Alexa’s reminder functionality allows users to receive a notification when it’s time for a specific action to take place. For example, if you find yourself frequently forgetting to take out the trash on garbage night, you might say, “Alexa, remind me to take out the trash every Thursday at 7 p.m.”
Users can employ voice commands to set daily, weekly, weekday, and weekend reminders but cannot set monthly Alexa reminders. If you’d like to set up a monthly reminder, try requesting a reminder for a specific day of the month, “Alexa, remind me to pay my utility bill on June 1 at 9 a.m.” “Alexa, reminder me to pay my utility bill on July 1 at 9 a.m.”
If you’ve set a reminder with Alexa and are afraid you’ll miss it because you aren’t near an Alexa-enabled device, there are a few actions you can take.
Alexa can use Bluetooth to determine if your phone (e.g. you) is near a device before triggering a reminder. If you’re not in the vicinity, a yellow light ring and/or on-screen notification will persist on your device until you say, “Alexa, what are my reminders/notifications.”
To set this up, open the Alexa app, tap menu, tap Settings, tap Reminders, tap Notifications, tap Missed Reminder Notifications. This feature works for all Echo devices that are 2nd-generation or newer.
If you’d like Alexa to announce the reminder on every Alexa device, and not just the device you set the reminder up with, toggle “Announce all devices” ‘on’ within the same “Reminders” section of the Alexa app.
Toggle “Send notifications to my phone” on in order to catch reminders on your mobile device.
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