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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  premium
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.