6 Tips and Tricks for the Apple iPhone Reminders App

Apple Reminders app shown on a MacBook Pro

By Paul Riegler on 20 February 2019
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One of the least discussed apps that come with the iPhone is also perhaps the most useful: Reminders.

Apple’s Reminders app, introduced in iOS 5 and OS X 10.8, allows users to set notifications. It automatically syncs the reminders between an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and MacBook, so it will nag you across all of your Apple devices.

The app starts users off with two tabs – Scheduled and Reminders – and it’s simple to add new tabs such as Grocery List or Planned Theater Reviews.

The Reminders app, which many users don’t even recall seeing on their iPhones, is a built-in task management tool that can take the burden off remembering things you have to do.

Reminder options include priority (from low to high), a note about the reminder, an alarm at a specific time and date, the ability to repeat a reminder, and the ability to remind when a geofence around a specified area is crossed.

Each reminder bears a title and can be marked as completed when no longer needed. Once marked thusly, it is automatically hidden from view.

Here’s a look at several little known features and very useful in Reminders.

1.) Ask Siri

Reminders is an app with extensive Siri integration and an excellent example of Siri’s usefulness as a helper.

You can ask Sir to schedule a reminder for you that is both time and location sensitive. It’s actually faster to use Siri than to open the app and type in the reminder. In our tests, Siri gets the text of the reminder correctly 99 times out of 100.

Here are some examples of asking Siri to set a reminder:

  • Remind me to call the attorney when I get back to the office
  • Remind me to set up a conference call with David when I get home
  • Remind me to pick up fresh bread when I leave here.
  • Remind me to call Edward Heath at 11:30 a.m.

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