Enable/disable smart date recognition

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Todoist's smart Quick Add will automatically recognize, highlight, and add due dates as you type them into a task name.

It's the fastest way to add due dates and recurring due dates to your tasks, but sometimes a date is actually part of a task name. For example, in "Create monthly report", "monthly" will automatically be highlighted as a recurring due date. Not good. 

You can turn off smart date recognition on a case-by-case basis by pressing delete or backspace on desktop or by tapping on the highlighted word on mobile to unrecognize it. The highlighted word or phrase will instead become part of the task name. 


We currently don’t support due dates in Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Czech and Turkish. Sorry! Instead, you can click the schedule field and write your due date in English.

If you'd prefer to use Todoist without smart date recognition you can also disable the feature entirely. Here's how:

  1. At the top-right corner of your Todoist, click the gear icon. 
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Open the General tab.
  4. In the drop-down menu, choose Yes, I want to use smart date recognition or No, thanks.


  1. In the top right of your Todoist, click the gear icon
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Open the General tab.
  4. Switch the Smart date recognition option to ON or OFF.


  1. At the top left of your Todoist, tap the menu icon.
  2. At the bottom left, tap Settings > General.
  3. Check or uncheck the box next to Smart date recognition.


  1. At the top left of your Todoist, tap the gear icon.
  2. Select General in Settings.
  3. Switch the Smart date recognition option to ON or OFF.