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How to remove 'inbox' project?


A new 'inbox' project has appeared recently. I already have plenty of projects and I don't want this cluttering up my project list.

How can I remove it?

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 15:11 UTC

Hi Rob,

Unfortunately, it's not possible to remove the Inbox project, but if you add most of your tasks to a different project, you can enter these projects and use the "Add task" link at the bottom which will also allow you to add multiple tasks very quickly.

With an upcoming update the Inbox project will be more distinguished from the other projects.


Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 15:14 UTC


Honestly, that's reason enough for me to stop using Todoist.

Will you be adding functionality to remove or hide the inbox in the upcoming update?


Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 15:23 UTC


Unfortunately this is not in our plans. Again, we believe you might find it more useful in the upcoming update. We are hoping to have these changes within the year.


Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 15:33 UTC


It's unfortunate that your software developers choose to force undesirable and largely useless "features" onto your users.

Is there anyway to download my current todoist items before I delete my account?


Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 16:40 UTC


I am very sorry that you feel this way, we do not try to force features on people unless we feel that in the long run it will benefit most people.

Unfortunately, there is no way to download your task list right now. On Premium you could make an export, as it is used as a template feature, but this would be a plain txt file that may or may not be able to be imported into another service.

I am sorry for the inconvenience,


Frank  premium
Replied on Sep 12, 2013 - 18:56 UTC

Why would you force a project on us? Especially one as useless as Inbox. I specifically use Todoist to remove emails from my email client inbox. Why would I put them in another folder called Inbox.


Jure Govekar  premium
Replied on Dec 10, 2013 - 14:23 UTC

I would also like to see an option to remove Inbox folder. Its very disturbing!

Regards, Jure

Eric Schulzke  premium
Replied on Dec 22, 2013 - 01:24 UTC

I don't understand. I'm toying with going premium. WHAT IS INBOX? I don't get it at all.

Pablo Olmos
Replied on Dec 22, 2013 - 06:22 UTC

I am happy with the inbox feature, is a very fast way to transform mails in to tasks.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Dec 22, 2013 - 13:30 UTC

Hello Eric,

The "Inbox" is a project which is set as a default on any Todoist account. You don't have to use it, but if you want to add a task quickly and it doesn't fit to any other project or want to move it elsewhere later - that's what you can use the inbox for.

Best regards,

DigitalDeron  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 20:58 UTC

I recently did a somewhat exhaustive search of online task management and settled on ToDoist, then pretty quickly upgraded to premium, for the ability to synch across devices. So far I'm very, very happy with the program.

But, for what it's worth, I also don't see the point of the Inbox, and find it a bit annoying. I arrived at this conversation out of searching how to remove. ;)

DigitalDeron  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 21:40 UTC

Meanwhile, I've just read through some of the other threads on this subject. It's disheartening to see staff replies so close-minded in tone. Unfortunately, this has hurt my image of your company/service. While some users seem to find the inbox feature useful, others of us find it annoying, and (most) are politely requesting making it optional. I'm a new user, so I'm not reacting to change when I say I'd like the ability to disable the inbox. If you can't do it, or have different priorities, say so, but at least make the users feel heard and considered. I work as a user experience designer, and I caution you that you continue the current attitude at your peril.

Thank you again for creating an excellent product. Please work with us when continuing to improve it.

Russell Houck  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 22:28 UTC

I have been ready through many of the threads and find the Staff (David and Brenden) very helpful and polite in their responses. Like David said the "inbox" is just a default place to add a task and then comeback later and move to an appropriate project. I find the "inbox" very useful.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 23:14 UTC


We greatly appreciate all feedback our users provide and it helps us a lot to shape Todoist to meet your needs, but it will never be possible for us or anyone to create an app that will meet everyone's expectations. Everyone's workflow is unique, so as much as we would like to make Todoist perfect for everyone, sometimes compromises have to be made.

We're sorry to hear that you consider our responses close-minded :( We never intend to give anyone such impression and we're sorry if that's how you see them :(

Best regards,

Carlin Coombs
Replied on Mar 11, 2014 - 16:46 UTC

Just wanted to add my two cents to this, I don't mind having a "default" project, but I would like to either be able to hide the Inbox, rename it to a project title that I need/use, or be able to select specific projects and have those projects and/or their tasks display underneath it.

Adam Ray
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 14:15 UTC

"I am very sorry that you feel this way, we do not try to force features on people unless we feel that in the long run it will benefit most people."

That was a response from Brendan to the OP who requested the ability to remove and/or rename the Inbox project.

Not being able to remove/rename the top-most default container for new tasks is not a feature. It's a limitation.

Brendan's "limitation=feature" attitude is why I'm closing out a year long subscription that I purchased only yesterday.

Dan Brown
Replied on Dec 18, 2014 - 17:00 UTC

Hello. Inbox is a project I could create happily if I wanted it. However I feel the same as other's - it is clutter that gives me a bit more mental noise I could do without. I chose todoist because its so stripped back, minimal and easy on the mind. It would be ace if you could remove it :)

Still love todoist though

Dan Brown
Replied on Dec 18, 2014 - 17:06 UTC

Equally removing option for 'today' would be good. They could just be an extra uncheck option in the settings page, very easy and quick to do I'm sure ;)

Dan Brown
Replied on Dec 18, 2014 - 18:03 UTC

Honestly, I've changed my mind a little bit now I've seen they're all separate to your projects at the top, and not intermingled with projects. My limited brain functionality can handle that.

oruchimaru  premium
Replied on Jan 15, 2015 - 02:59 UTC

I arrived here the exact same way as others... "How to remove InBox TodoIst".. would be wonderful if it was an "Option" and not forced... Thus, allowing the users to understand if it really provides an extra value to the UX.

From a minimalist perspective you have taken one step to far on an experience that is wonderful. "Less is More" "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" "Innovation is saying "no" to 1,000 things" "Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler"

Please offer us these options as beta-testing and not forced..

Thanks for listening and for a wonderful product.

Replied on Jan 26, 2015 - 04:30 UTC

I want to remove 'Inbox; too. Make it possible. So annoyed.

Sean Perez  premium
Replied on Feb 25, 2015 - 16:48 UTC

Another vote for the option to hide both the Inbox and the Team Inbox (Todoist for Business).

Let me google that for you: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=todoist+remove+inbox

Matt Davies
Replied on Apr 17, 2015 - 10:52 UTC

One more vote here, the amount of times I've accidentally added a task to "inbox" only to have to move it to another project, it's beginning to get on my nerves a bit. Wouldn't be so bad if I could change the default project!

Joshua Muñoz
Replied on May 21, 2015 - 02:07 UTC

I also support the removal/renaming of the 'Inbox' project.

And while we're at it, let's also remove the 'Today' and 'This Week'/'Within 5 days'/whatever it's called projects.

I'm a current Wunderlist user and I am DESPERATELY trying to find reasons to love Todoist, but with so many labels crammed down my throat, I feel like I'm just going to back to Wunderlist.

David Feinberg
Replied on Aug 06, 2015 - 06:14 UTC

+1 on being able to at the very least hide or collapse the area containing inbox and the two other large icons I never use.

aside from that the app has come along way since I lasted checked in on it. loving nested projects and tasks!

Kamil  premium
Replied on Aug 06, 2015 - 06:30 UTC

+1 for renaming the "Inbox" project.

Oliver Westerhoff  premium
Replied on Aug 06, 2015 - 07:09 UTC


bit the Inbox-project follows the GTD-workflow.
So I think it's not useful to remove it. My opinion...

Best regards

Frits Erasmus  premium
Replied on Aug 06, 2015 - 07:36 UTC

Please add my vote to the list as well

Tim DeSilva  premium
Replied on Aug 17, 2015 - 16:50 UTC

Is it still not possible to hide or remove the inbox? Very much looking forward to this update.

Tim DeSilva  premium
Replied on Aug 17, 2015 - 16:51 UTC

Or just the option to create a different default project would suffice if the inbox has to remain.

Stella Tsokeva  premium
Replied on Aug 18, 2015 - 11:23 UTC

I find the "Inbox" project very annoying, too. The only thing it does is add two more clicks when creating a task - I hate it! I want to create tasks quick and easy.