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What is the new 'Inbox' feature for?


Todoist now shows an 'Inbox' tab (on the web).

What is this one for? Is it just a 'Misc' folder, or is there something special about it?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jul 20, 2013 - 17:40 UTC

Hello David,

It's a default project for all accounts. It will be most useful on the mobile apps as you won't have to select a project to quickly add a task - it will go to the Inbox by default (unless you do select a different project).

Best regards,

Trevor Miller
Replied on Jul 21, 2013 - 16:09 UTC

I just wanted to say thank you for creating todoist! I love it! I love the hotkeys, repeating task options, the UI / UX...everything. I use it constantly each day :)

Replied on Jul 21, 2013 - 18:36 UTC

Make the "Inbox" hideable via settings.

Andy Puest
Replied on Jul 21, 2013 - 19:37 UTC

One principle of "Getting Things Done" is that stuff lingering at the back of your head is killing your productivity, because it will keep jumping into the foreground and disturb whatever you are currently working on.
To avoid this, you need to get thoughts out of your head and into an "inbox". This inbox must be
- so fast and easy to use that you will really always use it (instead of storing these thoughts in the back of your head)
- reliable, meaning that you know for sure that you won't lose whatever you put in there and will be able to retrieve it later.

I've had an "inbox" project, before Todoist introduced it. Whenever a thought pops into my head I put it right there, no labels, due date, reminder, note - simply get it out of my head a fast as possible so that I can continue working on whatever I am working on. A few times a day, after I've finished a task, I clean up my inbox, meaning that I move all tasks into their proper project, add a due date and reminder and labels as required.

I like it, because I have always used it; I can understand though that people with a different workflow would like to get rid of it ...

Andrew Montalenti  premium
Replied on Jul 21, 2013 - 23:17 UTC

I really like this feature because I was already doing it.

Of course, that led me to some confusion today when I logged in and saw the "Inbox" project right above my own "Inbox" project that I had created before the feature existed.

Dan Pittman  premium
Replied on Jul 22, 2013 - 01:25 UTC

I like the new Inbox feature. I was already doing this too.

Katie O'Neill
Replied on Jul 22, 2013 - 03:46 UTC

I thought that the "Inbox" feature was a way of sending tasks to pre-approved friends, like in Wedoist. This feature isn't quite what I was expecting, but still seems useful.

Although it would be helpful to integrate Wedoist with Todoist... Maybe in the future?

Andy Puest
Replied on Jul 22, 2013 - 04:00 UTC

Hi Katle,
integration between Todoist and Wedoist is an often requested feature; if you haven't already done so, you might want to vote for it: http://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/46/

The Doist team keeps telling us that they're working on improvements to Wedoist, including integration with Todoist and that we might see those improvements "hopefully later this year". We'll see ...

Kenneth Baucum  premium
Replied on Jul 22, 2013 - 15:11 UTC

Todoist seems to be hitting a nerve -- https://todoist.com/Support/showQuestion/5540/

I understand where Andy is coming from, and don't want to get in the way of him having his workflow, but this is a big change for many others...

Kenneth Baucum  premium
Replied on Jul 22, 2013 - 15:17 UTC
Andy Puest
Replied on Jul 22, 2013 - 15:20 UTC

Hi Kenneth, it doesn't matter to me, whether Todoist provides an "Inbox" or not. It's part of my workflow for sure, but I had a manually created one long before Todoist added it by default and I can easily go back to that at any time.

I fully understand why people might not like having this project forced upon them and would not mind the slightest bit if the Doist team would make it optional or completely remove it, again.

Actually, I'd rather have the Doist people work on major improvements like the combination of Todoist and Wedoist than such minor features as an automatic "inbox" project.

Andy Puest
Replied on Jul 22, 2013 - 15:21 UTC

Kenneth, just voted for your proposal :-)

Kenneth Baucum  premium
Replied on Jul 22, 2013 - 15:22 UTC

Thanks, Andy -- and I agree -- it would seem there are "bigger fish to fry"

Valerie Richardson  premium
Replied on Jul 23, 2013 - 14:10 UTC

I love the new inbox and, like others, I park tasks there and then sort them to other projects with my daily Todoist sessions at work and at home.

It also allows me to use Siri with Todoist. I use the Todoist e-mail feature to send tasks to my inbox. I had to name my inbox "Fred" in the contacts so that it wasn't confusing the Todoist inbox with my e-mail inbox.


Anjum  premium
Replied on Jul 23, 2013 - 20:28 UTC

Fantastic! It was a pain to enter a project for tasks on my phone when I just wanted to get something out of my head. This has done the job nicely.

Poyan Nabati  premium
Replied on Aug 23, 2013 - 14:48 UTC

You should be able to select default inbox!

Shaylee Smith
Replied on Aug 24, 2013 - 03:00 UTC

Is there a way to make my iPhone have Inbox open by default? It shows Today as default and I don't typically put due dates.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Aug 24, 2013 - 03:56 UTC

Hi Shaylee,

On the web version and Android you can sync your Start Page, and can set that as the Inbox. This will be coming to iOS in the near future.


roel de vos  premium
Replied on Dec 25, 2013 - 23:14 UTC

I understand that a lot of people would like to see integration of wedoist and todoist. however: don't make it to complicated... I myself left other todo-systems because they were not simple anymore. (for example wunderlist). todoist is a very beautiful (simple) task manager, that's why a lot of users are there I think.

Replied on Dec 26, 2013 - 15:35 UTC

Andy thanks a lot for you answer, finally i knew what is the Inbox project for :)

Matthias De Cnuydt  premium
Replied on Jan 22, 2014 - 10:40 UTC

I agree with Roel De Vos: Don't make it too complicated! The power of todoist for me is that is a simple, beautifull, cross-platform listmanager and that's all I need it for... I also left Wunderlist because it became too much of a collaboration tool.

restevez  premium
Replied on Feb 07, 2014 - 02:09 UTC

Thanks for the explanations above, helpful in understanding the todoist inbox as I just converted to it!

Frank Lupu  premium
Replied on Oct 26, 2014 - 12:41 UTC

Where do I locate my inbox email address so I can forward notes and tasks to myself to sort later?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Oct 26, 2014 - 12:44 UTC

Hello Frank,

Please enter the Inbox and at the top of the task list inside the Inbox, you'll see a pencil and wrench icon which will say "Task Actions" when you hover over it - click on it and you'll see "Email tasks to this project" as one of the options :-)


Kirsten Evans  premium
Replied on Oct 02, 2015 - 13:25 UTC

Is it possible to share your inbox with other people on your todoist?

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Oct 02, 2015 - 15:22 UTC

Hi Kirsten,

No, it's not possible to share your Inbox with other users. However, in Business account you have the Team Inbox which is by default shared with all members :-)