Get notified when your contacts have important upcoming events

What you should know

  • Users can now receive reminders and notifications for all saved dates related to a person in Google Contacts
  • Notifications can be set up for events other than just birthdays, such as anniversaries or custom events
  • Reminders can be set to appear in-app or as phone notifications on the day of the event, or before the event
  • A significant event reminder is also added to the Google Calendar

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Google Contacts will now allow users to get a reminder and notification for all saved dates related to a person whose name you’ve saved in the Contacts app. Earlier this year Google allowed users to receive a notification for a contact’s birthday. Now, you can be notified when a date of significance other than a birthday is approaching or is here for anyone on your Contacts list.To set this up, open the Phone app on your Android handset and tap on the Contacts tab at the bottom of the display. Select the name of the contact with a date you wish to be notified about. Next, tap on the three-dot overflow menu icon in the top right corner of the display and choose Reminders. If you’re making a new reminder, press the blue pill-shaped button that says “New reminder.”By default, the Birthday label shows up. But to be notified about another type of event, tab on the box marked “Label.” You will then see three options: Birthday, Anniversary, and Custom. Let’s say you want to save the date when you need to turn in a story about the iPhone 15 Pro Max (assuming that you’re a writer for a phone blog). So you tap on “Custom” and label the notification “iPhone 15 Pro Max Story.” Next, you select the date when the story is due.

You now can be notified for any significant date that you want to add to one of your contacts

Besides being reminded with an in-app notification, you can also get a phone notification by choosing to receive one on the day of the event, two days before, seven days before, or two weeks before. Yearly reminders for custom dates will appear only if notifications are added. Keep in mind that once you create a birthday, anniversary, or custom event notification, a reminder for the event is also created in Google Calendar.

A significant event reminder is also added to the Google Calendar

The new feature appears for those running version 4.20 of Google Contacts for Android. To see what version of Google Contacts you’re presently running, go to Settings > AppsĀ  and scroll down to Contacts. Tap on Contacts and scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the version number right there. My Pixel 6 Pro running Android 14 QPR2 Beta 1.1 is indeed loaded with version 4.20 of Google Contacts and I do have the feature on my phone.

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynn
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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