Alexa Reminders can now come from all devices simultaneously

Along the same theme as the new Group Drop In feature, which allows you to communicate through all of your Echo devices simultaneously, Amazon has also made it possible for Alexa Reminders to be heard through all devices as well. You can now default all reminders to come from all devices or specify individual reminders to be spoken from all devices.

By default, the Echo device that was used to set a reminder will be the only device that alerts you of that reminder. If you want all reminders created by voice to be spoken out through all of your devices, you can enable the “Announce on all devices” option through the Alexa app by going to Settings > Reminders. Unfortunately, if this option is disabled, there is no way to set a reminder by voice and specify that it come from all devices. Reminders set by voice will always come from one device if this setting is disabled or always come from all devices if this setting is enabled.

If you want only some reminders to come from all devices, you’ll have to manually create the reminders using the Alexa app. To do so, select “Reminders & Alarms” from the main menu in the Alexa app and select to “Add Reminder” from the top. Then, on the bottom of the new reminder screen is an “Announces from” option where there is now an “All Devices” choice. There seems to be a bug right now that prevents you from changing the “Announces from” setting of an existing reminder, so you’ll need to delete the existing reminder and recreate it from scratch if you run into that bug.

UPDATE: Fire TV devices are included when selecting “All Devices.” Thanks to Erinescence in the comments below for confirming.

  1. Erinsescence says:

    Really happy that this was finally added!

  2. Ken Irwin says:

    Well this is overdue, the idea that you could set a reminder and only get that reminder if you happened to be in that room when it triggered was IMHO not very useful. But um, more importantly I think: “Missed Reminder Notification” is this finally a means of voice setting a “Notification”? That is way way over due. It’s a great feature of the Echo so far limited to weather reports and Amazon package delivery. I personally would like that just to be the default behavior of reminders, seems much more useful to me. I have many reminders setup with Smartthings, WebCore and NotifyMe as a means to that end, but I’d love to be able to voice set them.

    • Erinsescence says:

      I work around the Reminders previously being tied to one device by having them ping my phone (essentially a notification on your phone), as I nearly always have my smartphone with me.

      I think certain news services also can send Notifications, so I don’t believe they’re solely limited to Amazon shopping and Severe Weather. Seems that has been expanding over time.

  3. Gurudev BS says:

    This doesn’t include fire TV stick I am guessing

    • Erinescence says:

      Went in to test this and when you get the menu to “Select Device”, my FireTV Sticks and FireTV dongle were available as options. I went ahead and set the Reminder to sound on “All Devices” and it worked on the FireTV devices that were currently awake.

  4. Zeric says:

    Better than nothing, but still not terribly useful.

    One should be able to specify an existing device group for any reminder, AND be able to do so via voice. It’s surprising that this functionality doesn’t already exist as the product has gone through multiple generations.

  5. Karen says:

    I set my Alexa products to only use the device created on for reminded, yet it still reports them on that device and one other, but not all of them. How do I fix this

  6. George Sabol says:

    I have a problem (a bug?). When I specify “all devices” , Alexa announced the reminder from every device EXCEPT my Fire TV Cube. I can create an announcement from the cube alone and it works. But with “all devices” it is never announced from the cube. Anyone else have this issue or a solution?

  7. Mea Cadwell says:

    As of 11/15/21 this has stopped working on all my devices where it had been working wonderfully all this time. There must have been an update that caused this problem because I’ve found many comments on how it has abruptly stopped working. I tried rebooting the units – nada. Had to go into the Alexa app on my phone > settings > then switch off the section that asks if you want the announcements on all devices. However, this now means I’m back to square one as the reminder will only be vocalized on the device you originally asked to create the reminder…which is useless if I’m in another part of the house and can’t hear the reminder.

  8. John says:

    There was a bug though. If you have “Everywhere” selected, however in a couple of weeks, it will revert back to “Alexa on this Phone”. This happens with all Reminders at once. They all revert back so I must reset them to Everywhere again every couple of weeks.

    I have 4 reminders a day to remind my Mom to take her medicine. And then when the app bugs out, she’s lost.

  9. Gyngr Minchew says:

    Title “Alexa Reminders can now come from all devices simultaniously”… it is spelled simultaneously (with an “e” not an “i”). I’d you are a writer,tou really should know this.

  10. Willstay says:

    I am unable to play the reminders on all the Echo devices connected to different wifi networks. For example, I want a reminder that I set at home to play in my work echo too. The problem is that the Reminders can play to a Speaker Group, but a Speaker Group cannot combine speakers connected to different networks.

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