November 24, 2014

PSA: Be careful when setting alarms and reminders in Google Now

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Google Now is a wonderful tool for Android users. It’s sleek, intuitive, and gets things done for you much faster than you could do them manually. However, users should be aware of a small bug in Now.

When using the “remind me”, “set timer”, or “set alarm” function, Google Now has been having a small bug – not so small, however, if you’re really depending on those alarms and reminders. It seems that, when the user gives Google Now a time span in which to set an alarm or reminder, the app is occasionally adding a zero into the calculation for time. For example: saying “remind me xyz in 3 minutes” could result in an alarm in 30 minutes, or saying “set an alarm in 15 minutes” could give you an alarm in 105 minutes. It’s shown in the video below:

It should be noted that most users are saying the “remind me” bug has been resolved in the latest Google Now. However, this writer was able to reproduce the bug exactly on the latest version of Now by using the “set an alarm in” and “set timer in” commands: “set an alarm in 15 minutes’ actually set an alarm for 105 minutes later. I did verify I was running the most recent version of the Google app from the Play Store. The screenshot from that exact command is below:

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For now, we suggest both keeping an eye on your alarms when they’re being set, and making sure you always have the most recent version of Google from the Play Store.

Be sure to let us know below if you’re experiencing the same issues, or if yours seems to be resolved.

  • http://profiles.google.com/vdogg89 Victor Stuber

    I have bigger issues with notifications. If I set a reminder to do something when i get to work, it will remind me over and over and over again anytime I walk in and out of my work’s geofenced area. It should only remind you once. not 20 times and for multiple days

    • dice90

      I have the same issue. I don’t know how to get rid of the notification. Also I don’t notice it making any noise or anything. A notification just pops up in the Status Bar. That could be a setting I’m missing though.

    • Bob

      Acknowledge the reminder in Google Now by swiping it away. It should stay gone.

      • Victor Stuber

        it doesnt. it just snoozes it

    • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

      Pop into Settings > My Stuff > Reminders and if the reminder is listed – tap it and press “delete”

    • Chris V.

      What if you forget to do whatever you reminded yourself to do and came back to the office (or whatever reminder location) later? It would remind you again. That’s the point of the “dismiss”option.

      • Victor Stuber

        my point is that there’s no way to dismiss the notification for good. you can swipe it away, you can dismiss it but it will always come back. The only way to remove it is to go into the settings and delete it. So if you have a reminder to get milk after work, you will see that reminder over and over and over and over again. pretty annoying.

    • thesaj

      At least you get a reminder…

  • makapav

    These bugs are ridiculously basic. Almost makes you think no one is testing them at Google.

  • Jlott

    Running latest Google search version, and stock 4.2.2 on nex4

    • Dustin

      Can you try also with “set timer in 15 minutes”? I’m curious what happens.

      • Jlott

        It doesn’t like “timer”, haha.

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  • thesaj

    Heck, I have not been able to get Google Now to work with a location based alert yet. Its extremely annoying.

    • fynyx

      Try changing your location settings. There are 3 options. Network location. Gps location. Or mixed. Try each one and see what results you get

  • lad

    When I set a reminder for a specific time it is an hour later than I set it for. I have enabled location. Can ‘t figure it out. Anyone?

  • Gadget Geek

    Try saying, “Google, set reminder in __ seconds/minutes/hours. Tried and tested on numerous devices such as Apple, Android and Windows 8.

  • Mike

    I’m surprised people haven’t caught on to this yet. instead of saying set timer or set alarm in 15 minutes, you should be saying “okay Google” set alarm for 15 minutes, see the difference? used the word” for ” instead of “in”

  • fynyx

    Commandr for Google now takes care of this bugand adds some more functionality as well