How to create grocery or shopping list in Reminders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Create Grocery or Shopping List in Reminders on iPhone iPad and Mac

Get ready to master the art of task management. With iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma, Apple has blessed us with auto-categorization in the Reminders app. It is a feature that can automatically sort your Shopping reminders into categories based on their content. This can make it much easier to find the tasks you need and also keep a tab on what you have completed.

In this guide, I will demonstrate how you can leverage auto-categorization to create a Grocery or Shopping List in Reminders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

What is auto-categorization in Reminders app?

Auto-categorization in Reminders is a feature that automatically assigns categories or labels to the reminder tasks. As a user creates a new shopping or grocery list, the auto-categorization system analyzes the content of the reminder based on keywords, phrases, and context.

  • Suppose you’re running out of home essentials and are planning to restock your supply; Reminders can come in handy.
  • Upon creating a shopping list, simply add the ingredients you’re looking to purchase. As soon as you hit Return, the respective product will be categorized under a new section.
  • For instance, if you add “Soap” to the list, it’ll be enlisted below “Household Items.”

To me, it’s somewhat astonishing, as it works flawlessly even for the first item you add to the list. Hence, it’s safe to assume this list is not about a sequence or order and it’s about categories.

How to create Shopping List in Reminders in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

  1. Launch Reminders on your iPhone → Tap Add List at the bottom-right.
  2. Enter a name for your list.
  3. Access the drop-down menu for List Type → Select Shopping.
    In some regions, you might see Groceries instead of Shopping.

    Tap Add List, add a name, select shopping in Reminders
  4. If you desire, choose a color and icon for your List.
  5. Select Done once you’re all set to proceed.

    Select colors, icon, tap Done in reminders
  6. Now, select New Item from the bottom-left corner.
  7. Create a new task and choose Return from the keyboard.
    For instance, I created a task called Shampoo, and it automatically enlisted in the Personal Care & Health category.
    • Repeat the same for as many products as you wish.

      Tap new item, return, create Shopping list in Reminders
    • Eventually, a category will be assigned to each task.
    • In every category, there is an empty space for adding extra tasks.
    • When accomplished, simply tap the task to mark it as Completed.

      Tap done to complete a task
    • It’ll automatically be redirected to the Completed Tasks menu.

How to create Shopping List in Reminders in macOS Sonoma

  1. Launch Reminders on your Mac.
  2. Click the Add List option from the bottom-left corner.

    Click Add List in Reminders
  3. Now, you can name your list, add colors, and choose icons according to your preference.

    name your list, add colors, and choose icons in Reminders
  4. Access the drop-down menu of List Type and select Shopping.
  5. Click OK to get started with the auto-categorization.

    Select Shopping, Ok in Reminders
  6. Select the (+) icon to add a new task.

    Select the shopping list, tap + icon in Reminders
  7. Follow the traditional method to create and personalize a task and hit Return.
    I demonstrated the process by entering Soap.

    Create a new task and hit Return in Reminders
  8. The system will automatically categorize the respective task when this occurs.
    In this scenario, it’s Household Items.
  9. Repeat the same for different items.
    • Every task created will fall under the applicable category.

      Shopping list in Reminders
    • You can further alter the predefined category to your will by clicking the title.
      Rename it as you like.
    • Every category has a dedicated empty spot for those extra tasks you may wish to add later.

      Rename or add a task in category in reminders
  10. When done, don’t forget to click the tasks to mark them as Completed.

It’s that simple! Now, you can effortlessly manage your to-do list without having to worry about a missing task.

Benefits of creating a grocery list in the Reminders app

In Reminders, auto-categorization offers a few benefits for those looking to organize their shopping or grocery tasks more efficiently.

  • These features enable the users to streamline workflow and enhance productivity by automatically sorting tasks into relevant categories based on their context or content.
  • Auto-categorization enables individuals to gain a holistic view of their scheduled tasks by grouping them together, allowing for easier prioritization and efficient planning.
  • Overall, the integration of auto-categorization in Reminders significantly optimizes task management processes, empowering users to effectively tackle their responsibilities with ease and precision.


Can I create custom categories for my reminders?

At the moment, the Reminders app does not support creating custom categories. However, you can still leverage tags to further organize your reminders based on your unique preferences and needs.

Is auto-categorization available across all my Apple devices?

Yes, auto-categorization syncs seamlessly across all your Apple devices as long as you are signed in with the same Apple ID – whether you use Reminders on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad!

Organize and forget!

Embrace seamless organization and productivity with auto-categorization for Shopping Lists in Reminders. Now, you can enjoy staying on top of your to-do lists with ease.

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  1. This does not work on my iphone despite having upgraded to ios 17 beta. When I go to create the list there is never an option to choose “list type”.

    1. It has been observed that certain features may not function as expected on occasion while using iOS 17 beta. Simply perform a quick restart or update the Reminders app (if available), and you should find the respective feature as discussed in this guide.

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