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There are some things that you don't need to do every day, yet are still important enough to warrant a reminder. You know, like vacuuming, or checking your stock portfolio, or reminding yourself to tweet about how incredibly important it is to bring Firefly back to television. Google's got your back: at some point they added an "occasionally" option to Google Now's built-in reminders, triggered when you tell Now to "remind me" to do something.

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The current options are for "today," "tomorrow," "occasionally," and then you can set a specific day and time. If you choose the occasional option, cards will show up at the top of your Google Now stack, and can be dismissed or postponed to another day. Exactly what interval Google will use isn't apparent to the user, though I'd guess it's somewhere in the range of two or three days. Utility for this feature seems a little limited - if I need to remember something only on demand, I tend to put it in Google Keep instead.

So, there you have it. One more way to tie a metaphorical string around your digital finger. Enjoy the functionality (it should be available to everyone), and thanks to Linus Metzler for pointing it out to us.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Omar Tosca

    Nothing here :(

  • ltredbeard

    Do reminders only show up when you launch Google now or do they create a notification? If they are supposed to create a notification I can't get it to work.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I saw a notification on my Gear Live earlier for the reminder that you're seeing up there.

      The key point here is that it's an ongoing reminder, so it won't be easily dismissed forever and forgotten. I'm loving this concept of nudging me to do something from time to time until I do it.

      • Đức Thành

        Y, you... you chose the Gear Live, by Samsung, who makes those crappy Touchwiz bloatwares that destroys millions of users' experience with Android, instead of LG G Watch by LG, the manufacturer of two latest Nexus phones...

        Aterm, I, I feel so betrayed right now.

        • Marcell Lévai


          In case it's not:
          1. What does touchwiz have to do with Android Wear?
          2. LG made crappy interfaces too (remember this? http://goo.gl/Z0PFQN ), in fact they mimed touchwiz in many areas.
          3. Samsung made two Nexuses too.
          4. You feel betrayed beacause he chose a watch you don't like? Man you scare me.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I have both the G Watch and the Gear Live. What does TouchWiz have to do with it - both devices have almost the exact same UIs.

          • Đức Thành

            It was a joke. Should've known satire doesn't translate very well over the internet... Sorry.

      • pfmiller

        That's sounds a bit like tasks, which is something Google had never supported very well.

  • tB

    If Keep would incorporate collaboration directly within the app instead of making you share & link thru Drive, it would be the perfect Springpad replacement. Oh, and this Google Now business is Shiny as well.

  • Aaron

    Ah... still waiting for repeating reminders...

    • James

      There is repeating reminders, in the UK anyway with the latest version of Now

      • David Margolin

        remind me to hoover? is that british for vacuum?

        • Sebastian

          No. To bite down trees and build a dam. ;)

        • Adrian Meredith

          Pretty much, they are vacuum cleaners and it is still vacuuming but most people still call them after the brand hoover (do the hoovering).

        • James

          Haha yeah, but that was just an example ;)

          • Va_Cuum

            Will we know what you will be doing every Monday until forever...

    • MalachyNG

      There is. You can tell it to repeat in the options for a reminder. For example I've had a running reminder every 6 days to change the cat litter.

      • wjrandon

        That's what I use Google Calendar for.

      • XerBlade

        I have one for every day except Sunday in the morning to remind me to work out.
        Because I totally wouldn't do it otherwise.
        [And more discrete reminders obviously are better served by Google Calendar....]

      • Aaron

        That's fantastic! I'd swear I just tried to do this a couple weeks ago and this wasn't there.

    • Adrian Meredith

      I recently did this, "okay google, remind me to take my vitamins everyday at 8". Did exactly what i wanted.

  • usaff22

    Why isn't this in the repeat section? That today/tomorrow spinner is for one-time use only

  • JayEvans

    Looks like a "Don't forget to call your Mother" reminder because other that it seems kind of pointless to me.

    More of a Nag than a reminder...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, exactly. I oftentimes need to do something not urgent but a single reminder can be easily missed and forgotten about if dismissed. This one will keep bugging me until I delete it.

      • Michael Fontenot

        I still don't have this glorious feature. I still need to write myself notes in weird places. Please help Artemis!

      • DrakeTungsten

        I use COL Reminder.

  • Franco Rossel

    Google endorses procrastination.

  • Dt Bell

    been out for a bit, sorta left handed tho..

  • XerBlade

    "about how incredibly important it is to bring Firefly back to television"
    ...is definitely way too important for an "occasional" reminder.

  • Dirty Dave

    Is there a way to do this. Say I'm waiting for an important email/text whatever. Is there a way to, like, set a reminder to say "sound alarm when Michael sends me a text" say if you're waiting to hear news (some one in hospital or whatever giving birth ) and it may come in the middle of the night.
    Or is this just too pointless?

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      michael can easily call you without send you a text

      • Dirty Dave

        True, although my phone is on silent automatically from 11pm to 7am, my issue is to avoid all the other notifications and just get that one

        • Dario · 753 a.C. .

          motorola assist that i've got on moto g, does something like that

        • Danny Cotton

          I use an app called Agent to put my phone in sleep mode. Everything is silenced except for calls from a couple contacts that I white-listed. Although it sounds like this will be build into Android L.


    • Michael Fontenot

      Oddly enough twitter is kind of like that. Also Google voice is getting better at transcribing voicemail.

  • Dean

    "Call Mom"

    • Michael Fontenot

      You sir, are a genius.

  • John

    So..about these awesome giveaways...

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    The web version of reminders are really horrible. For some reason, you can't set a reminder within 30 minutes of your time.

    • hdiwidjdkowkdhdjvjwowosk

      For some reason, people remember things within 30 minutes of your time

      • Sahil Chaturvedi

        Not sure what the snarky reply is for.

        • only because it’s obv

          It's for added snark obviously. Duh.

          • Sahil Chaturvedi

            ugh too much internet you win lol

          • Michael Fontenot

            You may need an android wear watch.

        • Michael Fontenot

          I have an app for that if you'd like. Also you do too until you find it. It's called a timer. It keeps you timely. I seem to remember Google buying them.

          • Sahil Chaturvedi

            True, but saying "set a timer for ten minutes" on Chrome wouldn't sync with my phone, correct?

          • Michael Fontenot

            Pushbullet, perhaps?

          • Sahil Chaturvedi

            Yeah, you're right but (i) can't spend on a super expensive watch now, lol (college) and (ii) Pushbullet wouldn't necessarily send me a reminder, right? I'm thinking of the scenario where I have to do something in about 15 minutes, but I'm busy with another task. It's happened before - I get so lost in the task, that I forget about the thing in fifteen minutes. Haha.

          • Michael Fontenot

            This is going to sound weird but I think you should give me a call.

          • Sahil Chaturvedi

            How about just Hangouts PM?

          • Michael Fontenot

            Good idea. dantallionsnn@... You know the rest.

          • Michael Fontenot

            (see below)

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  • Nancy

    Nothing like that on my note 2 yet

  • AnonyGuest

    Still waiting for timers to work ...

  • edu techs

    i would love to see this feature in android silver series.


  • Naga Sridhar

    Why not set the option to remind me to run awesome giveaways to everyday??