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How to use Todoist for Google Assistant

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Google Assistant is an AI-powered virtual assistant available mainly on mobile and smart home devices. It can engage in two-way conversations with people and provide valuable information and services by integrating with many other apps.

By integrating Todoist with Google Assistant, you’ll be able to add tasks, complete tasks, and read out your tasks based on your voiced or typed commands.

Connect Todoist with Google Assistant

  1. Open/Activate Google Assistant and say/enter "Let me talk to Todoist".
  2. Give permission to link your Google Assistant account with your Todoist account (you may need to log in to your Todoist account to do so).
  3. Access Todoist through Google Assistant on your Android, Smart Home or iOS (with Assistant app) device.

Using Todoist with Google Assistant

The Todoist with Google Assistant integration is currently only available in English. You will therefore have to speak your commands to Google Assistant in English.

To start, say "OK Google, let me talk to Todoist." Your Todoist Assistant will show up to help, and you'll be able to ask it to do things like:

  • "Add task to wash the car today"
  • "What do I have due on Sunday?"
  • "List the tasks in my Work project"
  • "What's due in my podcast project?"
  • "Complete my task Mow the lawn"
  • “Complete the task called Transcribe interview”

 

You can even add key details, just like when using Todoist quick add.

  • "Add a task to Submit my report tomorrow p1 #work @urgent"

This will create a task called "Submit my report" due tomorrow with a priority of 1 in your Work project with the Urgent label.

 

If you were adding this task by voice you would say:

  • "Add a task to Submit my report tomorrow p1 hashtag work at-sign urgent"

 

You can get the job done even quicker by combining the invocation step with your request and saying something like:

  • “OK Google, Ask Todoist to add a task Wash the car today”
  • “OK Google, Ask Todoist to complete my task: Wash the car”
  • “OK Google, Ask Todoist to complete my Wash the car task”
  • “OK Google, Ask Todoist what’s due today”

The integration lets you save time by quickly getting tasks out of your head and on to your task list by allowing you to use standard Todoist Quick Add syntax to add new tasks.

Whenever you add a task, Google Assistant will inform you that "The task has been added. Any changes?" At this point, you can move it to a project, add a label or set the task's priority.

FAQ

Why isn't Todoist with Google Assistant connecting properly? I can't get the integration to work.

First try saying: OK Google, what's my name?

If your Google Assistant responds by saying that it is unable to properly identify/verify you, then there is an issue with your Assistant settings that needs to be solved. Please try following Google’s guidelines to allow personal results on your shared Assistant devices.

If your Google Assistant responds with the correct name then you can try re-linking the integration:

  1. Go to the Todoist for Google Assistant Directory Listing.
  2. Tap Unlink to disconnect the integration (or Link if it's already disconnected).
  3. Make sure you're already logged into your Google account on your mobile device.
  4. Open Google Assistant on your mobile device and activate the integration by saying OK Google, let me talk to Todoist.
  5. Reconnect your account.

How can I use the integration in my native language?

Unfortunately, Todoist with Google Assistant is currently only available in English. You will therefore have to speak your commands to Google Assistant in English.

Todoist with Google Assistant is not integrated with my correct Todoist account. How can I fix this?

Google Assistant may in some cases (e.g. on devices without a screen) assume that you want to link with your Google/Gmail address. To change to a different address:

  1. Go to the Todoist for Google Assistant Directory Listing.
  2. Tap Unlink to disconnect the integration.
  3. On your mobile device where you are logged in to your preferred Todoist account, activate Google Assistant and invoke the integration with “Let me talk to Todoist” to initiate the process of connecting to your account.

Why does the integration not understand what I'm saying?

When speaking to Google Assistant, Google's Natural Language Processor (NLP) converts what it hears to text that is passed to the integration.

This is being managed by Google and we therefore won't be able to improve it on our end. We do, however, ensure that there are several alternate phrasings available, so that you can say the same thing in various different ways to get the results that you want.

Invoking Todoist for Google Assistant just opens the help article web page. How can I fix this?

This is because it’s currently only possible to use Todoist with Google Assistant when your Google Assistant is set to English (United States/Kingdom). Please follow these steps to get rid of this error message:

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app.
  2. At the top-right, tap your account icon/picture and then Assistant settings.
  3. Select Languages.
  4. Tap your current language, then choose English (United States/Kingdom). You can have multiple languages configured, so you can also keep your previously selected language.

I keep getting the error message Sorry, Todoist isn’t available on devices set up for your language or country. How do I fix this?

This is because it’s currently only possible to use Todoist with Google Assistant when your Google Assistant is set to English (United States/Kingdom). Please follow these steps to get rid of this error message:

  1. On your mobile device, open the Google Home app.
  2. At the top-right, tap your account icon/picture and then Assistant settings.
  3. Select Languages.
  4. Tap your current language, then choose English (United States/Kingdom). You can have multiple languages configured, so you can also keep your previously selected language.