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more colors?


I have quite a lot of different projects, but I'm out of colors! Is it possible to add some more colors to indicate different projects? Eg pink vs purple (:

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 12, 2013 - 12:06 UTC

Hello Jana,

With Todoist Premium, you can use 22 colors for projects and 13 colors for labels. Feel free to subscribe - it's less than $2.50 per month :)

Best regards,

Gregory Damm  premium
Replied on Feb 15, 2014 - 04:18 UTC

22 is still pretty limited...

Leila Abbassi
Replied on Jul 30, 2014 - 14:29 UTC

I absolutely agree! I wouldn't think it'd be that difficult to allow for a user inputted color (like in Google docs, Microsoft One Drive) that allows for the user to select virtually any color in the spectrum.

In trying to keep up with the GTD method, it's important to categorize tasks & projects & being limited by 1-2 colors that coordinate for a certain project kinda stinks. If a project has many sub tasks with varying levels of priority, it'd be very helpful for the user to assign colors of their own choosing.

I picked Todoist Premium for the complex time mgt capabilities, but find that I can't really use the color coding method because of the very limited spectrum that would leave me re-using colors for multiple ongoing projects or not being able to assign priority...both of which are counter productive to the purpose of this app.

So, please consider helping users out by allowing for an unlimited choices with colors (or at the very least - a greatly expanded palette). I thing this is Todoists one major downfall at present & even has even caused me to look at other task mgt software. Thank you very much!

Patrick Wright
Replied on Aug 14, 2014 - 22:25 UTC

I agree with Leila. I just upgraded to Premium because I watched one of your videos which shows 13 color options to choose from for "Labels" and "Filters", but with my iMac desktop app, there are only 8 color options. Also, when I designated colors to the priority levels under "Filters" the colors did not update or change. They remain the default colors I think. I have the Mac desktop app installed along with the Google Chrome extension, Todoist: To-Do list and Task Manager 6.3. I also have the Todoist Gmail extension installed. Not sure if there is a conflict here?

I would really appreciate the ability to select my own colors for labels and filters as I already have a personalized system I have been using for years with Gmail labels and would love to just stick with that system as opposed to mixing the two. (How could orange not be one of the color options?)

Marian Gilan
Replied on Aug 21, 2014 - 12:13 UTC

I also agree. And I would prefer more color for "labels" too. Maybe allowing custom colors would be a solution.


Joseph Yang  premium
Replied on Sep 16, 2014 - 06:42 UTC

Also, your colors are not particularly friendly to color blind people. More dramatically different color options would be helpful. Custom colors from a color wheel would be cool. Thx!

Kakaxa  premium
Replied on Sep 19, 2014 - 11:19 UTC


Stefan Chrobot
Replied on Sep 26, 2014 - 12:49 UTC

+1 for custom colors for projects and labels. I need some projects/labels to really stand out.

Replied on Sep 26, 2014 - 22:06 UTC

I agree, it would be nice to have some more colours on the site :-)

James Ayers  premium
Replied on Sep 27, 2014 - 01:57 UTC

+1 for more colors.

Beth Anne Lee
Replied on Sep 27, 2014 - 19:10 UTC

Yes! More colors, and more differentiation in shades. I have two or three reddish ones and two or three yellowish ones, but it's hard to tell them apart.

More colors, please! Lots!

harveybelovski  premium
Replied on Oct 02, 2014 - 07:42 UTC

Me too. Have lots of different labels and would appreciate a bigger range of colours.

Caylee Greyvenstein  premium
Replied on Oct 03, 2014 - 19:31 UTC

This is my one and only negative that I have with Todoist. I would really appreciate it if there was a better range of colours. Having seven shades of blue doesn't really do it for me. I have only five project categories and I struggled with the colours. Two of them have almost exactly the same colour. I would really appreciate it if we could get something a bit different. A bright pink would be greatgreatgreat. It would also be really valuable to put the colours in some kind of order. Those two reddy-oranges are so similar that I'm always confused about which I've used.

Thanks for reading.

Brenda Scott  premium
Replied on Oct 12, 2014 - 18:00 UTC

I don't have 22 colors with my premium account. How can I get the 22 colors?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Oct 12, 2014 - 18:14 UTC


Which platform, try signing out and back in.


Brenda Scott  premium
Replied on Oct 12, 2014 - 18:19 UTC

Thanks Brendon! Worked on the web. Will try on Android and desktop on Windows. Thank you!!!

Brenda Scott  premium
Replied on Oct 12, 2014 - 18:23 UTC

Worked on all platforms, Brendon! Thanks so much!



Reid Finlay  premium
Replied on Nov 02, 2014 - 22:46 UTC

I would also like more options for priority colors

Felipe  premium
Replied on Nov 25, 2014 - 17:54 UTC

Guys, come one.

After all this time and we still are limited to the colors you provide, while adding some tool that let us add custom colors would not be that hard at all.

Seriously. (Yes, I'm a premium user and 22 colors isn't enough) (-1)

Sylvia  premium
Replied on Dec 08, 2014 - 09:54 UTC

Another vote for more colours - being able to see at a glance where most of my time is going is crucial.

Matt  premium
Replied on Dec 15, 2014 - 01:32 UTC

What are the chances we could get more shapes?

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Dec 15, 2014 - 04:04 UTC

Hi Matt,

Shapes are not something that we're planning to add any time soon.


Outi Aino  premium
Replied on Dec 15, 2014 - 05:43 UTC

Yep, me too! I feel that there is not really 22 colours, because the shades are so close to others that it is really hard to see what is the right red, yellow or blue. Bright colours and more options are really needed! (heart)

Zach Taiji  premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2015 - 23:46 UTC

Hi Todoist team,

Any chance of adding more colors? I'm in the same boat as many others here.

Specifically, it would be nice to be able to customize colors so that they match my Gmail labels.. since Gmail integration is my primary use of Todoist.

Jay Runquist  premium
Replied on Mar 01, 2015 - 20:37 UTC

+1 for custom colors! :-)

Replied on Mar 17, 2015 - 19:04 UTC

+1 for adding more colors. If I'm going to switch to Todoist, it's got to work with my existing color-coding system, which is embarrassingly elaborate. :-)

mjkalen  premium
Replied on Apr 07, 2015 - 15:14 UTC

Ditto - more colours!

Adam Buczynski
Replied on Jun 19, 2015 - 09:32 UTC

I am looking to move from reminders to this app, and am considering premium, but the lack of custom colours is putting me off. I especially was put off by the colors assigned to the priorities (light blue, dark blue, red, seriously?)

Can a staff member please shed some light on whether or not custom colors is something that is going to be implemented any time soon or not? There's a lot of users asking for this feature, since february 2013. That's more than 2 years.

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Jun 19, 2015 - 09:35 UTC

Hi Adam,

Unfortunately, we can't provide an ETA at the moment. This is not an immediate plan but we may consider it in the future.

In Premium subscription there are the following colours currently available (please see the screenshot).


Adam Buczynski
Replied on Jun 19, 2015 - 09:38 UTC

Thanks Galina for the quick reply. Could you just clarify if with premium I can also change the priority colours?

I'm talking about these, see attachment.

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Jun 19, 2015 - 10:19 UTC

No, unfortunately, we have only four colour options now. Sorry about that. We will consider adding more colour flags in the future.


Caitlin Beery  premium
Replied on Jun 24, 2015 - 19:52 UTC

I would like to add my voice to the chorus - I am a very visual person so color-coding is vital for me.

Ideally, I would love the option to choose custom-colors. If that isn't a possibility, then having more than 13 or 22 colors for labels and projects would be great.

I also agree that the range of colors that are currently available (esp. the label colors) are not diverse enough. They all have a very similar value (as seen by the grayscale version of the label colors below). This makes them very difficult to differentiate between them.

Adam Buczynski
Replied on Jun 24, 2015 - 22:53 UTC

I agree, and this is a deal breaker for me unfortunately. Will look into Todoist again when custom label colours and priority colours are released :)

Malcolm  premium
Replied on Jul 03, 2015 - 20:41 UTC

+1 to colors

Outi Aino  premium
Replied on Jul 05, 2015 - 13:17 UTC

Dear Caitlin,

thank you for your message in this discussion. I cannot write English as well as needed to tell all that what you wrote, but I can't tell how I felt as read you message. It told everything what I wanted to tell to Todoist staff!! So thank you again, you made me happy. :)

Ronald Ulate
Replied on Jul 06, 2015 - 22:23 UTC

(+1) Color Picker custom.

Florencia Di Sarli  premium
Replied on Aug 11, 2015 - 17:08 UTC

I'm on premium and I don't have the 22 colors for filters. I tried signing in and out but it's still only showing the 13 colors on filters. What should I do?

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Aug 11, 2015 - 17:14 UTC

Hi Florencia,

Sorry to hear that. Please make sure you are logging in with the correct email address. If still no luck, please let us know which email you are using in a new private thread or via support@todoist.com


Malcolm  premium
Replied on Aug 11, 2015 - 20:15 UTC

I'm logged into my windows client and I only have 13 colors

attached is a picture of me attempting to change the color on a label.

How do I get to 22 ?

And how hard would it be to add a custom color picker, MS has had it for longer than I can remember and I have one on a a flash light app for my phone.

[warning, former programmer thinking things are easy]
Should it be just a situation of providing a color screen, letting people pick a color, recording the RGB value and then having that as the value on that single custom color spot?

Doing a search for "custom color picker tool" yields a small ton of suggestions including this one.


I'm not suggesting that any of them would be a perfect fit for todoist, just that it's a problem that's been solved many times by many people.

Still loving my premium membership.

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Aug 11, 2015 - 20:16 UTC

Hi Malcolm,

Sorry for the confusion! 22 colours are referred to project colours. For filters, we currently have only 13 colours. We will look into adding more options in the future.


michael.parnell  premium
Replied on Sep 15, 2015 - 13:43 UTC

How many more years go by before I can finally have this feature? Seems like a highly requested one.

michael.parnell  premium
Replied on Sep 15, 2015 - 13:43 UTC

How many more years go by before I can finally have this feature? Seems like a highly requested one.

Daniel Averso  premium
Replied on Sep 22, 2015 - 15:24 UTC

Custom colors, please??