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Sync with Google calendar


I have synced with my Google calendar.
The tasks are now showing on my Google calendar.
However, I have made due date changes to some items. They have not synced with the new due date on the Google calendar.
Is there something I need to set/fix to ensure pending tasks which have a changed due date also change on my Google calendar when syncing?

All responses

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jul 31, 2013 - 17:32

Hi Phil,

Unfortunately with Google Calendar, Google only syncs the information once a day. This is a limitation with Google. We do hope to change this in the future.


Phil Cave premium
Replied on Jul 31, 2013 - 17:37

Huuum. That would definitely be something important to get changed.
I like the sync every X minutes, hours, functions on various apps.
So, the current system being to have to check the app rather than calender.
Thanks for answering.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jul 31, 2013 - 18:33

Hello Phil,

We're sorry for the inconvenience, but this is not something that we can change on our end. Our iCal feed is in fact updated instantly and with every other calendar software, you would see the changes in real-time, but Google has set up their servers to update all iCal feeds only once a day.

We're planning to create our own calendar module within Todoist in the future, but we hope that Google will change this behavior one day.

Best regards,

Thomas Jackson premium
Replied on Oct 12, 2013 - 20:28

Outlook seems to sync with todoist almost immediately. I did two "test" tasks five minutes apart. Had to close and reopen Outlook, but it worked!

Artem premium
Replied on Oct 15, 2013 - 03:57

Anyone, who needs this feature, vote about it here: https://en.todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/1349/

Mally Mclane
Replied on Oct 22, 2013 - 09:30

is the solution here not to use ical feeds but interact with the Google APIs...?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Oct 22, 2013 - 09:34

Hi Mally,

The solution would be to start using Google Apps, which would allow for instant sync with Google Calendar. The issue though is this would cause changes in everything else that we work with, and it will take time to implement.

We are working on some improvements with calendar support as mentioned above.


Replied on Oct 25, 2013 - 02:20

This thing (sync with google cal.) is the only one which stop me from migrating to your system/ Please, solve it !

Nora Kurzweil premium
Replied on Nov 03, 2013 - 03:27

Same with me, love todoist, but the google calendar sync problem is a whats keeping me from upgrading...
please solve this!

KMH premium
Replied on Nov 05, 2013 - 12:51

http://doit.im/ has a feature that lets you "push" changes to Google Calendar - would love to be able to do this with todoist.

coralio.ballester premium
Replied on Nov 12, 2013 - 05:32

I love todoist and I went premium! Its interface is so unique. And it is super flexible. For instance, I love the filtering box where I can personalize my filters manually. Please do not remove this feature ever! And the color labels.
But, I mean, the calendar support! Why don't you guys use the google api to get authorization for your app to access and modify Google Calendar? Then, todoist would be even more amazing with two-way sync with my fav calendar!
One more thing I would add: "required time" as a field in each task, so that we can filter using something like "requires < 30 min". Or more flexible, a number field that can be used to query tasks this way.

Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 10:45

Just signed up to 'Remember the milk' and am moving right now, because I need sync capability with Google calendar. Shame because I love the simplicity of todoist - however beware, functionality is everything - remember what happened to the beautiful Catch notes!

administrator premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 16:08

I connected ToDoist to Google calendar but nothing is showing up yet. I did see, at the beginning of this thread, that Google syncs 1X/day. Will I have to wait until tomorrow to see this? I did see a message that it was syncing but nothing shows up on the Calendar--- I did check and confirmed that the calendar is visible.


administrator premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 16:54

I'm good.. just showed up on my calendar. I was never known for my patience.

Replied on Jan 02, 2014 - 16:08

Thinking of switching to todoist from wunderlist- was just curious is google calendar still limited to 1 sync per day? Thanks!

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jan 02, 2014 - 16:27


Yes at the moment.


Arnau Via Martinez-seara
Replied on Jan 18, 2014 - 14:16

I love Todoist in general, but I have used several task management tools and ALL them had instant sync with google api... It's not that difficult!! Even I know how to do it...
Obviously this is a possible reason to decide for the premium or not...

Mally Mclane
Replied on Jan 22, 2014 - 09:58

Dear todoist,

Does the new Next product support Google Calendar better than the previous one...?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jan 22, 2014 - 09:59


UnfortunaEly no, but now we do have more time to attend to other feature requests, so it's possible this can be improved in the near future.


Marie-Louise Lövgren premium
Replied on Feb 23, 2014 - 14:31

Is it at least possible to add Todoist as a sidebar to your Google Calendar page?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 23, 2014 - 18:50


We do not have any widgets such as that at this time.


Marie-Louise Lövgren premium
Replied on Feb 24, 2014 - 08:36

Are you planning on doing this some time in the near future?

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 24, 2014 - 09:50

Hello Marie-Louise,

Not right now, but please note that you can use our browser plugins and have a Todoist pane anywhere you want, not just in the calendar :-)

Best regards,

Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 04:42

it's not working even 1 sync per day...

it's just simply not work!

In the videos they said that it will sync with google calendar... like "see your events in google calendar"..

yeap... but you need to uptodate the URL every time...

torrie premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 05:07

I am having the same problem, deleting and re installing link work, tedious.

Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 05:26

yeap... they didn't promisse this kind of "feature"...

I really don't understand... it's look like something simple!!!

may I call google to check it out?

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 08:41


We have no control over Google's servers and their syncing procedure. They've set them up to sync iCal feeds once a day, but we don't know at what time exactly.

Do you have any other iCal feeds added to it? Do they sync, but only our feed doesn't?

Best regards,

Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 08:50

I think it's happen only with todoist... google have something call "google sync" to integrate with outlook... I will try to use this and see if maybe it's the same solution

Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 08:51

With outlook it's look like there is no problem

Mally Mclane
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 08:53

We use Outlook and Google Sync quite successfully for a few hundred users at work - it's all realtime syncing.

coralio.ballester premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 08:54

come on! Other programs like zendone provide instantaneous sync with google calendar. What are you waiting for?

Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 08:59

must be $omething

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 09:09

We're using the iCal standard. Other apps use direct sync options (API). We will consider developing direct integration specifically for Google Calendar in the future, we've chosen to use iCal in the past because it's a standard that works with other calendars and apps, not just Google's Calendar while the other solution would be just for Google Calendar and no other.

Best regards,

Mally Mclane
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 09:10

I could understand that, if Google wasn't such a large, very very large player...

Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 09:16

question: iCal file isn't the same file/format of outlook?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 10:39


Outlook accepts .ics files (iCal). They do have a different format though.


tverre premium
Replied on Mar 02, 2014 - 12:38

iCal support is nice of course but, gCal aggregates a number of other calenders and tools in (nigh) realtime...that's the primary reason I use it. As you know, that's why quite a large number of people use it.

Real time sync with ToDoist would add huge value to your already excellent product, I hope that you will consider this to be high priority in 2014. Q1 would be great ;D

Just wanted to let you know there's another ToDoer out here waiting patiently.

Thanks for the cool tool,

Craig premium
Replied on Mar 05, 2014 - 14:24

i have to say I was about to purchase the premium version but after reading this I will wait for you to resolve this or look at other options - this seems to be a very important feature for a product like this!

sergey.vishniakov premium
Replied on Mar 05, 2014 - 22:49

Realtime sync it's the MUST feature. Wanted to buy the premium version, but no, thanks

David premium
Replied on Mar 06, 2014 - 02:45

I do not understand why Todoist is not putting this feature on the top of their priority list. Realitime sync with Google Calendar seems like a no brainer to me.

Craig premium
Replied on Mar 06, 2014 - 12:36

Totally agree with Madball Madball!

JeffVC premium
Replied on Mar 06, 2014 - 12:46

Ditto. Gqueues and a number of other apps manage to sync in real time with gCal. I'm not a programmer so can't speak to the difficulty in making it happen, but not having this feature potentially puts Todoist way behind the competition.

Replied on Mar 08, 2014 - 03:20

I also considered buying premium, but the missing integration with gCal (and once a day is equal to missing), holds me back, too.

Maciej Orzechowski premium
Replied on Mar 12, 2014 - 09:29

Guys, the thing is - I'm using premium for a couple years already, and was planning to make it a tool in my service dept, however the lack o Google Calendar sync completely kills this plan. Any work being done here?

Craig premium
Replied on Mar 12, 2014 - 11:14

Apparently not - I just went premium and am now regretting it.

I asked support straight out about the upcoming support for these much requested features and they said it wasn't likely to happen soon and offered me my money back!
Anyone got any other good recommendations?

I know Remember The Milk has all round syncing (both ways - which Todoist claim they can't do) and syncs with Google Calendar every 15 minutes, which is fantastic, but I'm just not sure about the interface - plus there is no dedicated Calendar.

Any suggestions?

I think the real deal breaker for me was wanting to check my diary for an appointment and having to go to my home PC to check my outlook calendar, entering the appointment and then having to manually enter it in Todoist!

I've avoided trying to check Google Calendar "on-the-go" (even though I've just bought a new motorola Android phone) as I know from above that Todoist only manages to sync once a day (where RTM does it every 15 mins!)

Has anyone found a way to make this all work?
If not then what are the benefits of Todoist Premium?

And should I just go for the refund and find a better alternative?
Is there a better alternative?

Thanks in advance for any feedback!

Jonathan Starr
Replied on Apr 05, 2014 - 17:46

Not sure how well this works -- still deciding whether to go premium...


alfiolora007 premium
Replied on Apr 22, 2014 - 16:17

Question Staff: When does that "once a day" occurs? any specific time ?

David Trey staff
Replied on Apr 22, 2014 - 16:56


We don't know when exactly it syncs. This is entirely up to Google and we have no control over it, we do everything on our end that we can, that is - we push every change to the iCal feed instantly, it's up to the calendar software to pull these changes as often as possible.

The only alternative solution (which we'll look into) is using Google's own API to create a direct calendar sync specifically for Google Calendar.

Best regards,

alfiolora007 premium
Replied on Apr 22, 2014 - 19:41

Thanks David !, Please do so, I looove the program, but like others have expressed, this is super important, I am using the platform for business, I cannot afford to wait a whole day to have it sync into my other devices.

Niklas Sternberg
Replied on Apr 29, 2014 - 07:38

This is the one doe-or-die feature that makes GQueues my choice. Miss the Gmail integration without Google Apps there, but real time GCal-synch is far more crucial.

If adressed Todoist will be up for review again.

Dan Bowen premium
Replied on May 01, 2014 - 05:49

Come on, you must be able to sort this. It's pushing me to leave the service, everything else is great.

Steve Dawson
Replied on May 01, 2014 - 11:17

I agree. Go with Google's API so we can have our calendars updated immediately!

Aran Kaufer
Replied on May 05, 2014 - 14:28

Is this also an issue with Google Calendar in Google Apps?

David Trey staff
Replied on May 05, 2014 - 16:46

Hello Aran,

Yes, Google's Calendar syncs iCal feeds with the same delay through Google Apps :-(

Best regards,

Ramanujan Gopala premium
Replied on May 10, 2014 - 23:05

How I wish.....to have this regular sync feature. Dev's please add this feature....

Chris Jones premium
Replied on May 15, 2014 - 12:47

Gonna add a vote to move this to the top of your list.

Brent Rose premium
Replied on May 17, 2014 - 03:58

Hey, I'm a writer for Gizmodo and Wired. I was about to make ToDoist my one app to rule them all, and shout it from the rooftops. I was even considering doing an article on it, but then I learned about this issue, and I'm afraid it's a deal-breaker. I recognize that you can't control how Google interacts with iCal, but it seems like you could have migrated to another system by now. You've had hundreds of users asking for this for well over a year, as far as I can tell. In my book, instant calendar sync is a basic requirement for an app like this. Hope you get it sorted out soon because pretty much everything else is fantastic.

Paul Malcolm premium
Replied on May 18, 2014 - 19:34

I've been a modest premium user for a few years now because of the design and integration with gmail. Recently, however, it dawned on me how much better my scheduling/gtd system would be if I integrated my todoist tasks with my google calendar and my first search to figure out how to do that lead me here. Admittedly, I've only just recently realized I wanted this feature but I'm surprised it's not available. The more I look at how to get a handle on a vastly increased workload/schedule, the more essential this integration seems. Would love to see it implemented soon.

Maciej Orzechowski premium
Replied on May 19, 2014 - 02:57

Well, Todoist Team, any estimates on this one? It can't be THAT difficuilt to add this feature, which would make Todoist SO MUCH better...

will singh
Replied on May 20, 2014 - 05:03

Dito, this is a must. Any news on this please?

Anthony premium
Replied on May 20, 2014 - 07:14


Location based event and sync with GCal is really must-have.

Mally Mclane
Replied on May 20, 2014 - 07:17

I'm beginning to think that for whatever reason, todoist don't want to do this... -_-;

Anthony premium
Replied on May 20, 2014 - 07:33


I don't want to sound negative when it comes to programming/developing apps like this, but even "freelance" developers which make similar app are able to add this function to their apps - location and proper sync.

But as I said.. I really do appreciate developers of this app.

Nicholas Ortiz premium
Replied on May 28, 2014 - 18:41

This feature should really be added soon.

Steve Long
Replied on May 29, 2014 - 08:16

Un-Installing - integration with Google calendar is essential!!

JeffVC premium
Replied on May 30, 2014 - 05:41

I'm leaving too. This thread is nearly a year old, and the only subtstantive responses from the devs are: "This is a limitation with Google. We do hope to change this in the future." ; "The issue though is this would cause changes in everything else that we work with, and it will take time to implement.";
"The only alternative solution (which we'll look into) is using Google's own API to create a direct calendar sync specifically for Google Calendar.".... Doesn't sound like this is really on the radar. Oh well, choices have consequences. The devs don't have to add this feature, and I don't have to stick with Todoist.

Anthony premium
Replied on May 30, 2014 - 05:48

Im kind of bored making two events - one in google calendar to see traffic and ETA
and on in Todo as actual task..

Any suggestions for other apps?

tverre premium
Replied on May 30, 2014 - 12:12

Yeah, I've been disheartened by dev responses here. It honestly does sound like what I've heard at other workplaces when decision-maker decides "not gonna happen" and someone has to address the user base.

I would ask for a refund, if I expected it would do any good ;)

John Stephens
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 05:22

Any recommendations of what is solid like this but w/ better Calendar (google) integration?

And does it sync w/ google apps for business?

JeffVC premium
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 07:04

I'm trying Gqueues. Takes a little getting used to, and I'm still learning the ins and outs, but the Google calendar integration is essentially instantaneous. If you have a calendar app on your phone that allows 'drag and drop' you can truly plan your day and remain flexible at the same time.

Colleen Nelson premium
Replied on Jun 16, 2014 - 05:07

Just putting my vote in for for the api / sync update for Google - Calendar - After searching for a program to handle personal and business, and mac / pc and phone and tablet - it's all come down to you guys! You have really outshined the rest but the "other guy" syncs in real time - please update the program - it's a great feature and would be happy to have it in the premium edition!!

podoprygora premium
Replied on Jun 24, 2014 - 18:30

Is there any progress on online sync with google calendar? Or developing own calendar?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jun 24, 2014 - 20:02


There has not been any major progress on this at this time.


Lisa Matulevicz premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 00:56

No progress? Guess I'll check out that gqueues thing others are talking about.
If there are that many options that use the api instead of ical, I guess I probably won't subscribe to another year.

Anthony premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 02:22

Tell me that, Lisa. I don't want to sound rude, but these are really "must have now" features.

You are going to lose lot of subscribers, todo support.

sailpamc premium
Replied on Jul 18, 2014 - 09:05

I just signed up with Todoist and started my free month trial. Looks like I won't be continuing after the trial is up as I would like it to sync more than once a day with Google calendar.

johnvnwp premium
Replied on Jul 22, 2014 - 16:54

I'm in the same boat - I would love to sign up as a premium user but the instant syncing is a dealbreaker. Pity!

alfiolora007 premium
Replied on Jul 22, 2014 - 17:15

I agree will all you guys. Personally I have been able to deal with it . I do all my scheduling and updates on my computer. It syncs overnight, and the next morning when I wake up, is all updated !!

crnewhouse premium
Replied on Jul 24, 2014 - 13:09


One year later and still nothing has been done?

What am I even paying for. This is clearly an important feature and it should be incorporated. How do I go about getting a refund?

David Trey staff
Replied on Jul 24, 2014 - 13:52


We're sorry to hear that. I've you've purchased Premium within the last 30 days, you can send us the order reference ID to receive a refund.

Best regards,

sailpamc premium
Replied on Jul 29, 2014 - 15:51

I have been using the app Premium trial for over a week now and am enjoying it. Sorry to have made a comment about it not syncing with Google Calendar as I can't even figure out how to get it to sync :-) I still use the calendar and just add my appts directly and use Todoist for my task list.
Thanks, Pam