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How can I recover a deleted task?


I deleted a task by accident. Is there way to recover it?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Aug 18, 2011 - 11:36 UTC


I'm sorry, but unfortunately it's not possible :(

Please tell me - after deleting the task, did you get the "Undo" option at the top of the screen? If so - did you use it and the task wasn't restored? If not, please tell me from which view did you delete the task?

Best regards,

Replied on Aug 18, 2011 - 14:11 UTC

No, I didn't see the "Undo" option. What do you mean "which view? Here is what happened: I logged in from your homepage, clicked the project I created before, and delete one task. Then, I realized there were some sub-tasks in that deleted task I would like to keep.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Aug 18, 2011 - 14:44 UTC

Once you've deleted the task, you should have seen a small blue bar at the top of the screen saying:

"X tasks deleted. Undo"

where the "Undo" link recovers the deleted task and its sub-tasks.

Please create a sample task, try to delete it and see if you get this option, if not, please tell me:
- Which browser are you using?
- Do you have any ad- or script-blocking plugins installed?
- Does this also happen in a different browser?

Best regards,

Replied on Aug 22, 2011 - 21:04 UTC

I just spent an entire day moving all my tasks in to todoist, and I just spent the last hour lamenting the fact that I was stupid enough to do that. I've lost every task I had.

Robert Rolnik
Replied on Aug 24, 2011 - 10:36 UTC

Does anyone know a way, short of taking screen shots of every Project, how to backup a copy of at least the recurring tasks? I want to be able to at least have week-going-forward of tasks that are to do, that I can have in case of fire/flood/etc.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Aug 24, 2011 - 11:02 UTC

Hello Robert,

we are already working on an offline feature for Todoist which will store your data locally on your computer.

For now, the easiest way to get a copy of your tasks is to use our iCal feed, which works with many calendars incl. Outlook or Google Calendar.

In case of Google Calendar, after adding the feed, you can choose even a month view (or longer) of your tasks, click the "Print my calendar" icon (top right corner) and either print it or save it to a PDF file.

Best regards,

Replied on Aug 25, 2011 - 09:51 UTC

Thank you, David! I saw the "Undo" button this time. :)

Brad Edmondson  premium
Replied on Oct 12, 2014 - 23:31 UTC

Note, the "undo delete action" option fades away after a few seconds on the Android app, so it may not be long enough to reverse an unintended deletion -- especially because the way multiple tasks can be selected at once is pretty counter-intuitive.

Why not just move all deleted tasks to a recycle bin, then permanently delete anything that's been in the recycle bin for 30 days or so? Much better than having a stray finger swipe delete tasks forever.