I like the app - but when will there be sounds for push notifications on iPhone?
I like the app... but not having sound alerts is frustrating. Is there a plan to improve this in the near future?
Asked by Julia Young on Jan 27, 2013 - 16:16
Julia Young on Feb 01, 2013 - 08:28
Thanks for your quick response! I appreciate it.
On November 29, I asked about this and you responded that your team was aware of the issue with no sound, and that you were working on it right now.
Your newest message leads me to believe that it's no longer a definite thing.
Is there something in the works? I'm eager to give the app a 5 star rating - but I think it's problematic that there is no sound alert (especially as other task apps have sound alerts)... I love Todoist, but this would make the app spectacular.
We're rewriting parts of the app on the back-end to increase not only performance, but also introduce better handling and display of sub-tasks and other features, this has cased a certain delay in the implementation of the push notification sound alerts, but we're working on it as well. Unfortunately, we can't give you any timeframe on when it will be finished. Sorry for the delay.
Julia Young on Feb 15, 2013 - 08:38
Thanks for your response — I will look forward to those updates!
After your last message, I realized I could set SMS messages as my default in Todoist settings, and turn on Push notifications with sound for "Messages" as I wanted them in my iPhone settings.
BUT, I figured out a more complicated workaround on my iPhone that I actually like better, because it lets me receive reminders by email and "push" on the iPhone at the same time.
I thought I'd share this new system in case anyone else finds it helpful:
1. In Todoist, I went to settings and changed back to email reminders as the default.
2. I set up a new Gmail account just for Todoist notification emails.
3. In my existing personal Gmail account, I set up a filter to automatically forward only Todoist notification emails to my brand new Todoist gmail account. (I kept it so the Todoist reminder emails remain in my personal inbox, too - because I like them!)
4. I already use a different email app than the default on the iPhone, so I set the default Mail app to only receive emails from my new Todoist Gmail address (I set it up as a gmail Exchange account, so emails would be pushed instantly).
5. In Settings --> Notifications, I specified that the Mail app should give me push notifications with sound alerts.
So now I get to enjoy both the email notifications in my Gmail inbox and the push notifications on my iPhone. I'm pleased with this workaround.
Thanks again for your help and for providing a great task management system and app. I love Todoist.
I appreciate the workaround that Julia has presented, but I too was truly disappointed to discover that sounds still aren't available with notifications. I couldn't use the Todoist iPhone app on my old 2nd generation iPod touch, so when I finally got an iPhone this month, I was excited to finally use push notifications. I initially thought I had overlooked something in my settings since I was getting silent notifications from Todoist, but audible ones from my other apps. It wasn't until I searched the support forum here that I discovered this thread, and the news that sounds still aren't available with notifications. I'm curious as to why push notifications were released without sounds in the first place, since it seems to be a bit of an oxymoron to have "silent" notifications. Unless a user has a computer or smartphone or tablet actually in front of them all day (this is not an option in my line of work), the visual cue isn't very helpful on its own.
On a related matter, is there any plan to offer anything other than a 30 minute default setting for notifications? There are many times when I need something more...and sometimes less...than a 30 minute reminder. The iCal example of giving users the opportunity to set 2 reminders of their own choosing for calendar events would be a good place to start with regards to reminders for tasks in Todoist.
We're currently rebuilding our iOS apps (while creating the iPad app) and on the new structure, we will have much better options to not only make it faster, improve sub-task handling and so on, but also implement such features as sound notifications. We were planning to add this right away, but unfortunately stumbled upon some difficulties the current structure introduced. We're sorry for the delays.
Regarding the "30 minutes before" reminders, we will consider implementing an option to set up a different default globally.
Julia Young on Feb 21, 2013 - 09:47
Thank you very much for implementing sound alerts, and for letting us know. I look forward to seeing how the app will evolve over time.
With warm regards,
I'm pleased to hear that you've implemented sound alerts now. While this is more helpful, I was a little concerned to see you state that "we will consider implementing an option to set up a different default globally."
Does that mean simply switching to a different...but still single...default option? This still leave the notification barely useable to me. Let me explain.
If I have a task that needs approximately 90 minutes to complete, but that task can only be started 90 minutes before the event, how do I set a reminder in Todoist, other than by trying to "trick" Todoist by setting false due times, etc.?
If I have a task that needs less than 10 minutes to complete, but that task can only be started 10 minutes before the event it is associated with, how do I set up a suitable in Todoist? While having a 30 minute reminder prior to the event is better than nothing, I often find that that 30 minutes can get filled with other things and unexpected interruptions in a busy environment, and I may end up being so distracted that I forget the task reminder because it actually was set too early for when I actually needed it.
Having one default reminder simply fails to address these sorts of scenarios. Having the option of setting more than one reminder, at intervals such as "on time", "5 minutes before", "10 minutes before" (many apps give 10 minute intervals, and then hourly and even "x" days before options), would make the feature far more useful for me than how it presently operates.
What I've mean when I've said that we may add an option to set a different default reminder time was that instead of having a "30 minutes before" reminder for every task that has a due date, you could set that these reminders should always arrive "10 minutes before" or "1 hour before" for every task.
If you're settings reminders differently for each task, you can go to the Settings -> Reminders on the web app, switch reminders off by choosing "No default reminder" and set each to an exact due time regardless of the task's due date or time (even if it doesn't have any due date).
Simply type <remind tod at 13:45> or <remind ev day @ 2pm> within the task's name and a push notification will be set to this exact time.