How to get the most out of Reminders, Apple’s best application that can make your life so much easier

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Apple makes a lot of useful apps, but its best one is Reminders.

Released in 2011 as part of iOS 5, Reminders lets you create to-dos that sync across all your Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers.

You don’t need a good memory if you know how to use Reminders, which can be prioritized and shared in different ways. It’s like having a superpower.

Reminders is getting a total overhaul later this year, but to prepare for that big change, you should get familiar with the current app so you can understand and unlock the power of Reminders:


To get started, go the Reminders app. It should be on your iPhone already.

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Reminders comes pre-loaded on all iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers.


The Reminders app is organized with different tabs — and you can make as many as you want.

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Everyone starts with the “Scheduled” and “Reminders” tabs, and you can customize it by adding new tabs like “To Do” and “Groceries.”


Once inside a category, click in the space below and start typing to create a reminder. Click the “i” when you’re done to add more important details.

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You can put due dates on your reminders, so you never forget to go somewhere, or do something. I use this all the time, in lieu of a traditional calendar.

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Create a new reminder in any of your lists, then click on the “i” on the far right to see a new list of options.

From there, toggle on “Remind me on a day,” and choose a day and time to be reminded.


You can make repeating alerts, so you never forget to take medicine, or forget a special birthday or anniversary.

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Create a new reminder in any given list, then click the “i” on the far right.

In the next menu, toggle on “Remind me on a day,” choose the day and time to be reminded, and then click the “Repeat” option below.

You can choose to remind yourself every day, week, two weeks, month, or year.

You can even set custom frequencies, like every 13 days, or weeks, or months, or years.


You can create reminders for certain locations, so you don’t forget to pick up groceries when you leave work.

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Create a new reminder in any of your lists, click the “i” on the far right, then click “Remind me at a location” in the next menu.

You’ll see new options: You can choose to get an alert when you get in or out of your car (it has to be paired to your phone), or when you leave or arrive at any location you choose.


You can create shared lists with other people, too. My wife and I keep a shared grocery list that updates in real-time. We use it religiously.

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My wife and I love this feature, and use it all the time.

Create a new list, click “Edit,” and you’ll see an option that says “Sharing.” Click that, click “Add person,” and then enter the phone or email for any of your contacts.

Click “Add,” and you’re all set! Your recipient will get notified with an invitation to join your list.

You don’t need an Apple device to make a shared list with someone, but they will need an iCloud account to be able to see your active reminders at iCloud.com.


If you’ve set up the Family Sharing feature on your Apple devices, you can share your reminders with everyone in your group instantly.

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Apple’s Family Sharing feature lets you share photos, calendars, movies and other purchased content across any Apple devices owned by family members.

If this feature is activated on your devices, your Reminders app will automatically have a list called “Family” created for you and everyone in your group. If you add any reminders to that list, they’ll pop up on all of your family’s devices.


Reminders is one of the rare instances where using Siri is actually helpful.

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Activate Siri by holding the power button, and say “Remind me to [do whatever]” – buy pasta, pay a bill, call someone, etc.

Siri also translates important details, so if you say “Remind me to check the fridge when I get home,” it will set a location-based reminder. Or, if you say “Remind me to record the Oscars at 7 p.m. on Sunday,” it will take note of the date and time you asked for.


You can remind yourself to call someone back later.

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You’re getting a call but you can’t take it right now. Don’t sweat it – just click the “Remind Me” button on the home screen as that person’s calling you, and choose when you want to be reminded to call that person back.

Or, you can use Siri or set a manual reminder to call that person back as well.