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6 handy Android tasks you can do from Google desktop search

Ben Patterson | June 4, 2015
With Google search loaded in your browser window, you're only a few keystrokes away from checking off some of your daily Android to-dos. For starters (as I noted recently), you can set an alarm on your Android device directly from the Google search box in your browser.

From the Google search box in your desktop browser, type something like Add a meeting to my calendar at 1pm today.

When you do, a confirmation window will appear just below the search box. Review the information, then tap the Create event link. The event will be added to your Google calendar, both in your Google account and on your Android phone.

If you need to make any changes, just click the window to jump to the full-on Google Calendar screen.

4. Send a note to your phone

Hold that thought! Here's an quick way to take your brilliant idea with you.

Just type Send a note to my phone or (even easier) note to self into the Google desktop search box. When a Send a note form appears, go ahead and type your note, then click the Send note to your phone link.

Now, back on your Android phone, you should see your note waiting for you in the Notifications flick-down window. Tap Copy to copy the note to your handset's clipboard, or Save to save the note to the note-taking app of your choice (such as Google Keep).

5. Set an alarm

There's no need to dig up your Android phone and swipe your way to the Clock app; instead, you can do it all from Google desktop search.

Just type (for example) Set an alarm for 6am into the search box. A confirmation will pop up just below the form. Click the Set alarm on your phone link, and Google will set your Android alarm clock for you, no additional tapping required.

6. Create a reminder

Whatever you do, you can't, can't, can't leave the office tomorrow without submitting those TPS reports. You could set up a reminder on your Android phone, of course, but what if you've already forgotten by the time you've pulled your handset out of your briefcase?

Instead, strike while the iron's hot and create the reminder directly from Google desktop search.

In the Google search box, type something like Remind me to send TPS reports tomorrow at 4:30pm.

A Set a reminder form will appear. Click the form to make changes, or click Remind me on Google Now to send the reminder to your Android device.

Troubleshooting tip: If Google on your desktop complains it can't find your phone, make sure your handset is actually connected to Google search. Launch the Google app for Android, tap the three-line menu button in the top corner of the screen, tap Settings > Now cards, then make sure the "Show cards" and "Show notifications for card updates" settings are both switched on. Of course, don't forget to make sure both your Android device and Google desktop search are both signed in to the same Google account.


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