Create to-dos on other platforms in Microsoft To Do, then import them in Things one by one.

If you spend time on Windows or Android, there’s no way to create to-dos directly in Things. What you can do, however, is create to-dos in Microsoft To Do and have them sent over to Things via Apple Reminders. This is not a two-way sync, just a way to send to-dos from other platforms to your Apple devices.

At the moment, this can only be configured on an iPhone or iPad, but once you’ve imported a to-do on those devices, Things will sync it over to your Mac as well.

Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Configure Microsoft To Do on Windows or Android
    1. Install Microsoft To Do.
    2. Open the app and make sure you’re logged in with your Microsoft account.
    3. Create the list you will use to send to-dos to Things, and give it a name (e.g. “Things Inbox”).
  2. Configure your Microsoft account on iPhone or iPad
    1. On your iPhone or iPad, open Settings.
    2. Navigate to MailAccountsAdd Account.
    3. Choose and log in with your Microsoft account.
    4. When prompted to allow access, say Yes.
    5. When prompted, make sure that Reminders is enabled (the other features can be disabled), and tap Save.
    6. Open Reminders and confirm that a new Outlook section has appeared.
  3. Connect your list to Things
    1. Open Things.
    2. Go to SettingsReminders Inbox.
    3. Enable Reminders Inbox.
    4. Next to List, tap to choose a list.
    5. Under Exchange, select the list you created in Microsoft To Do.
  4. Test your setup
    1. Open Microsoft To Do and add a new to-do to the list you created.
    2. Open Things, go to the Inbox, and check if your new to-do has appeared for import.
    3. Import the to-do. This will delete it from Reminders, which will delete it from Microsoft To Do.

Note that changes could take several minutes to sync back and forth between Microsoft To Do, Reminders, and Things.