How to Use Slack Reminders

Create, edit, and delete any Slack reminder

What to Know

  • In the comment field, type /remind followed by the person you want to remind, the reminder, and the date for the reminder.
  • To add a reminder from a message, select the three dots or long-press on the message, then select Remind me about this.
  • To edit reminders, go to your own Slack channel and type /remind list.

If you work with remote team members, you're probably familiar with Slack as a collaboration tool. But did you know that Slack also has a powerful, built-in task reminder system? Slack reminders are a great way to remember things like work tasks, personal appointments, or birthdays. Here's how it works.

How to Add a Reminder in Slack

The correct syntax to add a reminder in slack is simple. There are three parts to the command, and once you add it, Slack will remind either you or someone else with the reminder text you specify, at the time that you've stated.

  1. To see how the command needs to be set up, log in to Slack and, in the comment field, type /remind. A pop-up will show you how to structure the command.

    /remind in comment field
  2. Always precede the name of the person with the @ symbol or the name of the channel with the # symbol. If you're reminding yourself, just use me without the @ symbol. Follow the /remind command with the person you want to set the reminder for, the reminder, and the date for the reminder. Like this:

    /remind me "reminder" 4/29/2020 9:15 PM

    Reminder in Slack comment field

    You can use a number of formats to define the time. Specify only the time for today, state the date in most formats, or write any day of the week. You can also use recurring terms like "every Monday and Friday" or "every weekday". If you don't specify time, it'll default to 9:00 AM on the day you specify.

  3. When you press Enter, you'll see a message confirming that Slack will remind you at the date and time you specified. You'll also see buttons to Delete the reminder or View Reminders that you've already set.

    Reminder confirmation
  4. Reminders appear in the Slackbot channel. You'll see a notification icon appear there when the reminder is active. If you select the channel, you'll see the most recent reminders. You can select Mark as Complete, Delete to remove the reminder, or Snooze the reminder to receive the reminder notification again later.

    Reminder notification in Slack
  5. If you assign a reminder to someone else using the @ symbol, it'll appear in their Slackbot channel at the date and time that you specify. Using Slack to remind others of tasks is a great way to stay productive in the collaboration tool your team uses anyway.

How to Edit a Reminder in Slack

Editing or updating a reminder takes a few extra steps, because you can't edit reminders directly. First, you need to find the reminder you want to edit, delete it, and then recreate it with your update.

  1. Recall your list of reminders. To do this, select your own slack channel (select your name) and type /remind list. This will display a list of all of your currently set reminders.

    List of reminders
  2. Select Delete next to the task you want to remove.

    Deleting a reminder
  3. Add the reminder again using the procedure above, with the new details.

    The /remind command works the same whether you're using Slack on the web or the Slack mobile app.

How to Set a Reminder in Slack From Messages

If you receive messages in Slack that you want to respond to later, you can save those as reminders. Doing this works slightly differently whether you're using Slack on the web or the Slack mobile app.

  1. In the Slack web app, select the three dots to the right of the message. This will bring up a menu where you can select Remind me about this. Then, to the left, select when you want to be reminded. You can choose a fixed time period or select Custom to set a date and time and customize the reminder itself.

    Adding a reminder in Slack from a message
  2. To add a reminder from a message on the Slack app, long-press on the message and select Remind Me from the pop-up menu.

  3. On the Remind me window, tap the time when you want to be reminded. Select Custom to set your own date, time, or custom reminder text.

    Remind Me in Slack app

These reminders will show up in the Slackbot channel just like any of the other reminders that you've set for yourself using the /remind command.

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