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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by marco772, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. marco772

    marco772 Member
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    A nice simple one; what's widely considered the best free Birthday reminder app?
    I've just missed my Dad's and have decided I need one!

    I want it for my Nexus 7 rather than my phone and, ideally, I want one where I can tell it to send me a reminder via email at least a week beforehand (as my folks live abroad).

    I've looked on Google Play/Market/Store and downloaded about 5 so far but none of them do as I describe above.

    All suggestions welcome!


  2. Snubber

    Snubber Lurker

    The Life Reminders app works well for any type of reminders, not specifically birthdays, but it can be used for birthdays just like it can be used to remind you of anything else.
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  3. pool_shark

    pool_shark Android Expert

    I use the calendar.
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  4. Calc

    Calc Member

    Just use Facebook :)
  5. gtbarry

    gtbarry Android Expert

    As noted by Pool_shark, Google Calendar will do this and you already have Google Calendar on your phone.
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  6. marco772

    marco772 Member
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    Well, my parents aren't on FB so that's why I need one! I tried Life Reminders but they want a donation to use the email function.
    Shall check the Google Calendar as I've never bothered with it and, if I can't figure out how to get it to email me, I shall know where to come! :)
  7. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    If you have birthdays listed for your contacts, Google Now will pick those up and remind you if you have it set in the settings.

    Otherwise the Google Calendar is another option. I just went through the entire year and added everyone's birthdays and set them to repeat every year. I added two notifications for each birthday; 1 to email me 1 week in advance, and one to send me a text 2 days in advance.

    I also shared my calendar with my boyfriend, so he gets the birthdays on his calendar as well. This is a great feature for families to keep track of special days.
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  8. marco772

    marco772 Member
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    Okay, have set a reminder using Google Calendar for my Mum's birthday in Nov.

    Can you just have a look at the attached pic and check I've done it right?

    I had actually set a reminder for my Dad's ages ago but it obviously didn't send for some reason!

    It should mail me a reminder 2wks and wk prior to her birthday, right? :)
    I think I have it right now!


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  9. gtbarry

    gtbarry Android Expert

    Looks about right. Cheat if you want to check it. Change her birthday to 15 days from now and see if you get the reminder tomorrow.

    Then, don't forget to change it back.
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  10. marco772

    marco772 Member
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    Hmm, well I set a "Test Birthday" date for the 20 of August and, as far as I can tell, told it to email me a reminder two weeks prior. So, with it being the 6th today I haven't received any reminder email OR pop up alerts!

    Am I making some fundamental mistake in the settings?
    I've attached a pic of said settings so you can check for me!


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  11. Tim K

    Tim K Android Expert

    I think the problem is that its an "all day event". Which means it starts at midnight on the 20th. Therefore, the 2 week reminder would come at midnight on the 6th. ie. you missed the reminders because you technically entered the event on your calendar less than 2 weeks in advance. That's why gtbarry said to set it 15 days out.....

    Also, make sure on the actual birthday events that you check off "repeat" and set it for yearly or annually....I forget which term they use.
  12. marco772

    marco772 Member
    Thread Starter

    Okay, have set a reminder for 15 days ahead today, so will see what happens tomorrow.
    Oddly, I had a reminder come through on my tablet but no email.
    If it works tomorrow, I shall consider it cracked. If not...I'll be back! :)
  13. sjmandroid

    sjmandroid Lurker

    Here's a birthday reminder app for Android that allows you to set how far in advance you want a notification for an upcoming birthday

    Mates Dates Reminders
  14. lansdowne

    lansdowne Lurker

    I use Friends Birthday app.

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