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How to remove 'inbox' project?


A new 'inbox' project has appeared recently. I already have plenty of projects and I don't want this cluttering up my project list.

How can I remove it?

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 15:11 UTC

Hi Rob,

Unfortunately, it's not possible to remove the Inbox project, but if you add most of your tasks to a different project, you can enter these projects and use the "Add task" link at the bottom which will also allow you to add multiple tasks very quickly.

With an upcoming update the Inbox project will be more distinguished from the other projects.


Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 15:14 UTC


Honestly, that's reason enough for me to stop using Todoist.

Will you be adding functionality to remove or hide the inbox in the upcoming update?


Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 15:23 UTC


Unfortunately this is not in our plans. Again, we believe you might find it more useful in the upcoming update. We are hoping to have these changes within the year.


Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 15:33 UTC


It's unfortunate that your software developers choose to force undesirable and largely useless "features" onto your users.

Is there anyway to download my current todoist items before I delete my account?


Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 16:40 UTC


I am very sorry that you feel this way, we do not try to force features on people unless we feel that in the long run it will benefit most people.

Unfortunately, there is no way to download your task list right now. On Premium you could make an export, as it is used as a template feature, but this would be a plain txt file that may or may not be able to be imported into another service.

I am sorry for the inconvenience,


Frank premium
Replied on Sep 12, 2013 - 18:56 UTC

Why would you force a project on us? Especially one as useless as Inbox. I specifically use Todoist to remove emails from my email client inbox. Why would I put them in another folder called Inbox.


Jure Govekar premium
Replied on Dec 10, 2013 - 14:23 UTC

I would also like to see an option to remove Inbox folder. Its very disturbing!

Regards, Jure

Eric Schulzke premium
Replied on Dec 22, 2013 - 01:24 UTC

I don't understand. I'm toying with going premium. WHAT IS INBOX? I don't get it at all.

Pablo Olmos premium
Replied on Dec 22, 2013 - 06:22 UTC

I am happy with the inbox feature, is a very fast way to transform mails in to tasks.

David Trey staff
Replied on Dec 22, 2013 - 13:30 UTC

Hello Eric,

The "Inbox" is a project which is set as a default on any Todoist account. You don't have to use it, but if you want to add a task quickly and it doesn't fit to any other project or want to move it elsewhere later - that's what you can use the inbox for.

Best regards,

DigitalDeron premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 20:58 UTC

I recently did a somewhat exhaustive search of online task management and settled on ToDoist, then pretty quickly upgraded to premium, for the ability to synch across devices. So far I'm very, very happy with the program.

But, for what it's worth, I also don't see the point of the Inbox, and find it a bit annoying. I arrived at this conversation out of searching how to remove. ;)

DigitalDeron premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 21:40 UTC

Meanwhile, I've just read through some of the other threads on this subject. It's disheartening to see staff replies so close-minded in tone. Unfortunately, this has hurt my image of your company/service. While some users seem to find the inbox feature useful, others of us find it annoying, and (most) are politely requesting making it optional. I'm a new user, so I'm not reacting to change when I say I'd like the ability to disable the inbox. If you can't do it, or have different priorities, say so, but at least make the users feel heard and considered. I work as a user experience designer, and I caution you that you continue the current attitude at your peril.

Thank you again for creating an excellent product. Please work with us when continuing to improve it.

Russell Houck premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 22:28 UTC

I have been ready through many of the threads and find the Staff (David and Brenden) very helpful and polite in their responses. Like David said the "inbox" is just a default place to add a task and then comeback later and move to an appropriate project. I find the "inbox" very useful.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 23:14 UTC


We greatly appreciate all feedback our users provide and it helps us a lot to shape Todoist to meet your needs, but it will never be possible for us or anyone to create an app that will meet everyone's expectations. Everyone's workflow is unique, so as much as we would like to make Todoist perfect for everyone, sometimes compromises have to be made.

We're sorry to hear that you consider our responses close-minded :( We never intend to give anyone such impression and we're sorry if that's how you see them :(

Best regards,

Carlin Coombs
Replied on Mar 11, 2014 - 16:46 UTC

Just wanted to add my two cents to this, I don't mind having a "default" project, but I would like to either be able to hide the Inbox, rename it to a project title that I need/use, or be able to select specific projects and have those projects and/or their tasks display underneath it.

Adam Ray premium
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 14:15 UTC

"I am very sorry that you feel this way, we do not try to force features on people unless we feel that in the long run it will benefit most people."

That was a response from Brendan to the OP who requested the ability to remove and/or rename the Inbox project.

Not being able to remove/rename the top-most default container for new tasks is not a feature. It's a limitation.

Brendan's "limitation=feature" attitude is why I'm closing out a year long subscription that I purchased only yesterday.

Brittainy Boessel premium
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 19:09 UTC

Please remove "Inbox" or make it optional. Could you at least make it optional, or allow users to move it to the bottom of their project list? I hate that it's the default project whenever I am adding tasks, and I don't understand the point of forcing users to have it as the default top project.