Here are the answers to our most-asked questions.
- Things on Windows, Android, or the web
- Sharing to-dos with others
- Discounts & Bundles
- Things on Apple Watch
- Getting a refund from Apple
- Transferring app & data to a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone
- Trial versions for iOS and macOS
- Pinning Quick Find lists to the sidebar/main lists view
- Viewing Google/Outlook calendar events in Things
- See your to-dos on another device (sync)
- Adjusting font sizes
- Location based reminders (geofencing)
- Restoring deleted to-dos
- Things Helper (Quick Entry with autofill) freezes Things
- Things Cloud password or username change
- Things and Alexa
- Projects ”disappear” from the sidebar/main lists view
- Alphabetical sorting of to-dos or lists
- Repeat to-dos only on specific days
- Completing a repeating to-do early
- Changes to repeating to-dos don’t stick
Using Things on Windows, Android, or the internet
Things is available for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. We don’t make Things for Android, Windows, the web, or other platforms.
If you just need to add to-dos from a non-Apple device to Things, you can use our handy Mail to Things feature. You can also use the iCloud website to enter to-dos into Reminders and then import them into Things later.
Sharing a list with family or coworkers
Things currently does not have any dedicated collaboration features (collaborating on a specific list or task).
You can, however, share one Things Cloud account with someone else to collaborate on the entire content of that account.
Discounts & Bundles
Is Things a single purchase for all devices? – No. Things for Mac, Things for iPhone, and Things for iPad are sold separately – learn more here.
I have more than 1 Mac/iPhone/iPad. Do I have to buy Things multiple times? – No. You can install the app without additional cost on all devices of the same kind - here’s how.
Are there bundles for all 3 apps/Is Things a universal app? – No. Each app is a separate purchase (the Watch app is included with the iPhone). Why? Check out Apple’s page here.
Are there discounts? – No, Apple’s App Store doesn’t offer discount options for apps which are sold as an up-front one-time purchase.
If you are a student or teacher, please ask your institution if they are part of Apple’s Education Program which offers discounts.
If you are buying for a business, please check out Apple’s Volume Purchase Program.
Upgrading from Things 2? Have a look here.
Things for Apple Watch requires a Things Cloud account and you must be running watchOS 5 or later.
Getting a refund from Apple
Since you bought the app directly from Apple through the App Store, you’ll need to ask Apple directly for a refund (developers can’t give refunds). Learn more about Apple’s guidelines on refunds.
Transferring Things & your to-dos to a new Mac, iPad, or iPhone
Have you got a new device or did you have to wipe your old one? Since you bought Things through the App Store, you can easily reinstall the app. Here’s how.
After you’ve installed Things again, restore your to-dos by logging into your Things Cloud account. Follow the instructions on this page.
Trial versions for iOS and macOS
You can download our Mac trial version here and use it without limitations for 14 days. It requires macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later.
There’s no way for us to offer iOS trial versions at this time. This option is only available to apps that have in-app purchases or subscriptions. Things is a one-time purchase at the time of download without any additional costs, and therefore Apple’s App Store doesn’t let us offer you a free trial.
Pinning Quick Find lists to the sidebar/main lists view
Things doesn’t support pinning Quick Find lists to the sidebar/main lists view at this time.
View Google/Outlook calendar events in Things
Things can only read data from Apple’s native Calendar app but if you sync your 3rd party calendar data to Apple Calendar, Things can show it to you as well. Here’s how to set up calendar integration.
See your to-dos on other devices (sync)
- To see your to-dos on another device, it must have Things installed.
- To sync data between the apps, you need a free Things Cloud account.
- To use Things on Apple Watch, you need to create a Things Cloud account on your iPhone. Learn more.
- You cannot use third party services like iCloud, Dropbox, etc. or your own server to sync.
- To learn more about how we secure your data, check out this page.
- Things Cloud is optional. If you’re just using the app on one device, you don’t need to turn it on at all.
Adjusting font sizes
It’s not possible to adjust the font size within Things.
Location based reminders (geofencing)
While Things doesn’t have native geofencing support, you can use Apple’s Shortcuts app to automate interactions with Things by setting up triggers based on your geolocation, time of day, or other environmental factor. Learn more here.
Restoring deleted to-dos
On the Mac, deleted to-dos and projects go to the Trash. Since there’s no trash on iOS, all deletions are permanent which is why we’ve made deletions a 3-step-process. You can, however, recover the last deleted item: shake your device immediately after a deletion to recover it. On an iPad with an external keyboard, hit CMD Z.
Things Helper (Quick Entry with autofill) freezes Things
Invoke Quick Entry with autofill again, wait for 90-120 seconds until you see the error message appear. Confirm it by hitting OK and immediately afterwards reboot your Mac per the on-screen instructions.
Things Cloud password or username change
To change the email address you are using with Things Cloud, follow these instructions.
Need to reset your Things Cloud password? Here’s how.
Things and Alexa
Things and Alexa do not integrate directly due to technical limitations, but if you can build a workflow that generates emails, you would be able to use Mail to Things to send Alexa’s output to your Things’ Inbox.
Alphabetical sorting of to-dos or lists
At this time, it’s not possible to sort content alphabetically in Things. You can always manually re-arrange to-dos or your own lists in to any order you prefer by dragging and dropping, though.
Projects ”disappear” from the sidebar/main lists view
If you gave your projects a start date, you’ve made them inactive until that date – on which they’ll appear both in your sidebar/main lists view and the Today list. Projects added to the Someday list are also inactive. The sidebar/main lists view only shows you active projects so you don’t get distracted by to-dos you can’t do yet.
Repeat to-dos only on specific days
If you need help to set up a repeating rule that only repeats on weekdays, weekends, or just specific days, have a look at the instructions on this page.
Completing a repeating to-do early
At this time, it’s not possible to complete a repeating to-do ahead of its schedule.
Changes to repeating to-dos don’t stick
If you are making changes to a repeating to-do but the next time the to-do appears those changes are gone you have edited the copy of the repeating to-do, not the template. In order for changes to stick and appear in future copies, you must edit the repeating template. Here’s how.
Don’t forget to check out our full support pages – we cover all the main features of the app and how to use them!