Google Reminders, especially when used with Google Assistant, can be more than helpful. Google integrates them into Google Calendar but provides notifications with the Google app. So you should see reminders when previewing calendars. However, some users report that in Google Calendar, reminders are not showing. Check the steps we provided below to fix this.
Editor’s note: At the time of editing this article, we became aware that Google is working on Reminders migration in Google Calendar and other first-party apps, where all reminders will be transferred to Tasks. You can read more about it in this 9to5Google article. We’ll add more news as they come out but it’s expected that Tasks will replace Reminders in Google apps in the upcoming months.
Google Calendar Reminder notifications not working
If you can’t see reminders in Google Calendar, make sure to:
- Enable Reminders in Google Calendar.
- Check Notification settings if Google Calendar notifications are not working in general.
- Turn off the Offline calendar on Google Calendar for Web.
- Reset the Google app and Calendar and try again.
1. Check the Reminders box in Calendar Settings
The most simple solution is often the best. In this case, we’ll need to check if the Reminders box is checked under your Account in Calendar Settings. If you uncheck boxes of certain entries, they won’t be shown on your calendar.
So, open Google Calendar, tap on the hamburger (3 vertical lines) menu, and make sure that the Reminders box is checked. The same goes for Tasks and it applies to Google Calendar on the web, as well.
2. Check Notification settings
If you can see Reminders in your Google Calendar but don’t get notifications, make sure to check notification settings. At least, that’s what you can do on your side.
Here’s how to enable Google Calendar notifications on Android:
- Open Settings.
- Select Apps.
- Open Google Calendar.
- Tap Notifications.
- Make sure to enable all notifications.
And this is how to enable Google Calendar notifications on the web:
- Open Google Calendar on the web.
- Click on the Cog icon and open Settings.
- Select Notification settings from the left pane.
- You can choose between desktop notifications and alerts.
- If you see that your browser blocks notifications, click on the padlock icon that proceeds Address bar and toggle Notifications ON.
Google Assistant Reminders are poorly integrated into Google Calendar when it comes to notifications and the Google app provides reminder notifications.
Therefore, if you like to get Reminder notifications from Google Calendar, make sure to create them within the app or in the Calendar for Web. You won’t get notifications for Assistant-made reminders in Calendar by default. At least based on my tests.
3. Turn off the Offline calendar on the web
Google Calendar for the web won’t present Reminders and Tasks if you use the Offline mode. You can enable or disable this mode in Settings.
Here’s how to turn off the Offline calendar feature in Google Calendar for Web:
- Open Google Calendar for Web.
- Click on the cog icon and open Settings.
- Select Offline from the left pane.
- Uncheck the Turn on offline calendar box.
4. Clear data from the Google app
Finally, if Google Calendar reminders are not showing, make sure to reset the Google app and try again. Many users had issues with Reminders and, upon clearing data and updating the Google app, all reminders reappeared.
Here’s how to clear data from the Google app on your Android:
- Open Settings.
- Tap Apps.
- Select the Google app.
- Tap Storage.
- Open Manage storage.
- Clear all data and restart your device.
- Update the Google app from Play Store.
If these steps didn’t help, don’t forget to report the problem to Google through the app or on their dedicated support forum. Hopefully, Google Calendar notifications that were not working for reminders, will start showing.
Thank you for reading and don’t forget to tell us about alternative solutions in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.
Editor’s note: This article was initially published in February 2022. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.