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Can I import the google tasks?

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Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on May 07, 2014 - 11:12 UTC


No. Unfortunately, you can't import google tasks.



Trish Putnam
Replied on Jun 11, 2014 - 17:24 UTC

The inability to import even the simplest of xml or csv files, let alone from other services, may ultimately keep me from moving to Todoist, I'm afraid. It's a pity, as it looks like it might be a very workable system, but I can't afford to spend the migration time and effort if I have to do it all from scratch - I keep far too much in my current system.

Wolfgang Ihloff  premium
Replied on Jul 06, 2014 - 08:18 UTC


Michael J Begley
Replied on Jul 06, 2014 - 16:40 UTC

I also need to be able to import from a CSV format file. I am not really a developer so the developer API is not going to help me. I would like to see the ability to import a CSV even if it is only on the desktop platforms. If the entire list of tasks went into one project, I could move them around from there. Thanks.

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 01:10 UTC

Hi Michael,

CSV files is actually just a text file separated by commas. If you can format it properly, you can use it to import it as tasks in a project.

You can learn how to do it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rl_CLGY_3o



Kent Vaughn  premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 14:58 UTC

I'm fine with CSV files and such, but the video doesn't explain the formatting. I took a quick look at the exported file expecting to easily see the fields, but it wasn't quite as easy as I figured - it seemed like one task just ran into the next. If you had a simple XLS based template you could provide for populating the fields, that would simplify the process.

Use case: I have repeated activities for my team. Say I have 10 team members and I need to complete mid-year performance reviews - I want to be able to create a CSV file that has the simple high level task then all the sub tasks

task: Complete MidYear Performance Reviews
Subtask: Joe
Subtask: Sam
Subtask: Bill
Subtask: Jill
.... you get the idea. I need to be able to drop this into a template ( or complete it once and export) and then be able to easily import under a new project since I'll do this type of thing for many activities.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 15:01 UTC


At this time our templates are 1 line = 1 task. We hope we can improve the options in the future.


Kent Vaughn  premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 18:54 UTC

OK - no problem, I found another support item that showed the way on an easy import solution. For most easy imports, this should suffice. I would encourage others who need import ability ( in particular where they want to create custom import items based on recurring needs ) to do a little research to see what they can accomplish with the current capabilities of the system.


I do think robust Export/Import and creating what I would call Template Projects ( or dare I say, checklists? ) would be beneficial for the application.

Trish Putnam
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 19:35 UTC

Yup, it is certainly workable for a small import or something really simple, and I have imported a couple of tasks by using the current clunky syntax. The problem is that to build anything extensive or complex is likely to take as much time as just adding the tasks by hand, and you run the risk of issues with improper nesting or the like causing failures. Additionally, it is not compatible with any existing system, so it precludes people who are moving from another task management system to this one to import without completely rewriting whatever their old system used.

It's really too bad that the folks at Todoist have opted out of using a standard import/export format like csv or xml.

Jared Cooperband  premium
Replied on Oct 30, 2014 - 17:49 UTC

Todoport.com allows Google tasks <-> Todoist

mechanesthesia  premium
Replied on Aug 05, 2015 - 15:57 UTC

No import feature!??!?! I have been using Omnifocus for years now. How am I supposed to get all my stuff over?

Harry Duismann  premium
Replied on Sep 15, 2015 - 20:03 UTC

I was thinking in switching to ToDoist as reading on the website it is Halleluja, but without Import???
And what about the limit of 150 tasks? Why?
Happy not to have upgraded to Premium, just because there is no Trial version for testing everything.
Hopefully I'm wrong, as the crossplatform possiblities, Outlook integration, projects, seems to be very promising. For a short time I thought to have found the perfect solution for all task and checklist like demands......