If you use Google Calendar for appointments, meetings, and events, then why not use it for tasks and reminders too? With these built-in features, you can keep track of everything on your plate in one handy spot.
There are plenty of task applications and reminder apps on the market. But if you already use Google Calendar, it may simply make sense to display tasks and reminders in the same place as your appointments. This can make Google Calendar your go-to application for everything time- and date-based.
Expand My Calendars on the left side if it’s collapsed. Then, check the boxes for Tasks and Reminders, depending on what you want to view. You’ll then see any tasks or reminders you’ve created on your main Google Calendar.
In the mobile app, tap the menu icon on the top left. Then, check the boxes for Tasks and Reminders below the calendar you want to use, if you have more than one.
To remove tasks or reminders from your Google Calendar online or in the mobile app, simply return to the above locations and uncheck the boxes.
If you want to make your tasks and reminders stand out, you can change the colors. On the web, hover your cursor over one or the other under My Calendars. Then, click the three dots that appear on the right for Options.
Select a color or click the plus sign to create a custom color.
In the mobile app, tap the menu icon and choose “Settings” near the bottom. Below the calendar, tap “Tasks” or “Reminders.” Select the current color and you’ll see several options for other colors you can use. Choose a color, then tap the back arrow and the X to close the Settings.
You can create a one-time or repeating task, include a date, time, and description, and choose a list.
On the web, click the date or time on the main Google Calendar screen to open the event pop-up window. Choose “Task.” Alternatively, click “Create” on the top left and pick “Task.”
Adjust the due date if necessary and add a time if you like. Alternatively, you can check the box to make it an All Day task.
To make it a recurring task, click the Does Not Repeat drop-down box and choose when you would like it to repeat.
Optionally, add a description and select a list for the task at the bottom if you have more than one. Click “Save.”
In the mobile app, tap the plus sign on the bottom right and choose “Task.” At the top of the Task screen, tap your calendar if you’d like to choose a different one. Then give your task a title.
You can then add the same options as above for the date and time or an all-day event, make it a repeating task, add details, and choose a list. Tap “Save” when you finish.
Reminders work similarly to Tasks in Google Calendar except that you don’t have a description or detail field.
On the web, click the date or time on the main Google Calendar screen and choose “Reminder” in the event pop-up window. Alternatively, click “Create” on the top left and pick “Reminder.”
Adjust the due date and time if necessary or make it an all-day reminder. To have it repeat, click the Does Not Repeat drop-down box and choose when you would like it to recur. Click “Save.”
In the mobile app, tap the plus sign on the bottom right and choose “Reminder.” At the top of the Reminder screen, tap the calendar to choose a different one if needed and give your reminder a name.
You can then adjust the same options as above for the date and time or an all-day reminder and make it repeat. Tap “Save” when you finish.
You can make a change to an existing task or reminder or delete one altogether.
On the web, click to open the task or reminder. To make a change, click the pencil icon in the pop-up window. To delete it, click the trash can icon.
In the mobile app, tap to open the task or reminder. To edit it, tap the pencil icon. To delete it, tap the three dots on the top right and select “Delete” at the bottom.
Depending on your Google Calendar notifications, you may see alerts for your tasks and reminders that allow you to view and mark them complete. But you can also do this directly in Google Calendar.
On the web or in the mobile app, click or tap to open the task or reminder. Select “Mark Completed” or “Mark as Done,” respectively.