Note: This article was first published on Sept. 6, 2013 and was updated on Dec. 22, 2016. GetApp updated it again in 2018 to reflect the latest user reviews.
There are lots of great cloud-based project management and planning software tools. But not all of them have mobile apps that are accessible from an iPhone or iPad, let alone apps that get rave reviews from users.
The ability to access, contribute to, organize, and edit projects on an iPhone or iPad is a huge asset for project teams. It’s essential for any business using project management software, especially when you consider trends like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), which let employees use their own phones to access work data.
Luckily, a lot of the best project management and planning solutions have apps for iOS (and Android). These apps make it easy to track your projects while you’re away from the office.
The following eight project management apps for iPhone and iPad give you a desktop-quality experience on your iOS device. To earn a spot on this list, each app needed an average rating of four stars or higher from reviewers on GetApp and the iTunes store. We’ve listed these apps in alphabetical order.
The productivity tool created by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and engineer Justin Rosenstein entered the market with some hype behind it. Since then, Asana’s ease of use as a self-proclaimed email replacement has kept it one of the top choices for project management and productivity on iOS.
Asana’s native iPhone app has a minimalistic look. From the app, you can create and edit tasks, add notes, set due dates, and have conversations. One of the app’s nicest features is a notification list on the home screen that outlines your tasks for the day, giving you an overview of upcoming work.
PRICING: You can access the Asana iOS app with a basic account, which is free for up to 15 users. If you need more advanced features, pricing starts at $9.99 per user per month when billed annually.
Basecamp is a strong choice if your team needs a task-based app to keep projects in check. With its app for both iPhone and iPad, Basecamp 3 is the biggest major release of the project management tool’s iOS app since March 2012. It also offers unlimited projects on every plan, which is a fairly recent change.
Basecamp’s latest version offers a complete redesign to previous versions. The app’s latest reboot has plenty of new features, including “Campfire” group chats, pings for direct or instant messages, and a separate section for client feedback.
Basecamp even has an applause feature to let you virtually “like” someone’s contributions to a project or conversation. Most importantly, you still have access to all your project files, documents, and feedback from the web version of the app.
PRICING: Basecamp has a flat rate, regardless of how many users you have. It costs $99 per user, which gives access to all features in its web and iOS app.
Jira is popular with project and product management teams, and that popularity extends to its iOS app. Several reviews cite the dev team’s responsiveness as a huge plus. One user said that they’ve mentioned to their colleagues that they wish Jira had certain features only to find those features in Jira’s release notes one week later.
Jira’s app for iOS (Source)
Users also cite Jira’s reporting engine, file sharing, and filtering down to issues and tickets as big benefits. It’s helpful for teams that manage software projects, practice the Agile methodology, and manage large project portfolios.
PRICING: Jira charges a monthly flat fee of $10 for up to 10 users. Larger teams of up to 100 can use the same plan at $7 per user per month.
Podio is project management software that’s known for its flexibility. So, it’s no surprise that the biggest selling point of its mobile app for iOS is just that: a ton of different options that let you organize your projects, tailored to your preferences, to maximize productivity.
Creating “spaces” lets you organize your projects in a customizable way. You can also communicate easily via conversation streams, which reduces the need to send emails.
If you want all-in-one project management software, you can use Podio to manage other areas of the business too, including sales. It also offers integration with apps such as Dropbox and Google Drive, which will become even more useful if you’re already using those apps on your iPhone or iPad.
PRICING: Podio’s free plan is available for up to five employees. If you need more features, three paid plans range from $9 to $24 per month.
Smartsheet users cite its scheduling, status updates, and live project planning as Smartsheet’s iOS app’s biggest assets. Users can collaborate with clients in real time whether they’re on their desktops or iPhones.
Smartsheet’s app for iOS (Source)
As its name suggests, Smartsheet works like an Excel spreadsheet. Users can link these spreadsheets to survey forms and track tasks no matter which device they’re on. Role-based permissions also let you assign roles and tasks based on responsibility. GetApp reviewers say that Smartsheet is more feature-rich than lots of competitors.
PRICING: Smartsheet’s Individual plan costs $14 per user per month when billed annually. If you need more features (such as automated actions and dashboards), the tool’s Business plan costs $25 per user per month (also when billed annually).
Like the desktop version, you’ll be able to move cards from one list or board to another to move your tasks along as you progress toward completion. The visual layout lets you see exactly what needs to get done, and the app offers flexibility when it comes to setting and organizing your boards.
Trello’s app for iOS (Source)
Additional features include avatars to show who’s doing what, task lists, and the ability to add attachments like files and photos to cards.
PRICING: Trello provides a free plan with unlimited boards, lists, cards, members, checklists, and attachments. Upgrades to its Business Class and Enterprise plans cost $9.99 per user per month and $20.83 per user per month, respectively. (Both prices are on an annual basis.)
Wrike’s revamped native iOS app lets you do much of what you can with the desktop version. In a centralized hub, you can create and assign tasks, join in on task discussions, and attach photos and files that are stored on your device.
You’ll even be able to take photos from within tasks and send them immediately to share with your colleagues, as well as stay on top of conversations with its direct messaging features. Wrike is optimized for iPads as well.
Wrike’s app for iOS (Source)
PRICING: Wrike’s free version is available for up to five team members. It’ll give you basic access to shared task lists and the iOS app. If you need full project planning and collaboration, prices start at $9.80 per user per month for up to 15 users. Wrike also offers pricing plans for additional features like work management and exec reporting.
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