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Default Reminder Time

On the Android platform, is there a way that I can set the default Reminder time to something other that 30 minutes?


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David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 21, 2013 - 21:01 UTC

Hello Richard,

Unfortunately, you can't set a different default reminder time, but we will consider adding such option in the future. You're welcome to add your vote for this request: http://todoist.com/Vote_Android/showProposal/39/

For now, to avoid these reminders, you can access your account at https://todoist.com , go to Settings (top-right corner) -> Reminders and choose "no default reminder" to switch them off completely so that each time you add a task with a due time, no reminder will be added automatically.

Now, you can type <remind tod @ 2pm> or <remind every day at 13:45> within any task name on both the web and the android app and it will create a reminder regardless of the task's due time (or whether it has a date or time or not).

Best regards,

Richard  premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2013 - 21:04 UTC

Thanks David that is what I will do right after I go place my vote...


Nico Prediger
Replied on Jul 01, 2014 - 13:04 UTC

"but we will consider adding such option in the future."

Did you stop considering? :-)

I'd really like to be reminded of a task when it's due. This week I missed some easy-to-do two-minute tasks, because I didn't really get the difference between a due time and a reminder. (I come from RTM, where it's actually the same thing.)
In fact, I don't really get the point of a due time without a reminder.

Even if there never will be a different default reminder time, it would be nice to see the reminder time somewhere in the task, without navigating through some menus...

Also: Typing remind doesn't seem to work. I can't seem to find the german command. Do I have to switch to the english interface?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jul 01, 2014 - 13:25 UTC


This is on our to-do list :-)

If you're using the German version, you still need to use the word "remind" in English - that the only command that works only in English, so for example, if you type <remind heute um 16:30> that should set a reminder to this date.

As for the missed tasks, could you please clarify what caused you to miss them? If the reminder arrives 30 minutes before the task, then this is the first opportunity to complete it which is before the task's deadline. Did you not receive the default reminder or set the task to a time less than 30 minutes into the future?

Best regards,

Nico Prediger
Replied on Jul 01, 2014 - 14:13 UTC

I can't get it to work. If I copy

test <remind heute um 16:30>

into the task name, I get:

"Erinnerungen sollten eine Zeit beinhalten, so wie remind today at 2pm"

So I tried copying that, once without the <>, with the result that the task was named "test remind today at 2pm"
and once with the <>, having a task named "test", but still no reminder...

After that, I madly started adding task after task, with and without < >, different combinations of languages and time formats... At the end I had about 20 'test'-tasks, of which one had a reminder. Couldn't reproduce though, don't know which try got it... :(

Could there be a problem in the German version? RTM had a similar issue; the English version worked fine...

If I'll ever get the hang of it: What kind of reminder would I get? Mail? Push?

@ missed tasks: I just misinterpreted the due time. I didn't need a "30 minute before" reminder for writing a short mail at 4pm, so I removed it, thinking "due at 4pm" meant "remind me at 4pm".

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jul 01, 2014 - 14:36 UTC


Please try either of the following (note - the <> signs are mandatory so it will never work without them):

<remind tod at 11pm>
<remind Heute @ 23:00>
<remind Heute um 23:00>

Also, let us know what browser are you using. It should work on Chrome, Firefox, IE or Opera, it will not work on our mobile apps which have a separate place to type in the reminder date and time.

The reminder you would get would be the one you've set as your default in Settings -> Reminders. Reminder created via mobile will always be push notifications unless stated otherwise while settings the reminder.

Best regards,

Nico Prediger
Replied on Jul 02, 2014 - 06:38 UTC

I'm using Chrome and I tried all three versions you described above... All of them keep disappearing without adding a reminder... except for the second one, BUT it only worked _once_ (No. 2 and 3 always give the above mentioned error message, even that one time, when it worked)

Beginning to think I was crazy, I tried again. First I deleted the reminder via menu. That put the <remind...>-stuff back to the task name. Deleted it, typed it again, error message, no reminder... :(

Your last comment got me thinking: Do I _have to_ set the default reminder in the settings? Would make sense: Without that, how would the system know, what kind of reminder to add? So I turned it on, but unfortunately no change...
(That being said, the default reminder as a prerequisite for quick added custom ones would not be much fun...)

Also: I have this problem at work, at my home desktop and my laptop, deleting the cookies/cache doesn't work and I use the web-app, not the extension. (Although it is installed, but I only use it to quickly add websites)

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jul 02, 2014 - 11:51 UTC


I will pass this to our developers now and we'll look into this.

Best regards,

Vladimir Prus  premium
Replied on Sep 08, 2014 - 09:18 UTC

It looks like the link suggested above to vote for this request is dead now? Is there another link I can vote on? Note that it's not necessary specific for Android - I would like default reminder time to be 0 for my entire todoist account, regardless of what device I use.

(For background, I want reminder time to be 0 by default since most of my todoist tasks with specific time are "make call" or similar - where being notified in advance serve no purpose).

Thanks in advance.

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Sep 08, 2014 - 09:23 UTC

Hi Vladimir,

You can post your vote/comment on the existing support thread. :-)


Vladimir Prus  premium
Replied on Sep 08, 2014 - 09:24 UTC


yep - though there's no actual "vote" link, or vote counter ;-)

Anyway, here you have it - it would be nice for this to be implemented.

David Baginski  premium
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 02:30 UTC

+1 for the user configured default reminder interval...

Christopher Ganim  premium
Replied on Nov 19, 2014 - 15:57 UTC

I would love to see this option as well! I currently just set the due date/time to be 30 minutes later than when I would actually like to be reminded. A bit lazy, I suppose, but it works! :-)

Josh DuBois  premium
Replied on Dec 17, 2014 - 12:11 UTC

I can't believe you can set the default reminder time on the web but not on your device. Why would I want a default reminder to go off 30 minutes before. If I can't call Bill until 1pm, having an alert go off at 12:30 does me no good. Setting the time 30 minutes past the due date is just silly.

When I set a time I would like the alert to go off at that time unless I choose otherwise.