Last month, we reported on how Google Calendar was laying the groundwork to replace Assistant reminders with tasks. More details on how the migration of reminders to Google Tasks in Google Calendar works are now available.
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Google Calendar version 2022.26.x contains many more strings detailing the “reminders_migration” process. To begin with, it seems that this transition in Google Calendar will be mandatory – “soon” – at some point. For those who don’t want to wait, a button will immediately convert “reminders into tasks”.
Soon your reminders will be upgraded to tasks
Turn my reminders into tasks now
Google continues to claim that Tasks is more deeply integrated into Workspace and will be the only way to manage tasks:
Tasks give you greater flexibility, allowing you to organize your tasks into lists and manage them anywhere in Google Workspace
No location-based tasks
Google Tasks today does not support location-based reminders and any location added after the migration will just be noted in the task description. This comes as Google already removes the location trigger from reminders.
“If a reminder has a location, it will appear in the task description. You will not receive any location-based notifications from it.”
No Google Keep integration
Finally, we already know that “all your reminders are still available in Google Keep”, but the new channels reveal that “reminders created in Google Keep will not be turned into tasks”. Google will warn when “All your reminders were created in Keep” and “cannot be turned into tasks”.
In Keep, you write a note and then add a due date. Google Tasks doesn’t even support images and isn’t suitable for long passages of text. The reasoning makes sense, and it will be interesting to see what Tasks features will ultimately remain in Google Keep.
As it stands, it looks like Reminders, which hosts the key Assistant integration, will remain mostly unchanged in Keep, but otherwise lack integration with Calendar. The migration from Reminders to Google Calendar Tasks is more focused on streamlining the Workspace Tasks experience, but this transition is hampered by the use of the personal account and, of course, the Assistant .
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