Asana desktop app

Asana for Desktop puts Asana where you need it by pulling it out of the sea of tabs and helping you capture your work frictionlessly. This application helps you find flow and control your work environment by removing distractions.

The Asana for Desktop application is available on Mac and Windows (not supported on Linux.) It can be downloaded here. All actions and features available in the browser version of Asana are also available on desktop. Asana for desktop is compatible with macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and Windows 10 or later.

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Logging in via the Desktop App

Once you have downloaded the Asana Desktop App, you can log in using your Asana login credentials.

First, open Asana for Desktop, enter your email address and sign in to Asana.

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Next, you’ll be brought to your browser to verify your credentials.

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Finally, click Open Asana to open Asana on your desktop app.

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Native OS notifications

Desktop leverages native OS notifications, which mirror Browser Notifications in functionality.

Once you’ve installed Asana for Desktop, you will be prompted to open accessed links in the desktop application. You can open in Asana once or always, or cancel and open the link in your browser.

App links

Right click functionality

Right click is streamlined to only include Asana uses.

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Top bar and history

The top bar of your Asana for Desktop App is more focused on a few core navigation actions. The History feature also allows you to access your 15 most recent pages.

Top Bar and History

Desktop App icon

We've launched a Desktop App icon to help you protect time for heads down work and more easily identify your next task.

Mac Desktop App icon

Mac users will see the Desktop App icon appear in the menu bar.

Use the Desktop App icon on Mac by:

  1. Navigating to the menu bar in the upper-right corner
  2. Clicking the icon to open the My tasks window

Windows Desktop App icon

The Desktop App icon will appear in the system tray for Windows users.

Use the Desktop App icon on Windows by:

  1. Navigating to the system tray in the bottom-right corner
  2. Clicking the icon to open the My tasks window

My Tasks

Clicking the icon will open up My tasks which shows your most important tasks based on their due dates.

You can mark tasks complete without leaving the My tasks window. You can also create new tasks directly inside My tasks, or by using the following shortcuts: [Shift] + [CMD] + [+] on Mac, or [Shift] + [Ctrl] + [+] on Windows. Please note that some shortcuts may not work if you’re using a keyboard with a non-English input. 

Check app version

To help you stay up to date, you can check the current version of the Asana for Desktop app that you have installed. 

You can do this on both Mac and Windows as follows:

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  1. Open the Asana Desktop app
  2. Click on your profile picture on the top right
  3. Navigate to Settings
  4. Under the General tab you will find the current Asana app version under About Desktop

Alternatively, you can check the desktop app version in the following ways:

On Mac

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  1. Open the Asana for Desktop app
  2. Select Asana in the menu bar
  3. Click About Asana

You will then be able to view the version of the desktop app you have installed. 

On Windows


  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Select Apps
  3. Find Asana on your apps list

You can see the version of the Asana desktop app you have installed and also see the date that it was installed. 

Manage Interruptions

Make progress on the work that matters most - without interruptions. When you’re ready to dive into an important task, select it from the My tasks list and set a timer. We recommend the Pomodoro technique: 25 minutes of concentration, followed by a 5-minute break.

On Mac

My priorities Mac
Do Not Disturb Mac

On Windows

My priorities Windows
Do Not Disturb Windows

While the timer runs, your Asana notifications will be paused. When you’re finished, either complete the task, or exit by clicking the dots in the upper-right corner.


Minimize Mac
Minimize Windows

Minimize the timer by clicking any other window on your desktop.

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