Paperless: Lists + Checklists 4+

James Rhoades

Designed for iPad

    • $2.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Get the app that Macworld says "deserves a spot on your iPhone"!


Paperless is a simple but powerful app for making lists. Use it to create to do lists, make grocery lists, take notes, write an outline of a story, prepare notes for a presentation, make a list of gift ideas, plan a vacation... or anything else you'd want to make a list for.


Assign a fun icon to each of your lists - there are over 450 to choose from. You can also select from 30 themes to customize the app's design to your liking.


Paperless is easy to use with a clean, elegant and well thought out interface. Each list can either be a checklist or a regular list without checkboxes, making a wide variety of uses possible.


For checklists and todo lists, many people prefer using Paperless over traditional "getting things done" apps - or, they use it in addition to one. There are no due dates or priority settings, so you're left to focus on the actual tasks at hand, rather than waste time changing those settings when your priorities change. Instead, if a particular task becomes important, you can simply move it to the top of the list.


Automatically backup your lists and sync them between iOS devices via a free Dropbox account.


- send lists via email, others can import your list into their copy of Paperless
- send a plain text version of a list via iMessage, or copy it into another app
- easily duplicate lists
- manually reorder lists and list items
- sort list items alphabetically
- copy and move items from one list to another
- comprehensive search
- passcode lock


"Paperless deserves a spot on your iPhone" - Lex Friedman, Macworld (4.5 out of 5 mice rating)

"Paperless has a permanent spot on the first page of my iPhone's home screen... it will probably earn a similar spot on yours." - Marianne Schultz, AppShopper

"... a good way to ensure things get done at your own pace, free of the disappointment of missing deadlines." - Nick Spence, Macworld UK

"I've been trying many To Do apps since iPhone 1.0 -- from the expensive Things to Toodledo and others -- and I don't use any of them regularly. Most just require too much effort. Paperless is the first one I've found that hits that sweet spot between being simple enough you'll actually use it and powerful enough to be useful." - Marc Zeedar, REALbasic Developer Magazine (4.8 out of 5 rating)

"This is one nice-looking list / task app... As a basic list app, the beautiful Paperless reigns supreme." - Bonnie Eisenman, (4 out of 5 rating)


"Best app ever - The most incredibly useful app I've come across. Simple, effective and bloody marvelous!!!"

"The simplicity of the interface and the flexibility given to the user is perfection."

"Simply loved it - Best app I've ever downloaded, my life is so organized now! ..."

"After having tried a good deal of apps to get myself more organized - both free and paid - it is clear that this tops them all. Other apps presented a kind of novelty; I could fool myself into thinking that I was more organized, but it was never long before I abandoned them because it was obvious that they consumed unnecessary time. Paperless, however, has truly helped. It is streamlined, it is simple, it is sumptuous"


If you love Paperless, please leave a review and star rating. Thank you!

What’s New

Version 2.5.1

Fixed an issue that could prevent syncing lists with Dropbox for some users.
Updated to the newest Dropbox SDK.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
419 Ratings

419 Ratings

Robkonw ,

Keep coming back

I have ten screens worth of apps (including folders), and have kept looking for a similar app that also has a MacOS version that syncs. And I keep coming back, because this developer hit a sweet spot of usefulness, ease of use, and usability. When you have a lot of apps, you don’t want to go down the re-learning curve if you haven’t used all functions lately. Here’s my point: though I look at lots of apps, I don’t always use editing and other features. This app is so intuitive that using, changing, deleting, updating seems obvious even if I haven’t done some of those functions lately.

I recently moved from DropBox to iCloud, and so my only request is that iCloud is supported when syncing. This is the only app I value that does not have an iCloud option. I’ve deleted all other apps that don’t support iCloud. I have nothing against DropBox, but the plan I had increased in price by 25% for features I don’t use. Oh well.

Though I paid for this app years ago, I’m adding to the Tip Jar. Because there are too many subscription apps that hope you don’t notice the monthly withdrawals, without offering proportionate features and usefulness.

Njeanne ,

Perfect memory tool for forgetful people

I use this app to make up for my forgetfulness. For example, I have a list of things to bring on hikes. It is annoying to be on the trail and realize you forgot the sunscreen. I also use it for packing lists for traveling. I have lists for travel to warm climates and lists for international destinations. I literally use this app everyday. I have dozens of lists.
The one enhancement I would like is to have a way to check an item as “not applicable “. I would like to keep an item on the list with a N/A rather than delete it or check it. Deleting it removes it from the list when it may be needed another time. Checking it means it was done or packed. An example is insecticide. I may not need to pack that if I travel to a northern climate, but it may be needed for a tropical destination. I would like to create a master packing list with a N/A category for items not needed for a particular outing. I hope the developers will consider this.

Nattly99 ,


I’m a VERY visual person, so the colorful, icon rich design of these lists really help me stay organized & engaged with my tasks & notes. I use this app probably more than any other on my phone(!) for everything from silly projects to Must Do tasks.

I love it so much I've never been able to switch to any other “to-do” app & trust me I've tried them all. Even tho I wish there was a way to add images & subtasks, this design is Still My Favorite & keeps me coming back. I know the same developer has another app more sophisticated than this one, with features that would be nice to have, but I’m really attached to this design. When it fits, it just…fits, ya know?

So it's Paperless for me all the way. I’m very glad to finally have a way to give an additional tip (via latest update) to the developer because I never want this app to fade into the void! I rely on it. Thanks!

App Privacy

The developer, James Rhoades, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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