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Todoist cannot sync to Google Calendar realtime


The updated Todoist content on the Google Calendar can only be viewed after mid night of each day, instead of sync real time.

In addition, the completed or archive tasks cannot be sync to Google Calendar.

I sent the above enquiry to support@todoist.com but no feedback got.

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jul 10, 2013 - 12:09 UTC


Please let us know at what date/time did you send this to support@todoist.com we usually reply to every inquiry within less than a day and I can't find your email in our inbox right now.

As for the issue itself - this is unfortunately how the Google Calendar works. Our feed is updated instantly and if you'd use any other calendar software you would see the changes immediately, but Google has set their servers to update iCal feeds only once a day and there's unfortunately nothing we can do about it.

We hope they will change this in the future, we're also planning to implement a calendar module into Todoist in the future.

Best regards,

Les Waymont  premium
Replied on Aug 21, 2013 - 12:55 UTC

Some apps, such as Springpad and GQueues seem able to sync changes immediately - perhaps because they create a modifiable calendar within the "My Calendars" space, rather than a view-only calendar (which seems to be intended for publishing things like events and holidays - things which don't change frequently or need interaction). I much prefer Todoist, but the lack of immediate Google Calendar syncing is annoying.

So while there's a limitation in Google Calendar, it's a limitation that potentially can be overcome.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Aug 21, 2013 - 13:36 UTC


Thank you for your feedback. We suspect that the other apps also use a direct calendar access via Google Apps to achieve this.

We will look into what's possible with the iCal standard, but we're also planning to add a calendar module within Todoist so you'll have a calendar-like overview of your tasks without having to export anything to a third-party calendar software.

Best regards,

Steven Crider  premium
Replied on Aug 21, 2013 - 15:06 UTC

For what it's worth, I don't want a separate calendaring space dedicated to my Todoist activity. My calendaring world is contained within my Google calendar space, and that's where I want everything to stay. I'm fine with a dedicated Todoist calendar in Google, but that's about as separate as I want it it to be.

Les Waymont  premium
Replied on Aug 21, 2013 - 17:36 UTC

I agree with you, Steven. I'd rather have my calendars in one place so I can get a complete integrated view of my day. I can then see that unified view wherever I need it - desktop, phone, or tablet. The current arrangement, even though it's not immediate, is still much better than having to jump back and forth between applications.

As for Google Apps, David I'm not so sure. Springpad and GQueues integrate with plain free Google calendar - I've not tried them with a Google Apps account.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Aug 21, 2013 - 19:00 UTC

Thanks for the feedback.

When David was referring to Google Apps, he was more referring to the companies using it on the backend. For the user it would appear the same setup.

We will take this into account.


Daniel Burke  premium
Replied on Aug 22, 2013 - 01:36 UTC

I agree with previous comments. I have no interest in a separate Todoist calendar. I much prefer a calendar that is integrated with my Google calendar. I want everything in one place on one screen. No interest in toggling.

Jason Zhou  premium
Replied on Sep 25, 2013 - 09:57 UTC

Agree above all.

Two options for Todoist developers:
1. Make todoist tasks sync with Google calendar real time.
2. Todoist develops an awesome calendar which is as good, or even better, as Google calendar so that we could abandon Google calendar.

Everyone doesn't prefer to change among applications to arrange his plans.
If todoist could reach these 2 options, I will buy your service for 10 years at least!

Thomas Jackson  premium
Replied on Oct 13, 2013 - 19:13 UTC

Well, ditto, Jason.
An okay interim solution might be to create a calendar that syncs through ical but also can be pulled up freestyle. What I miss is the easy dragging and dropping of tasks that I didn't get to do. Going into each task and changing the date is too time consuming, so I'm functioning now with Todoist for capturing and processing and prioritizing, and google calendar and Business Calendar on the Android for appointments and MUST dos. I have 3 monitors so I have no short term problem with 2 calendars next to each other, which is what Outlook does with Todoist anyway.

That said, your app is awesome so far! TJ

Artem  premium
Replied on Oct 13, 2013 - 20:56 UTC

Anyone, who needs this feature, vote about it here: https://en.todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/1349/

kazuyuki yamariku
Replied on Apr 03, 2014 - 05:03 UTC

Doit.im could sync to Google Calendar realtime. How come you cannot??

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Apr 03, 2014 - 05:08 UTC


Doit.im uses Google Apps, we use the iCal standard. Yes, we will consider switching in the future, but it's not as simple as just switching :)