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How to Create Geo-Reminders in Android with GeoNote


Unlike most reminders that remind you to do a certain action at a desired time, GeoNote gives you reminders when you enter a location. If you’re a big fan of location-based services, then GeoNote is the perfect reminder for you.

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GeoNote is one of the few Geo-Reminder applications that are available on the market for free. Its simple interface allows us to create To-Do list quickly. Just click the “Add Location” button to add your first note.

Each reminder has three parts, a name, a location, and some notes.

Tap the location field and attach the exact location for your task using a map, a GPS, or an exact address. The address is probably the best option when you do not have any GPS coverage in your area.

Once you have filled the task location and address, you should put some notes, and configure how GeoNote should notify you on your pending task.  You may choose to have GeoNote to notify you when you are leaving, arriving, or within a particular time frame on your location.

In this example, we setup  GeoNote to remind us to pick up the latest edition of Linux Journal Magazine from Borders when we are leaving the supermarket for approximately 100 meters. Tapping the save button brings you back to the main screen and save your task to GeoNote.

The top buttons act as a quick control panel for GeoNote. The light bulb turns GeoNote on and off. The locator  buttons let you switch between GPS, when you tap the satellite button, and WiFi, when you tap the radio tower button.

Make sure that GeoNote is turned on, and you have set the appropriate locator button; otherwise, GeoNote will not notify you on any pending tasks. Slide down your status bar when you see a small flashing GeoNote icon on your task bar to read GeoNote’s notification.

Some people still prefer the standard time based reminders, such as calendars, and others prefer writing their To-Do list on a paper notepad. We like Geo-Reminder because it is a great companion to our standard notes and To-Do list. Feel free to share your thoughts on location-based reminders in the comments section.

Zainul spends his time trying to make technology more productive, whether it’s Microsoft Office applications, or learning to use web applications to save time.

  • Published 02/8/11

Comments (6)

  1. Loda

    Try “androidrecord” it’s a “dictaphone like” memo/todo with alert by date or Geo. version with ads or 2$.

  2. Xander

    I’ve wanted something like this for my iphone for ages. I’m near Niagara Falls and we have a canal system transversing the region; some tunnels, some bridges. The bridges are almost all drawbridges of some sort and there’s a webpage where you can check the status. I would –love– for my phone to know I’m nearing a bridge, check the status, and tell me if the bridge is up or down.

    I can dream.

  3. Ralph s

    I’m going to plug in the notes my favorite servers’ names so i am reminded as soon as i walk in a restaurant so i can ask the hostess for their table. i am bad at names.

  4. Mark e.

    why chose, geo or time. Remember the Milk lets me flag by location, time/date, situation…….

    RTM is a paid service but is well worth it to me. Like many great apps it has a so so interface but once you get to know it, it’s power is awesome. For a genetically disorganized person like myself it is a life saver.

  5. grrr

    Try Tasker as well. This functionality, and much more.

  6. Jesse

    I like the idea behind this app but wouldn’t want to keep my GPS running at all times in order to make it useful. I figure Tasker would be a better option as it can turn on my GPS whenever I need it and keep it off when I don’t.

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