Here’s how you can set reminders with your Google Home devices
The Google Home smart home system and associated AI assistant aren’t just great for sending messages, setting up video calls, and similar tasks. And they’re not just great for viewing smart home security cameras. One of the most powerful features of Google Home is, in fact, that it can be used to set reminders. Whether it’s reminders to water plants, feed pets, take medicine or buy groceries, or many other things.
But using reminders, for those not intimately familiar with smart home equipment, isn’t always intuitive. Although the automation process is quite simple. So this guide will take a closer look at how to set up reminders using these systems. And how to handle the reminders you have.
Make sure your smart home is set up correctly first
Of course, before you can use your Google Home, Nest Home, and Assistant smart speakers and displays for reminders, they need to be properly set up. The process of setting up a smart home powered by Google is relatively simple. And is almost identical on all gadgets.
That said, there are also a few extra steps here. Namely, ensuring that your voice match and personal results are enabled for devices in your home. That way, when you set up Google Home and Assistant for reminders, they’ll recognize you. Allow wider use of more personalized reminders.
Of course, the same will need to be set up for anyone in your smart device-enhanced home. In case you want to set reminders for other people in your house or allow them to do so. In this segment, we will discuss this process.
Make sure voice match and personalized results are set up to receive your reminders more easily
- First, you’ll want to set up personalized results on any gadgets you want to have reminders for. And on all the other gadgets you might want a more personal experience
- Start by opening the Google Home app on your Android or iOS device
- Go to the “Home” tab, if not already preloaded
- Select the first device for which you want to enable personalized results. You will repeat steps 3-7 later for all other devices.
- Select the settings icon, located at the top right of the user interface
- In the Settings menu, choose “Recognition and Sharing”
- Next, scroll down to the “Personal Results” option and, if it is not enabled, enable it
- Then we will have to activate Voice Match. This way, Google Assistant will recognize your voice when it speaks to you on any selected device. In this way, he will be able to provide not only personalized results, but also personal services that you may have set up.
- Staying in the Google Home app, in the “Recognition and Sharing” menu, scroll down to Voice Match and make sure it’s turned on. Of course, you’ll need to repeat this for any other Google or Nest Home apps you want to set reminders on
As mentioned above, you should also ensure that Voice Match and personal results are enabled for any other smart home gadgets you may be using. And, as noted above, the process will also need to be in place for anyone else in your home. Or, at the very least, for anyone else who will regularly use your smart home gadgets.
Set reminders with your Google Home or via the Assistant
With your Voice Match and Personal Results settings enabled, it’s now time to set up reminders for your Google Home ecosystem. This process is quite simple, you just need to know the proper commands.
- With these two settings out of the box, you’ll need to use Google Assistant to set up reminders. This can be accomplished through the on-device Google Assistant for smart home gadgets. Conversely, you can also use Google Assistant on your smart home. Although it is not always so simple and sometimes requires a change of controls. Namely, to add where the reminder will be displayed or using the assistant in the Google Home app.
- To get started, just say “Ok, Google” or “Hey, Google” to queue the assistant. Then there are a few types of commands that can be used
- First of all, for reminders based on time of day or specific time, you will want to indicate this in your order. For example, you could say “remind me to call my mom at 9:00 a.m. in a week” or “tomorrow at noon.” Or, you can set a reminder that happens every day. For example, saying “remind me to water the plants at noon every day”, instead.
- You can also choose to set reminders for other users this way, as long as they are registered with your smart home ecosystem. In reality, user-specific callback The commands here work the same as in the example above. And they will appear for other users instead of you. For example, you could say “remind Jim to take his meds at 10:00 a.m. every day.”
- Finally, you can set up reminders based on location. Locations that can be used by Assistant include those saved to your account through Google Maps. But businesses, landmarks, your work or home address, etc. can be used. Some experience may be necessary. That said, the commands here are pretty straightforward as well. For example, you can say “remind me to get milk from Walmart” to receive a reminder to get milk when you arrive at the nearest Walmart to you.
Of course, variations of these phrases can also be used. For example, you can ask Google to “set a reminder for” or “remember” something instead.
Here’s how you can retrieve and manage your reminders
From now on, some reminders will be automatic. For example, whether you’re using a smart speaker, display, or smartphone, your device will remind you of the reminders you set. When it does, it will either say something or throw a notification that says “I have a reminder for” and then the name of the person who set the reminder. Or who the callback was set for.
For speakers, the speaker lights will then stay on for up to 10 minutes or until the reminder is verified. On smart displays, the screen will display a card for the reminder until it is verified. And the reminders for your phone will stay in place just as long.
However, it is also possible to see the reminders and manage them via a smart display or smartphone at the command.
- Again, start by saying “Hey Google” or “Ok Google”
- Follow this with the command “show me my reminders” or “what reminders do I have”. Similar commands will also work
- Google, on command, will show or notify you of your reminders
- To delete or cancel a reminder, after using the activation words mentioned above, just say “delete my reminder at” or “cancel my reminder at”, then repeat what the reminder was. For example, you can say “delete my reminder to call mom”, if you have already called them
Birthday reminders are automatic in Google Home, but you’ll still need things set up correctly
For the latest reminders, namely birthday reminders, you will need to do a bit of setup. If your speaker is linked to your Google account, you will simply need to have added users to your contacts. You can also add birthdays to remember for the Assistant in the Google Home app.
- Open the Google Home app
- Tap to select your profile picture at the top right of the UI
- Select “Assistant Settings” from the resulting menu
- Scroll down the page and select “Your People”
- You’ll be presented with the current “family contacts” that Google will allow interactions with by default. Whether it’s making phone calls, setting reminders or something else. Select the “Add a person” button at the top of the page, if the person you want to set reminders for or for whom you want reminders on birthdays is not already on the page
- Select a user from your contacts. You may need to go back and add a user to your contacts first if the person you want to add is not already there.
- Fill in the contact form for any missing information and select the “Add” button