Choose the household chore app that’s right for you.
Chore Checklist is the simplest app on our list and is best for users who want basic functionality with minimal fuss. You can set up daily, weekly, or monthly routines, or let the app calculate how often a task needs to be done based on the previous completion date. Chore Checklist syncs to multiple devices, and backs your data up to the cloud so you never lose your to-do list. You can also create separate lists for work and home, and share lists with other household members. Chore Checklist is free, and available on Android, iOS, Windows, and Amazon devices.
Home Routines — Most Methodical.
OurHome is our top household chore app because it checks all of the boxes: it has a task list, scheduling tools, and more. It’s perfect for families because you can assign tasks to a specific family member, set due dates, and incentivize good behavior with points and rewards. Parents can even include late penalties to ensure things get done. In addition to household chores, OurHome also has a grocery list and a calendar that you can sync to multiple devices. Each family member gets an animal avatar to make them easy to identify in the app, and you can customize the level of control each person gets for adding and editing tasks.
Unfilth Your Habitat — Best for Adults.
Chore Pad is the best free app if you’re looking for a simple and straightforward interface. You won’t get the scheduling features that some apps offer, but you’ll get colorful chore charts that you can customize for your family and revise and reuse from week to week. In addition to 12 different themes, Chore Pad comes with sound effects and animations to keep younger kids engaged. They can earn in-app trophies for completing chores, or they can collect points to redeem for rewards or an allowance. The app’s controls are locked behind a passcode in “Parent Mode” so your kids can’t cheat and receive rewards early.
Done — Best Habit-Tracking App.
Whether you live alone, with kids, or with other housemates, household chore apps can hold you accountable to the people you live with and incentivize you to get things done. We made sure to include kid-friendly apps with built-in rewards and allowance features, as well as apps for adults that are perfect for college students or busy professionals. You may need to try out more than one app to find one that suits your lifestyle.
OurHome — Top Pick.
The apps on this list are meant for regular, everyday chores, not for deep cleaning or decluttering. If your living space needs a lot of work, consider hiring a professional to help you clean, declutter, or get over a hoarding habit.
Handy — Best for Hiring a Professional.
Done is the best app for tracking habits – not just chores, but any habit that you want to stick to or eliminate. You can include household tasks like watering the plants, or wellness activities like exercise and meditation. You can set daily, weekly, or monthly goals, track your winning streaks, and see which days you missed. Or, use it to set limits on things that you want to cut down on, such as smoking or drinking, and see when you’ve reached your weekly limits. Done even lets you export your tasks into CSV format so you can see your progress over time. Although this app isn’t just for household chores, it’s a convenient way to track them.
Chore Pad — Best Free App.
Several of the apps on our list have a rewards or allowance feature, but Homey is the best app that’s specifically focused on teaching your kids about money. Not only can you link chores to rewards so that your kids learn about the relationship between work and money, but you can transfer their allowance directly into their bank account once they’ve earned it. Tasks can be grouped by room and assigned a due date, and you can use the in-app chat feature to make sure everyone knows what their responsibilities are. Homey’s core features are free, but you’ll have to pay $4.99 per month to use the linked bank account feature.
iReward Chart is a straightforward app that’s designed for parents and children. You can create custom tasks, with the option of in-app stickers or real-life rewards to motivate your kids to get things done. You can use this app on Android, iOS, and Amazon devices, and sync it across multiple devices to share with other family members. iReward Chart will even keep a record of previous tasks and rewards so you can see how your child’s engagement changes over time. iReward is free, but only supports one child and four tasks each week. You can upgrade to a Pro subscription to unlock unlimited tasks and users.
iReward Chart — Best Chore Chart.
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When it comes to getting things done around the house, we love OurHome because it’s free, kid-friendly, and includes all of the key features you need in a chore app. But every home is different, so we’ve included nine other apps with their own tools and features that may be a better fit for your household.