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Gmail Filters with Todoist forwarding address: Todoist's auto-link-visiting makes this impossible

I'm trying to setup gmail filters to forward certain emails to a Todoist address, so that they will appear in my inbox.

To do this, one has to add a forward address in gmail. Then, a confirmation mail is sent to this address. As long as forwarding-noreply@google.com is in Todoist's receiving whitelist, I do receive the confirmation email.
However, because Todoist auto-visits the links in the confirmation mail, the "cancel this confirmation" link is also visited, thus cancelling the confirmation of the forward address before I can even insert any validation code anywhere.

The automatic resolving of links in an email is fancy, but also debatable from my point of view, I have frequently seen it yield unexpected results and it might be a little too 'smart' for my personal taste.

Is there any way (perhaps on a different platform) to receive this single email without having the containing links automatically visited?

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Jul 15, 2014 - 16:21 UTC

Hi David,

No, all the platforms work the same in terms of how the links are processed. That being said, we have been success with users forwarding emails to us. So you should be able to access that confirmation page without issue.

Then again, we did make some changes recently and could cause problem. I will pass this along to see what can be done.


davidspreekmeester  premium
Replied on Jul 15, 2014 - 16:38 UTC

Hi Brendon,

Thanks for that quick reply!

I did indeed find posts as well from people who were successful forwarding emails from gmail. But since by now I've tried in so many different ways, it seems unlikely that this is still possible, now that the links in an email are resolved this enthusiastically.


Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Jul 15, 2014 - 17:06 UTC


It would seem after talking with the team, this has never properly worked, only some users were lucky to get a chance to see that email and accept the code. There isn't much we can do, but we will try to look into other solutions.


Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 14:18 UTC

Just adding another voice. It would be nice to have this functionality. :-)

Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 14:41 UTC

As I have been doing a little looking around it looks like zapier can be used to create this functionality. Create a filter using a label for the email you want to be put into todoist. Use the new email trigger and create task trigger for Gmail and Todoist. I am not certain if an email set to archive and label will automatically get pulled as well. Downside is that zapier only allows 5 connections before you have to pay for it.

Replied on Dec 17, 2014 - 20:14 UTC

Could anynone have a new look at this? I use Google apps and I can set up forward to my work e-mail.

For Todoist I whitelisted all e-mails from @google.com where the verification code comes from. I do get the code instantly but when entering it the Gmail page says that I am now using xxxx address and it is removed.

This could be so good to get some certain e-mails automatically appear in Todoist.

lcastro  premium
Replied on Apr 25, 2015 - 13:49 UTC

Just adding another voice. It would be nice to have this functionality.

Nuno Bem  premium
Replied on Jun 15, 2015 - 16:37 UTC


Michael McCarthy  premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2015 - 06:40 UTC

+1 from me too!