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You forgot Mother's Day. Again. With Father's Day coming up wouldn't it be nice to have a reminder among your often-used Google Now cards, in addition to the ones you've set in Google Calendar, Google Keep, and the sea of sticky notes attached to your monitor? It's possible to set holiday and movie reminders within Google Now on your device, but now you've got another alternative: setting reminders via a Knowledge Graph search on your desktop. Just make sure you're signed in, make a relevant search, and click that shiny new "remind me on Google Now" text.

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At the moment there are a few limitations. Only well-known holidays and movie releases seem to be working - I tried to search for President Obama's birthday, for example, and did not get the reminder text. There's also no way to manually select how far in advance you'll be notified. Holidays will pop up into Now one week in advance, while movies will notify you on the day of release. Strangely, the only way to add a reminder from the Google Now app is to use a voice command - mobile searches aren't showing the reminder icon. It wouldn't surprise us if more options are coming soon.

If you want to see a list of your current reminders or dismiss a few of them, open Google Now on your Android device and tap "My stuff" then "Reminders".

Update: As commenter lbrfabio points out, you can manually add reminders by searching for "add reminder" (and other strangely arbitrary commands) in Google Now.

Via Lifehacker Hackerspace - thanks, @williamp29!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    It would also be nice if you could edit the reminders.
    Once you set them, you can just keep them or delete them.

  • lbrfabio

    "Strangely, the only way to add a reminder from the Google Now app is to use a voice command"

    There is "Set Reminder" in the menu

    • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

      Also, you can type the same you would say using your voice.

  • Danny Holyoake

    And, of course, there's no 'Remind me' button here in the UK.

    • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

      You have to search this on Google.COM <--

      • Tanmay

        Thanks for the tip !

    • Israel Lai

      Got it here in HK.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.clayton.5876 Chris Clayton

      Google Now has been pointless in the UK. The only cards I get are weather, and the travel time to home. I know both these things without my phone telling me, especially as traffic info is useless. The tracking service has never worked for me, nor the running/riding distances thingy I've heard of. Every voice command other than the really basic ones just bring up web searches. Much improvement needed

      • Sven Joy

        Same in Germany.

      • Alex Stansfield

        Maybe you're holding it wrong. I'm in the UK. I get weather, football scores, flight reminders, hotel check in reminders, birthdays, travel to places I've searched for, my next calendar appointment, nearby places of interest, nearby photos, nearby public transport, stocks and shares.

      • porter86

        Works fine in London.

    • Haydn

      Totally agree - nothing in Australia either... I understand the complexity of supporting a global audience, but this just stacks up to bad PR in my view. Along the lines of a "Beta" tag, I think Google should slap a big "USA Only" tag on anything new that only supports USA - might look a little embarrasing though :)
      Also on the drive time to home/work suggestions in Google now, I find 100% of the time that it under-estimates the travel time to work by 50% (I think I know the problem too, at 7.30am when I leave it calculates based on traffic on the whole route, rather than calculating the traffic based on history at 7.45am, 8am, 8.15am etc on the route). I realise this would be a more complicated calculation, but am confident it is not being done given my results for the last 12 months are off by this factor.
      The single only valuable use for Google Now for me was when I travelled over seas, and I was prompted with exchange rate information and travel suggestions back to the hotel.

  • Jack

    No button in Australia :(

    • ksavai

      Do it in Google.com not .au

      • Anton

        It automatically changes me from google.com to google.com.au :/

        • ksavai

          Check bottom on the page on your google, Last link says google.com

        • porter86

          http://www.google.com/ncr

          (no country redirect)

  • andy_o

    Also, simple commands that combine location and date should work, like "remind me to ____ when I get home tomorrow. Right now you have to remind yourself to set a reminder before you're going to that place that time, or you'll get a notification every time you go there, and if you dismiss it, it's gone.

  • Victor Loureiro

    I do get the button in Brazil, but only if I search on google.com. And of course it show US dates (wich are often different from Brazilian ones).

  • irishtexmex

    Is this in Chrome only? I'm not seeing it in Firefox 21.0

  • br_hermon

    Is anyone else bothered by the fact that Google Now no longer creates reminders as alarms in the clock app? I can have more control over them there plus it just makes sense to put a reminder in with other time oriented things. Anyone else feel this way?

    • Vlad Staicu

      I actually prefer reminders to be separate from alarms. The latter wake me up in the morning, while the latter are more general purpose. What I'd like is an easier way to get to reminders, like an app or something, and for them to work offline.

    • andy_o

      You can still do it. Just say "set alarm" instead of "remind me of". It still can show the title, for example, "set alarm buy groceries at ___", does the same thing you want. Personally, it got annoying for me cause you then have to delete the alarms manually or your alarm list gets clogged really fast.

      • br_hermon

        VERY good point. Hmm...

  • http://twitter.com/BrnPttmn Brian Pittman

    They should integrate the reminders functionality with Keep. I really like the reminders, but would love to be able to click a button (e.g., the Keep widget) to set up a reminder and it would be nice to have somewhere to view pending and passed reminders (a single Keep card).

    • Rodney Kleeberg

      You can view current and past reminders as it says in the article above. Go to Google Now --> Menu --> My Stuff. There is a section for reminders.

  • PhoenixPath

    Awesome. Done and done. No excuses for forgetting International Talk Like A Pirate Day any longer!

  • Adnan

    Not available in India as usual :(

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