iOS: Using Reminders

Use Reminders to organize your life in to-do lists, complete with due dates and locations.

To use Reminders, tap Reminders on the Home screen.

Reminders app on iPad and iPhone

With Reminders, you can do the following:

  • Create date and time or location-based notifications.
  • View your reminders by list or schedule.
  • Search for specific reminders.
  • Automatically update all your devices and calendars using Calendar, Outlook, and iCloud.
  • Create and organize multiple lists.
  • Reorder your to-dos.

When you mark a reminder as complete, it moves to the Completed list.

Create a new reminder

To create a new set of reminders, follow these steps:

  1. Tap New List. You might need to choose an account.
    If you're using an iPad, tap Add List first.
    List of reminders
  2. Enter a name for your list.
  3. Tap Done.

To add items to a reminder, follow these steps:

  1. Tap a blank line and enter the item.
  2. Tap Return to add more.
  3. Tap Information icon next to an item to add more details.
  4. Tap Done when you're finished.

Learn more about managing your reminders

Use location-based Reminders

To use location-based Reminders, you must turn on Location Services and Background App Refresh for Reminders. Location Services alerts you when you leave or arrive at a specific location. If you force Reminders to quit, you may not get these alerts.

To turn on the settings for location-based Reminders, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Settings > General > Background App Refresh and turn on Background App Refresh and Reminders.

    Background App Refresh settings

  2. Tap Settings > Privacy > Location Services and turn on Location Services and Reminders.

See these tips for location-based Reminders:

  • To set a location, you can use a saved contact location or manually enter an address.
  • You can adjust the size of the location alert radius for a reminder.
  • Use a specific street address, if possible.
  • The location service icon will remain in the status bar until you mark the reminder as complete.
  • Location-based Reminders are available on iPhone 4 and later, iPad (4th generation Wi-Fi + Cellular), and iPad mini (Wi-Fi + Cellular).
    Note: Location reminders aren't supported by Exchange accounts.

Learn to troubleshoot issues with Reminders and iCloud.


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