Use Reminders 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 alerts based on time and location.

Before you begin

  • Set up iCloud to keep your reminders updated across all of your devices. Open the Settings app, then tap [your name] > iCloud and turn on Reminders. Inside the Reminders app, you’ll see all of your reminders on all of your Apple devices that are signed in to the same Apple ID.

  • Find out more about upgrading your iCloud reminders after you’ve updated to iOS 13 or later or iPadOS.

Create a reminder

  1. Open the Reminders app.

  2. Tap + New Reminder, then type your reminder.

    An iPhone showing the New Reminder screen, where you can add a title, notes and other details to create a reminder.

You can also add reminders to your most important to-do lists from the Reminders widget on your Home Screen.

Set a due date

Tap the Date and Time buttonNo alt supplied for Image to set a due date for the reminder. Choose from Today, Tomorrow or This Weekend, or tap Date & Time to set your own day and time.

If you set a due date for a reminder but don’t assign it a time, the notification will appear at 09.00 by default. To change when all-day reminder notifications appear, open the Settings app, then tap Reminders. Tap the time below All-Day Reminders, then choose a different time.

Add a location

Tap the Location buttonNo alt supplied for Image to assign a notification based on where you are. Select one of the options provided or tap Custom to add your own location, choose whether you want to be notified when arriving or leaving, and set the perimeter of your reminder area.

To receive location-based reminders, make sure Location Services is turned on. Open the Settings app, then tap Privacy & Security > Location Services and turn on Location Services.

Add a tag

Tap the Tag buttonNo alt supplied for Image to add a tag. Tags let you organise reminders quickly and automatically based on keywords. Find out more about using tags to organise your reminders.

Flag a reminder

Tap the Flag buttonNo alt supplied for Image to mark a reminder as extra important and make it appear in the Flagged smart list on the Reminders app main screen.

Add an attachment

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

Edit a reminder

Tap the Edit Details buttonNo alt supplied for Image to add even more details and customisations to your reminder, such as notes, a URL and a priority level. You can also modify the reminder’s notification settings and change the list it belongs to.

Receive a reminder when you’re messaging someone

  1. Tap a reminder, then tap the Edit Details buttonNo alt supplied for Image.

  2. Turn on When Messaging.

  3. Tap Choose Person, then tap a name in your contacts.

An iPhone showing a Gardening Reminders list. Under a reminder to “Ask Jackelyn to borrow her truck”, it shows Jackelyn’s photo and “Messaging: Jackelyn Perra”.

The next time you chat with this person in Messages, a Reminders notification will appear.

Create subtasks

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

You can create subtasks in a few different ways:

  • Tap and hold a reminder, then drag it onto another reminder. The reminder that you dragged will become a subtask of the other reminder.

  • Swipe right on a reminder, then tap Indent. The reminder will become a subtask of the reminder above it. To undo this, swipe right again on the subtask and tap Outdent.

  • Tap a reminder, then tap the Edit Details buttonNo alt supplied for Image. Tap Subtasks > Add Reminder, then type your subtask. Repeat for as many subtasks as you’d like to create.

  • If you can’t create subtasks, make sure you are using iCloud Reminders.

Complete a reminder

To mark a reminder as completed, tap the empty circle next to it. To see your completed reminders, tap the More buttonNo alt supplied for Image, then tap Show Completed.

iPhone showing a Reminders list with the menu open after selecting the More button. Show Completed is highlighted in the menu.

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

If you receive a reminder notification on your Lock Screen, swipe left over the reminder. Tap View, then tap Mark as Completed.

Add a reminder with Siri

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

  • "Remind me to feed the dog every day at 7.30 a.m."

  • "Remind me to check the post when I get home."

  • "Remind me to go to the supermarket when I leave here."

  • "Remind me to call Tara tomorrow at 3.00 p.m."

Add your home and work addresses to your card in Contacts to allow Siri to help you set location-based reminders. Open the Contacts 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 Siri features are supported in which countries and regions.

Add a reminder from another app

To remind yourself to go back to another app – for example, to revisit a website or a map location – add a link in your reminder to where you left off. Open the app you want to come back to and look for the Share button. Then tap the Reminders icon.

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