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<remind> command should allow default of Push or SMS notification, not just Email


I was testing the iPhone Todoist (new user as of today) and was surprised that when I made a task that said:

Call Kim <remind today at 1:45pm>

...and nothing happened at 1:45pm.

I was out and about, and not checking email, so I didn't see the email reminder.

When creating a reminder on iPhone, it seems to make sense for the reminder to come via Push or SMS, not email.

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David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 08, 2013 - 17:31

Hello George,

The <remind> tag supports all types of reminders, but you'll need to set push notification as your default reminder type. To do so, go to https://todoist.com click on the gear icon in the top-right corner, go to Settings -> Reminders and choose your preferred default reminder.

Best regards,

georgekao premium
Replied on Sep 08, 2013 - 17:39

Thanks David.

However, when Default Reminder is set, isn't it true that it can only be a 30-minute reminder?

So if I set Default to Push, and then I type <remind today at 1:45pm> it'll be a 1:15pm Push notification right?


David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 08, 2013 - 17:44


There are two types of reminders:

1. Relative - these can be set to "X minutes/hours/days before" and they require a due date and time to be set for the task itself. If you have a default reminder set in the settings, then every time you add a task that has a due date (not a reminder) and time, a relative reminder will be set to "30 minutes before deadline".

2. Absolute - these don't require the task to have a date or time, but in this case, the reminder itself needs a date and time. These are the ones you set up using the <remind> tag as you specify when the reminder should be sent exactly.

That said - even with relative reminders switched on, you can still use absolute reminder. In fact, you can combine them. For example, if you set a task with this name:

Call Andy <remind tom at 14:25>

and a due date:

in 4 days at 13:00

Then this task will have two reminders:
- tomorrow at 14:25 (exactly as you've set it)
- in 4 days at 12:30 (this will be the automatic reminder)

Best regards,

georgekao premium
Replied on Sep 08, 2013 - 18:09

Excellent answer... very helpful! Thank you.