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Update 9/19/14: The bill reminders feature of Google Now seems to have been in a pretty limited rollout since May when this article was originally published - nobody on the Android Police team has seen one personally. But starting earlier this month, many of us have started seeing them all of a sudden, which seems to indicate a much wider availability. Perhaps Google took the time to iron out all the kinks before expanding bill reminders to everyone.

Have these reminders popped up in your Google Now card list lately? Let us know.

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The original post from 5/15/14 can be found below.

As predicted back in March based on an APK teardown, Google Now has received bill reminder integration via your Gmail account. The level of detail for some billers seems fairly basic at the moment: Google Now identifies emails in your Gmail account as bills, and a card will show up with the name of the biller, the amount due, the due date, and an option to view the email the bill was sent with.

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The "Pay now" image we mocked up doesn't look exactly like what our tipster sent, but that's probably because this bill isn't for a billing provider Google Now has achieved rich integration with. What you're seeing is probably the most basic incarnation of the feature, whereas other billers may have or receive in the future more detailed information and options for action (such as paying your bill).

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Our original mockup

We know that strings for things like minimum payments, previous balances, last month's bill, and "see more bills" exist in the Now APK, but Google may not be leveraging all those tools just yet. Then again, maybe we just need to see more bills: do you have the billing feature? Have any good screenshots of it to share? Tip us at tips @ androidpolice dot com or share in the comments section below!

Thanks, Stephen and Chris!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Impheatus

    Nice!
    Will this work outside the US? Mexico for example?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Good question, I don't actually know. Google tends to roll these things out to the US first, though.

      • Impheatus

        Yeah, I know.
        I'll keep an eye on this feature.
        Thanks!

  • remister

    I saw it earlier, but I refresh the Google now page... now it hasn't popped back up to ask me :(

  • http://rawmustard.wordpress.com/ Brian R.

    Already I know this won't work with Capital One, as its emails only say when the next statement is ready; amounts are not given.

    • Justin W

      Drives me nuts. I get balance alerts from them with no balance info. Thanks, Capital One.

      • anon

        you need to look again at alert options
        I get balance info/ payment amount/day in my emails

        • Dante

          Mint app,
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    • Bob Bigellow

      Unless Capital One integrates with Google's API.

    • ReyMaxwin

      American Express is the worst, they give you a statement with a Please Pay By date, which is only a few days from the statement date. The actual due date is 30 days from the statement date, but that's only mentioned deep in the legalese.

  • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

    Ugh. All these cool features, but I don't use my Gmail for these types of emails. Sucks. Oh well.

    • Matthew Fry

      Give yourself to Google fully and wholeheartedly. How can you expect Google to do things for you when it knows you are holding back part of yourself?

      • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

        That made me lol in real life.

        • Mayoo

          Explain to me how you would be able to lol outside of real life.

          • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

            I'd just type it and not really do it. Kind of like this… lol.

          • Bob Bigellow

            lol

          • J.J.

            got my laugh in for the day. thx......lol in real life

        • James

          LOL IRL

      • Zachary Stein

        I tell people stuff like that all the time!

      • J.J.

        hilarious....but true

    • fzammetti

      I have GMail pulling in my regular eMail via POP3 and filing it into a special folder that gets purged immediately while leaving the original on the server. The result is GMail gets all my mail, but transparently, and I continue to use Outlook at home and Aquamail on the go as usual. This lets is be processed for Now usage without me having to use GMail for everything. Works quite well.

      • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

        You know, that sounds like a great idea! I will try and implement something just like this. Thank you kind sir!!

      • Crafty

        How does it get purged immediately? Do you purge it manually or is there a setting that does it automatically in Gmail?

        I've been thinking about doing something similar. Please let me know.

        • fzammetti

          My apologies... I set this up a while ago and my memory was a bit flaky so I misspoke... it DOES NOT in fact auto-purge

          Here's how I set it up... I first created a label specifically for mail pulled down from my regular account... then I added a POP3 account in GMail for it to check... I set it to label incoming messages with that label and also to archive incoming messages so that they skip the inbox (and the aforementioned setting to leave them on the server)... that's basically it.

          So no, I in fact have to go in every so often and purge (which you remind me of- thanks!)... still, this arrangement works well... I have a little over 3,000 eMails sitting under that label right now and it's using a whopping 1% of my available space, so I could go literally YEARS before I HAD to purge :) ... remember too that GMail will filter spam out of that as well, so you're (generally) only getting messages you care about there.

          It's worth noting though that this solution isn't perfect: it looks like Google will only check the POP3 account every 30 minutes or so, which means it can easily miss messages if you pull them down somewhere else (and don't leave messages on the server there). Still, it's better than nothing :)

          • Andy Stetson

            An option you could use, instead of POP3, is to auto-foward everything from your regular account to your GMail account. Auto-forwards don't attach FW: to the beginning of emails, and with most providers, it doesn't show in your sent items. This allows GMail to receive the email immediately, while leaving it on your primary mail.

            I have it set up like this so that my university email goes straight to my GMail, to it's own label, with its own alert. Same concept, different use case.

          • fzammetti

            Hmm... I actually like the idea a lot, but how do you get the messages to go to its own label? I admit I haven't used GMail all that much, but I can't seem to figure it out... how do you identify that it's a forwarded message?

          • theunknown

            if to:original_mail_address
            then apply label & skip inbox

            that's it

          • Guest

            Hmm, maybe I'm just being dense today but I can't seem to do that... I get to the Filters tab, and I can create a filter, but it appears to only be a search filter... I don't see any mechanism to say apply label... see attached image. Am I in the wrong place maybe?

          • fzammetti

            Hmm, maybe I'm just being dense today but I can't seem to do that... I get to the Filters tab, and I can create a filter, but it appears to only be a search filter... I don't see any mechanism to say apply label... see attached image. Any thoughts? Thanks!

          • Andy Stetson

            Like theunknown mentioned, can also be done through GMail settings, then the filter tab.

      • J.J.

        nice!

      • dhinged

        That doesn't stop Google from scanning and collating the info, which is the hub-bub in the press now.

    • xpl0iter

      Make a forwarder for these kind of mails to your gmail id and problem solved! :P

      • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

        I'm sorry, I'm not familiar, what's a forwarder? Also, you think it's possible to only forward email from a specific folder in my other mail account?

        • xpl0iter

          Yeah you can. If there are filters, first create a label/folder based on a filter. Filters are basically rules using which you can set rules like all the mails from xx should go to the folder "foo". You can set this filter to forward it to another email ID as well. Its done in gmail like this: http://prntscr.com/3jstph I am pretty sure most of the other email services too have this same feature.

    • kindrudekid

      similar boat, but I use a differnt gmail id for official purposes

  • Ed Wilson

    Google now updated early this week and started reminding me of my upcoming bills.

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

      Do you have some screenshots you can share?

      • Ed Wilson

        Sorry I don't. But looking back at the recently updated apps in Play shows that the Google Now Launcher updated on the 12th. I'm almost positive that's when it showed up for me.

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

          I've heard that before, but I'm not buying the association. That just doesn't make sense. Plus, what about people not using GNL?

          • Ed Wilson

            I agree it could have just been a coincidence. That is when my first bill came up after the first. For the record, my Google Search version is 3.4.16.1149292.arm.

          • Greg Lamb

            i have the same version number. No option for bills in 'everything else' section and no bill reminders coming up. Guess we won't get it in Australia???

  • lusky3

    Yeah this is pretty useless. I'm with CIBC, RBC, Chase and MBNA. None of them tell you the balance, only that they are due. And only Chase says "payment is due in 7 days". The rest don't.

    • massysett

      Amex is great; they let you configure how much info you want in the reminder emails: date due, amount due, total balance if you want. Or you can say you don't want the reminder emails. No reason for the bank not to make this configurable. Another reason I use my Amex.

  • pete

    US only?

    • Canuck

      I got asked if I wanted them in Canada

  • Jacob Dagenais

    All my bills are either in a pdf or just a link to their web portal... the latter being much more common...

  • Mayoo

    I already know this won't work with any of my supplier because they respect my identity and don't send this kind of information that could be usefull to hackers. They just say "You received a new bill, go onto the website, login and view them". And I prefer it that way.

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  • JohnJohnJ

    Many companies don't bill via email.

  • James Laird

    Anyone know if this works in the UK at all? Thanks in advance from Lifehacker UK!

  • slfisher

    I already get this functionality with EasilyDo.

  • markgbe

    Is anyone else not seeing these reminders yet? I definitely have bills in my gmail that should be able to be picked up..

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

      Looks like they've just fired them up for everyone this month.

      • Peter

        Do they work with Google Apps accounts? I know other cards that get info from Gmail don't seem to work.

  • Shagnscooby

    I got my first reminder this week in Google now.

  • Qbancelli

    This is one thing I don't want to ever have in my phone.

    • dude

      Don't worry, soon Google will interpret your entire financial profile and will give you your monthly spending budget and tell you what you're allowed to buy. It will classify you and let you rate your financial worth among your G+ friends.

  • Justin W

    Hey! I got one today actually, didn't think anything of it because it actually misinterpreted an email, but still interesting that it's finally rolling out!

  • VASANTH KUMAR

    In India I got airtel mobile bill alert.

  • Lexcyn

    Got this yesterday in Canada. I get a couple bills that give amounts in them (natural gas, hydro).

  • YoSmokinMan

    I use a crockpot to make my cannabutter but I want a magical machine too. Giveaway?

  • nalla

    does anyone get new words from urban dictionary everday?

    • dude

      No and I don't want to. I like the English language the way it is.

  • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

    Given the tie in between parking reminders for all modes of transport and the "how do you usually get around?" option, I just hope that bill reminders won't also rely on "Driving" as the answer...

  • Rajeev

    It's showing for me since last month

  • Darren Nugent

    I've actually been seeing around the beginning of September, reminding me to pay my student loans.

  • BRYΛN

    Yeah I have been seeing this for a while as well! The min due is always wrong tho..:/

  • Jeff Langsner

    For any fellow Canadians, I can confirm this feature works for me with my phone bill on Rogers, here in Montreal. I noticed the bill reminder just a few days ago, but didn't even realize it didn't always do this before :P

  • Cael

    Just got it today!

  • RSerda

    I started seeing these just this week....

  • Daniel Antón García

    I dont even have ok google everywhere

    • http://herpa.no/ Joffa

      Open Google Now(The blue google app:) ) from App drawer, settings, Speach(Don't know what an English android OS calls it. I have a native language).

      • Daniel Antón García

        I have tried this already and nothing

      • Daniel Antón García

        It doenst work xD

        • http://herpa.no/ Joffa

          Just did a factory reset on my Note3, and after completing the speech-tutorial, it did not work from my homescreen either. But i added the Google Search widget to the homescreen, and now it works again

    • dude

      Android Police did an article on how to enable it.

      • Daniel Antón García

        Tried it and nothing

      • Daniel Antón García

        I know... and still does not work

  • Hemanth Kumar

    It works in India. But the bill amount was wrong and it's in dollars instead of local currency.

  • Ryan

    Sadly won't be getting this as they haven't figured out how to integrate with apps accounts.

  • Alvester Garnett

    I've been seeing these notifications for a couple of months now. That's why I'm gradually shifting all my bill reminder emails over to my GMail account.

  • Vesta12

    Question, will it read encrypted PDF bill attachments and pops up the card?

    • dude

      No, that's what encryption is for, if they could, I would be alarmed.

      • Vesta12

        I know what encryption is.

        • dude

          Then why you ask?

          • Vesta12

            Cause It's not mentioned.

  • AJ2

    I've never gotten a bill via email in my entire life. Can Google now be used with 2 different Gmail accounts?

    • dude

      You can sign into more than one gmail account on your phone, I think you have to switch between them though.

  • http://herpa.no/ Joffa

    Silly question: Will this notify me of Google invoices? Play Music, Google drive etc?

  • dhinged

    Wow, I'm glad I don't use my gmail with my billing accounts. This is a bit too much, especially since I have auto-pay on most accounts, and Mint (Quicken) already tracks this stuff ands sends reminders anyways.

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