How to set a reminder using Slackbot

Stay on top of your Slack game with reminders.

How to set a reminder using Slackbot
Stay on top of your Slack game with reminders.

When you create an account on Slack, you gain access to a very helpful assistant named @slackbot. This assistant immediately appears in your workspace to give you clues about how to get the most out of Slack. You then dismiss the bot, assuming you’ll know exactly how to use the tool. However, when dismissing the agent before giving it a close read, you miss out on a very important feature with the app/service—the ability to set reminders. 

That’s right, Slack can make your life a bit easier by reminding you of events throughout your workday. This is especially helpful to those who spend a good amount of time on a Slack workspace.

But how do you set those reminders, especially once you’ve dismissed the Slackbot help page? I’m here to show you.

I’ll be demonstrating on the Slack app for Android, but this feature works the same regardless of platform you’re using.

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What you’ll need

The only things you’ll need to make this happen are:

  • A slack account
  • Either the mobile or desktop Slack app
  • A network connection

How to create a reminder in Slack

In order to create a reminder, you only need open a text area and type the reminder in the form of:

/remind [me / @someone / #channel] [what] [when]

As you can see in the above formatting, you can set a reminder for yourself, another user, or an entire channel. Even before you type that first reminder, you need to locate a text area to use. Your best bet is to open the sidebar and tap your own name (under Direct Messages). Once that new window opens, tap Jot Something Down (at the bottom of the screen) and type your reminder. 

For example, say you want to remind yourself to not sweat the small things at 8:45am. For that you would type (Figure…