Google Messages Drops Reply Reminders and Birthday Features

What you should know


  • Google Messages has removed the “Nudges” reply reminders and birthday reminders from its app.
  • The “Nudges” feature, which reminded users to reply to messages or follow up on conversations, was quietly removed in the latest stable and beta versions of Google Messages.
  • Despite its removal, the “Nudges” feature is still listed on the Google Messages support page, leaving users confused about its sudden disappearance.
  • There’s speculation that Google may introduce a new feature, possibly AI-powered, to replace “Nudges” during the upcoming Google I/O event.


Full Story

Well, it seems like Google Messages is waving goodbye to some nifty little tools we had gotten used to. Yup, those handy “Nudge” reminders and birthday alerts? Gone. Poof. Just like that.

A couple of years back, Google snuck in the “Nudges” feature into Messages. And let me tell you, it was a godsend. Forgot to reply to a text? “Nudges” had your back, nudging you to follow up. And birthdays? Those notifications were lifesavers for someone like me who can’t even remember what I had for breakfast.

But here’s the kicker: as the sharp-eyed folks at 9to5Google pointed out, “Nudges” has ghosted us. Vanished from both the stable and beta versions of Google Messages (v20240429_01_RC00), to be precise. And just like that, it feels like we’ve lost a friend. A feature, sure, but a helpful one at that. You used to find it under Settings > Suggestions, but now? Nada. Zip. Just some other options left, looking a bit lonely without “Nudges” there.

Before and after shots of the Suggestions menu, courtesy of 9to5Google, really drive the point home. And Google? Mum’s the word from them. No explanation, no nothing. It’s still on the support page, though, which is kinda like reading a ghost story.

But hey, maybe Google’s cooking up something even better. We’re all eyes and ears for Google I/O later this month. Maybe they’ll unveil some AI wizardry to take “Nudges'” place. With AI creeping into every nook and cranny of Google Workspace, it wouldn’t be a shocker.

So, here we are, scratching our heads, waiting for what’s next. Mountain View’s got us on the edge of our seats, wondering what they’ll pull out of their hat in a few weeks. Let’s just hope it’s something good.

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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