How to Use the Reminders Feature in Google Calendar

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We all love our calendars. They help us stay organized, plan for important upcoming events, and coordinate with friends and family on the best time to meet up for that next barbecue in the park. But did you know that Google’s Calendar now features a new, unique Reminder system that you can use to be sure that nothing slips through the cracks unnoticed?

Added to both the iOS and Android Google Calendar apps this month, the Reminders feature is an easy and quick way to be sure you don’t forget the bread at the grocery store and always remember to give your dad a call the next time Father’s Day rolls around. Check out our guide to learn how you can get the most out of this innovative and exciting addition to the Google lineup of apps.

Setting Up a Reminder

In this example we’ll be showing off the Reminders feature in iOS, however all the instructions also carry over to the Android platform on a nearly 1:1 basis.

To start, you’ll need to already have the Google Calendar app installed on your phone. Unfortunately for the time being the Reminders feature is only available in the mobile app, and if you want to set a Reminder from your desktop PC or Mac, it will have to be set on the app first, at which point you can view it on the desktop app, although it will only appear as a small red bar in between your other regular calendar entries.

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To create a reminder, start by entering into the Google Calendar app. Once here, you’ll see a small red “+” icon in the bottom right-hand corner.

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Tap this, and you’ll see a small set of text pop up, one asking if you want to create a new calendar app, and the other asking if you want to create a new Reminder.

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Choose the “Reminder” option, and you’ll be taken to the following screen:

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From here, you’ll see a number of suggestions for different reminders that you can either quickly tap to set up, or start typing in your own.

Like any other Google product, the company has attempted to make things easier with an auto-complete function, which will attempt to guess the reminder you’re trying to set up before it’s fully typed in (i.e – Set up a reservation “for dinner on Saturday”). From this page is also where you’ll be able to edit how often the reminder is repeated, whether it’s once every hour, day, week, or month.

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Once you type in the Reminder you want to run, simply select a time, and you’re done! Now when the clock strikes, your phone will send a notification reminding you about whatever it was you had set up in the first place.

Managing Your Reminders

If you want to edit a Reminder that’s already been set up, you can do so by zooming out to your full calendar, and tapping on the Reminder you want to change. Once here, tap the small icon with a pencil in the top left corner, at which point you’ll be taken to the same screen you used to originally create the Reminder, and you can alter the details accordingly.

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You can also turn Reminders on or off if you’d prefer them not to show up in your Calendar, in case the feature becomes too intrusive or annoying during your daily activities.

Humans are flawed, and we all forget sometimes. Even the greatest minds of each generation still needed to write things down every once in awhile or tie a string around their finger, but thanks to advancements like Reminders in Google Calendar, now every anniversary dinner and grocery list can be quickly and easily tied to a notification that will ping you the moment you need to know about it and not a minute later.

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