TextMinder SMS text reminders

App review by
Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Media
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Handy way to send reminders to yourself or your kid.

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Educational value

TextMinder SMS text reminders wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. However, it may be helpful to teens in the areas of time management and setting daily, weekly, or monthly objectives and task goals.

Ease of play

Very easy to use. Once you purchase the app and set up the free accounts with the phone numbers where you want the texts to be sent, the simple interface makes setting up the reminders quick and simple, and there's nothing to do once you receive the text reminder. Just be sure the right user is logged into the account when you're setting up the reminders for them.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that TextMinder SMS text reminders provides an easy way to send reminders to yourself or your kid via phone as SMS text messages. For example, if you want a reminder to appear on your phone via text daily, you can set it up once and the text message will automatically appear at that time every day. If you register your kid's cell phone number on the TextMinder account, you can use the app on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad to send him or her a reminder to walk the dog every Saturday at 11 a.m. that will arrive on their phone at the scheduled time just like any other text message. This is a handy reminder tool for yourself or for communicating with your kids in a way that grabs their attention.

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What's it about?

To create a free account on TextMinder (after purchase of the app), enter a username and password, the phone number to which you want text reminders delivered, your carrier and time zone (certain carriers do not work with this app, but all major carriers do). Tap the green \"Create Reminder\" icon and type your reminder, up to 100 characters. Add date and time, as well as whether you want the reminder to repeat hourly, daily, weekdays or weekends, annually, and more. Repeat with as many reminders as you want, and receive reminders on your phone via texts as scheduled.

Is it any good?

Reminder apps are only as good as the person who is using them. If used consistently and effectively, TEXTMINDER may be an excellent way to use the everyday sound or vibration of a text message to grab your (or your kid's) attention in order to remember an event or be reminded of a task that happens more than once. The easy-to-use interface makes setting up the reminders quick and simple, and there's nothing to do once you receive the text reminder, no need to shut off an alarm. If you or your kid checks your phone for text messages regularly, TextMinder can be a useful reminder tool.

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