Google tasks

I will just come out and say it : I love Google Calendar (and all of Google's online apps for that matter). Using the "tasks" feature in Gmail and Google Calendar makes sure I never miss a due date to bad memory. That being said, you cannot access these tasks from within your calendar app on the phone. So, how is one to check paper due dates on the go?

The method I have gotten into using is not quite as elegant as I would like, but it works. 

  1. Create a task in Gmail or Google Calendar using your computer's browser 
  2. Open up your phone's browser and point it to gmail.com/tasks (only works in mobile browsers)
  3. You may have to enter your login information. Make sure to check "remember me"
  4. You should now see your task(s) 
  5. Bookmark the site; I named it "tasks"
  6. Put the bookmark onto your home screen of choice (can be done by long-pressing on the bookmark from within the browser or long-pressing on your home screen and going through the menus)

You should now have a quick and easy way to view and edit your tasks. Now, if only Google would integrate tasks into the calendar app on the phone...

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kpeste99 says:

A native Tasks app is needed. This having to go to /tasks is unrefined. Android deserves better. It's a first class OS! Tasks needs native support. (and for that matter, google docs too) What's taking Google so long!??!? If they don't want to do it, then open up the API and let someone else take care of it.

timthomas#AC says:

They have opened up the API now. I'm using an app called BHive Google Tasks which works beautifully with my google task lists.

You can also "add shortcut to home" by following the above instructions and then clicking the button at the bottom left hand corner. It will still load in your browser, but it puts a nice little icon on your phone.

Sorry, not normally an andriod user so unsure of the proper terminology :).

quocamole says:

check out GTasks. syncs w/ google tasks, supports multiple task lists and has widgets.

IzRey says:

I agree. This is the best solution I have found. Although I think that a native solution should be included soon. I was surprised that there wasn't better support from Google when I first started looking for Task managing options.

Wicket says:

Yep, best solution I've found so far. Would be nice to have a native app from Google but Gtask is great and has a widget.

jsmuli2 says:

blah, just use agenda view for the calendar widget on one of your 5+ screens.

Go-do says:

@quocamole: +1
gtasks is an must have in android, works a charm :)

beasleybiz says:

I use Jorte. Integrates Google Calendar and Tasks with widgets for home screen. Turns them into what you would expect out of a physical planner book. Great app for tasks!

BrickAlley says:

I'm a huge fan of Jorte also, but in fairness I have nothing else to compare it with. I came to the "calendar" game late (no pun intended) and I'm not even sure if I'm getting the most out of my calendar anyway.

icebike says:

Plus one on Jorte.

Managers your google tasks and calendar in one place.

jonnyl says:

GTasks is a much better solution, and it integrates well with Android Agenda Widget.

TxAggieMJ says:

Gtasks all the way.

sjkurtz says:

I love Google Calendar because I use multiple calendars. Work, personal, my wife keeps all the kids activities on another, sports games and Nozbe. I use my free Nozbe account to keep track of everything that I have to do and if I put a date on it, it integrates directly with Google Calendar when you put a due date on the task. I use the Agenda style widget on one homescreen to quickly see what is due for the day and I use a small widget on my first homescreen to show the date and my next appointment. Works perfectly.

tomhorn says:

FYI, for Google Apps users it's:

https://mail.google.com/tasks/a/whateveryourdomainnameis.com/android

Big problem with the web-based version of the tasks though ... you can't sort it by date ... :(

Gtasks doesn't appear to work with Google Apps tasks, only gMail tasks, so it doesn't help me.

Is there any widget out there that would allow me to embed the web page above in a window on one of my home screens?

rick.pruden says:

Use GTask...Awesome task app

metacyde says:

GTask is fantastic. Works well, good UI, and it even gives me access to multiple accounts including my Google Apps account for work. A must-have.

diggity says:

I liked Google Calendar too until a couple days ago... then this happened:

http://forum.androidcentral.com/general-chat/31377-bad-day.html

I spent most of my morning today answering the phone and responding to emails, with explanations and apologies for why my personal Gmail calendar spit out about 600 meeting invites... without my knowledge that it was even happening... for meetings that I didn't originally organize. Not a fun day at all.

Sietedos72 says:

www.gqueues.com all the way... Great google calendar integration as well as being a fantastic task management/organization app.. works well with gtd stuff too... Very powerful yet clean and easy to use.

regression says:

There are two gtasks apps. I have tried both and the one by Dato is the one I prefer.

brooklyn says:

Is that a bloody iphone?

Pure calendar widget is THE bomb of calendar / task management. You see your tasks right next to your events and can click in the widget to add a task or event, sync, etc. You can also change size of the widget. And use gTasks next to it to check off tasks as being complete.

Pure calendar widget also autosyncs however often you wish.

These 2 apps make a 1 - 2 punch of functionality.

And if ur in school metro

Sorry about typo keyboard problem at end of my comment.

lvav06#AC says:

I've had the HTC evo I like it, but syncing of webOS has way more integration. So it's a hard trade off. I like both, but I miss my palm pre. Just not the screen size.

etnpnys says:

I agree 100%. The WebOS Synergy is far superior to what Android offers - but I didn't know I was going to miss it!

This calendar and tasks functionality is something I thought was a no-brainer so I didn't even research it when I switched over.

kmarkos says:

Uhh......Gtasks! It works great!

gtdcomment says:

If you’d like a tool for managing your time and projects, you can use this web-application inspired by David Allen’s GTD:

Gtdagenda.com

You can use it to manage and prioritize your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
Comes with a mobile version too, and with an Android app.

espi007 says:

I know this is an old thread, but in case other's who are new to android are finding this site whilst looking for an easy way to sync and view Google Tasks - I just use the "Tasks" widget on one of my home screens. Auto syncs with google tasks just fine. I have an HTC One S.

Stevio_1 says:

Please explain some more. What did you do? Are you syncing between the Android Cal and the PC/Web Cal?

I tried using your Android Cal app, Task view. I added a Task (both dated or undated.) And then I went to the Menu and Sync. All that shows up is the Task in Android Cal. There is nothing that shows on the PC/Web Google Cal - either in the main Cal display or the right-hand side Task bar.