3 Free Android Apps That Help To Remind You To Take Pills On Time

Saikat Basu 06-03-2012

android medicine appThe days of simple diagnoses and simpler one-pill that cures all is long gone. These days it’s a cocktail of pills that addresses every illness one is unfortunate to encounter.


The low-tech solution could be to fall back on the prescription again and again and trust your memory to have (or serve) the right medicine at the right time. The middle path could be to order up one of those medicine boxes from eBay or elsewhere that comes with color tags and partitions for the dosages.

The geekiest option is of course, to turn to a trusted mobile app…in this case, any of these Android apps which can help to remind you to take pills on time. 

Med Minder – Free [No Longer Available]

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This Android medicine app is a little install with a small footprint. The only peeve you can have with this pill reminder app is that the free version is ad-supported. Though that doesn’t come in the way of its functionality. Operation is simple: you key in the medicines individually and also save their dosage times and days. You can enter multiple medicines and multiple dosages. You can also enter details like – quantity per dose, quantity per refill etc. and any other prescription details for the particular medicine.

The app will set off an alarm and a pop-up when the appointed time arrives. The free app does not give you a choice of alarm sounds though and you have to work with the default one.


AnyTimer Pill Reminder [No Longer Available]

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At the onset, you can create two types of timers – Interval Timer (based on time intervals between dosages) and ‘Times of Day’ Timer (based on clock times). The above screenshot is based on an interval time. The time picker is cool, though the app gives you an option to default to the one used by the system.

You can also set different alerts like – flashing the LED, setting a persistent alarm, vibration, or simple sounds (choice of two). You can sort the med list by creation time, name, or by next alert time. Though primarily for reminding you about pills, you can tweak the app for other scheduling tasks too.

Med Helper (2+)

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This colorful app is full-featured when compared to the previous two simpler ones. The key feature is that you can set up medication logs for multiple people…for instance, your entire family. Though the number of data entry points seems large, it is actually quite simple. Here are the details you can key in:

Schedule: All the reminders are displayed here as per the prescription. You can go into the Preferences and set up reminder sounds by picking on any from the ones in the system.

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Take as Needed: This is for recording medicines that do not fall under a fixed schedule. For instance, a sleeping pill that has been prescribed for one-off use.


Med Log: This records the doses which have been taken. The information is fed from the schedule.

Prescription: Prescriptions are where you set up reminder schedules, track inventory and refills. The prescription is what you should fill first. The tabbed view displays the place where you can set up schedules plus the doctor and pharmacy information if needed.

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Notes: Jot down related health info. For instance, history of any allergies.


Doctors: You can use this to set a prescription to the prescribing physician from a drop down list

Pharmacies: You can create a list of pharmacies and link it to a prescription.

Appointments: Record appointments and link them to a doctor or pharmacy

Reporting: You can select a report (or multiple ones) from the list, select a date rage, and specify an email address to send it to. The report goes as an HTML attachment. You can also send an Excel spreadsheet,

This link will take you to the developer’s website where a well-documented manual helps you through the configuration steps if needed.

There are quite a few more pill reminder apps in the Google Android Store. I picked up two simple and a full-featured one that covers all aspects you would expect a medicine management tool to do. How do you manage your medicines and doses? Do you rely on a well-established system, or are you willing to trust out these kinds of Android medicine apps on your smartphone? Tell us…and here’s hoping you always stay healthy.

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  1. Rose
    December 24, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Does anyone have a recommendation for an app that will change the time based on when I actually took the medication? Right now I am using 1 where I put in the various times, like every 6 hours at 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m, 3:00 a.m., although I would not really be taking the 3:00 a.m. one unless I woke up, but if I took the 9:00 p.m. one at 10:00 instead, I would like it automatically adjust to 4:00 a.m, 10:00 am., etc.

    In case you are wondering, I have the flu, so it's for keeping track of fever, nasal, cough medicines - hard to think clearly and remember when you don't feel well. Thank you.

    • Saikat Basu
      December 30, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Not sure if it will help, but maybe you can take a look at Dosecast. It has flexible scheduling and reminders you can postpone. But maybe, not automatic adjustment.

  2. Raja
    April 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

    We have built a new Health Companion app , which will address the medical adherence issue. Its on play store and it is called HealthSaathi Lifecare , can you guys try it and give us your valuable feedback. Thanks a lot in advance.

    • Saikat Basu
      April 6, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Thanks...will check it out. India needs more apps of this kind.

  3. Anonymous
    March 3, 2016 at 7:47 am

    The desun health (desun hospital ) android app on google play store is free and has the medicine reminder feature where one can schedule various medicines with date and time and an alarm will alert the user on respective date and time

  4. Mary morgan
    March 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you for your response. I will take a look at the app you suggested.

    • Saikat Basu
      March 14, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      You are welcome. Do tell us if the app is any good or not for your needs.

  5. Mary morgan
    March 12, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I have two medications out of the five I r take daily, that must be taken on an empty stomach and can't be taken with certain categories of other meds. So I don't know which I can take together and which will negatively with another. Is there an app that I can enter meds into that will tell me what to take at at what time that will consider contraindictions of meds that can't be taken together?

    • Saikat
      March 12, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      The most comprehensive I could find was Pill Reminder App from Do check.

  6. Shei
    December 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    To dig even more please take a look at our curated list of pill & medications reminder apps for Android at

    • steve
      February 5, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      when you click on you androidmedical link it is a malware website that does not load but tries to put malware on pc

  7. Tata
    July 31, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    An essential part of any of these reminder programs is the ability to snooze the reminder for a few minutes. It just may not be possible to take the dose right now, and it is no good if silencing the alarm means that the dose is forgotten. Med Helper has an easy way to say Take Now or snooze for various set amounts of minutes.

    One other facility that I would like but haven't seen, and your review doesn't make clear if it is easy to do with Any Pill Reminder and its interval timer, is to be able to easily start a new 4-hourly schedule for painkillers from the time you wake up. I don't want the app to wake me for its schedule, I want it to adapt to mine!

    And I do agree with the suggestion of using a pillbox with multiple compartments that you can fill for the week -- but I still need an alarm (and that vital snooze function) to open the box at the right times.

    • Saikat Basu
      August 1, 2012 at 2:47 am

      The pill reminders have a "Take as Needed" functions, but that I don't think will solve your need of having it countdown from the time you wake up. For that, you have to 'estimate' the time you wake up and extrapolate from there I guess.

  8. Moctu
    March 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for the post, it's useful to see some of the more specialised apps getting reviewed. I must admit, I've looked through a few of these medicine apps and just go back to the old failsafe. A dosette box. The pills go into their little boxes at the beginning of the week. Come the time, if they're still in the box, I've not taken em yet!! Simples. Thanks for trying to add the Geek factor tho ;-)

    • Saikat Basu
      March 9, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Well, come to think of it, if you have a pill box you can use both. Just to be extra safe and sure. With these Android reminders you don't have to "remember". It displays the alert.