How To Set Reminders on Facebook

Posted by Jamie on October 21, 2018

As Mark Zuckerburg and Facebook continue their quest for total world domination (although in a friendly sort of way), Facebook is continually adding features to the platform. Sometimes these are real dogs but many of them actually do add a lot of value. The ability to set reminders using Facebook Messenger definitely falls into the latter category. It’s a useful feature and one that I end up using regularly.

The reminder feature allows you to set an event reminder which is then sent automatically to all members of a given group. This is terrific for group meetings, webinar reminders, interviews – anything where you and other people you’re connected to via Messenger are going to do something at the same time. Since the reminder functionality is built into Facebook Messenger, you don’t need any extra apps to make it work, which is nice.

Set reminders with Facebook Messenger

Unfortunately, the reminder feature isn’t available on the desktop version of Messenger, so you can only do this on your phone. (Sorry, desk jockeys.)

  1. Open Facebook Messenger.
  2. Select a conversation that includes the group you want to remind.
  3. Tap the ‘+’ icon next to the message text box.
  4. Select ‘Reminders’ from the popup menu. It looks like a bell.
  5. Select ‘Create Reminder’.
  6. Enter a title for the reminder, a time and date, and a location (optional).
  7. Select ‘Create’.

The reminder is now set. You can modify it later if you need to and Facebook will automatically update it for all users. When the time comes, Facebook will send a message to everyone in the group to attend the conversation.

Delete reminders with Facebook Messenger

If an event is canceled or changes beyond recognition, it is simple to delete reminders with Facebook Messenger.

  1. Open Facebook Messenger.
  2. Go to the group conversation containing the reminder and tap on the reminder.
  3. Select ‘Delete’.

That’s it!

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View upcoming reminders and events in Facebook

I find it easier to check events and such things in the browser rather than the app so I will use that here. Although there’s no way to set a reminder in your desktop Messenger, you can review your events and reminders there.

  1. Navigate to your Facebook home page.
  2. Select Events from the left-hand menu.
  3. You will see past and future events listed on the Events page.
  4. Select one to add a note or modify it.

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Other cool Facebook Messenger tricks

Facebook Messenger is an accomplished little app that has a few tricks up its sleeve that aren’t that well known. Here are just a few of them.

Facebook Snapchat

Facebook Messenger has a neat Snapchat-style image feature that allows you to take a picture and then add smileys, text or graphics to an image before sending it. Open a conversation with the person you want to send the image to, take the image, swipe up in the image and add silly filters to your heart’s content. Send when you’re finished.

Facebook Messenger soccer

Want to play Keepy Up with your buddies? Send a soccer ball emoji to them and tap the ball once they have received it. Keep tapping the ball to keep it in the air. The longer you keep it up, the harder it becomes.

Video conference with Facebook Messenger

Video calling is nothing new but did you know you can hold video conferences with groups? Update Facebook Messenger to the latest version, open a group conversation and tap the phone icon in the blue bar at the top. The video call will begin within a couple seconds.

Share files from Dropbox in Facebook Messenger

If you want to quickly share work, an image or something else, you can use Facebook Messenger to do it. As long as you have Dropbox installed on your device, all you need to do is start a conversation with the person you want to share a file with. Then tap More and tap Open next to Dropbox. Browse your files and select the one you want to share.

Some file types require the recipient to also have Dropbox installed and open but images, videos and GIFs do not.

Facebook Messenger basketball game

If you and a buddy have a few minutes to kill but don’t know what to do, you can have a quick game of hoops while you wait. Send a basketball emoji to the other person and then tap the ball you sent to begin. Swipe the ball towards the hoop. Get it in to score.

Store boarding passes in Facebook Messenger

This final tip is arguably one of the most useful if you travel often. Some airlines will allow you to use Facebook Messenger to store boarding passes and receive flight information updates. I know KLM Royal Dutch Airlines use it and I presume others do too. Select the option when booking, give your Facebook details and the airline will send a link.

Now you know how to set reminders with Facebook Messenger and a few other tricks. Got any others we should know about or you want to share? Tell us about them below!

2 thoughts on “How To Set Reminders on Facebook”

Lee says:
What about deleting a reminder that lasts for a year? There’s not an option to delete or edit the duration of the reminder.
Christine Riffel says:
Did FB do away with reminders? I have no + in my messager anymore.

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