Task reminders allow you to set a specific date and time to receive a reminder notification. You can add up to five reminders to an individual task. When you add a reminder to a task, you'll receive an in-app notification at the date and time you specify (if you have notifications enabled).

Tasks with reminders have a small bell icon next to them.

Note: This feature is only available with a Personal, Professional, or Teams subscription.

Add a task reminder

To add a reminder to a task, follow the steps for your operating system below.

  • Mac

    Click anywhere in the title of a task to bring up the task editor. Choose a pre-set time period or click on Custom/the bell to select a specific date and time from a calendar.

    You can set up up to 5 reminders.

  • Windows

    Click anywhere in the title of a task to bring up the task editor. Choose a pre-set time period or click on Custom/the bell to select a specific date and time from a calendar.

    You can set up up to 5 reminders.

  • iOS

    Tap anywhere in the title of a task to bring up the task editor. Tap the bell with a plus sign button on the toolbar above the keyboard to choose a custom date and time.

    You can instead find pre-set times by clicking on three horizontal dots from the toolbar.

  • Android

    Tap anywhere in the title of a task to bring up the task editor. Tap the bell with a plus sign button on the toolbar above the keyboard to choose a custom date and time.

    You can instead find pre-set times by clicking on three horizontal dots from the toolbar.

  • Web

    Click anywhere in the title of a task to bring up the task editor. Choose a pre-set time period or click on Custom/the bell to select a specific date and time from a calendar.

    You can set up up to 5 reminders.

Default task reminders

You can enable default task reminders to have Evernote automatically set reminders when you add a due date and time to a task.

While default reminders are set to occur on the due date by default, you can also choose up to 5 pre-set time periods for when you’d like to receive a reminder.

To enable default task reminders, follow the steps for your operating system below.

  • Mac

    1. Click your name at the top of the left navigation menu and go to Settings.
    2. Go to Preferences > Tasks and check the box next to “Automatic task reminders”.
    3. Choose one or more time periods you’d like to receive reminder notifications (up to 5).
  • Windows

    1. Click your name at the top of the left navigation menu and go to Settings.
    2. Go to Preferences > Tasks and check the box next to “Automatic task reminders”.
    3. Choose one or more time periods you’d like to receive reminder notifications (up to 5).
  • iOS

    1. Tap the three lines in the bottom left corner to open the menu.
    2. Tap the gear icon in the upper right corner of the menu and select Tasks > Default task reminders.
    3. Toggle on Default Reminders.
    4. Tap At due time to edit the pre-set time period or tap Add another reminder to choose a time period for an additional reminder (up to 5).
  • Android

    1. Tap the three lines in the bottom left corner to open the menu.
    2. Tap the gear icon in the upper right corner of the menu and select Tasks > Default task reminders.
    3. Toggle on Default Reminders.
    4. Tap At due time to edit the pre-set time period or tap Add another reminder to choose a time period for an additional reminder (up to 5).
  • Web

    1. Click your name at the top of the left navigation menu and go to Settings.
    2. Go to Preferences > Tasks and check the box next to “Automatic task reminders”.
    3. Choose one or more time periods you’d like to receive reminder notifications (up to 5).

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about tasks?

To learn more, visit Tasks Overview.

What is the purpose of a due date versus a task reminder?

A due date is meant to be the date that a task should be completed. Depending on the task, it may be possible that the due date and task reminder are the same. Here are some examples of when you might use one, the other, or both:

  • Your "Complete tax returns" task has a due date of April 15. You should set one or more task reminders in advance of this date to help you meet the upcoming due date.
  • Your "Call Mom" task may not have a due date at all, but you can add a task reminder to notify you when to complete the task.
  • Your "Finish writing chapter one" task has a due date of next week, but you don't need any notifications to remind you to write. (Or maybe you do!)

Can I add more than one reminder to a task?

Yes. Each task can have up to five reminders.

Can I add a recurring (repeating) reminder to a task?

No. However, by adding a reminder to a recurring task, you can receive a repeating reminder on each due date in the recurrence schedule.

Why am I not receiving notifications for my reminders?

You must enable notifications for Evernote to receive task reminder notifications. To learn how, visit Enable notifications for Evernote.

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