Our iPhone App Levels Up

Andrew Watterson, Bella Kazwell, and Tim Bavaro

Asana iPhone App My Tasks View

Until recently, we’ve focused most of our energy on the browser-based version of Asana. But, in the last few months, even as we’ve launched major new features in our web application, we’ve been putting much more time into improving the mobile experience. In June, we made several meaningful architectural improvements to pave the way for bigger and better things and hinted that these changes were in the works.

Today, we’ve taken the next step in that direction: Version 2.0 of our iPhone app is in the App Store now. We are really proud of this effort – almost everyone at Asana played a part in this release. This new version is a top-to-bottom redesign that really puts the power of the desktop web version of Asana right in your pocket.

Version 2.0 highlights:

  • A totally new design
  • A new native interface for adding and editing tasks
  • The ability to add or edit due dates, notes, tags, followers, recurring schedules and projects for any task
  • Teammate photos
  • More speed

A few more shots of how it looks:

Asana's iPhone App Screenshots

And we have more on the way. In the coming weeks, we will be adding more features (like Inbox) and iterating on the design. Our ultimate goal is a mobile experience that matches the craftsmanship, elegance and power of the desktop web app. We think this version gets a long way towards that goal, and we hope you agree! So get the new Asana Mobile app and let us know what you think.

- the Asana Mobile team

  1. avatarLaurent Raufaste

    I’m on Android so I can’t test, but do you have plans for an offline mode ? Apps are usually most useful in the subway, where you don’t have any network.

      1. avatarDaniel

        Sadly, this is not true. Hopefully an offline version of the app will be available very soon! thanks so much for the improvements!

        Also, please update ipad app! thanks!

    1. avatarBob

      Btw, 42 mentions (in 97 posts) of Android in a blog post about iPhone. And then I am not even couting the “+1’s” for Android.

    2. avatarPete F

      +1 — I’m starting to feel I really chose the wrong platform for our project — I very rashly assumed that Android support would be on its way soon. Lack of mobile support is a big drawback to an otherwise excellent product. (I made the mistake of taking a colleague’s recommendation without noting that we use different phone platforms…)

  2. avatarJuan Carlos

    Great! I will download right away!
    But yep, like the other comments, an Android app it could be really cool… I don’t remember how works on the iPad (over the web browser Safari or Chrome), but it could be cool if you made an app for it to, but just for the “nice to have”.

    Excellent job Asana team!

    1. avatarKenny Asana Team Member

      We do have an HTML5 version, so many of the new features in this update are also available now on Android or mobile webkit users, too! Give it a shot & let us know what you think.

      1. avatarDavid

        +1 Android +1 Offline. HTML5 version does not have offline capabilities. Asana would be 50x more useful to me if there were and Android App and true offline functionality for both the Android version and the browser/Mac desktop version. Thank you for your hard work on the iPhone version though!

    2. avatarDrew

      HTML5 is terribly slow on mobile devices and is in no way a substitution for a native app. Facebook has made this mistake and it took them 2 years to correct it. Don’t go down this path, Asana.

  3. avatarNick Smith

    This is a massive leap in functionality, I just wanted to say thanks. I’m using it in x2 mode on my new iPad, it’s really usable even there.

  4. avatarBernie

    Well done on the iphone App guys, I am totally in love with the web version but my love was being tested with the mobile…..

    Major leap! Very impressed with the shiny new iphone app ;-)

    An ipad app would be great, however a better off-line capability is the most urgent, even with a weak 3G signal the new app is very sluggish – as Laurent says in the first comment here “Apps are usually most useful in the subway, where you don’t have any network.”

    1. avatarDavid Lyman

      I second Bernie on priorities. I love Asana but was seriously considering leaving because of the iPhone app. Offline mode should give the added benefit of quick navigation through task lists. Skinning it up for the iPad would be a huge plus.

  5. avatarJeffrey Korn

    GREAT work! Really appreciate the thoughtful design. Can’t wait for the inbox — my favorite new feature! :-) Keep it up!

    – Jeff -

  6. avatarAsh Menon

    Looks fantastic, and yes, like all the other commenters, I’m waiting for the Android version :) But if you guys can replicate this on the Android, it’d be awesome.

  7. avatarannie

    really nice work guys! i would really love an option to see the image thumbnails next to each task. i’m so used to viewing by project and browsing people’s initials/thumbnails.

  8. avatarthomasb

    Nice work! Been wanting this for ages. Just tried it out and must admit it’s way more than a level up, more 5x!

    I think the biggest missing feature for me is the ability to change the order or items in a list. Or am I missing something?

  9. avatarDave Jenkinson

    +1 for iPad app. Love the iPhone version but to make full use of the larger screen size on the iPad would be perfect.

  10. avatarMohammed

    New iPhone app is awesome! It really helps and makes the process much much more usable than it was before and with a much faster loading time as well! Now all we need are the Inbox and Offline feature with Push notification and alerts on the iPhone : )

    iPad app after that would be sweet as well, I can almost get rid of other apps now, when will subtasks be rolled out for all users? I an see it if I create a new workspace but want it on all existing ones.

    Also, are subtasks supported on the iPhone app?

    1. avatarCecil

      +1
      I can’t find a way either. Choosing Today/Upcoming/Later is critical for organization.
      Also, adding a new task should be enabled even before anything is loaded or downloaded as nothing is as annoying to wait for something you don’t care about in order to input something you do.
      Otherwise, fantastic work! Kudos!

  11. avatarSanjay Samani

    Big improvement, that is really appreciated. Also appreciated is the speed of development and new versions that are coming from you.

    +1 for iPad app
    +1 for offline mode

    Plus would like to see the Sort by Due Date option from the webapp make it into the iPhone. Can’t currently see my due / overdue items. (And yes, I use proper GTD with minimal due dates). If you could steal OmniFocus’s Forecast view from the iPhone app, I’d be able to finally merge my home & work life.

  12. avatarPaul

    Love the new app and look forward for the inbox feature and ofline mode. In het html5 version that i have been using till now there is also no inbox feature i hope it will get there also.

  13. avatarRobert

    This is great! I use it a lot. Is there an iPad app in the roadmap? We use our iPads in meetings to go over tasks and see which has the priority to who, so it would be nice to have an iPad app.

  14. avatarChris Healy

    +1 for Android. Nice screenshots and some features are visible on HTML5 webkit. Why not do offline using XML local storage?

  15. avatarJohn Wolpert

    Looking great. Getting new company acclimated to Asana. Am I missing something or is it still not possible to change the order of tasks in a list (or move them into or out of super tasks – the ones with colons at end) in iPhone version?

  16. avatarChad Ehlers

    Looks great. Really seems to be working more as I would like it to. But now get it on the iPad.

    iPhone is nice but typically use an iPad in meetings not the iPhone.

    Good work though. Keep it up

  17. avatarJochen Fette

    A big step in the right direction!
    What I am missing the most, is to sort the Tasks by due date like in the Desktop-Application.
    And … iPad … no more Words ;-)
    Greetings from Germany

  18. avatarDana

    Thank you! The mobile issue has been a big roadblock for me to adopting asana for everything (we use it for work)

    Two things that would help enormously:
    1. offline storage and sync (this would also improve speed?)
    2. move items to today, upcoming and later.
    3. easy to switch between workspaces
    4. see tasks across workspaces (all tasks..for desktop too!)
    5. badge for today task count across workspaces

    1. avatarTony

      Heavily agree. A unified view of all tasks regardless of workspace is a big usability feature I’m surprised is missing. The badge count for today tasks is also a big one.

      Basically mimic the way Things is set up, except have a real collaboration solution.

    2. avatarJohnboy

      Also, need a way to add a new task to a general Inbox, so that I can brainstorm on work and personal items, then sort them out later. This is the most basic part of the GTD methodology for a reason! I always think of personal things I should be doing while at work, and vice versa.

  19. avatarBenny Lava

    Yet another Andorid comment…

    Yeah, get it out on Android. Do it right like you did you web app and make it run correctly on tablets and phone.

  20. avatarLogan

    Love to see the ability to reorder tasks, and move tasks to different headings. This is a killer feature of Asana. Really unique, simple, and powerful. I’m surprised that it’s not been a high priority on the mobile side, since it’s so critical on the desktop side. Almost all the how-to videos incorporate moving tasks to different headings to manage workflow.

    1. avatarFoo

      +1
      I use the iPhone app much more than the web client. I hate being in meetings, writing priority changes on a post-it note so that I can update projects later via the web client.

  21. avatarCoronus

    Unfortunately, this doesn’t help my organization at all, since none of us use iOS devices. Am I missing the Android app in Google Play when I search ‘Asana’? If not, then I’m struggling to understand why a second version of the iPhone app was so much more important than getting something available for Android users.

    Back to the web app for our meetings…

  22. avatarbrant

    Great work! SUGGESTED FEATURE 2.1: Search Window for mobile. We’ve got lots of items in workspace, would be nice to find on the fly when out of the office-

  23. avatarRob

    Love the new version.

    Care a lot about offline
    Care a bit about iPad
    Don’t care about Android (though I understand why others do)..

  24. avatarBud

    New mobile app is a great step forward! I’ve tried just about every app on the market, but Asana works better than most – fast too.

    Feature request for mobile – ability to add picture or voice notes to a task. Omnifocus & Flow have it & I find it very useful.

    1. avatarSlava

      Loving 2.0, but being able to add images from mobile is CRUCIAL to productivity. Please add!!

      Thank you Asana.

  25. avatarDeivinson Tejeda

    Hi Team,

    I have a Android and I can use it as mobile app, but I like more the idea that I can run this as native app.

    Kudos :)

  26. avatarGreg Martin

    Out of 10 people in our department that use Asana every day for managing our software development, 8 use iOS. We have only 1 Android user, and 1 diehard Blackberry user who refuses to accept the inevitable. ;-)

    How about a WP8 version when you’re done with Android?

  27. avatarStephen

    Jumping on the Android bandwagon! My boss keeps flashing around her iPad in meetings, I’d like to break out my Nexus 7. But I don’t expect miracles, it’s not like I pay for the service…

  28. avatar1uca5

    To those wanting an Android “app”:
    The HTML5 experience is excellent on Android via web browser, tablet is a particularly good.

    Haven’t seen new iOS app, but I preferred the browser experience to the old app.

    The need for an ‘app’ in Android seems less important than offline access (needed.. desperately.).

    Would like a dark skin though.

  29. avatarJon Brown

    Yay! I like the new app… Almost identical to the mobile website just faster. Only grip is it’s way to easy to mistakenly mark something complete. I’d think better UI would be something like iOS typically does with an edit button up top to enable bulk editing. Just my 2 cents.

    I don’t understand all the Android complainers… I’m sure you have analytics on who actually was using the mobile site. I’m not as sure but suspect there are way more iOS users than android hitting that site. Further it’s not like the app as functionality (that i’ve found) that is unavailable on the mobile site. Sliding panels left/right in iOS is nice, but it’s hardly a deal breaker.

  30. avatarsk

    The use case is as follows:

    1. Start using asana on web
    2. Start using asana on mobile
    3. Fail at making changes due to poor connection on mobile
    4. Stop using asana completely

    Fix offline access please.

  31. avatarHugo Aguilar

    Guys,

    Thank you SO MUCH! for giving us Asana lovers this gift! I have been anxiously waiting for this update. Thanks to your product, my company is much more productive and collaborative than ever.

    Much appreciated!

  32. avatarMarty

    I really like the app, and I am switching my personal tasks over to it. The biggest item that needs improvement is the ability to sort tasks. I can’t find an easy way to do it on the mobile app. That would be extremely helpful – especially if you can find a way to have the ability to drag tasks in different order similar to the app any.do.

  33. avatarPatrick

    I’d like to add yet another request for an Android version. 3/4 of my team right now is using Android. I’m the one trying to sell them on Asana being amazing (which it is), and a killer Android app would go a long way to making that sell happen.

  34. avatarDmitry

    Hi,

    It’s seems really strange to see 2 things:

    1. non-clickable screenshots. Fail. Just fail.
    2. no tab bar and no controls in the bottom. You have to reach top left corner, which the hardest to reach. Make be this looks better, but without hardware buttons like on Android (Back. Options) this sucks.

  35. avatarspg6611

    I am looking around for CRM resources. Just started using the web version of Asana on a colleague’s recommendation. Would love an android app for phone/tablet.

  36. avatarMark

    A crucial outstanding feature is the ability to reorder tasks by moving them up or down on the list. When will this be implemented on the iPhone?

  37. avatarAly Badawy

    The app is just great. However, it just needs the ability to sort the tasks and create tasks inside an existing category. because right now, it only adds tasks to the beginning of the list only.

    Except this thing, the app is just great!!!!

  38. avatarAlex

    Lots of requests for offline. People, what are your top 3 scenarios when offline mode is critical?

    During flight
    In the subway
    In poor cell coverage areas

    What else?

  39. avatarItsme

    How about my tasks appearing in the order in which they are due and completed tasks at the BOTTOM instead of the top???
    And yes, and android app too please.

  40. avatarItsme

    And offline capability, and contexts, and a mobile web app with some functionality. I keep coming back to asana…but I keep leaving for all the above reasons. You would think that if you need some time to build an android app you would at least get the mobile app going top-notch so as not to lose the business in the meantime. Need to be able to assign due dates. Push notifications instead of emails too. The point of asana for me is to uncluttered my inbox, not increase the volume of emails I receive.

  41. avatarFrank

    Itsme: ‘Push notifications instead of emails too. The point of asana for me is to uncluttered my inbox, not increase the volume of emails I receive’.

    Exactly. THE reason why my company is searching for an online task management tool, is to get rid of the countless of emails that one receives in our email boxes nowadays. At the moment we are investigating Trello and Asana. Even if Trello seemed to be more appealing (also visually) at first glance, I think Asana will suit much better to the way I work. I am not familiar with the ‘cardboard’ way of working (Trello), so I am more drawn to Asana.

    Anyway, back on topic… I am indeed also really surprised there are apparently no push notifications available in the iPhone app? Even an app like the wonderful Wunderlist has this, so it’s quite remarkable that a more sophisticated teamworking tool like Asana simply doesn’t have it.

  42. avatarDavid Bangs

    The new iphone app may be an improvement, but it is very slow and I have to log in periodically. When I have an important idea to keep track of, I want to record it instantly, but your app is way too slow to do that. I have an iPhone 5 with LTE – but have to hassle for a long time every time.

    Also, I can’t sort my tasks by due date. What kind of task list can’t show me what’s due and overdue? Really – you have a lot of work to do still.

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  44. avatarTaras

    Hi, I like to use Asana as web app but without push notification mobile app absolutely useles for our organization.
    Add it please even as payd extension.
    Best!

  45. avatarJoe

    Do you have an ETA yet for release of an iPad app? Using the iPhone app on my iPad is like pulling teeth. The iPad is now my defacto notepad so having the ability to generate tasks during meetings on the iPad would be a huge plus.

  46. avatarJohn Colucci

    When will Asana’s iPhone app offer:

    -Sorting by date just like on the desktop version
    -No hidden tasks (seems that tasks w/o a date are hidden)

    Thanks

  47. avatarKevin Eaton

    It would be great if we could use the CalDav service to add tasks directly from Siri (Remember the Milk Offers this). I know…can’t have everything! (and Asana is so much more evolved than RTM in most ways!)

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