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Just wondering about notifications and reminders. They seem to be treated as two different features, so I presume that ToDoist treats them differently. Can you please explain the difference?

Basically, I want to be "reminded" (or notified) when a scheduled task is due. Notification seems to be included with the free version (although it isn't working at all for me on my Android device), while reminders are only included with the paid version. I don't mind paying for the Premium edition as long as the reminders work well. Basically, I need a reminder that pops up on my phone screen, plays a ringtone, vibrates, and is persistent. For example, if I don't respond to a reminder, it will keep bugging me with a ringtone until I dismiss it. Does the Premium edition have this feature?

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Apr 01, 2014 - 23:30 UTC

Hi Drew,

The difference between Notifications and Reminders can get complicated, as they can technically be the same thing. For us though, at least on Android, Notifications are for messages you get about shared content (completed tasks, task assigned, someone leaves project etc). Reminders are then about your tasks themselves.

Reminders on Android are no a pop-up, they appear in the notification area Window at the top left. They make a sound, and have options to complete, or snooze etc right there in the menu. Though, they will not keep on reminding you, it will make the sound once and that is it.


Replied on Apr 02, 2014 - 14:34 UTC

OK, thanks for the quick response. For people like me that are on the road all day, persistent notifications on our mobile device are critical. It's far too easy to miss a single tone and then discover hours later that you missed an important task. Looks like a good product otherwise. I'll certainly revisit if/when persistent notifications are added. By the way - your support is really good too!

Chris Mueller
Replied on Sep 24, 2014 - 16:12 UTC

I really need a pop up window for my todo notification. Preferably with snooze options, like 15min, 1 hour, 3 hour.

I am glad you mentioned that the notification in the android notification list had snooze, because I had tried twice previously but it did not expand. I tried again and this time got the expansion with snooze.

Bottom line, the current reminder system is not sufficient. As much as I love all the improvements to todoist, I am still having to use calendar and another todo list in parallel for the things that are urgent and I need to be nagged about. Really everything else is just about perfect, so this is a glaring remaining lack.

Evan Bartlett
Replied on Sep 28, 2014 - 17:44 UTC

Same, the app "due" on ios does this really well, and I would gladly upgrade to premium for this functionality

Replied on Nov 19, 2014 - 22:29 UTC

Me as well. Todoist is a great looking app, and the platform support is awesome. But it's not sufficient enough with persistent reminders to keep me away from Alarmed or Due (AppStore applications). Which is weird, because those apps lack in every department Todoist accelerates in.

Kaj McBeth  premium
Replied on Dec 31, 2014 - 05:44 UTC

Is there anyway to get Mac desktop reminders for my due tasks?

Kaj McBeth  premium
Replied on Dec 31, 2014 - 05:44 UTC

Is there anyway to get Mac desktop reminders for my due tasks?

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Dec 31, 2014 - 07:28 UTC

Hi Kaj,

You'll have to a attach a reminder to your tasks (with due date and time) and have your desktop reminders enabled in the Preference window to get due tasks in your Mac. :-)


Sam  premium
Replied on Mar 21, 2015 - 00:14 UTC

+1 +1 +1 Couldn't agree more

Amjad Abdul Shakoor  premium
Replied on Apr 10, 2015 - 05:59 UTC

Me too! I should be able to enable and have a pop up notification for a task.

Nadia huancahuari  premium
Replied on Apr 29, 2015 - 15:55 UTC

how do you set up reminders so that they come through my iPhone? somehow they come to me as emails and I don't see them until many hours later. I tried deleting the email option but they still come through by email. reminders don't come through on my phone still. I have the premium version. help!

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Apr 29, 2015 - 16:05 UTC

Hi Nadia,

In the web version, please go to Todoist Settings > Reminders. Make sure your default service there is "mobile push notifications". Scroll down to the bottom. Do you see your phone listed in the "Manage your devices" section? If not, please try to reinstall the app on your iPhone. Let us know if reminders still don't work afterwards.


Nadia huancahuari  premium
Replied on Apr 29, 2015 - 18:19 UTC

Thank you Galina, I followed your instructions and under setting, the only
option is email. The Mobile push notifications is grayed out. It says I
"haven't registered any devices". So, right below it has a space to add
the mobile number, which I did, but it still grayed out. Help! Also, Do
these notifications come through as text messages and thus have a cost to
them? Thank you for helping. I'm brand new to this but have high hopes
that it will work well for me once I get a handle on it. Best, Nadia

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Apr 29, 2015 - 18:23 UTC

Hi Nadia,

Please tell me if you have already installed the Todoist app on your phone. If not yet, please go to the App store and install Todoist from there. Log in to your account. When done, it should automatically register your device.

Then go to Reminder settings again and check if "push notifications" are now available and if your phone now is in the list of devices there.

SMS notifications are similar to push notifications but they come as text messages (as all other SMS on your phone). You can enter your number (including the area code, e.g. +1778....) and try a test message. We don't charge any additional fees for SMS :-)

Please let me know how it goes!


Nadia huancahuari  premium
Replied on Apr 29, 2015 - 21:20 UTC

Sorry for the continued questions. I had already installed Todoist on my
iphone. I used the free version for a few weeks then I purchased the
premium version. I tried re-installing the Todoist app. When I tried to
delete it to re-install it states that I will lose all my data (tasks) so I
didn't want to delete the Todoist app without discussing it with you first!
Also, even after I entered my cell phone number, it still says I've no
devices listed. Help,

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Apr 29, 2015 - 21:42 UTC

Hi Nadia,

If your tasks are synced (they appear in the web too), you won't lose your data when deleting the app (as it's a cloud service).

Adding a phone number doesn't add a device (it add the option to receive SMS messages, not push notifications). The device should be added when you log out from the app on your phone and then back in, or (if it doesn't help) reinstall it. :-)