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Use the Reminders app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

With the Reminders app on iOS 13 or later and iPadOS, you can create reminders with subtasks and attachments and set notifications based on time and location. You can even assign a reminder to someone on a shared list.


  • Set up iCloud to keep your memories up to date across all of your devices. Open the Settings app, tap [your name]> iCloud, then turn on Reminders. The Reminders app shows you all reminders on all of your Apple devices that are signed in to the same Apple ID.
  • Find out how to update your iCloud reminders after switching to iOS 13 or later and iPadOS.

Getting started with reminders

Create a reminder, add helpful details, and mark it as done when you're done.

Create a reminder

  1. Open the reminders app.
  2. Tap New Reminder and enter your reminder.
  3. Tap on "Done".

You can also add reminders to your top to-do lists using the Reminders widget on the Home screen.

Use the toolbar for notifications and more

While you are entering a new reminder, a toolbar will appear giving you quick and easy customization options:

Make an appointment

Tap the date and time buttonto set an appointment for the reminder. Choose between "Today", "Tomorrow" and "This Weekend", or tap on "Date & Time" to set the day and time yourself.

If you set an appointment for a reminder but don't assign a time, the notification displays at 9:00 a.m. by default. To change when all-day reminder notifications appear, open the Settings app, then tap Reminders. Under All Day Reminders, tap the time and choose a different time.

Add a place

Tap the location buttonto assign a notification based on your location. Choose from the options available, or tap Custom to add your own location. Choose whether you want to be notified on arrival or departure and set the radius of your reminder area.

Make sure location services are turned on to get location-based reminders. Open the Settings app, then tap Privacy> Location Services and turn on Location Services.

Flag a reminder

Tap the highlight buttonto mark a reminder as particularly important and show it in the Smart List "Starred" on the main screen of the Reminders app.

Add an attachment

Tap the Photos buttonto add an attachment to the reminder. You can take a new photo, choose an image from your photo library, or scan a document.

Assign a reminder

Tap the assignment buttonto assign a reminder to someone you share the list with. Reminders assigned to you will appear in the Smart List Assigned to Me on the main Reminders screen.

Use smart suggestions

Reminders will automatically suggest a date, time, and place for a reminder based on similar reminders you've created in the past.

Edit your reminder, receive messaging notifications, and add more information

Tap the Edit Details buttonto add even more details and customizations to your memory, such as: B. Notes, a URL and a priority. You can also change the notification settings of the reminder and the associated list.

Receive a reminder when you send someone a message

Turn on "When sending messages" to receive a notification when you chat with a specific person in Messages.

Turn on "When Sending Messages," tap "Pick a Person," then tap a name in your Contacts.

The next time you chat with that person, a reminder will appear.

Add notes and a url

Use the Notes field to add useful information to your reminder. If the reminder is related to a web address, you can add it to the "URL" field. The notes and the URL will appear along with the reminder in all lists to which the reminder belongs.

Create subtasks

Each reminder you create can have subtasks. For example, a reminder to pack for a trip might include a list of things you don't want to forget.

You can create subtasks in a number of ways:

  • Tap and hold a reminder and drag it onto another reminder. The memory you drew becomes a sub-task of others.
  • Swipe right on a reminder, then tap Indent. Memory becomes a sub-task of the one above. To undo this, swipe right again on the subtask and tap Out.
  • Tap a reminder, then tap the Edit Details button. Tap Subtasks> Add Reminder, then enter your subtask. Repeat this process for as many subtasks as you want to create.

Mark the reminder as done

To mark a reminder as done, tap the empty circle next to it. To view your completed reminders, tap the "More" button and then on "Show completed".

To delete a reminder without marking it as done, swipe left, then tap Delete.

When you get a reminder on your lock screen, swipe left on the reminder. Tap View, then tap Done.

Organize your memories with lists

Would you like to divide your memories into different categories such as "work", "private" or "school"? Keep things organized by making a reminder list. You can customize your lists with colors and icons, and share a list with other people. And the integrated intelligent lists of the reminders app give you a quick overview of all reminders in your own lists.

Create a new reminder list

  1. From the Reminders app main screen, tap New List.
  2. Enter a name for the list.
  3. Choose a color and icon or emoji to customize the list and make it easier to see at a glance. Icons are only available for lists that you have created in your iCloud account.
  4. Tap on "Done".

After you've created a list, you can edit it:

  1. Tap the list you want to edit, then tap the More button.
  2. Tap "Name & Appearance".
  3. Change the name, color, or icon of the list.
  4. Tap on "Done".

Lists can also be organized in groups. For example, you can create a group called "Work" that contains all of your work-related lists:

  1. Tap and hold a list.
  2. Drag the list onto another list.
  3. Give the new group a name.
  4. Tap on "Create".

On the Reminders app main screen, tap the name of a group to show or hide its lists.

Move a reminder to another list

  1. Tap a reminder list, then tap the reminder that you want to move.
  2. Tap the Edit Details button.
  3. Tap List, then choose the list you want to move the reminder to.
  4. Tap on "Done".

You can also drag a reminder to another list:

  1. Tap and hold the reminder with one finger.
  2. While holding the reminder, tap the Lists button to return to your lists. *
  3. Drop the reminder on the list you want to move it to.

To move multiple reminders, tap and hold one. Then, with another finger, tap the others you want to include.

* If you're using an iPad, your lists will remain visible so you can easily drag reminders between lists.

Change the order of the reminders

Tap and hold a reminder and drag it to where you want it to appear in the list. Make sure to place them between reminders. If you drag it to a memory, it becomes a sub-task.

Show reminders in smart lists

The main screen of the Reminders app has built-in Smart Lists that automatically organize your reminders into quick views:

  • "Today" displays all reminders that you have marked as due today. It also shows reminders that are overdue.
  • "Planned" shows all reminders that have an appointment - past, present and future.
  • "Flagged" shows all reminders to which you have assigned a flag.
  • "All" shows every reminder, sorted by list.

Smart lists contain reminders from all of your own reminder lists. In the intelligent lists "Planned", "All" and "Marked" you can click the "More" button Tap and display "Show Completed" to include your completed reminders.

You may also see the Smart Lists "Assigned to Me" and "Siri Suggestions". "Assigned to me" shows all of your reminders in shared lists that are assigned to you. Siri Suggestions displays recommended reminders that you can create based on your email and messages.

Looking for memories

Use the search bar above the Smart Lists to search your memories. You can search for reminder text, people, places, and even detailed notes that you've added. As you type, reminders that match your search term are displayed grouped by list.

Tap the dictation buttonto search by dictation.

Other functions related to reminders

Easily add a reminder with Siri, create a reminder from another app, and share your lists with others.

Share a reminder list

  1. Tap the list you want to share, then tap the More button.
  2. Tap "Add People".
  3. Choose how you want to invite people to your reminders list. You can use a built-in iOS app or a third-party app.
  4. Add the people you want to share the list with and send the invitation. The steps for adding people and sending vary depending on the app you're using.

When someone has accepted your invitation, they can add, delete and mark entries as done. To see shared reminder lists that you created in iOS 13 or later, the people you invite must also be using iOS 13 or later on their device. Messages that you set for your reminders will not be shared with anyone.

Assign a reminder in a shared list

Assign reminders to people you share lists with so they can get reminders. This is useful for dividing up tasks and knowing who is responsible for what so no one forgets their tasks.

How to assign a reminder to someone:

  1. Tap the assign button.
  2. Select the person you want to assign the reminder to.
  3. Tap on "Done".

Do you need to reassign a reminder or remove an assignment? Next to the reminder, tap the recipient, then tap Reassign or Remove Assignment.

Add a reminder with Siri

You can ask Siri on your iOS device or Apple Watch to schedule a reminder for you. * Here are some examples:

  • "Remind me to feed the dog at 7:30 am every day."
  • "Remind me to check the mail as soon as I get home."
  • "Please remind me to stop by the supermarket when I leave here."
  • "Remind me to call Tamara tomorrow at 3:00 pm."

Add your home and business addresses to your card in Contacts so Siri can help you set location-based reminders. Open the People app, then tap My Card. Tap Edit, add your work or home address, then tap Done.

* Siri uses location services when your reminder needs to use your location. Siri availability, features, and commands vary by language, country, and region. Find out which features Siri supports in which countries and regions.

Add reminders from within another app

It's never been easier to use an app to remind yourself of a task, such as the newspaper article you wanted to read when you get home. Link to a location in another app by setting a reminder in that app. Remember to open this app again, e.g. B. to revisit a website or map location. In your memory there is also a link to the point where you left off.

With the app open, tell Siri: "Remind me later." Or tap the share button in the app and tap on "Reminders".

In your memory you will find a link directly to a place in another app that you want to return to.

When you receive the scheduled notification or open reminders, tap the link under the reminder to go directly to the app.You can also set a reminder when you receive a call that you can't answer right away. On the call screen, tap Reminder, then choose when you want to be reminded to return the call.

Create and view reminders on your Apple Watch

The Reminders app on Apple Watch shows your iCloud reminders in the same smart and custom lists that appear on your iPhone. Tap a list to view the reminders, and tap a reminder to mark it as done.

You can quickly add new reminders by using Siri on your Apple Watch or by tapping "Add Reminder" or "New Reminder" in the app. Reminders you create on your watch will appear on your iPhone and other devices signed in with the same Apple ID.

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