You’ve been able to create and manage your events on Google Calendar since its launch on iOS last March. But now, Google has made it easier for you to get on top of your tasks as well as your events, and therefore become more productive, by adding support for reminders to its official calendar app.
With the updated Google Calendar, you don’t need to refer to another app, like Reminders or Clear, to create and check your to-dos. That’s because you can now set up and view your to-dos alongside your events right within Google Calendar thanks to its newly integrated support for reminders.
To create a new reminder in Google Calendar, just tap the plus button and select Reminders rather than Event. You can then start typing your reminder, with a little help from the app’s autosuggestions. Tap Done, set a due date and recurrence, tap Save, and that’s it.
You can also create reminders from your email in Inbox by Gmail, your notes in Google Keep, and your voice commands in Google Now through the main Google search app (e.g. “Ok Google, remind me to pay rent”), and they will automatically appear in Google Calendar.
What’s more, Google Calendar automatically adds contextual attachments to your reminders, such as phone numbers for phone call to-dos and addresses for errands, so that they’re already on hand when you act on your tasks.
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Also with Google Calendar, reminders are designed, as noted by Google, to “stick with you over time so you can track them until they are actually done.” This means that as opposed to the transitory nature of calendar events, which go away unless they’re rescheduled, reminders will appear on your calendar every day until you mark them as completed by swiping them away.
Reminders are now available in the new version of Google Calendar for iOS, which is free to download from the App Store.
The updated Google Calendar app also adds support for 3D Touch for creating events or reminders on iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.
Google Calendar for iOS is designed for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later.
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