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Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface

Anyone using the classic Google Tasks web interface? Google informs users who open Google Tasks using a web browser that the classic version is going away.

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Google does not mention a specific shutdown date but "soon" suggests that the shutting down will probably happen in the near future and not in years.

Google Tasks itself is not going away, on the other hand. Users who use Tasks may still use it in one of the following ways:

  • Gmail: Gmail users can open the Gmail web interface and select Tasks on the right-hand side (underneath Calendar and Keep) to open the interface.
  • Calendar: The standalone web version of Google Calendar supports tasks as well. Just open Calendar and select Tasks on the right side to open the interface.
  • Mobile devices: The Google Tasks application for Android or iOS remains available. Users may install the app on their devices to continue using Tasks.

Google does not reveal why it is closing down the classic standalone web version of Task. The most likely explanation is a lack of use; most Tasks users probably use it through Gmail or Calendar, and not through the standalone version.

Lack of use could still mean that it is used by quite a few users considering that Google's definition of lack of use is different to the definition that smaller Internet companies may have.

Good news is that Tasks is not going away completely and that Google Tasks users can continue to access their tasks on Gmail or Calendar (or the mobile apps); at least for now.

Google is in a termination spree currently; the company plans to shut down Google+ in April for consumers, the classic Hangouts, the Google URL shortener, and the messaging app Allo.

Windows users who need Task functionality but only locally could look at the long standing Task List Guru application for the operating system.

The coming days and weeks will show how many users are affected by the shutdown.

Now You: Do you use a Tasks service? If so which and why?

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  1. Luca said on February 6, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    I think that Task will be replaced by Keep

  2. Anonymous said on February 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    Google, Tasks works as a simple, unglamorous to do app. Don’t kill it, just to replace it with something that looks pretty, but does not add functionality.

    1. Bill Wright said on February 19, 2019 at 2:56 am
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      Actually, they’re removing functionality with the new update for it. You can’t use as many nested lists and so far you can’t use it in full screen mode. I’m disappointed in the update. I wish they would leave the classic version alive.

      1. Anonymous said on March 30, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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        Agreed.

  3. John Fenderson said on February 6, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    I don’t remember ever hearing of Tasks before…

  4. stefann said on February 6, 2019 at 6:27 pm
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    Martin, i liked that with DRINK BEER – DRINK EVEN MORE BEER ! :)

  5. daveb said on February 6, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    The best use for Google in recent years is to see functionality you like, then look for other software, pregerably standalone that does the same thing. Thats the only way you end up with a worflow that you can use long term.

    1. John Fenderson said on February 7, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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      @daveb: I couldn’t agree more. Applications that are constantly changing out from under me are horrible.

  6. Peterc said on February 7, 2019 at 5:12 pm
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    “Google does not reveal why it is closing down the classic standalone web version of Task[s].”

    Was it straightforward and functional? Did it load and respond quickly? Was it well suited to a computer as opposed to a smartphone or tablet? Based on what Google has done with the Web interfaces of its other services, if the the answer to any of those questions is yes, *that’s* why.

  7. Tom Peters said on February 7, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    I am so angry when I saw the notice on my classic tasks (canvas) page today. Seriously, I searched 3rd party add-ons, google, programs, and nothing compares to that interface. Could copy/paste in multi lines, easily re-arrange fast., Delete lines fast with selecting line and hitting delete. Easily Indent to group tasks AND Re-arrage the groups of sub stasks easily. There was no wasted real-estate and it was condensed so you would easily get an overview. These new puffy spacy apps are the end of productivity. Seriously, putting in the side bar of gmail ??? Thats what almost got me to switch away from google a few years ago until I found the canvas page after hours of research. PLEASE GOOGLE STOP DESTROYING PRODUCTIVITY AND WHAT WORKS. Like the care or listen anymore :(

    1. Anonymous said on February 14, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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      THIS THIS THIS. Thank you for summarizing my thoughts exactly. I am so so bummed that google tasks is going away. It has changed my life and so greatly affected my productivity and the tasks integrated in gmail has so much less functionality, so much “puffy space”, you can’t have as many sub-tasks, and it doesn’t allow me to see all my tasks in a large screen format. Badly done Google. :(

      1. Mike said on April 6, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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        I couldn’t agree more. They just don’t grasp that it’s a cloud notepad: screw tasks, thats not what we all use it for – I’ll bet. I use (used) it as an instant-accessible set of cloud-accessible ‘Cribsheets’ — for all aspects of work and leisure.

        What’s most exasperating is they didn’t give us a specific kill date: just killed it this weekend without warning. Thank god I backed it up before it vanished.

        BTW for anyone searching for a replacement, I’ve been through several and so far, CheckVist is the best I’ve found: Free tier is OK, more powerful than GT, not too hard to transfer the data to. https://checkvist.com/auth/pricing

      2. Steve said on April 8, 2019 at 3:53 pm
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        Mike,

        The main thing I liked about Google task was I use it on my desktop, laptop, tablet and cell phone. Does https://checkvist.com/ support thet.

        To all does google make apis available so a windows devloper can give us an interface ie an APP for the windows environment?

    2. Bill W said on February 19, 2019 at 3:03 am
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      I totally agree!! You summarized my thoughts perfect. I can’t stand the look of the new todo list apps. I wish there was a way to continue using the classic version.

    3. Adriano said on March 22, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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      The Tasks canvas page is my first pinned tab, and has been for many years. I hate that they’re nuking it.

      The Tasks app in iOS is horrible. GTasks is the best alternative, unless and until the developer of GoTasks, an app that isn’t in the appstore any longer, brings it back.

    4. Emanuele said on April 13, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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      I think exactly the same thing! I hope Google would replace classic interface with something usable: the Task sidebar in Gmail is not!

  8. Tom Peters said on February 8, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    I Have submitted to google throught the Help / Feedback area. If you have any other ways to contact google, let me know here. If you have any more points to add also let me know there.

    – This is NOT EFFECTIVE if you use more than 5 lists as the scroll bar is horrible.
    – The tasks are not in any order, random. You see so few items per screen (14 items vs 32 in the same height), and the columns are too narrow. – The items are not easily moved or moved in groups.
    – There probably is not convient print option that produces usable sheets.
    – There is no longer anyway to transfer items or groups to differnt lists.
    – There is no longer anyway to past multiple items, like 5 days of the week, and have it create seperate items.
    – Most disappointing, the screens when click add task, and OK or cancel, literally takes visual slow motion for the screens to come up and disappear, many times showing the old/new side by side.
    >> WHY CAN’T THE CANVAS PORTAL just stay without upgrades? to force us to use an INFERIOR upgrade.
    I and our groups are replacing google products unless somehow productivity can be maintained by its users.

    1. Emily said on February 10, 2019 at 1:38 am
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      Agree on everything – did you hear back?

    2. Al Eaton said on March 11, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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      Tom, I agree completely. The new format is like trying to watch a football game through a knothole rather than sitting in the stands. Google forgot one of the primary principles in business. IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT!

  9. Barb said on February 8, 2019 at 7:18 pm
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    I am really upset. Google Tasks classic was not only useful, it is essential to me. No other task manager works as well, with ease of use and functionality. The Task list off to the side of Google Calendar or Mail just does not cut it. With Classic Tasks, I can see everything by date and easily search through years of data. I too have searched and have not found anything that even remotely works as well. Google, PLEASE do not take this away.

  10. Barb said on February 8, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    Another thing. The Google Tasks iOS app does not work. It freezes or crashes constantly. Totally useless.

  11. John said on February 9, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    Google is breaking an immutable law with the old simple “Tasks”….it’s not monetized. What is the definition of Google? The largest amount of cash available to be grabbed in ten lifetimes.. I don’t think they’re there yet.

  12. Nam said on February 9, 2019 at 11:21 am
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    I will miss the full screen mode for tasks allowed by url https://mail.google.com/tasks/canvas ;-(.

    1. Hartoyo said on February 25, 2019 at 10:07 am
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      So Do I

      1. Anonymous said on April 3, 2019 at 8:33 am
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        Very glad you posted this!

  13. Emily said on February 10, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    Is anyone finding that google tasks isn’t working/syncing AT ALL now?

  14. Freddy said on April 3, 2019 at 10:39 am
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    There is an issue in Google issue tracker, where we can complain:
    https://issuetracker.google.com/issues/113611082

  15. Patrik Blidefalk said on April 4, 2019 at 10:34 am
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    I totally agree with all of you.
    Even if Google will add features and update, why shutting down something that works and as I understand is popular and well used.

    I miss the print feature and the possibility to get an accurate overview.

    Please Google, listen to our desperate crying for HELP!!

  16. Anonymous said on April 4, 2019 at 10:34 am
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    The Tasks Canvas Page was my Home page.
    It was full screen window to my life.
    Keyhole preview as side window in Calendar in Gmail is frustrating.
    I am lost.

  17. Susy Cook said on April 4, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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    I am absolutely gutted by the full page removal of tasks. What harm was it doing. Don’t know what I am going to use now and even worse, don’t know how I am going to transfer all the information I have on tasks. So much of it.

  18. Anonymous said on April 5, 2019 at 5:22 am
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    I can’t believe www access to tasks was killed. I imagine many people within Google also used it for work and personal. Crazy decision!

  19. AG said on April 5, 2019 at 5:28 am
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    Google Tasks web access gone !?……I am been pushed back to https://to-do.microsoft.com/ Migration will be a royal pain….. and thus… Microsot keeps climbing back up the ranks.

  20. Adriano said on April 8, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    Because this an audience of hardcore Tasks users who are mourning yet another Google ball-drop, I’m looking for a decent backup app for Tasks for iOS.

    The official Tasks app in iOS is horrible. “GTasks” is the best alternative, but it is completely missing so, so many of the great features of “GoTasks” http://gotasksapp.com/ It’s an app that hasn’t been in the AppStore for several years but that I use on my phone & ipad constantly (it’s my most-used app).

    There’s no comparison between the two (or the feature-less Google Tasks app made by Google). I can’t believe that GoTasks is still working for me in iOS 12, and I know it’ll break someday. I wrote the dev a couple of years ago — he is busy with other projects and has moved on.

    I’m going to write him again and ask if he’ll put the code up somewhere for someone to run with it. I would pay several dollars a month for it (and I hardly subscribe to anything as I strongly dislike the model).

    I periodically look for an alternative. There is none, it seems.

    The rock-solid integration of Tasks into Google Calendar has been core for my workflow for many years now.

    Any thoughts would be welcome.

  21. Steve said on April 8, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Tasks is THE most valuable product Google offers for me. It is what I am using to manage my life. Recently I have been unable to find things using google that show up in the first few items using Duck… and or Bing – censorship. And lets be honest a large portion of gmail is unused for other than login credentials. Now this reduction of key functionality of Tasks. It is getting easier to leave everyday. If the goal is for us to leave the google ecosystem including mail, search and ultimately android continue the current tact.

    As retired software professional I know I need to find a smaller for profit company providing these apps for a fee that will not act schizophrenic with their user base

  22. Anonymous said on April 8, 2019 at 9:28 pm
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    Hopefully if enough user express their concern Google may bring this feature back. The functionality was simple and met all of my needs. Are you listening Google?

  23. Luca said on April 10, 2019 at 8:19 am
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    I’ve read all comments and IMHO the conclusion is: don’t trust in online and, PROPRIETARY, applications. Now I prefer products that runs offline (WITHOUT an “annual fee” like Ofifce 365) or that are opensource.

    Google has an history of discontinued products. The one that I’m missing the most is… GOOGLE READER! IMHO it was the best RSS reader, entirely usable with keyboard. To substitute it, I’m using the Nextcloud RSS Reader (which is Open Source; so if one website that supports it closes, I can use another or install to my own server).

  24. Anonymous said on April 11, 2019 at 9:39 am
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    Since the Google Tasks canvas view was finally deprecated, the Better Google Tasks extensions for Chrome and Firefox no longer work either. The button literally just takes you to the GSuite Learning Center for Google Tasks. If this can’t be made to work, I hope someone turns their attention to writing a css style for the Stylish browser extension (see userstyles.org) so at least the Tasks list is not so ridiculously spaced out and narrow. Shouldn’t be too difficult for someone good at css.

  25. Alex said on April 12, 2019 at 3:19 pm
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    Please bring back the full-page option. Otherwise the app is effectively worthless to me.

  26. Fernando said on April 25, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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  27. Anonymous said on April 26, 2019 at 4:56 am
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    FERNANDO YOU ARE A LEGEND

    ALL HAIL FERNANDO, OUR CANVAS SAVIOR

  28. Anonymous said on May 5, 2019 at 8:02 am
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    Agree with all the comments above and Muchas Grazias Fernando:-)

  29. Ivan Sparrow said on May 6, 2019 at 12:24 pm
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    I am in my mid-70s and created a “free google classic website” for all the old pupils of the school i went to (Wycombe Tech Alumni) back in the mid 1900’s. It was going along fine till google did what it has done. We dinosaurs want it to continue, but cannot afford to pay for the privilege (we are now dispersed all over the globe) – Who do we turn to for help ??? The comments I have read above are all “gobbledy-goog” to me as they are in a language I do not understand (remember – when I went to school, computers had only just been invented and there was no such thing as a mobile phone), so you “youngsters” – TELL ME what I (we) have to do and where do I (we) go to for HELP ?!?!!! In order for us to continue our little inter-active website – Pleeeeeaaaassseee !!! help us – as no-one else seems to give a “poop”.

  30. G Doubleya said on June 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm
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    There is a limited workaround posted here:
    https://webapps.stackexchange.com/a/127083/220813

    You will need to create two shortcuts, but it works.
    First of all go to this link: (you will get a while screen)
    https://tasks.google.com/embed/?origin=https://calendar.google.com&fullWidth=1

    Create two bookmarks from this blank white website.

    Edit the second bookmark and change the URL to be:
    javascript:document.querySelector(‘body’).style.display=null

    (This will remove the white screen and present the task lists)

    Then to access your tasks, click on the first bookmark, then when you get a white screen click on the second bookmark.

    There are other answers on that site, but this is the most simple that even mid-70’s Ivan can hopefully follow.

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