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Integration with Google Tasks - is it possible?

It would be fine to have an integration with some projetc´s tasks with google tasks.

I would apreciate it because in gmail we have a very easy way to turn e-mails into google tasks by selecting the checkboxes.

So, it would create the google tasks, and then it would show here in Todoist.

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Niva
Replied on Aug 30, 2011 - 17:11

Maybe that's a great way to insert todoist task into Google calendar, separating task form events

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Jorge Iván
Replied on Sep 23, 2011 - 18:32

The only but for todoist is the google task unintegration.

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Ben Floyd
Replied on Oct 28, 2011 - 09:29

And if it was a two-way sync, then this could also be a better way to add email tasks into todoist.

The Todoist Anywhere thing is a joke because it makes assumptions about how you use gmail (in a full browser with a link bar). Chrome allows you to "create application shortcut" of a webpage, that will eliminate the chrome fluff and only launch that webpage, looking more like a real app. So without the link bar, the "we didnt want to write a bunch of plugins for different email clients" solution of Todoist Anywhere with gmail integration, alas, sucks.

Amir Salihefendic staff
Replied on Oct 28, 2011 - 09:35

Hi Ben

If you are using Chrome then you should checkout our Chrome plugin - - which integrates very well with Gmail!

Download it from here (where you can also check out an introduction video): http://todoist.com/chrome

Best regards,
Amir

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Ben Floyd
Replied on Oct 28, 2011 - 09:57

Amir, I respectfully disagree. The button bar which holds the Chrome plugin is not present when running a page as an application, making the plugin unavailable. When talking about integration, im talking about embedded features inside the application. Example: Open an email, click More, then Add to Tasks. That is true integration. A link there like "Add to Todoist" would be the real deal.

I have been looking for a way (a hotkey perhaps) that allows chrome to popup the location/button bar in a webpage running as an application.

Amir Salihefendic staff
Replied on Oct 28, 2011 - 10:12

Hi again Ben

I am unaware of "running a web-app" as an application. Could you point to an article that explains this functionality (it's not something I am aware of).

Regards,
Amir

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Ben Floyd
Replied on Oct 28, 2011 - 10:20

Launch chrome, open goto gmail.com, click the tool icon, click Tools, click Create Application Shortcut. Click create, then close the webpage. Then find the link on your desktop/toolbar/start menu and re-launch it. You'll notice that the only real difference is that the toolbar is missing and the UI has shrunk slightly. Pinning gmail to a taskbar (windows 7 or docky in linux) is an excellent way to pretend that gmail is a "real" app ;-)

http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=95710

Here is a related thread on opening the address bar in application mode, which it apparently doesn't do. Too bad, that would be a good workaround.

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=7584cdc898e8a89a&hl=en

Anyway, thanks for the response. I'd love to know if there is a _good_ work-around for this.

Amir Salihefendic staff
Replied on Oct 28, 2011 - 10:33

Thanks for the writeup Ben. It seems like this isn't available for the Mac version of Chrome.

We are currently improving our Chrome plugin and we will keep this in mind, maybe by adding an even greater integration with Gmail, by for example annotating emails directly with "Add to Todoist".

Regards,
Amir

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Ben Floyd
Replied on Oct 28, 2011 - 10:37

Your welcome. Otherwise, todoist rocks

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Lucie Begert
Replied on Jan 09, 2012 - 11:44

Hi everybody,

I'd like to make a +1 to Ben's proposal, which i really find good. This non-synchronisation with googletask and/or the luck of this "add to todoist" button are the the two things that really take backward todoist to be the best task manager !

I hope you'll find these proposal interesting and have fun on working on them !

thanks !
L.B.

ps. todoist rocks :-)

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Mike
Replied on Apr 11, 2012 - 04:45

If you could just make phase 1 a keyboard shortcut that would work for me. Alt+T or something while I am on an email would be great.

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a
Replied on May 06, 2012 - 20:55

I see premium version has a way to "export" to gmail

but is there a true "two way" sync?
if not, will there ever be?

or is there a reason that it's not necessary that I'm missing here?

thanks!

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Jake Waksbaum premium
Replied on Jun 12, 2012 - 14:02

I also think one of the great things about google tasks is the task showing up on your google calendar with a checkbox too, so making that work would also be amazing.

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Shiri Dori-Hacohen
Replied on Jun 15, 2012 - 05:08

+1 for Jake's tweak!

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Unknown
Replied on Nov 22, 2012 - 23:54

To the Todoist Staff,

The only thing preventing me from paying for Todoist (even at today's offer of 50% ($14) off the yearly subscription) is that there is no integration (i.e. 2 way sync) with Google Tasks. I am a big user of Google Calendars and Google Tasks along with 3rd party apps that sync with them, but to have Todoist only sync with Google Calendars is , not as simple, less productive, and just plain annoying.

Calendars are for Meetings/Appointments and important dates to remember, so why would you want it flooded with basic daily tasks and reminders?

Todoist definitely looks prettier than Google Task's which is the reason why I would like to use it, but it is just not worth worth paying extra for the eye-candy and then the hassle of parting ways with Google Tasks? Why limit your consumer audience (which seem to be mainly Apple users)?

I would very much consider paying for a subscription if it synced with Google Tasks. If it did, I would also be able to close my Evernote account as Todoist would then do everything I need ( a one stop shop).

Just some food for thought :)

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Ben Robinson
Replied on Nov 28, 2012 - 19:26

Haydn nailed it!

Todoist COULD be THE great todo app... multi-platform, beautiful ui, robust yet elegantly simple... deep and tight (legit) Google integration should be a no-brainer.

There are a million productivity apps out there and most of them are bulky and ugly, and lacking real usefulness, awash in a sea of "features." I cannot understand why everyone thinks they are going to develop the next great "platform" and all of the Microsoft, or Apple, or Google users are going to abandon their current ecosystem to jump aboard the latest bandwagon held together by paperclips and bubble gum, being usually no more than a copycat anyway. Your application actually has potential to ADD legitimate usefulness (additional functionality) to the existing Google ecosystem. It adds a little sugar to the Google kool aid so to speak... But be clear on this...I (and many like me) am looking for centralization and simplification (improving my workflow versus completely changing it), and wouldn't dump whatever measure of that I have already found in Google, just to have a slightly sweeter, albeit stand-alone, version of an existing app...

There's now an official Google Tasks API... why not get it done?

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 29, 2012 - 01:43

Hello Ben,

Thank you very much for your feedback, we appreciate it. We will of course consider adding such functionality in the future. We're constantly improving existing features and add new ones. Each requires a lot of time and resources to make it right so we can't give you any timeframes, but any feature that will add functionality and yet keep the clean structure of Todoist is being considered for future updates.


Best regards,
David

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a
Replied on Nov 29, 2012 - 10:50

David

We understand you need to be picky about where you focus...
But we're telling you where. :)

Align yourself with google tasks and functions... and become a billionare... be the GO-TO app for tasks...

come on... you know you want it...

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Edoardo premium
Replied on Jan 08, 2013 - 08:42

Until Google Task integration is perfomed, I still have to prefer any.do :(

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Mandy Chan
Replied on Mar 04, 2013 - 02:42

Im a new user on Todoist because i want an app that can add photos and attachments to my task. However, I already established most of my tasks and lists on Google Tasks and the unavailability of importing those onto Todoist gives me no chopice but to go back to Google tasks.
Pls consider this feature.

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Frank premium
Replied on Apr 06, 2013 - 13:07

I've been using Todoist for 8 months now. I started using it mainly as a replacement task/todo integration in Outlook (works great!) and now I want to fully migrate by importing my personal google tasks. I am a paid subscriber and plan to renew indefinitely.

Please use the google tasks API to create at least a manual import process from google tasks to Todoist.

Also, while a two-way sync may "sound" good to new users, it's not necessary -- Todoist fully integrates with gmail (as well as Outlook) so you no longer would need to use google tasks (just as you no longer need to use Outlook tasks/todos).

Thank you!

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gram premium
Replied on Jun 28, 2013 - 00:51

I disagree with you Frank about not needing Google tasks. In gmail a critical part of my workflow is converting emails to tasks. I like the way gmail does this much better than the hokey email forwarding approach that todoist uses. There are other apps I use too for working with tasks and calendar, that sync with gcal and gtask on the server side. It's great having a common back end ( I suspect this is why Toodledoo did well; it wasn't the app so much as the shared server across many apps).

I'm trying out Todoist premium but suspect I'll probably cancel and keep looking; I really want to use Google as the server. I doubt Todoist will make this a priority as they have chosen a business model based on giving away clients and selling access to their server.

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Mark Smith premium
Replied on Jun 28, 2013 - 08:57

If the intention is to turn emails straight into Todoist tasks, the Gmail Tasks solution would seem convoluted.

The GMail API allows functionality to be built straight into the heart of GMail, so that the 'hokey email forwarding' can be avoided. In this way you will actually add options to Gmail menus to 'Add task to Todoist'

Search and check out Powerbot for Evernote integration. Surely a similar app could be generated for Todoist.

Jamie premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2013 - 18:45

For me the Todoist/Gmail integration is useless. The Android Todoist app can't handle the link. Yes, I see the subject line of the email in my task list but I can't click on it to see the detail.

The Gmail app doesn't have the same create task link seen on the desktop version so that's useless too.

So the only solution I've found its to forward the email to create a task. Todoist handles this fairly well. It's not an option for Google tasks.

There must be a simpler, more intuitive way to do this. Producteev adds a button to every email when using a desktop, not sure if the option exists in mobile versions tho?

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Stephen Morgan
Replied on Aug 20, 2013 - 20:11

Todoist is potentially the fourth task manager / organiser I will use on android. First there was the Tracks based one PAID (cant remember the name) then after that was taken offline I went with Astrid which was fantastic PAID until Marissa took it away. At this point and sick of the cost and inconvenience of constant change overs, I struggled on with google tasks despite the diabolical UI as i figured that google was not going to disappear. I then found Gtasks which solved the problem on android, but no decent web UI (and yes I have tried the canvas version). The lastest version of Todoist looks to be everything you advertised, but I am not prepared to risk changeover again. A task manager is a fundamentally important part of my productivity. I would gladly pay $ 52 year for a super premium membership (essentially for the upgraded Android Client & Web experience) if close Gmail & tasks integration is present. I suspect that many other people would too. Perhaps you could poll your userbase and/or accept pledges to an amount that would make this development not just viable but profitable. I would be prepared to pay even more than this, if all the functionality of Astrid (especially phone call integration) was added. I use an Android phone, Nexus 7 Tablet, Set top Box (Android Stick) and the Chrome browser (on linux)

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 21, 2013 - 06:28

Hello Stephen,

Thank you for your feedback, we'll consider adding such integration in the future, but for now, you can already use Todoist with Gmail through our browser plugins as shown in this video with the Chrome plugin as an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfslbgUv4F4 Furthermore, with Todoist Premium, you can even send tasks via email so that the entire body of the message will become a task note (see: https://todoist.com/blog/2013/01/zero-inbox-policy-with-todoist/ ).

Further features such as sharing will be added to Todoist soon. Regarding phone call integration - that's already possible with our Android app. When you type in a phone number to a task note, it becomes a clickable link which will call this number when you tap on it.


Best regards,
David

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Ian Bell
Replied on Sep 05, 2013 - 11:15

I don't understand this. It's been more than 2 years since this was requested. Of course it is possible - most of your competitors do it. For 2 years the answer of "considering it for the future" (which is sounding very unconvincing and somewhat glib at this point) is no longer satisfying. I became a premium user because I trusted you to consider the requests of hundreds of your users. As many users have repeatedly said, the integration is essential. There is so much right with Todoist, but for some reason you stubbornly refuse to add the integration feature and force us to turn to your lessor competitors for their product. It saddens me deeply, but when I don't renew my premium status next month, please refer to this post. And please, don't tell me about the ways I can already use Todoist with Gmail - I know about them, I just need the sync to google tasks.

Matthew Gromer premium
Replied on Sep 05, 2013 - 12:26

I'd have to agree, this would be a fantastic addition to an already great tool.

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Frank premium
Replied on Sep 05, 2013 - 12:46

What I've heard from Todoist is that they consider themselves to be a Google Tasks replacement. I can understand this POV.

Given that, I would request adding the ability import my Google Tasks into Todoist (into a specific project). It looks like you can export them into a CSV. https://code.google.com/p/tasks-backup/

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Ian Bell
Replied on Sep 05, 2013 - 13:09

I appreciate your comment, Frank, but for Todoist to take a hard line like this seems unwise given the number of people who request this feature. To force users to use Todoist only, really backs loyal premium subscribers into a corner. And as I said before, it is so unnecessary since many far worse task programs achieve this feature.
It would seem to be a better approach to include the Google Tasks sync, and allow the user to either turn it on or not. This would satisfy the Google Tasks replacement crowd to forego using the sync, and yet still keep the Google Task requiring users happy as well.
As long as the sync is able to be toggled off, then both camps are thrilled.
Sorry to be so vocal about this, but it really saddens me that this really great product is being hindered by lacking such a fundamentally basic feature, even though users have been begging for it for over 2 years.

David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 05, 2013 - 13:11

Hello Ian,

We're sorry to hear that. As Frank said, Todoist is mean to be a great alternative to Google Tasks. With our browser plugins, you can use it as if you'd have Google Tasks everywhere, on every page, accessible all the time from 11 platforms.

The main reason why we're delaying this integration is the lack of a lot of features in Google Tasks that we have so a true two-way synchronization would be extremely difficult to maintain. If you would modify your Google Tasks synced tasks in Todoist using properties Google Tasks doesn't even support, the rewrites we would have to create in our entire system to make this work specifically just for Google would be significant.

Nonetheless, we will consider making the transition from Google Tasks to Todoist easier with a convenient import option once we publish all the great new features we're working on right now.


Best regards,
David

Christian deTorres premium
Replied on Sep 16, 2013 - 16:26

Ian,

I've been around this block so many times before, in my own quest for a decent task manager. The simple answer is that Google Tasks is crap, and syncing with it is truly terrible.

Two key issues: It can't hold any metadata, and it doesn't offer unique task IDs.

It lacks so many features, and has such limited design that there is almost nowhere to put your synced data. It has no support for metadata, no reminders, no times, no tags, no colors, poor nesting, no task ownership, etc. Since Google task IDs are only unique within a list, and there's no API support for moving between lists, the only way to "move" a task from one list to another is to make a copy and delete the original. There is no reliable way for other tools or products to *reliably* identify a task, and thus avoid duplicates and broken syncing.

Todoist frustrates me plenty (too many clicks for simple tasks, lame URL embedding in tasks, etc.), but as much as I like GTask's great integration with GMail and GCal, I need Todoist's feature set.

I have found that subscribing to Todoist's task calendar is not as bad as I expected it to be, with regard to embedding tasks in Google Calendar. But I agree that Todoist does need to improve in this area. The problem is that it's hard to do so when another company (Google) basically holds all the cards. I believe it would be crazy for Todoist to waste resources on GTasks synchronization, since it would only end in frustration for users.

Just my 2 cents.

-- Christian

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Dilipkumar Jadhav premium
Replied on Nov 13, 2013 - 02:51

Now that we have a google plugin for todoist, is this Feature still required?..

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Geoff Staples premium
Replied on Dec 10, 2013 - 15:23

Please don't integrate with google. If I wanted to use google, I'd just use it and I wouldn't need todoist.

The reason I say "please don't" is because that's a slippery slope that ends up in requiring google to make synchronization work and if you end up with a bunch of features that require google to make them work instead of having them work directly through the todist server, I'm gone and I'll have to find another solution.

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Geoff Robles premium
Replied on Jan 28, 2014 - 15:17

Agreed this isn't a valid feature anymore.

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Abdelkouddous Lhachimi
Replied on Mar 03, 2014 - 06:20

Hello,
I would appreciate at least an import functionality from Google Tasks.
I have a bunch of tasks in Gtasks and I can't move to Todoist without the possibility to import them.