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Same problem on Android and Windows app.

How do I sort tasks, so that they are sorted by due date. At this time, no matter which app I use - No matter how I display tasks (filters, projects, etc..) the order of the tasks displays is the order in which tasks were entered.

Makes it very hard to find that specific task which is coming due..

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Mar 18, 2014 - 21:07 UTC

Hi Ray,

Within projects, tasks are added at the bottom. You can use the wrench icon at the top or use s for date, p for priority to sort it by that. Of course, a new task are always added at the bottom, so that would need to be done again. We hope we can improve how that works in future updates.

The today view and date based views are automatically sorted by date and then priority. The Android app will sync the sorting from the web version.


Matt Allington  premium
Replied on May 12, 2014 - 21:53 UTC

Hello Brendon.

Why does the app auto sort based on priority? While I understand it may seem like the right thing to do, I believe it should not do this automatically. Everything I have learnt about being productive tells me to make a plan at the start of the day, and then execute that plan. So for example I have "do my daily exercise" as priority 1, but I am not going to do it until I get home from work today. So I want to sort "today" in there order I am going to do the tasks. Can I make a request to have this sort order 'user selectable'

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on May 12, 2014 - 23:12 UTC


You can add this as a suggestion in our Votebox, there may already be one related to this.

We will consider adding more options in the future.


Edwin Ajigoh  premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 02:40 UTC

Hi Brendon,

I am also finding the sort function restrictive with regards to only sorting based on priority. I think it would make more sense to sort by multiple criteria e.g. first by project, then by priority, then by due date. Projects you work on in the evening will therefore not appear at the top of your list by default despite them being priority one. This would eliminate the need to sort tasks manually on the today view.

LK  premium
Replied on Sep 04, 2014 - 02:41 UTC

Do thing we need the manual sorting function!

John Jauquet
Replied on Sep 22, 2014 - 17:46 UTC

I like the multiple criteria idea the sorting/then by option

Kevin Murray  premium
Replied on Oct 13, 2014 - 22:33 UTC

I would like manual sorting.

Lucy Gordon  premium
Replied on Oct 14, 2014 - 01:04 UTC

I would like this function too.

Buck Paiva  premium
Replied on Nov 11, 2014 - 17:12 UTC

Manual sorting is a must. I am relying on this app more and more, loading it up with tasks from every area of my life. Scrolling through lists to find things is getting a little nuts.

Here's an idea. Have a dedicated icon for sorting. Have it bring up a dialog box with a drop down for desired element to sort on. Have a plus icon to add a secondary sort, another drop down. The plus icon would keep adding drop downs. You can have an X or trashcan icon to remove drop downs.

Sorting selections should be saved for each view: specific project, inbox, "today", etc.

Elements to sort on should include the following (if not everything): due date, date added, project, priority, description, and label.

I think this is a good flexible solution for manual sorting and would satisfy just about all requirements.

Ann Archie  premium
Replied on Nov 22, 2014 - 21:54 UTC

Manual Sorting!!!

Jan vettenburg  premium
Replied on Nov 29, 2014 - 08:45 UTC

I would also like to have the manual sorting

Lars Lorenz  premium
Replied on Dec 02, 2014 - 15:44 UTC

Related to this: While I can sort a project through the top right "Task Actions"icon, e.g. "Sort by Priority", this doesn't seem to be saved. Next time I open the app, the sorting has changed again, and for every project I have to choose "Sort by Priority" once more.

It would be nice if the custom choice would either be remembered, or if there were a default to set somewhere.

maury.hill  premium
Replied on Dec 13, 2014 - 20:44 UTC

Manual Sorting!!!

Daniel Dickson
Replied on Dec 13, 2014 - 23:50 UTC

so, if I understand correctly, in a filtered view if I manually sort my tasks, that sorting will be lost/reset when I close my browser?

If so, that really changes my ability to use this program

Samantha Dickinson  premium
Replied on Dec 15, 2014 - 21:17 UTC

agree- manual sorting but also that is stays that way across all platforms. every time i open it again it goes from 'by date' to random and i have to resort. also, when i view just the "today" file it's also not sorted the way i've done it. it makes it hard to feel organized! thanks.

Sean  premium
Replied on Dec 23, 2014 - 16:12 UTC

Manual sorting!! Please...I beg of you...

Jason Pellettieri  premium
Replied on Jan 06, 2015 - 21:49 UTC

One more vote for an update that lets users sort EVERYTHING how WE want, with that order remaining UNCHANGED across platforms/devices (unless of course the user changes it). I spend so much time fighting with the app to order tasks that I'm starting to long for the good old days when I used a MS Word document for my to-do list!

Danny Rose  premium
Replied on Jan 06, 2015 - 22:59 UTC

+1 for manual sorting in today view!

Ron Wilhelmy  premium
Replied on Jan 10, 2015 - 17:22 UTC

+1 manual sort

Laura H
Replied on Jan 10, 2015 - 22:39 UTC

Not that it seems to matter - this is requested multiple places by MANY users and always receives the standard, "will consider in the future..."

But again: +1 for being able to sort ALL lists as we choose!

Michael  premium
Replied on Jan 18, 2015 - 18:18 UTC

We definitely need manual sorting. There are many times that I think of a task that is closely related to something previously entered. There is no way to get them close together on the page.

This is particularly important when giving employees a specific order in which things need to be done: change the oil on the outboard motor, clean the boat, prepare for the next cruise, etc.


Jonathan  premium
Replied on Jan 19, 2015 - 20:20 UTC

Where do we go to vote for manual sort feature? I see everyone voting here but my understanding is that votes are registered somewhere else.

The app overall is easy on the eyes and the tools area easy to use so I don't want to be too critical for all that has been accomplished. Kudos big time to the development team for creating a better than most list app.

However, one primary goal of any good task list should be to make it easy on the eyes and the mind to know what to do next. Not so easy w/out manual sorting. If I am correct, I cannot even go to my "Today" list and have all tasks sorted/grouped by labels. I can only view one label list at a time.

Beau Romero
Replied on Jan 20, 2015 - 15:58 UTC

I love the app (web/Android)- I just don't understand why it wouldn't save the way I sort tasks the next time I open the app or even automatically resorting when I add one. It seems like a quick addition that would help a lot of users in the support forums.

I tried to vote for it, but it seems like you guys don't take feature requests through voting any longer.

Replied on Feb 04, 2015 - 08:20 UTC

I recently totally abandoned Todoist just because manual sorting isn't there.

Too bad, I was fond of TD, but the more you use any kind of todo app, the more manual sorting (at least in the TODAY list) appears as THE solution to many organizational evils. Planning your day in the morning. It's so natural and stress-relieving.

Actually when I started using TD, if I remember well, it WAS possible to sort manually, they dropped it at some point.

I'm back to MLO for the time being. It's a bit too complicated for may taste and processing my inbox in the Android app is impossible, but it has manual sorting EVERYWHERE.

Laura  premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2015 - 18:28 UTC

Add me to the votes for manual sorting. Shocking disappointment. Was so excited about this app and that seems like a crazy oversight when we're paying a premium.

Buck Paiva  premium
Replied on Feb 23, 2015 - 14:39 UTC

I dropped Toodledo because I felt they were slow on bringing new functionality to the app. At the time, they didn't even have an official Android app.

But at least they had manual sorting.

The apparent inability for Todoist to provide this rather simple, and obviously needed feature, is worrisome.

Jake Roberts  premium
Replied on Mar 04, 2015 - 19:55 UTC


svoskresenski  premium
Replied on Mar 05, 2015 - 12:13 UTC

I think of leaving Todoist because of sorting problems.

S. Smith
Replied on Mar 13, 2015 - 16:51 UTC

I would like sorting to be done at the list level not just the project level. I have several shopping lists in Wunderlist and there's no way they can be used in Todoist unless you can sort them to find things. Also, there's no way to even DO sorting at the project level using the Android app. I just paid for a premium account and now I find that it's unusable for shopping lists???

Laura H
Replied on Mar 13, 2015 - 19:08 UTC

Stephen - Get your refund now before your 30 days is up. For all intents and purposes, Todoist has no sorting or grouping options at all.

Users have been asking for improvements to this for well over a year now and Todoist has made no moves in that direction. They continue to offer, "We will consider that in the future," but it is pretty clear that means it won't happen.

Get your money back while you can.

S. Smith
Replied on Mar 13, 2015 - 21:48 UTC

Thanks Laura I think I will. Too bad, Todoist looked good at first.

Jonathan  premium
Replied on Mar 14, 2015 - 01:16 UTC

Wizzu, I am with YOU! I couldn't articulate better than you have in the following quote:

"Too bad, I was fond of TD, but the more you use any kind of todo app, the more manual sorting (at least in the TODAY list) appears as THE solution to many organizational evils. Planning your day in the morning. It's so natural and stress-relieving."

Cheryl Campbell  premium
Replied on Mar 18, 2015 - 13:04 UTC

Agree - I have so much in TODOist now, that manual sorting is essential, and it needs to be preserved when I look at my phone. Though, feel free to roll out the two features sequentially if need me.

Replied on Mar 18, 2015 - 15:10 UTC

I have to bail on the product due to this. As a software engineer I find that the inabilty to provide this easily obtained feature disturbing.

Buck Paiva  premium
Replied on Mar 18, 2015 - 16:57 UTC

Ryan, agreed. I'm a software engineer as well. This is an odd feature to omit, and to not address when premium users are openly talking about dumping the product over it.

Replied on Mar 19, 2015 - 11:53 UTC

All there needs to be done is the ability to assign a different default sorting. I do not get why this it is not happening!

Xavier  premium
Replied on Mar 25, 2015 - 09:17 UTC

Manual sorting also please !

Tom Grabowski  premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2015 - 15:42 UTC

+1: (1) manual sorting in filters, (2) let users specify default sorting in filters

John Gibb Millspaugh  premium
Replied on Mar 27, 2015 - 14:44 UTC


Justin Harder  premium
Replied on Mar 27, 2015 - 15:18 UTC

+1 for manual sorting!

Mark Lum  premium
Replied on Mar 31, 2015 - 23:20 UTC

+1 manual sorting! I need to sort projects by Priority, for example. I cannot. Very odd to exclude this feature IMO.

Jeevan  premium
Replied on Apr 07, 2015 - 16:12 UTC

Need Manual Sorting badly..

Nathan Hart  premium
Replied on Apr 09, 2015 - 13:24 UTC


Michael Zane  premium
Replied on Apr 14, 2015 - 13:00 UTC

Does anyone have good software recommendations that do have manual sorting? I would like to compare. Someone mentioned MLO but if you can't use it on chrome I am not interested. Thanks!

Trifon Kostov  premium
Replied on Apr 16, 2015 - 08:33 UTC


ToDoer  premium
Replied on Apr 17, 2015 - 13:03 UTC