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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
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
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


S.Voskresenski  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.

Jeevz  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


Davida Pitts  premium
Replied on Apr 27, 2015 - 13:47 UTC


Uploads  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 19:12 UTC

manual sorting +1

Aviram  premium
Replied on May 01, 2015 - 11:20 UTC

Can you please provide clarity on when sorting on iOS would be availble? It seems that many of your Premium users have genuine need for this feature.

Quent Rhodes  premium
Replied on May 01, 2015 - 15:04 UTC

+1 for improved sorting; especially in filtered views (on all platforms).

fatima wafy
Replied on May 04, 2015 - 17:18 UTC

Such a pain!!! It needs to save my sorting preference.

Laura H
Replied on May 04, 2015 - 17:57 UTC

Yet another totally logical feature users have been requesting for over 2 years now, and no positive responses from Todoist.

Check out the history of Todoist updates: https://todoist.com/Support/show/79953/

Todoist hasn't prioritized adding new features for the last 3 years... I see no reason to believe that will change. If you're waiting on a feature, forget it. Get out of premium if you can still cancel, and don't renew otherwise. Todoist doesn't care what it's users want.

Bob McClellan  premium
Replied on May 15, 2015 - 15:04 UTC

Where can I vote to be able to save manual sorting?

Still love the app but... this is a basic need that obviously has been
highly requested.

Thanks in advance,

Buck Paiva  premium
Replied on May 15, 2015 - 15:09 UTC

There is no place to vote. There is only the empty promise that it will be "considered in the future."

Bob McClellan  premium
Replied on May 15, 2015 - 15:14 UTC

Hopefully this makes it's way through the priority list...
I've only used this for a couple weeks. That being said,.. I use it heavily.
The manual sort would should go a long way for me.

Thanks Buck.

Nathan Hart  premium
Replied on May 15, 2015 - 15:15 UTC

How about you just tell us that we will NOT implement this feature in the next year do to reason X instead of saying "We will consider it in the future" (-1)

Matt Allington  premium
Replied on May 18, 2015 - 00:29 UTC

It's been a year now since I asked for this. Just renewed my subscription. What are your plans for this feature, given it is clearly important to a lot of people

Laura H
Replied on May 18, 2015 - 14:39 UTC

Unfortunately Matt, as long as Todoist keeps luring in users paying for year long subscriptions, there's no reason for them to listen to what their users are asking for. The Todoist team seems focused on attracting new users with its nice looking interface and it's flashy ability to work on nearly all gizmos and devices. They're focused on a toy, not a productivity tool.

I stopped financially supporting Todoist - did not renew premium - because any work they are doing on the app is not for features I care about. I encourage other users to do the same. If you like what Todoist is doing - by all means, go premium and support them financially. If you'd like to see changes, and are frustrated by the lack of genuine feature improvements, I suggest you cancel the financial support.

Uploads  premium
Replied on May 20, 2015 - 04:31 UTC

Agreed. While their price is certainly reasonable for all the features todoist does have, it's just so unfortunate that they continue to ignore such a basic and widely requested feature as custom sorting. It render's the app unusable for a large segment of the user base. Using a text file is about the same at this point (when it comes to sorting and planning your day based on ever changing realities). Anyway, I too am looking to migrate out, reluctantly though.

Laura  premium
Replied on May 20, 2015 - 14:00 UTC

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Alan Switzer
Replied on May 22, 2015 - 21:38 UTC

Just came over from Remember the Milk. I'm going back. I'm asking for my refund from Todoist today.

By the way, RTM is beta testing an entirely new iOS design and website. I've seen it. Very major overhaul and more functionality. Oh, and you can set sorting in both lists (Projects) and filtered views- and it sticks across the platforms.

I like Todoist a lot, but the ability to sort is a pretty basic need. Seems that Todoist is more concerned about appearance than functionality.

Roger Jones  premium
Replied on May 24, 2015 - 10:03 UTC

I second/third etc an option for manual sorting.

My task management approach is based on Final Version Perfected, see http://markforster.squarespace.com/

This approach takes personal and work task management beyond urgency and importance, it addresses the psychological issue which affects more people than one would think.

It can be done with paper and pen or electronically.

I like the way repeating tasks are automatically added in Todoist, but in at least one view, I would like to be able to drag and drop in the way I want it, DnD is available in Projects in Todoist.

So far I have set up a Label "FVP-Work" and another for "FVP-Personal", but this also means I can put a personal task in the Work label and vice versa.

I would like to have flexibility in the Label Views, but I suspect other users would like manual sorting in most views.

Juliana  premium
Replied on Jun 01, 2015 - 17:05 UTC

Hello, guys! As other users have previously mentioned, sorting is basic functionality for task management (or any management, for what matters). So, +1 for that.

Replied on Jun 11, 2015 - 06:20 UTC

+1000 for manual sorting!

Abdul Rahman AlKhanati  premium
Replied on Jun 11, 2015 - 10:57 UTC

+1 for manual sorting!

Where is the Todoist team for God's sake?!!!! How difficult can this be, people?!!

Kevin Murray
Replied on Jun 11, 2015 - 11:25 UTC

I've moved to http://doit.im/. That has a function to star tasks which can
be manually ordered. It has good integration with web, apps and extensions.

Mike  premium
Replied on Jun 11, 2015 - 13:35 UTC

+100 for manual sorting. The more I use TD, the more I'm finding the need to allow manual sorting. I'm primarily an Apple user, but would like to see manual sorting across platforms. Are there plans to introduce this ability in the near future?

Jeevz  premium
Replied on Jun 12, 2015 - 03:44 UTC

Mike Meguro  premium
Replied on Jun 17, 2015 - 01:25 UTC

IMPORTANT: Please Update this Request. Is it work in progress?
Any idea when? This year? Next? The answers to the this request are so vague that I dont know if you use Todoist and gives the impression that it is not even still considered as important.
Just to be able to define in Setting which sort we need as Default.
Is absolutely a Must.
What is the use to put flags to put priorities, Tags, etc if you can not view them in the moment and have to go to Settings everytime you swich category. It is crazy!

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Replied on Jun 17, 2015 - 18:17 UTC

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Константин Морозов
Replied on Jun 17, 2015 - 19:10 UTC

Task manager for buisness without manual sort ? Are you in your mind?

Grace McIntire  premium
Replied on Jun 17, 2015 - 19:11 UTC

ahhhh!! great news. It appears the manual sort is now working for me! I'm not sure when this happened or if it's been working all along (i just downloaded the app a few hours ago).

after being frustrated that there wasn't manual sort functionality and looking through the support forum, I tried using the web utility on my laptop computer. I noticed that I could sort the tasks there.

then I shut down the app and restarted my iPad...sure enough, if you hold on the task for a second, it loosens up to manually slide up or down to sort!

I'm not sure if it was available the entire time and I just missed it before. it would be helpful if they put the little 3 lines (hamburger icon) like they do online, so you can easily see manually sorting is available,

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Replied on Jun 17, 2015 - 23:49 UTC

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Uploads  premium
Replied on Jun 18, 2015 - 23:22 UTC

Is this accurate? Not working for me. Try to re-sort items that have a priority level assigned to them. Put an item with no priority in between them. It will bounce it back to the original location.

Fenton  premium
Replied on Aug 28, 2015 - 22:37 UTC


S  premium
Replied on Sep 01, 2015 - 13:04 UTC

+1 More sorting options for Today

See grouped by project
Manual sorting that sticks once you leave the page

Jared Branch  premium
Replied on Sep 14, 2015 - 13:30 UTC

Without Manual Sorting for Today, Todoist is saying, "we can't help you plan out the order of things to do today"

Grace McIntire  premium
Replied on Sep 14, 2015 - 14:04 UTC

Not sure if any of you saw my
previous comment, but manually sorting now works for me (I use PC, iPhone, and iPad.)

If you hold on the task for a second, it loosens up to manually slide up or down to sort.

@Uploads: You are correct, if there are tasks with priority settings, or with a set time of day, those pop and stick to the top. However, I only use priority flags on my most urgent tasks, and I happen to want them at the top.

@S: The newly adjusted order not only stays for me, but it updates on all my devices.

Now I use and absolutely love this app constantly. However, without the manual sort feature, I think I would have switched to another.

Jared Branch  premium
Replied on Sep 14, 2015 - 14:08 UTC

Hi Grace, I did not see your prior comment - thank you very much! Came in the nick of time for planning my week!

+1 to @Grace McIntire

Grace McIntire  premium
Replied on Sep 14, 2015 - 14:34 UTC

@Jared Branch: Awesome!! I'm so glad it worked...happy to help! :)

Rachael Hammon  premium
Replied on Oct 02, 2015 - 21:45 UTC

Manual sorting please! I would like to put a priority1 item at the end of my to do list for the day. (ie. work out, laundry).