While doing some testing, I was pretty happy to get that SMS notification right there. Why? Because it came from BatchBook (in a roundabout way).
A while back, a customer wrote in looking for SMS notifications for his BatchBook To-Dos. This is something we originally planned to do, but never really got to it. Finally, I figured there must be a service out there that would take an iCalendar feed and push it to SMS. Turns out, the winner was a service we rely on quite heavily around here — Google Calendar.
Step 1: Get your BatchBook To-Dos into Google Calendar
To get your BatchBook To-Dos into Google Calendar, you need to click the “subscribe” button under your To-Do List to grab the iCalendar feed. Here’s what it looks like:
After copying the feed, paste it into Google Calendar by choosing “Add by URL”. You’re now subscribed to your To-Dos!
Step 2: Set Up Notifications via Your Mobile Phone
You can then open the notifications page for the new calendar (see image). Once there, the first thing you want to do is select “Set up your mobile phone to receive notifications”. Here, you’ll enter your mobile phone number and Google will send you a confirmation code (via SMS) to enter into Google Calendar. Once that is done, you are all set to receive SMS notifications for any Google Calendar.
On that same page — in the “Event Reminders” section — you can choose how you want to be notified (in this case, “SMS”) and how soon before each event (1 day, 1 hour, etc.).
And there you have it. You’ll now get your BatchBook To-Dos delivered via SMS!