How to Set a Reminder in Slack

Tasks are easier to handle when they’re planned on your schedule. Setting a reminder will help you remember what tasks you have and when to do them. This guide will show you how to easily create a reminder on your Slack workspace so that you never forget a task again.

How to set up a reminder in Slack without using commands

You should note that this method only works when creating reminders for yourself. If you want to send reminders to teammates or a different channel, you should use commands (explained in the next section).

On computer

  1. Click on the plus(+) icon in your workspace messaging section.

    Slack workspace messaging section
    Slack workspace messaging section.
  2. Type in a reminder and click Set yourself a reminder in the search bar.

    Set your reminder in Slack.
    Set your reminder.
  3. After that, pick the reminder schedule. You can also add the reminder description, Then click Create.

    Create the reminder schedule in Slack
    Create the reminder schedule.
  4. You will receive a notification from Slackbot confirming that the reminder has been created.

    Slackbot reminder creation confirmation
    Slackbot confirms creating the reminder.
  5. You can delete the reminder by clicking Delete or view all reminders by clicking View Reminders.

    Your Slack reminder options
    Slack reminder additional options.

On mobile

  1. Click on the plus(+) icon in your workspace messaging section.

    Slack mobile app messaging section
    Slack mobile app messaging section.
  2. In the pop-up, click Shortcuts.

    Slack app messaging shortcuts
    Slack app messaging shortcuts.
  3. Then select Set myself a reminder.

    Set your reminder in the Slack mobile app
    Set your reminder in the Slack mobile app.
  4. After that, add the reminder schedule. You can also add the reminder description and select Done. Finally, click Create.

    Create reminder schedule in Slack
    Create a reminder schedule.
  5. You will receive a notification from Slackbot confirming the reminder. If you want to delete the reminder, click Delete. To view other reminders, click View Reminders.

    Slackbot confirms the reminder has been created.
    Slackbot confirms that the reminder has been created.

How to set up reminders using Slack commands

Slack allows you to set reminders using this slash command.

/remind

After this command, add who is assigned the reminder, what they will be reminded of, and the reminder schedule. You can set reminders for yourself, a team member, or a channel. However, for recurrent reminders, you can only create them for yourself.

  1. Hover to the workspace messaging section
  2. In the messaging section, type in the command and click on the plane paper icon to send the message.

    Slack channel messaging section
    Slack channel messaging section.
  3. To create a reminder for yourself, type the command below in the messaging section;
    /remind [me] ["task"] [time]

    for example

    /remind me "Pick up computer" today.

    Slack reminder to yourself
    Slack reminder to yourself using remind slash command.
  4. To create a reminder for someone else, type the command below in the messaging section;
     /remind [@someone] ["task"] [when]

    for example

     /remind @teammember "review the script" June 11 at 10 am. 

    The date format can be June 11, 11 June, or in American date style (mm/dd/yyyy).

    Slack reminder to team member using remind slash command
    Slack reminder to a team member using remind slash command.
  5. To create a reminder for a channel, type the command below in the messaging section;
     /remind [#channel] ["task"] [when]

    for example

     /remind #general "Answer the Survey" At 00:00 CET. 

    You can use a 24-hour format (00:00) or a 12-hour format (12 am).

    Slack reminder to channel using remind slash command
    Slack reminder to channel using remind slash command.
  6. Slackbot will send you a confirmation message after each command. You can delete the reminder by clicking Delete or viewing all the reminders by selecting View Reminders.

    Slackbot confirms reminders creation.
    Slackbot confirms reminder creation.
  7. Slackbot will notify the respective person or Slack at the assigned time.

    Slackbot sends reminder
    Slackbot sends reminders to the assigned person.
  8. If you want to check all the available reminders, type this command in the message section and click the paper plane icon to send.
    /remind list
    check the available reminders in slack using remind slash command
    Check the available reminders in Slack using remind slash command.

    9. Slackbot will show you the available reminders.

    Slackbot displays available reminders.
    Slackbot displays available reminders.

How to Set Message Reminders in Slack

You can direct Slack to remind you of a message someone sent to you or sent to a channel.

On computer

  1. Hover over to the message you would like to set a reminder.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots on your right.

    Select the message in Slack messaging section
    Select the message in the Slack messaging section
  3. The menu will appear; move your mouse to Remind me about this.
  4. Select the reminder schedule from the list. If the time you would like is not in the options displayed, click Custom.

    Set reminder schedule in Slack
    Set a reminder schedule.
  5. Add the date and time, then click Create.

    Customize the message reminder in Slack
    Customize the message reminder
  6. Slackbot will confirm the reminder.

    Slackbot confirms the message reminder
    Slackbot confirms the message reminder.

On mobile

  1. Touch and hold the message to set a reminder.
  2. A menu will pop up; select Remind me.

    Slack mobile app message reminder
    Slack mobile app message reminder.
  3. At “When would you like to be reminded,” pick the time to be notified of the task.
  4. Pick the reminder schedule from the list provided. If the preferred schedule is not available, click Custom.

    Select the reminder schedule in Slack mobile app
    Select the reminder schedule.
  5. Set your preferred date and time. After that, click Create.

    Customize reminder schedule in Slack mobile app
    Customize reminder schedule.
  6. Slackbot will confirm the reminder.

    Slackbot confirms the reminder in mobile app
    Slackbot confirms creating the message reminder.

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