Google Home reminders: How to set and manage them through the Assistant

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How to set reminders on Google Home

Setting reminders on Google Home is both useful and quick, giving you a digital backup of your to-do list no matter if you have a smart speaker or display.

The Google Assistant can set reminders based on time, location and even assign different members of your family specific nudges. However, because the voice assistant can also live on your phone, things can get a little tricky.

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Want to know exactly how to set reminders on Google Home? Below we've detailed everything there is to know about receiving and managing prompts from the Assistant.

Set reminders on Google Home

While setting reminders through Google Home is, in itself, an easy process, there's actually a few hoops you'll have to jump through in order to get to that point. The first thing you need to do is turn on Personal Results on your Google account.

If you're sharing your Google device with other people in the house, you'll also want to set up Voice Match. This ensures your reminders aren't clogged up with other users' to-do list, and that your reminders can't be accessed by other users.

Google Home reminders: How to set and manage them through the Assistant

Step 1: Turn on Personal Results

1. In the Google Home app on your iOS or Android device, go to the Home dashboard and select the device you want to set reminders on.

2. Tap the settings icon in the top-right.

3. Scroll down to Personal Results and make sure the switch is blue.

Step 2: Set up Voice Match

1. In the Google Home app on your iOS or Android device, go to the Home dashboard and select the device you want to set reminders on.

2. Tap the settings icon in the top-right.

3. Scroll down to Voice Match and set the feature up, if you haven't already. If different Google users are associated with your Google Home, they will have to set up Voice Match on their individual account, in order to access their own personal reminders.

Google Home reminders: How to set and manage them through the Assistant

Step 3: Setting a reminder

Once those two steps are complete, you're ready to set a reminder on your Google Home device. You can do this from either your speaker, or the Google Home app, but note that you can only set reminders based on time or location, not both. So, for example, you can't set a reminder to leave for for the pub by 6:45pm.

Time-based reminders

"Hey Google, remind me to [insert your reminder] at [time] on [day]".

If you set a reminder for tomorrow before 5am, it will send that day. However, if you set a reminder for tomorrow after 5am, it will send the next day. You can also set a recurring time-based reminder with something like, "Ok Google, remind me to take my medicine at 8am every day". You can also set time-based reminders from your phone using Google Assistant.

Location-based reminders

"Hey Google, remind me to [insert your reminder] at [location]".

This will apply to specific places, businesses addresses, as well as your home and work address (if you have saved them in Google Maps). Also keep in mind that prompts for these reminders won't sound on your Google Home device, just your phone.

User-specific reminders

"Hey Google, remind [person] to [reminder] at [time/day]".

Assignable Reminders is a new feature rolling out to devices over the second half of 2019, allowing people to send user-to-user prompts through Google Home and the Assistant. You can't send these reminders to just anyone, however - they'll only work with people in your Google family group, or anyone whose account is linked to the same smart display or smart speaker as you, and who has matched their voice to said device.

Step 4: Getting a reminder

Once it's time for a reminder to sound, your Google device will light up and the Assistant will say, "I have a reminder for [name]". If you have a speaker, a white light will remain on the device for 10 minutes, though a card will stay on smart displays until it's been acknowledged. The same process will take place if you made the reminder from a phone, unless it's a location-based reminder.

Google Home reminders: How to set and manage them through the Assistant

Step 5: Managing your reminders

Obviously, it's not just as straightforward as just setting and getting reminders. You'll want to check in on reminders you've set, delete some that don't apply or perhaps even turn notifications off/on for reminders altogether.

  • To check in on reminders: "Hey Google, show me my reminders".
  • To cancel a reminder: "Ok Google, delete my reminder to [action]".
  • To turn off/on notifications, go to Account > Settings > More Settings > Assistant > Assistant devices > the device you want to change > turn off/on Home Screen And Notifications.

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