PotW: Listy (Apple App Store)

November 15, 2020

This week I found a free list app with a beautiful twist. It’s called Listy. Instead of making you sign-up for one more account and then profiteering from your user data, it is far more privacy-focused. You can use this app with no sign-up at all. Just launch it and use it. It’s that simple. Seriously. All of your content will stay on your iPhone until you say otherwise–that’s their promise.

To start off, it has some really nice baked-in categories: movies, books, TV shows, video games, links, and to-dos. My first impression was that each list looks great. With the in-built list categories it will search for each item as you type in the name. For example, when making a movies list it will search the IMDB as you type and make suggestions. Once an item is selected it will import the cover art for the movie. TV Shows are also sourced from IMDB. It sources books from Goodreads, which is an Amazon property. It had an issue searching for games, though. I was not able to make it find anything as I typed, but you can also put in a URL for the game list, as well, to make up for this limitation.

Then, of course, you can make a simple to-do list. This is a simple app and doesn’t have all of the fancy bells and whistles of the more established apps, but that’s a good thing if you are looking for simplicity, pleasing item posters, and above all, privacy. They even have a privacy manifesto, which can be found on their website, of their shared values, if you’re interested in learning more.

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