Reminders app has seen significant improvements in iOS 13 and iOS 14. Earlier it was just a simple application with basic functionalities. Now, Reminders has got a massive revamp and is laden with robust features that let you add subtasks, images, get reminded when you are texting someone, and more! Let us get right in and show you how to use the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad.
Before You Begin: Make sure iCloud Reminders is set up so that everything syncs across all your Apple devices.
- On iPhone and iPad: Open the Settings app → your name from the top → iCloud → make sure the switch for Reminders is turned ON.
- On Mac: Open System Preferences → Apple ID → iCloud → make sure the box for Reminders is checked.
- Upgrade: If you see an option to upgrade your reminders, make sure to do that, after reading this important piece of information on Apple’s official support page.
Let’s Get Started with Reminders App
- How to Create a Reminder on iPhone or iPad
- Use Quick Toolbar to Add Notifications and more to Reminder
- How to Create Subtasks in Reminder on iPhone or iPad
- How to Complete a Reminder
- How to Delete a Reminder
- How to Create a New Reminders List on iPhone or iPad
- How to Move a Reminder to a Different List
- Change the Order of Reminders
- View Your Reminders in Smart Lists
- How to Search for Reminders
- How to Share a Reminders List
- Assign a Reminder in a Shared List
How to Create a Reminder on iPhone or iPad
- Open the Reminders app, tap on + New Reminder from the bottom left.
- Give it a title, like, Wish Happy Birthday. In Notes, you can add a little something, like Get the cake first.
- Tap on Details. According to your needs, set a Date, Time, Location, etc. We will talk more about all these in the headings below.
- Finally, tap on Add.
Note: Suppose you tap on a list and then tap on + New Reminder. In this case, you may tap on (i) to add details like the date, time, notes, location, etc.
Create a Reminder with Siri
Summon Siri by long-pressing the Right Side button on iPhone with Face ID. On models with the Home button, long-press it. You can also use ‘Hey Siri’ if you have it set up. Once Siri is on screen, ask it something like, ‘Remind me to take medicines at 9 PM‘ or ‘Remind me to switch on water purifier when I reach office,’ and things like this…
Create a Reminder from another app
Using the iOS Share Sheet, you can create reminders from other apps.
- From inside another app, tap on the share icon to see the Share Sheet.
- Tap on the Reminders icon.
- Add title, notes, details, etc., if needed.
- Finally, tap on Add.
Note: To add a reminder from the Notes app, tap on the three dots icon from the top, tap on Send a Copy, and choose Reminders.
Use Quick Toolbar to add Notifications and more to Reminder
When you add a reminder, you will see a quick Toolbar on top of the iOS keyboard that expedites the process. Note: You may not see it if you use a third-party keyboard app like SwiftKey.
- Date and time: For any reminder, setting the exact date and time is the key. When you are typing or done typing, tap on the tiny calendar icon from the left. Now, select Today, Tomorrow, or Next Weekend. Tap on Date & Time for custom preference.
- Add a location: Tap on the icon that looks like an arrow-head. Chose an option or tap on Custom and search for an address.
- Flag a reminder: Tap on the flag icon to mark a reminder as extra important. All flagged reminders are listed in a smart list.
- Add an attachment: Tap on the camera icon. From here, you can add media to the reminder. Click a picture, choose an existing image from Photo Library, or scan a document.
- Assign a reminder: For this, you will have to first make a shared list. After that, tap on the assignment button to assign the reminder to the person with whom you are sharing the list.
- Use smart suggestions: By learning from the reminders you created, the app may suggest a date, time, and location for reminders that it thinks are similar.
How to Create Subtasks in Reminder on iPhone or iPad
Subtasks are fantastic as they let you have reminders that are under the main reminder. For example, the main reminder is ‘Monthly Grocery Shopping,’ and its sub-reminders are toothpaste, tissue paper, soap, dog food, etc. Here are multiple ways to create subtasks in the Reminders app.
- Method I. Tap on (i) while you are adding a new reminder. Or, tap on an existing reminder to see the (i) button. Next, tap on Subtasks → Add Reminder.
- After you finish adding subtasks, tap on <Details to go back and finally tap on Done.
- Method II. Swipe left to right on an existing reminder and tap on Indent. This reminder will become a subtask of the reminder above it. To remove the subtask, swipe left to right on it, and tap on Outdent.
- Method III. Touch and hold on a reminder and drag it over the other. The dragged reminder will become a subtask.
How to Complete a Reminder
- You can complete a reminder from the notification center. For this, press on the notification, or swipe right to left, tap on View → Mark as Completed.
- Alternatively: Inside the app, you can tap in the circle next to a reminder. To view all completed reminders, tap on the More button, and choose Show Completed.
How to Delete a Reminder
- Open the Reminders app and go to the desired reminder.
- Swipe right to left and tap on Delete.
- Additionally: To delete multiple reminders at once, tap on the More button → Select Reminders → select the desired entries, and tap on the trash icon.
To Delete a Reminder List
- Launch the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad. From under My Lists, swipe right to left on a list. Tap on the red trash icon.
- Alternatively: Tap on a list. On the next screen, tap on the More button and choose Delete List.
- Important: When you delete a reminder list, all reminders inside it are also erased.
Note: You can not delete Smart Lists (shown on top). But you can hide them all. For this, tap on Edit, uncheck the boxes and tap Done.
How to Create a New Reminders List on iPhone or iPad
- Open the Reminders app and tap on Add List.
- Give it the desired name and then choose a preferred list, accent color, and icon.
To rename or edit the color and icon of an existing list, swipe left to right and tap on the info icon (i). You may also tap on the list, tap on the More button, and choose Name & Appearance.
How to Move a Reminder to a Different List
- Tap on an existing reminder and then tap on (i).
- Scroll down and tap on List. Now, choose a different list.
Pro Tip: You can also drag and drop to move a reminder. Touch and hold a reminder until it lifts a bit. Now, with another finger tap on <Lists to go back. Drop the reminder on the desired list.
Change the Order of Reminders
- When you are on the screen with all reminders, tap on the More button → Select Reminders.
- Touch on the hamburger icon (three small lines) and drag it up or down.
Note: You can also drag and drop directly, but take care not to make subtasks accidentally.
View Your Reminders in Smart Lists
Upon opening the Reminders app, you will see rectangles tabs on the top like Today, Scheduled, Flagged, All, Assigned to Me, etc. Tap on one to see the reminders.
These are smart lists that are created automatically. Most of the names like All, Today, and Scheduled are self-explanatory. The Flagged smart list has all the most important reminders you have ‘flagged.’ The Assigned to Me smart list has all reminders that others have assigned to you.
Note: You may also see a smart list named Siri Suggestions. It has suggested reminders that the app thinks you should create based on your email and messages.
How to Search for Reminders
When you open the Reminders app, there is a search bar at the top. Type the reminder name to look for it. When you tap on a reminder, you will also see the info button (i). Tap on it to make changes.
How to Share a Reminders List
- Launch the Reminders app and tap on the desired list.
- Tap on the More button and then tap on Share List.
- Now, use the desired app (like Messages, Email, Slack, WhatsApp, etc.) to send one or multiple people the invitation.
- Once they accept, they can view the reminders, add, delete, or mark them as completed.
Note: Suppose you created reminders on your iPhone running iOS 13 or later. Then people you invited must also have a device that runs iOS 13 or later (or iPadOS or macOS Catalina and later).
Assign a Reminder in a Shared List
You can assign reminders to different people. Let us assume you are going camping, and you have reminders lists. Now, you can assign a reminder, say bring a blanket to one friend, bring a stove to another, and so on. Here’s how to assign reminders.
- Inside a shared reminder list (see how to make one above), tap on a reminder.
- You will see the assignment button (person icon) above the default iOS keyboard. Tap on it. Now, select a person and tap Done.
Note: If you use a third-party keyboard, you may not see the assignment button. In this case, tap on the reminder, tap on (i), and then tap on Assign Reminder.
To remove or reassign, tap on the profile picture of the person next to the reminder.
Ready to Use Reminders App Like a Pro!
I hope now you know how to use the Reminders app and make the most of it. I find this inbuilt app suitable, feature-rich, and easy to use. What is your take? Let us know in the comments below.
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