Use gTasks To Synchronize Your Tasks With Google [Android]

Angela Randall 30-11-2012

These days, there are a million and one great ways to manage a to-do list online and via mobile apps. That said, there’s often still a few people who are not yet using one of the better ones, so it’s worth letting you all know which they are just in case!


If you’re a big user of Google services like Gmail and Google docs, then you might have tried using Google Tasks. Given the easy integration between these services, it may even be the best task manager for you. Even if you’re already using another task manager, there are still many good reasons to give Google Tasks a try. The integration is at the top of this list, while second on the list is the neat Android app GTasks which you can use with it. Let’s give you a closer look.

Get gTasks For Android

Head on over to the Google Play store to get your free copy of gTasks. It’s able to be installed on the SD card or the phone, but be aware that the widget can’t work if you have moved it to the SD card.

Using gTasks

Because gTasks is based on Google Tasks, it only has limited functionality. For instance, each task has details for task name, due date, sub-tasks, linked emails and notes. There’s no priority, tags or other fancy devices. However, simplicity can be a good thing.

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The gTasks app allows access to all of your Google Tasks, even if you’re offline and will sync back when you are online. This is great if you travel a lot, use a tablet with out 3G or you don’t have a cheap data plan.


Using gTasks, you can perform bulk commands, such as indenting tasks to be sub-tasks, moving to a new task list, deleting the tasks or adding a due date. This is very useful if you’ve added a lot of tasks quickly while brainstorming and need to fix them up.

Users of multiple Google accounts will also appreciate the fact that gTasks can sync to multiple accounts at once, giving you access to your personal tasks as well as work tasks and whatever other accounts you have.

Widgets for gTasks

The gTasks widgets can be configured to your liking, including choosing the list, sort order, font size and other details. There are also several sizes of widget to choose from, so you’ll always have one to suit you.

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Accessing Tasks In Gmail

When you’re in Gmail, click on the Gmail button in the top left and choose “Tasks” from the drop-down menu. A window for your tasks will pop up (much like the chat window) and you can add tasks very easily from there. All you do is type it out and press enter. You can click on the arrow to the right of the task to add more details, such as a due date. If you’ve added a due date, you’ll also see the task in Google Calendar.

There are also many great ways you can create tasks from within your email, so check out the Gmail Tasks help guide for tips.

While Google Tasks is great for a small amount of tasks or for email-related tasks, it’s not ideal for managing a complex to-do list. However, it’s perfect for managing a brief task list for the day or the week. Just enter in your most important tasks in order to ensure they get done, then use some other task manager for the lesser tasks.

Alternatives To gTasks

If you think this app isn’t for you, check out some of the other alternatives you might like:


Do you use Google Tasks? What do you think of gTasks?

Related topics: Google, Google Tasks, Task Management, To-Do List.

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  1. harold zimmer
    January 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    This is an awesome app, I use it for various tasks, and projects. Plus when I want to save a website to this app I can do so via the share option in my Google browser. Small but has many benefits.

  2. Angela Alcorn
    December 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

    That's weird. It should just work with whichever Google account you've registered with your Android device.

  3. Arun Kumar
    December 1, 2012 at 5:12 am

    My favorite app for this is To-do tree [Broken Link Removed] it syncs with gmail tasks too.

    It also creates task and sub task, the feature is missing in gtask.

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 13, 2012 at 10:49 am

      You can do sub-tasks in google tasks by using the tab key!

  4. android underground
    November 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    We shouldn't need a separate app for tasks. Google should have built Google Tasks into its Google Calendar app. They could have learned something from the old Symbian calendar app.

    • juan david gil
      November 30, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      hope the big G hears you, many, including me, would like to see that

    • Marian Cimbru
      December 1, 2012 at 5:01 am


  5. Thomas Welker
    November 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I've been using gTasks for about a year now. It is great. My wife even uses it as a shopping list. We are able to enter items on the browser and they sync with the phone when she goes to the store.

    • Angela Alcorn
      December 13, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Hey, that would work really well with the widget!