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Add a project email as a forwarding address in Google


I want to be able to auto-forward certain emails to todoist, using a Gmail filter. Now, as you may know, Gmail makes you confirm any address that you would like to auto-forward the email to.

The problem is that when I enter in an forwarding email into Google settings such as project.1351198@todoist.net, I don't receive the customary email from mail-noreply@google.com, that contains the confirmation code for me to approve that forwarding address.

So I tried to get smart and attempted to add the mail-noreply@google.com into todoist so that it will accept email from that address, but I got an error message.

Now, this seems to be such a common need that there's got to be a solution - so please advise.

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Oct 18, 2011 - 14:17 UTC


unfortunately, it's not possible. For security reasons, every email address added to Todoist has to be verified.

The only workaround you could try is to forward your Gmail mails to a different email account not hosted by Google, verify it and then set a forwarding rule for the second address to send all mails coming from your Gmail account to Todoist.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Best regards,

Replied on Oct 18, 2011 - 14:22 UTC

>>The only workaround you could try is to forward your Gmail mails to a different email account
Can you think of one that doesn't require verification?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Oct 18, 2011 - 15:13 UTC

Unfortunately, this is the only solution to avoid Google's verification without using an email client like Outlook or Thunderbird.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Best regards,

Replied on Oct 18, 2011 - 15:30 UTC

What is the only solution to avoid Google's verification? Perhaps you misunderstood my follow-up question. You wrote that I can forward my gmail to different email account. That makes sense - so I am just asking if you know email providers that I can forward to that would not require verification, like Google does.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Oct 18, 2011 - 17:56 UTC

Sorry for the misunderstanding. You can create a Windows Live Hotmail account http://www.hotmail.com/ which doesn't require verification for mail forwarding.

After signing in, choose "more options" from the "Options" link in the top-right corner and then "Email forwarding" from the "Managing your account" section.

Best regards,

Michiel Brouwer  premium
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 12:26 UTC

There is a solution for this very problem I ran into myself. Perhaps it's a good idea to let people know in some way or another.

In Gmail I added a different forwarding email adress. On that account I received the verification code. What I then did, was look at the mail adress the code was sent from. Which turned out to be Gmail Team [forwarding-noreply@google.com]. It gets real simple from here:
1. In Todoist, go to 'Inbox'
2. Go to 'Task actions'
3. Choose 'Email tasks to this project' from the dropdown menu
4. Go to 'Email adresses you wish to accept tasks from'
5. Add 'forwarding-noreply@google.com' to this list
6. In Gmail, add your personal inbox mail adress as a forwarding adress (for example: "project.1xxxxxxxxx@todoist.net")
7. In Todoist, go to 'Inbox' and wait for the verification code. It should come in correctly by now.
8. In Gmail, enter the verification code where you add forwarding adresses.
9. There you go! You can now use your personal Todoist mail adress in your filters.

David Hilowitz
Replied on Feb 26, 2014 - 16:32 UTC

@Michiel Brouwer: Thanks!!!! :-)

Replied on Mar 02, 2014 - 22:29 UTC

@Michiel you are a genius!! thanks so much!!!!!

Ken Cummings  premium
Replied on Jun 24, 2014 - 20:26 UTC

I tried this solution, and it did not work. When I try to confirm the forwarding address in Gmail, it either rejects the confirmation code saying "You do not have the forwarding address project.###.###@todoist.net." or if you do it really fast it accepts the forwarding address and then removes it a few seconds later.

Anybody else running into this problem?

Arkady Grudzinsky  premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 18:04 UTC

@Ken Cummings
Yes, I have the same problem. For some reason, gmail does not accept my project.####.####@todoist.net email for forwarding when I enter the verification code.

If click the confirmation link from todoist, I get a google "temporary server error 400" with numeric code 124. When I click "Try again" link in the page, I'm sent to my gmail account inbox, but this does not confirm todoist email for forwarding.

I'm puzzled. I don't understand whether this is a todoist issue or some weird gmail condition (e.g. it may not like the look of the project.####.####@todoist.net email).

Arkady Grudzinsky  premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 18:16 UTC

The problem seems to be with Google.

I noticed that project.####.####@todoist.net email is removed from the list a few seconds after it is added. So, by the time I enter the confirmation code, I, indeed, "do not have the forwarding address" in the list. It does seem that the project email address looks suspicious to Google and Google promptly removes it from the list of forwarding addresses.

Ken Cummings  premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 18:29 UTC

I am seeing exactly the same thing as Arkady.

Replied on Oct 21, 2014 - 02:58 UTC

I've had trouble with this recently. Would be nice if it worked.

Paul Usher  premium
Replied on Oct 30, 2014 - 22:49 UTC

Does anyone have a work around for this yet? the error 400 / "You do not have the forwarding address...." is still happening ?!

Paul Usher  premium
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 09:43 UTC

so using my gmail account I ended up using the IFTTT integration to get a work around for this... works well.

Christian Andersen  premium
Replied on Nov 03, 2014 - 19:41 UTC

@Paul Usher - How exactly did you set that up?

Arkady Grudzinsky  premium
Replied on Nov 03, 2014 - 20:03 UTC

I had to set up forwarding of gmail messages from google calendar to a hotmail account which, in turn, was set up to forward them to Todoist project - the solution proposed by David at the beginning. But this is a very bad solution.

Paul Usher  premium
Replied on Nov 03, 2014 - 20:51 UTC

@Christian Andersen, first thing I did was set an alias on my gmail account so in my case tasks@... then I set up a filter in Gmail to apply a 'label',

Matches: to:(tasks@usher.net.au)
Do this: Mark as read, Apply label "tasks"

Next step was to create an IFTT recipe:

If new email in inbox labeled tasks,
then create a task in Team Inbox

end result, anything that comes to tasks@... now goes straight to our Team Inbox.

I have extended this a little further with other labels, filters and recipes, so I can have specific things from people for specific projects such as myProject@.... can be directed straight to a project.

works well.

Andreas Mose  premium
Replied on Jan 03, 2015 - 11:57 UTC

I am also running into the same error. Did anyone find a solution that does not require a workaround via ifttt and so on?

James Irving  premium
Replied on Feb 22, 2015 - 20:41 UTC

Same error. It doesn't make any sense. I don't understand why this is happening. I've read articles explaining how to do this, so it must be possible...