How to Setup Location-based Reminders In iOS 7 on iPhone & Make Sure They Work

Setting up location-based reminders is pretty much the same in iOS 7 as it was before (in iOS 6). But a few things seem to have changed in the way iOS 7 works that affects the alerts.

We go through the process of creating location-based reminders again (for beginners) and also look at what you need to do to make sure the reminder alerts go off at the intended location.

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How to Setup Location-based Reminders In iOS 7 on iPhone

To setup a location-based reminder, you can ask Siri directly (if you’re using an iPhone 5s/5c/5/4s) or simply follow this:

(Note: you have to make sure Location Services are enabled (under Privacy) for this to work)

Step #1. Open the Reminders app.

Step #2. Tap on an empty space to create a new reminder.

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Step #3. Add some description to the reminder and tap on Done.

Step #4. Now, tap on the blue “i” icon to the right of the reminder.

Blue i Icon in iOS 7

Step #5. Turn ON the switch for Remind Me At a Location.

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Setting up Location-based Reminders In iOS 7 on iPhone

Step #6. You’ll notice that you can actually tweak the circle on the map to set the alert to go off at a particular distance from the chosen location.

Location-based Reminders In iOS 7 on iPhone

Step #7. Tap on “When I arrive…” or “When I leave…” – as is your need.

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Step #8. Tap on Done.

You’ve set a location-based reminder now. This should, by default, work as intended.

However, several users have reported issues. Let’s get that fixed.

  • In iOS 7, you will need to be running the Reminders app constantly (in the background) for the location-based reminders to work. This means, you should not remove it from the multi-tasking switcher.
  • Also, make sure under Settings → iCloud → the switch for Reminders is turned ON. This is usually ON but if it’s off for some reason, turn it back on.
  • Obviously, you need to have your location services enabled for all this to work but also make sure they’re not turned OFF for Reminders. This can be found in Settings → Privacy → Location Services.

Got any more tip about location-based reminders/alerts? Do share with us in the comment.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


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