Skip to main content

Not getting a lot done this week? How to set reminders with Google Now

voice command hack google now nexus 6
Let Google act as a personal assistant so you won’t miss your mom’s birthday ever again. Our guide to setting up reminders on Google Now will take seconds and keep you on the good side of your friends and coworkers. Plus, Google Now is available for Android, iOS, or desktops. Get your reminders squared away now and avoid some awkward situations later.

On Android

Step 1. Enable Google Now by choosing Google Settings > Search & Now > Now Cards then toggle the Show Cards icon to On.

Step 2. Now you can set reminders with Google Now. Here’s how:

  • Set reminder by talking: Press the microphone icon on the search bar and just say “Google, remind me to go to my dentist appointment on Friday at noon.” Google will put it into your calendar and notify you before it happens.
  • Type in your reminder: Choose the three horizontal line menu icon in the top left, then choose Reminders. From here you will be prompted to write a time, date, event name, and kind of reminder you want.
  • Shortcut: You can simply type in “Remind me to” into the search bar and it will take you directly to the reminders menu.

Step 3. You can add, delete, or edit reminders by choosing the menu icon on the top left side of the screen then choose Reminders. From here you’ll find a list of all reminders.

Set Google reminders on iOS

Setting Google Reminders on iOS is easy and fast. The process is similar to Android.

Step 1. Download the Google Now app from the App Store then log in with your Gmail address and password.

Step 2. Open iPhone’s Settings and scroll down to the Google App. Choose the Google App icon then select Location > Always. This will allow Google to push notifications even when the app is unopened.

Step 3. Set your reminder on Google Now. Here are two easy ways:

  • Set reminder by talking: Press the microphone icon on the search bar and say  “Google, remind me to get flowers on Friday.” The notification will be logged and will appear on your screen Friday.
  •  Type your reminder: Type “remind me to” into the search bar to pull up the reminders menu.

Step 4. To view, edit, and delete reminders, open the Google Now App. Press your account icon in the upper left corner and choose Reminders. Every reminder will be stored here.  

From your computer

Once you enable Google Now on your iPhone or Android you’ll be able to set reminders from any browser as long as you’ve signed into Google using your Gmail address and password.

Step 1. Go to Google in a browser of your choice.

Step 2. Sign into Google using your Gmail address and password.

Step 3. From here you can access reminders one of two ways:

  • Type “remind me to” into the Google search bar then set up a reminder.
  • Or you can press the microphone icon on the right side of the Google Search Bar and say, “remind me to… “

Step 4. Choose the bell icon on the right side of your computer’s taskbar (Mac Users: it’s located on the upper right side next to the time ). From here you can manage (add, delete, edit) your chrome notifications including reminders.

Editors' Recommendations

Joe Donovan
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Joe Donovan is an editorial assistant for Digital Trends who covers a variety of general assignments throughout the…
When is my phone getting Android 13? Google, Samsung, OnePlus, and more
Android 13 logo on a Google Pixel 6a.

Android 13 has been available for Android phones since late 2022, and it's a pretty minor update from Google. Well, we say minor, but that's only in comparison to the positively gargantuan number of changes that were in Android 12 — and in light of Google's policy of trickling out improvements to Android apps over the course of a year as soon as they're ready. Android 13 is more of a tune-up to the engine that powers your phone than anything else. But it's still one worth getting excited for.

Tablet and foldable owners will see the most benefits, and there will be some updates to Material You to improve Android's customizability. There really isn't much else to say about Android 13. It's a very under-the-hood update, and that trend appears to be continuing with the upcoming Android 14 as well.

Read more
AI is about to make Google Translate a whole lot smarter
In app translation on the new Google Pixel 6.

Google today announced updates to its Translate app for iOS, Android, and the web. The company will be bringing in additional context to translations to help you understand more about your target language, and it'll also be using a lot more AI power for Translate to make that happen.

First, Google is using AI to add more context to transitions, as well as better translate images. The first is aimed at helping people properly grasp words that have multiple meanings.

Read more
Update your Google Pixel 7 now for three big security and audio features
Google Pixel 7 home screen with rainbow gradient wallpaper in light

Every few months, Google releases Feature Drops with new features and fixes for its Pixel phones. While 2022 may be nearly over, that hasn't stopped Google from pushing one final Feature Drop before the year ends.

This latest Feature Drop is primarily focused on adding features to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro that Google announced in October when it first unveiled the phones. The first big addition is free Google One VPN access. Anyone with a Pixel 7 or 7 Pro can use a Google One-powered VPN at no additional cost — this is great for more secure web browsing. Considering Google's VPN is traditionally only available with a $10-per-month Google One subscription, it's a nice value add we're happy to see.

Read more