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Essential Tips on How to Set Reminders on Alexa

Welcome to your go-to resource for mastering how to set reminders on Alexa! In a world full of appointments, tasks, and events, it’s easy to forget something important. Thankfully, Alexa is here to keep you organized and on schedule.

This all-inclusive resource will teach you how to set reminders on Alexa effectively. We’ll begin by preparing your Alexa device for reminders, guide you through setting up one-time and recurring reminders, and even delve into advanced techniques for optimizing your experience. Whether you’re new to using Alexa or an experienced user, you’ll find valuable insights and tips here. Let’s embark on this organizational journey together!

Getting Started: Prepare Your Alexa Device for Setting Reminders

Before diving into the world of Alexa reminders, ensuring your device is correctly set up is essential. This section will walk you through the foundational steps to get you started on your path to organizational bliss.

Initial Setup

  1. Connect to Wi-Fi: Make sure your Alexa-enabled device is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network. The Alexa app will guide you if you’re setting up the device for the first time.
  2. Update Your Alexa App: Open your Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet and check for updates. Keeping your app updated ensures access to the latest features and bug fixes.

Voice Recognition

After your device and app are ready, it’s time to personalize your experience. Training Alexa to recognize your voice can make interactions smoother and more personalized.

  1. Open the Alexa App: Navigate to the “Settings” menu.
  2. Select “Voice Recognition”: Follow the on-screen instructions to teach Alexa your voice. This feature will allow Alexa to differentiate between various household members.

By completing these initial steps, you can start setting reminders with Alexa. Learn more about Alexa’s Voice Recognition.

The Step-by-Step Guide on How to Set Reminders on Alexa

If you’re anything like me, you rely on reminders to organize your life. I have a recurring reminder to feed my dog daily and another weekly reminder to take out the trash. Trust me, these automated nudges are life-savers! Now, let’s dive into how you can set up your reminders. This step-by-step tutorial will walk you through the essentials and some advanced options for setting reminders with Alexa.

Basic Command Structure

First things first—knowing the right phrases can make your interaction with Alexa smooth and efficient. The general command format is simple:

  • “Alexa, remind me to [your task] at [time].”
  • “Alexa, set a reminder for [your task] on [date] at [time].”

For instance, saying, “Alexa, remind me to take out the trash at 7 p.m..” will do the trick.

One-Time Reminders

If you need to set a single, one-time reminder, here’s how:

  1. Initiate the Command: Tell Alexa, “Remind me to call mom tomorrow at 6 p.m.”
  2. Confirmation: Alexa will then confirm your reminder’s details to ensure everything is correct.

Recurring Reminders

You’ll want to set a recurring alert for tasks that must be done regularly, like dog feeding and trash day reminders.

  1. Initiate the Command: Say something like, “Alexa, remind me to water the plants every Wednesday at 10 a.m.”
  2. Confirmation: Alexa will double-check that you want the reminder to recur and then confirm the settings.

Pro Tip: Specify the time frame when setting a recurring reminder, or Alexa might set it as a one-time alert.

Now, you’re well-equipped to set one-time and recurring reminders with Alexa. These reminders are more than just helpful—they can be crucial in managing your daily tasks efficiently.

Advanced Techniques: Unlock More with Alexa Reminders

You’ve mastered the basics, but Alexa offers even more versatility in reminders. Let’s explore some advanced techniques that can elevate your experience. These extra features can make Alexa an even more integral part of your daily routine.

Location-Based Reminders

Imagine being reminded to buy groceries when you pass by your local supermarket. With location-based reminders, this is possible.

  1. Enable Location Services: Go to your Alexa app and enable location services under settings.
  2. Set the Reminder: Say, “Alexa, remind me to buy milk when I’m near [Supermarket Name].”
  3. Confirmation: Alexa will confirm the location and task details.

Reminder Notifications

Wouldn’t it be great to receive reminder notifications on your phone? Here’s how:

  1. Enable Notifications: Go to settings and allow notifications in the Alexa app.
  2. Confirm: Now, Alexa will announce reminders through the device and send them to your mobile phone.

Integrating with Other Apps

If you’re using other calendar or to-do list apps, you can integrate those with Alexa for a unified experience.

  1. Go to the Alexa App: Navigate to the “Skills & Games” section.
  2. Search for Your App: Look for the calendar or to-do list app you use.
  3. Enable the Skill: Follow the prompts to link your accounts.

Pro Tip: Some third-party apps offer unique voice commands when integrated with Alexa, unlocking even more ways to set and manage reminders.

By incorporating these advanced techniques, you can turn your Alexa device into a powerful tool for organizing your life. From location-based reminders to seamless app integration, the possibilities are endless.

Frequently Asked Questions

As you journey into the world of Alexa reminders, you might encounter a few questions or some common issues. This FAQ section aims to answer those questions and provide quick solutions.

How Do I Edit or Delete a Reminder?

Editing or deleting a reminder is simple but can only be done through the Alexa app.

  1. Open the Alexa App: Go to the “Reminders & Alarms” section.
  2. Select the Reminder: Find the reminder you wish to edit or delete.
  3. Modify or Remove: Click on “Edit” to make changes or “Delete” to remove the reminder.

Can I Set Reminders for Other Household Members?

Absolutely! To set reminders for other household members:

  1. Switch Profiles: Say, “Alexa, switch profiles” to change to the desired user.
  2. Set Reminder: Set the reminder as usual.
  3. Confirm: Alexa will confirm the reminder for the specific user profile.

What Do I Do If Alexa Isn’t Recognizing My Commands?

If Alexa is having trouble understanding you:

  1. Check Microphone: Ensure the microphone is unobstructed.
  2. Rephrase: Try rephrasing your command or speaking more clearly.
  3. Voice Training: Consider retraining Alexa to recognize your voice through the app better.

By addressing these frequently asked questions, we hope to resolve any uncertainties you may have, making your experience with Alexa reminders as smooth as possible.


Congratulations, you’re now well-equipped to leverage Alexa’s reminder capabilities fully! From setting up your device to mastering basic and advanced reminder techniques, you’ve gained a wealth of knowledge that will serve you well in your quest for a more organized life. 

We hope this resource has been both educational and practical. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below if you have any questions or suggestions. Your feedback helps us create even better content for you and the community. 

For more information and additional tips on using Alexa, don’t hesitate to visit the Alexa Archives.

Thank you for reading, and happy organizing with Alexa!

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