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Set location-based reminders with your voice on Google Home

Set location-based reminders with your voice on Google Home

Since your Google Home device stays at home, Google Assistant will then send you a reminder on your phone once you reached the location, assuming your location services are on.

One for when you're leaving the house - you can set Assistant to automatically adjust smart home devices like smart lights, thermostats, plugs and cameras. For example, "remind me to pick up milk when I'm at the store".

So, if you have a Google Home, Google Home Mini, or any other Assistant-powered smart speaker, you can now ask for not only a reminder but set a location for it to be issued. But, now that we have a dozen or so smart objects, including speaking kitchen appliances, it is only fair that we should have the ability to set reminders on those devices as well.

I've been pretty pumped about this, home assistants are at their worst when you get home and have to rattle off two or three different commands to get your stuff turned on.

This is where we get to one of Alexa's frustrating user experiences in that you have to enable the Follow-up Mode manually.




There are some limits, it seems, however. You can't, in our testing today, say that you need to collect clothes from a named dry cleaners, for instance.

A location-based reminder is triggered, as the name indicates when you're at a certain location.

These routines will also change depending on who's talking to the Google Home, so if you have loaded your profile it will give calendar alerts specific to your account. Saying "Ok Google, remind me to check tire pressure at the gas station", by example, wasn't understood in terms of the gas station being a location.

Remember how long it took Google to make reminders work on Google Home? I told it to remind me of something when I go to Target, and Home said it would remind me on my phone when I go to "a Target".


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