The Best ADHD iPhone & Android Apps of the Year

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  • Improve Your Focus Everywhere You Go

    Improve Your Focus Everywhere You Go

    Do you struggle to pay attention at work? Is your child often caught daydreaming in the classroom? Inattention and trouble focusing are among the hallmarks of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition that can make it harder for you or your child to get things done.

    ADHD is one of the most common developmental problems in childhood. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 10 kids in the United States live with ADHD. Many of them continue to deal with ADHD as they get older.

    If your child is having trouble getting through homework or you can’t seem to focus at work or around the house, find help right on your smartphone. These 14 apps do everything from set reminders and create to-do lists to improve concentration.

    Find out the 8 most ADHD-friendly jobs »

  • Due

    Due

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 1,613 ratings – $4.99

    You probably juggle dozens of different tasks on any given day. A to-do list might help you keep track of them, but only if you remember to look at it. Written notes can’t sound an alarm when it’s time to walk the dog or go to your next meeting, but the Due app can.

    This easy, fast app lets you set up reminders in a matter of seconds. Schedule one-time alerts, as well as regular notifications for repeated tasks. With 12 distinct alert sounds, you’ll know right away when it’s time to take your medicine, go to the gym, or do the laundry. Sync your alerts across your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, so you’ll be reminded of to-do items wherever you are. 

  • EpicWin

    EpicWin

    iPhone – 4 stars with 1,388 ratings – $2.99

    Is your daily routine a little humdrum? Turn it into an adventure with EpicWin, the app that makes boring, everyday chores like dusting and laundry into an exciting game!

    Here’s how it works: Enter your to-do list into the app’s easy-to-use interface and choose your avatar. Each time you “destroy” a chore in animated battles, you’ll be rewarded with points that increase your character’s stats and help you level-up. You’ll never think of housework or homework in the same way again!

  • Evernote

    Evernote

    iPhone – 4 stars with 21,352 ratings –  Free

    Android – 4.7 stars with 901,496 rating – Free

    Have you ever gone on a frantic search for an important note or to-do list that you left lying around? With Evernote, you’ll never lose track of your notes again. This app will organize and sync them across your devices, and  incorporate photos and audio notes so you don’t have to write everything down.

    See a recipe in a library book that you’d like to try at home? Take a photo of it and save it for later. Suddenly remember that you need to take the dog to the vet? Record a voice reminder so you won’t forget to make the appointment.

    Evernote lets you organize all your documents by tags, so you can easily search for them when you need them. You can also share your notes with friends and family via Facebook and Twitter.

  • Clear

    Clear

    iPhone – 4 stars with 5,657 ratings – $4.99

    More than 2 million people have simplified their daily routine with Clear, the app that Gizmodo calls “perfect for busy people.” Clear’s interface is a collection of intuitive and easy-to-search lists. It’s simple enough for anyone to use, yet powerful enough to organize even the most hectic schedule.

    Create a list to remind you when it’s time to watch your favorite TV show or buy your friend a birthday present. Build another list to remind you that you have to mow the lawn or wash the car. Organize your lists by theme, and then access them across your devices by syncing them up on iCloud.

  • Dragon

    Dragon

    iPhone – 3 stars with 83,880 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.4 stars with 13,842 ratings – Free

    Bogged down by all the time it takes to write emails and texts? Slay slow typing with the Dragon app. A voice recognition system lets you send messages or post online to Facebook or Twitter without having to type a single letter.

    No matter how quick you are on the keyboard, Dragon is probably quicker. It can transcribe voice to text about five times faster than typing. Plus, it’s completely hands-free so you can use it on the go. And if you make a mistake, you can easily fix it with the app’s voice-driven editing interface.

  • Remember the Milk

    Remember the Milk

    iPhone – 3 stars with 27,765 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.4 stars with 26,119 ratings – Free

    How many times have you come home from a trip to the supermarket, only to realize that  you’ve forgotten to buy one all-important item? Avoid those “oops!” moments with Remember the Milk, an organizational tool that will help you keep track of all your lists and tasks.

    Despite its name, Remember the Milk does a lot more than just organize your grocery lists. Use it to set project due dates, prioritize tasks by importance, estimate how much time it will take to complete them, and then plan the best way to get them done. Remember the Milk also lets you back up your lists online, so there’s no risk of misplacing them.

  • Momento

    Momento

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 4,288 ratings – $2.99

    Have you ever thought about keeping a journal, but couldn’t invest the time it takes to write your whole life story? Momento makes memory keeping easy, by using your existing social media pages to create a complete personal history.

    Momento records important memories as they happen. You can then incorporate those moments with photos and events you’ve already collected in your social media timeline. Weaving together your daily musings and social media history creates a much more complete record of your life than could ever be captured in a paper book. You can also tag events so you can easily find them later.

  • Attention Exercise

    Attention Exercise

    Android – 3.0 stars with 33 ratings – Free

    When a teacher drones on or a meeting seems never-ending, you may find yourself easing the boring moments by doodling. Whether  drawing hearts, rainbows, or just nameless designs, these simple sketches can be powerful boredom busters.

    Recently, research has found that doodling isn’t just a time-filler. It can actually focus your attention and help you remember, which is good news if you’ve got ADHD. Exercises in this app, like simultaneously drawing a circle with your left hand and a vertical line with your right, harness the power of the pen (or stylus) and increase your attention span by improving your focus.

  • MindNode

    MindNode

    iPhone – 4 stars with 775 ratings – $9.99

    The road from idea to execution is often paved with mistakes and struggles. If you have trouble seeing projects to the end, check out MindNode, an app that organizes your thoughts for you, so you can focus on that all-important idea generation.

    You start by writing down your thoughts into branching units called nodes, then connecting the dots to create a visual map of those ideas. Color-code the nodes to quickly identify similar themes. Drag and drop them into various patterns until a clear direction appears. You can cross-reference all your mind maps from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, or publish them for everyone to see with the new MyMindNode service.

  • Dropbox

    Dropbox

    iPhone – 4 stars with 42,998 ratings – Free

    Android – 4.5 stars with 646,666 ratings – Free

    Do you still keep all your important photos, videos, and documents on your computer’s hard drive? If you need one of those documents while you’re away from your computer, you could be out of luck. Or worse, your computer could crash and wipe out everything you’ve painstakingly saved.

    With Dropbox, you never have to worry about missing or losing your most important files. This free app stores your documents, photos, and videos to all your devices. You can instantly share your files with anyone you choose, and they can share their files with you—without space-consuming attachments! Plus, Dropbox offers 2 GB of free space, just for signing up. 

  • HomeRoutines

    HomeRoutines

    iPhone – 4 stars with 1,291 ratings – $4.99

    Do you forget when to mop the kitchen floor or dust the curtains? HomeRoutines organizes your chores for you and breaks them up into manageable room-by-room chunks, so you never feel overwhelmed.

    This app makes the mundane more fun by awarding you a gold star for each job you complete. Test yourself by setting the timer and seeing how much cleaning you can get done in 10 or 15 minutes. Once the house is sparkling, review your list of completed jobs and pat yourself on the back—or send it to your housemate as a reminder of just how hard you’ve worked to tidy up the place.

  • 30/30

    30/30

    iPhone – 4.5 stars with 3,289 ratings – Free

    Whether it’s waxing your car, reading through emails, or finishing up a report for your boss, it’s easy to get distracted when you’ve got a job to do. Put an end to procrastination with an app that’s designed to keep you on task.

    With 30/30, enter a list of jobs you need to complete. Then assign each job a set time. The app will keep track of how much of the task still needs to get done as you work, and how much time you have left to do it. When time is up, 30/30 will tell you to move on to the next task. Finish within the allotted time to complete the job, and feel a great sense of satisfaction in the process.

  • iRewardChart

    iRewardChart

    iPhone – 4 stars with 990 ratings – Free

    Android – 3.8 stars with 268 ratings – $3.99

    Convincing most kids to make the bed, do their homework, or take out the trash can quickly turn into a battle. But what if you could turn boring chores into a fun and rewarding game?

    iReward Chart encourages kids to do more around the house by making them feel like they’re in control. Even though parents choose the tasks, kids get to pick their own rewards. Whether you want your kids to do the dishes, say “please” more often, or be nicer to their siblings, this app can help you accomplish it with minimal  arguing. What parent wouldn’t want that? 

  • TaskHammer

    TaskHammer

    Android – 4.4 stars with 822 ratings – Free

    Have you ever wished that you could bring your favorite adventure video game to life? With TaskHammer, you can transform yourself into a fantasy hero while also getting a lot done around the house.

    Create a character to start. Then enter a series of tasks (you can call them “quests”) to complete. For every “quest” you finish, your character’s stats increase  like they would in a real role-playing game. In the end, you win and everything gets done.

  • Allies in ADHD

    Allies in ADHD

    None of the apps on this list take the place of medicines and therapy for managing ADHD. But they can help kids and adults focus better, get more organized, and stay on-track with their daily responsibilities. Use these apps as part of a well-rounded treatment plan to help you complete important tasks and improve your productivity!  

  • Methodology

    Methodology

    We selected these ADHD apps based on their potential to aid people who suffer from this condition. Additional factors included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to patients’ needs. This list represents a wide range of helpful iPhone and Android apps that make it easier to manage ADHD.

Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) haven’t approved them unless otherwise indicated.

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