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Apr 12, 2001

Google Assistant is about to gain a new reminder feature that allows you to get someone else to do your bidding.


Called Assignable Reminders, the feature lets you set reminders for other people, so long as they are in your Google Contacts or opted in to your Family Group.

You can create a reminder using your voice ("Hey Google") or text, and set it to be delivered to a phone or via a smart device at a certain time, or make it geo-location aware so it shows up when the person arrives at a particular place, like the home or office.

According to Google, Assignable Reminders can be set to repeat, and you'll be able to check a history of reminders you sent to other people and any that have been assigned to you.

For children under 13 to use assignable reminders, they must be granted access to the Assistant on Google Home by adults in the household, and all users can block someone from sending them Assignable Reminders.

Assignable Reminders will roll out over the next few weeks in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. The feature will work on Google's smart speakers, Android devices, and iPhones and iPads with the Google Assistant app installed.

Google's Assistant app is a free download for iOS, available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Google Assistant Will Soon Let You Assign Reminders for Friends and Family


macrumors 68000
Jul 6, 2012
I could see how this, used in a respectful way, could be really helpful - need the capability to say "No can't do that..". But I wouldn't want to give my wife the keys to this...

Apple should come up with the capability for tied to its Reminders list, its a great idea.


macrumors 68040
Oct 11, 2012
Undisclosed location
Seriously, F-off Google!
You don’t need to see my contacts, body sensors, call logs, SMS, calendar, camera, and phone for me to use even the damn play store.
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Sep 11, 2014
As if relationships in the era of social media excesses didn't have enough dysfunction to deal with. Jeez Google.

Take Flight

macrumors regular
May 18, 2011
You can already do shared reminder lists in iOS- has been available for years. Serves the same purpose.


macrumors 6502a
May 16, 2010
It's interesting that Google announced that it is starting to migrate their ML and deep learning from the cloud to the device a la Apple. Once Google Assistant can run locally without having to send your data to the could things will get interesting. That demo at Google I/O of people being able to have an ongoing conversational interaction with Google Assistant with no cloud processing was next level. Siri still can't figure out what I want it to do contextually 50% of the time and hands me a web search even when I use the same phrasing every time.


macrumors 604
Aug 20, 2015
Not sure why people are railing against this so much. Obviously it could be misused, but people misuse email and texts all the time the same way.

My wife and I have a shared reminders list in iOS and it’s incredibly useful for groceries and such.

I would rather use a feature like this if it was made by Apple instead of Google, and I can definitely see the value in being able to delegate tasks.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 3, 2009
Boston, MA
I could be wrong but I believe you invoke Google Assistant by saying "OK Google".

Anyhoo, I can see this feature being useful if you know someone whose forgetful.
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