Create and use Reminders on your iPhone and iPad

Reminders lets you keep track of all the things you need to know like due dates and locations.

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With Reminders you can:

  • 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, and
  • reorder your tasks.

To use your Reminders, tap Reminders on the Home screen of your device.

Create a reminder

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

  1. Tap a blank line and enter the item. 
  2. Tap Return to add more. 
  3. Tap  next to an item to add more details. 
  4. Tap Done.

Create a new list

To create a new list, follow these steps:

  • Tap New List. You might need to choose an account. If you’re using an iPad, tap Add List first on the bottom left
  • Enter a name for your list.
  • Tap Done.


If you're using iCloud, you can share a reminder list with other iCloud users.

Change or delete a reminder or list

To delete a list, tap Edit, then tap Delete List. To delete a reminder, swipe the reminder left, then tap Delete. 

To change the order of lists, tap and hold the list name, then drag the list to a new location. To change the order of items in a list, tap Edit and drag the   symbol to a new location.

Mark a reminder complete

To complete a reminder, follow these steps:

  1. Select the list that contains your reminder.
  2. Tap the circle to the left of the reminder you want to complete.

The reminder moves to the completed folder. You can show or hide completed reminders by tapping Show Completed or Hide Completed.

To mark a reminder as not complete:

  1. Select the list with the reminder.
  2. Tap Show Completed.
  3. Tap the circle to the left of the reminder to deselect it.


Use location-based reminders

Location-based Reminders are available on iPhone 4 and later, iPad (4th generation Wi-Fi + cellular), and iPad mini (Wi-Fi + cellular).

To turn on location-based reminders, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Reminders and choose the list you want.
  2. Tap the task for which you want a location-based reminder.
  3. Tap  .
  4. Turn on Remind me at a location.
  5. Tap Location and enter a location or address for your reminder. Use a specific street address if possible. 
    • You can use a saved contact location or manually enter an address.
    • You can also adjust the size of the location alert radius. 

After you create a location-based reminder, a location-based reminder icon will appear in the status bar. The icon will remain as long as you have at least one location-based reminder not marked as complete.

Learn more about Location Services.

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