Google Now's occasional reminders keep you on top of chores

Google had recently added a feature to its back end that allows for the occasional reminder when using Google Now. Now, when you set up a reminder, you can set up recurring alerts, one-time alerts based on time or location, and the occasional reminder that occasionally pops up to nag you about tasks. This would be great for things like chores, which may not really have an expiration date or a set completion date, but just stuff that you need to keep on top of with a fair amount of frequency.

It's still unclear when the feature was added and given its relative novelty to the Google Now cards, we're really unsure how frequently you'll be nagged. Still, it's a nice feature to have and definitely could come up handy if you aren't always on top of housework and need a little push to mow the lawn, vacuum the carpets, or take out the trash.

And as this is a Google server-side update, users should immediately see this live on their phones and tablets without having to install any new updates themselves. Also, remember that you can now activate Google Now from anywhere on your phone.

What will you be using this new occasional reminder setting for?

Source: Android Police

There are 32 comments

NoNexus says:

Lol.... I don't need Google honeydew list as well

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fuzzylumpkin says:

You don't like melons?

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Deke218 says:

It's honey-do. As in honey do this, honey do that...

mumfoau says:

My wife's feet thank you for the "occasionally" reminder Google! Lol

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briankurtz79 says:

Tell me again how you can say OK Google from anywhere?

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Hit the overflow menu in Google Now and select "Ok Google" Detection, then check "From any screen".

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retsaw says:

And I've just discovered that you can only use that feature when you have Google search logged into your account. There is no need for this requirement just for voice control, Google are getting creepier every day.

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DavieH1888 says:

Not to murder someone who annoys me during the day

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cubskru says:

Am I the only one annoyed by the low quality title pic?

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I wouldn't say "annoyed" but generally AC does a great job with the headline pic. Beats some stock photo.


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bluesun3030 says:

I heart blurry cam.

xlDeMoNiClx says:

Beats Russell Holly's annoying GIF's.

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Tigrisan says:

Still only works for me from the cards screen or when I hit the app icon. Damned annoying on my Galaxy S4

boufa says:

There is an easy fix for that. You have to do a search from Google now for a specific phrase... "Ok Google everywhere" I think it was. Then it will work.

Tigrisan says:

Found it, works now, Thanks!

BB_Bmore says:

The link back takes you to the wrong article. Just a little heads up. Anyway, I use Google now a lot these days and mostly for reminders, so this is a very welcome little feature.

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K Brooks says:

I love google now. I use it a lot more than I thought I would, and it is quicker and smarter than siri.

Dizfunctions says:

Definitely useful! I wish it had a full blown task manager though. That would make my life a lot easier.

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I wish google now, google keep and google calendar all synced reminders.

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I'm not seeing the "occasionally" option....

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Ep3n3wp says:

Me either

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The "ok google" feature is not available for all handsets yet.Like in moto g it's not available

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Google Now is pretty much the best assistant out there which is actually helpful rather than Siri which is no where near as good

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nexusrtw says:

Google Now reminders don't actually remind me when its time... It's there in the Google Now screen but is there supposed to be a sound event or popup (or notification)? What am I doing wrong?

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adambro4 says:

Same here

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Supposed to be a notification.

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wendemi says:

On my note 3, on the Google now screen, I go to settings by pressing MENU, then notifications, and I have options for notifications. Have you tried that?

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TenshiNo says:


I use the reminders a *lot* and they always show up as a notification for me. If they're not showing up for you, I would suspect it's a setting.

almath says:

I NEVER hear my tone assigned or get a vibration and the boxes are checked. What's the mystery?

Google keeps getting better and better. A bit creeped out about how much they actually know about us via our phones. But in retrospect, doesn't the government know more, lol! Any how I believe Google is doing a fabtatistic job.

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