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Default Reminder Time


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Replied on Nov 24, 2012 - 08:58

Change default reminder time from 30 min to a user defined time (e.g. 10 min) is the first thing I searched for once became a premium user. I most needed reminders for meetings that I can attend by walking between buildings. So 10 min would be perfect and 30 min is too early.

Chuck Murphy
Replied on Mar 09, 2013 - 09:30

Agree... I can't understand why a 30 minute, inflexible, reminder alert would exist. User defined, with Outlook type flexibility, would be optimal.

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 09, 2013 - 12:54

Hello Chuck,

Please note that you can switch off default reminders and add reminders manually to any task - they can be due 10 minutes before deadline, 1 hour before deadline or longer. Also, in case of absolute reminders, they can be recurring and set to a specific time, for example - type <remind ev day @ 2pm> within the task name and such reminder will be assigned to it right away. You can right-click on any task and choose "Reminders" to manage them.

Best regards,

Chuck Murphy
Replied on Mar 09, 2013 - 17:27

I have tried that and, regardless of what time I set the reminder to, the push alert hits my iPhone 30 minutes in advance. Every other task manager that I have used, or am trying, sets reminders off at the time that I desire.

Perhaps there is a setting that I am missing.

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 09, 2013 - 17:29


Please log in at https://todoist.com click on the gear icon in the top-right corner, go to Settings -> Reminders and then select "No default reminder". This will switch off the option of having a "30 minutes before" reminder set up for every task that has a due time and will allow you to only use reminders manually.

Of course, we will also consider to add an option to choose the default time for reminders.

Best regards,

Christian Herr premium
Replied on Apr 18, 2013 - 15:05

+vote "we will also consider to add an option to choose the default time for reminders." - per user account

Satrya premium
Replied on Jun 02, 2013 - 08:07

Yes, 10 minutes would be perfect or allow user to change the default reminder time.

Max Audet premium
Replied on Aug 26, 2013 - 06:50

I'd really like to be able to change the default reminder and be able to change it manually per item when creating it.

@David Is it possible this is has changed since your message (Mar 09, 2013 - 17:29 ) ? Can't find the "No default reminder" option in the settings.

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 26, 2013 - 06:53

Hello Max,

This has not changed, you can still go to https://todoist.com click on the gear icon in the top-right corner, go to Settings -> Reminders and select "No default reminder" as the last (4th) option from the "Default reminder" drop-down list.

Best regards,

Max Audet premium
Replied on Aug 26, 2013 - 07:47

Oh, my error. I didn't look at the dropdown.

Andrey premium
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 02:39

Hello everyone.
It is necessary to make a choice on how much you can put a default reminder - 0, 5,10 ... For example you are planning day for tomorrow:
From 9 to 10 read the post,
from 10 to 11, to write a report,
from 11 to 12, read the news paper ...

In this case, all the works are carried out in one place and reminders are not needed in 30 minutes. When planning your day, you can immediately think of how much time you need on the road and put the notes early.

Andrey premium
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 02:54

Still lacks the ability to select the time. Not very comfortable to type it on the keyboard. You can make a round tsiferblat with a choice of hours and minutes a couple of clicks. I drew as I could. https://www.dropbox.com/s/3626gnxra72me2c/01.jpg

If you choose only an hour then the default is 00 minutes.

Andrey premium
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 07:38

How do I write if I want to put the problem in the - every first Sunday of the month?

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 07:48

Hello Andrey,

Please use the due date "every first Sunday" or "ev 1st Sun" :)

Best regards,

Andrey premium
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 08:27

Not very easy system setup recurring dates. I want to do every Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:10. How is type??

Andrey premium
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 08:28

And it would be convenient to place all operators dates are used in the program.

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 08:41


We're sorry to hear that. Todoist support a direct way to simply type the recurring date in natural language, please let us know how you would improve it even further.

As for your question, to set up such date, please type in: "ev Tue, Thu, Wed, Fri at 9:10". Of course these are the short versions, you can also type in: "every tuesday, thursday, wednesday, friday at 9:10".

You can find a list of supported date formats here: https://todoist.com/Help/timeInsert or in the "date reference" in our mobile apps.

Best regards,

Thomas Sittler premium
Replied on Sep 03, 2013 - 04:34

Has this not been fixed yet?!

David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 03, 2013 - 07:52

Hello Thomas,

Unfortunately, it's still not possible to set the default reminder time, but we'll consider adding it in future updates. Sorry for the delay.

Best regards,

Daniel Wyss premium
Replied on Oct 02, 2013 - 14:15

That would be really helpfull.

@David Trey
Is there a possibility adding a reminder on mobile iOS app?

Today I work like this:

I add a task, like a reminder at 5.10pm. So I'm counting and add the task at 5.40pm - so I get the reminder at time. It would be really helpful if we can add an reminder at mobile devices. If not, the tip with "No default reminder" is not working for me.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Oct 02, 2013 - 14:18


You can add a reminder to a task (even on mobile) if you add <remind today at 5:40pm> within the task name.


Daniel Wyss premium
Replied on Oct 02, 2013 - 14:21

@ Brendon

I did not now this is also working at mobile iOS device.
Thank you!


Tom Krwawecz III premium
Replied on Oct 31, 2013 - 07:19

Adding the ability to change the default reminder is SO NEEDED.

Henrik Borcher
Replied on Dec 17, 2013 - 03:50

How far along is this?

I just bought a membership but consider canceling it for RMT again as this is a definate deal breaker.

Can I get my money back if I've used it less than a month?

Marco premium
Replied on Dec 23, 2013 - 10:29

I need this too! Please add it. 30 minutes is a nono for me.

Julio A premium
Replied on Dec 24, 2013 - 11:38

Hola, creo que debería tener varias opciones de tiempo, 30, 20, 10 y en el momento, muchas veces necesitamos recordar cosas en diferentes horarios y creo que seria muy bueno que nos dieran mas opciones.

Subhasish Bhattacharya premium
Replied on Feb 03, 2014 - 07:53

I too feeling uncomfortable on 30 min prior reminder.
Please do it ASAP.

Vitor Pinho premium
Replied on Mar 05, 2014 - 00:51

Same here.. 30 minutes is too soon for me.

russell.broker premium
Replied on Mar 07, 2014 - 17:01

OK so I think I get it now. Setting a due time (ie...today at 3:00 pm) is completely different from adding an actual reminder. If we type in the due time it will remind us 30 mins prior. From now on I will just add the task with a due date ( today...tomorrow....next week.. etc) then click reminders and add that in at the time I want it to remind me. Or for other to better understand you can add a task (every tuesday at 2:00 pm starting 3/4) then hit the reminder button and you can choose when it will remind you.

allan971 premium
Replied on Mar 22, 2014 - 05:43

Yes please add an option to change the default reminder.
It seems so easy. Instead of having it written in your code just replace it with a variable, and this variable would be set in the User menu option.

Why so much time for such a easy feature to code, so useful and so asked by users for a so long time ...


Henrique premium
Replied on Mar 31, 2014 - 11:20

+1, I would really appreciate a setting for default reminder time.

staceyroshan premium
Replied on Apr 02, 2014 - 08:22

I'd also like to be able to change the default reminder, preferably to 10 minutes. And have the option of setting up multiple reminder alerts. Thanks!

mathis premium
Replied on Apr 14, 2014 - 04:06

I would love that option too. It's the first thing that bothered me in todoist from the beginning, but I went for the premium account because I thought it would be a no brainer to implement if the reminder part of the codebase is well crafted in the first place.