos and projects that have been postponed to a specific date, as well as to-dos that are automatically generated based on repeating patterns chosen by the user.
  • Anytime is an overview of active to-dos from across all of the user's projects and areas (i.e., to-dos not scheduled for a later date, or postponed in Someday).
  • Someday is used to store to-dos which need to be done, but are not time critical (or are on hold).

Additional features[edit]

  • Calendar integration allows the user to see their calendar events alongside their to-dos in the Today and Upcoming lists.
  • Reminders integration allows the user to import to-dos from Apple's Reminders app into their Things inbox.
  • Quick Entry is an extension on the Mac that allows the user to create to-dos while working in other apps. Activated by a global keyboard shortcut, it invokes a small pop-up window which can automatically include links to files or websites.
  • Add to Things is an extension on iPhone and iPad that, like Quick Entry, allows the user to send to-dos to Things from other apps. The new to-do is saved to Things' inbox in the background.
  • Siri integration allows the user to speak to-dos to their iPad, iPhone, or Apple Watch and have them automatically appear in Things without having to type.
  • Siri Shortcuts integration on iOS & iPadOS allows the user to automate common tasks by tapping Siri suggestions, recording a spoken phrase, or by adding shortcuts to Apple's Shortcuts app.
  • Repeating To-Dos are automatically generated by the app based on flexible recurrence rules, such as the last day of every month, every other Thursday, or two weeks after the last one was completed, etc. – whatever the user chooses.
  • Tags allow the user to further describe to-dos using the popular tagging organisation paradigm; lists can then be filtered by these tags to search for and focus on specific types of tasks.
  • Mail to Things is a cloud service that allows the user to send (or forward) emails to a private address and have the email automatically converted into a to-do in their Things inbox.
  • Widgets allow the user to quickly access specific lists from their device's Home Screen or Notification Center on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.
  • Things URLs is a URL scheme that allows the user to construct special links for doing such things as creating to-dos or projects based on predefined values, invoking searches, or filtering lists.
  • Type Travel is a unique method for navigating the app on the user's Mac (or iPad with external keyboard) by simply typing where in the app they want to go: a project, area, to-do, or tag.
  • Quick Find allows the user to search through all their to-dos across projects, areas, and the Logbook.
  • Logbook is where projects and to-dos are stored for future reference after they've been completed.

Things Cloud[edit]

Things Cloud is a sync service that stores the user's to-dos and automatically keeps them updated across all their Apple devices. It was developed to replace the app's original sync technology, which only worked over a local network. The company began alpha testing the new service in 2011 and, after an extended beta period, launched it publicly on August 9, 2012 with the release of Things 2.[12] A user can create a free Things Cloud account from within the apps' settings.

In 2015, the company announced 'Nimbus'[13] – an update to Things Cloud's architecture which introduced push sync through the cloud. The main benefit of the new push technology is that it delivers sync to iOS & iPadOS devices when the app isn't actively running, by utilizing APNs.

See also[edit]


Free Mac Apps Downloads

  1. ^Blanc, Shawn (29 January 2009). 'A Review of Two Things: One For the Mac and One For iPhone'. Shawn Blanc. Shawn Blanc. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  2. ^Arrington, Michael. 'iPhone App Store Has Launched'. TechCrunch. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  3. ^Viticci, Federico. 'Things for iPad, Reviewed'. MacStories. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  4. ^'Apple begins releasing the first set of third-party Apple Watch apps'. 9to5Mac. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  5. ^'Cultured Code Sells 1 Million Copies of Things'. iClarified. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  6. ^''Free App of the Week' Brings Things 3 Million Downloads'. iPhoneBlog. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  7. ^'Apple Design Awards ceremony celebrates great iPhone, Mac apps'. Macworld. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  8. ^'25th annual Editors' Choice Awards: the complete list'. Macworld. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  9. ^'Macworld Best of Show 2009 awards'. Ars Technica. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  10. ^'Apple Design Awards - Apple Developer'. Apple. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  11. ^'Introducing MacStories Selects: The Best New Apps, App Updates, and iOS Games of 2018'. MacStories. MacStories. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  12. ^Blanc, Shawn (9 August 2012). 'Things and Cloud Sync'. Shawn Blanc. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  13. ^Hall, Zac (19 August 2015). 'Productivity app Things adds push sync feature to keep task lists auto updated across devices'. 9to5Mac. Retrieved 9 October 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Things – official site
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