Google is finally adding support for Reminders to Google Home

Google has been slow and steady at adding features to the Google Home since its debut last year. One key feature that has been missing is the ability to create reminders, but it appears that feature will be added soon.

According to a freshly published support page found by Android Police, you'll soon be able to use your Google Home to set time-based reminders (ex. "Remind me to call Mom this Sunday at noon.") and recurring time-based reminders (ex. "Remind me to take my medicine every day at 8 p.m.") using just your voice, with all reminders being sent to the Google app on your phone. You'll also be able to ask your Google Home about your upcoming reminders (Ex. "What are my reminders?") and delete single or all reminders as needed.

It's the same functionality as you'd find on Google Assistant on your phone, except with your Google Home speaker, so you don't need to look at your phone for confirmation. The feature will work with multiple users, too, which is great and might explain why it took nearly a year to add. The feature will be supported in English first and be available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Canada.

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  • Finally. Love my Google home every day more and more.
  • Hopefully that includes setting a simple timer. 😀 Happy Monday all!
  • Ive been doing timers for months now. What kind of timer do you mean.
  • Huh... I've asked Google to set a timer to notify me after ten minutes without success.
  • You're missing something because this feature has worked for quite some time. We say hey Google set a timer 10 minutes or whatever
  • I just tried it and it worked. Maybe it's what you said. All I said was "set a timer for one minute." I didn't say anything about notifying me or anything like that, because if it didn't notify you when the time was up it would he pointless. When the timer tone went off, I simply said "silence timer."
  • Cool, but still silly that is ONLY sends it to the phone. If I don't have my phone on me (almost never), it's helpful I suppose. But it would be much MORE useful if it actually read out the reminders at the time specified. Again, better than nothing I guess. The blogs are happy since they have been making such a big deal out of this silly little (limited) feature.
  • What's the alternative? It sits on the table and screams: "Take the trash out! Take the trash out?" I'll pass on that.
  • So you want a reminder that doesn’t remind you. Ok ...
  • The Echo blinks the ring, fires off a reminder on all your devices running the app, and announces the reminder twice before everything resets to normal. Good if you're sitting in front of the thing, less good if you walk out of the room when the reminder fires. It would be better if you could choose if the reminder needs to get cleared or not, a la incoming messages or delivery notification. At the very least, leave the ring lit up so I realize that something happened.
  • This is why reminders on such a device type is a stupid idea. I can't believe people are ******** about this feature when they already have in on their phones which they carry all the time.
    Reminders on a device that sits statically at home does not make any sense.
  • Well, I think reminders on devices like this are actually pretty cool. As long as they actually remind you of things when you need them to. It is good to have in cases where you are near the device. My point was that if they don't actually remind you at the time you set the reminder for, then it doesn't seem awfully productive. Even still, it is a benefit if I don't happen to have my smart phone on me at that time. I am glad they added the feature I just wish it worked to remind me audibly at the time that I set the reminder for
  • It is my understanding they are working on making Assistant more proactive. More Jarvis. "There is a traffic jam this morning. You may want to leave early" without having to ask about your commute. I would love for my GH to speak up on its own more and reminders are the perfect thing for that. "OK Google, set a reminder to remind me to ask you about my reminders" Hmmm
  • It lights up and says it has a reminder for whoever saved it... It notifies you on the Google home and on your phone
  • Cool, thanks. Better then. Still, I’d have to get the phone to see what the reminder is? If so, better than nothing but still only part way there. Thanks though, this is at least somewhat helpful now.
  • I think you are misunderstanding... You don't have to get your phone it announces your reminder on the Google home but it also shows on your phone so you get notified by both
  • Ok, perhaps I didn’t understand then. So if my reminder is “remember to call mom”, it will read those words out to me at the time specified? Or will it just say “reminder”
  • Yes it will say "remember to call Mom" on the Google home after you ask it what is the reminder... First it will just light up and say you have a reminder and wait for you to ask what is the reminder and then it will read it out loud
  • OK so I finally tested it (which I should have done originally instead of posting all the questions here). Thanks for your responses by the way. So mine only says "I have a reminder for (me)". It does NOT say the reminder content out loud, just that there is a reminder. So again, this is better than before, but not all the way there just yet ..
  • You didn't read my comment... It says that, then you have to say hey Google what's up or hey Google what is the reminder for it to say it out loud
  • Drats. Sorry. And thanks again. It works as you specified. That's good enough for now (though I would prefer that it just read the actual reminder out the first time) . It probably has to do with privacy concerns. Anyway I am happy enough with the current model, thanks for your responses
  • Finally Google ....!! This is one feature that I haven't been able to do. I can set my Nest, check traffic, news, etc. but the one thing I would have to find my phone for was reminders. It was annoying lol. Glad it is finally coming in.
  • Assistant still can't identify songs though. Can't even tell me a damn Bacon number...
  • You're the type of person that will always complain, no matter what.
    I pity you.
  • I disagree. I don't think it's unreasonable to expect or want the Home to reach feature parity with the Google experience on a phone. I'd love to be able to ask my home to tag a song when I'm watching a TV show or movie and a good song that I'm not familiar with is featured. It's not that much more effort to pull out my phone and Shazam it, but that is the whole point of the Home; to be more convenient. Plus, Google is able to gather more data on me the more features like these they add. They instantly know what music I like and what shows I'm watching at a given time. It's in their best interest to add as many features as they can to Home.
  • This sounds great. Now only if I could actually use the feature as a G suite customer. :-)
  • I tested it this morning, and it worked great. I also noticed that the Home was displaying a single white dot on the top. I think this might be a notification light to let you know that you have a reminder. Then you can ask it to tell you the reminder. But I couldn't find any documentation to confirm that yet.
  • This morning at 7am the Google Home in my kitchen beeped on its own and told me I have reminders. Very cool. Very handy.