How to Set Reminders on Your iPhone & iPad

How To Set Reminders on Your iPhone

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I don't know about you, but if I don't write down my appointments and activities, I'm sure to lose them in a deep, dark corner of my mind. To say I'm merely forgetful is an understatement. The Reminders app allows me to set reminders on iPhone based on the time, day, or location. For example, my iPhone can remind me to pick up some milk on the way home from work using the phone's GPS. If you use iCloud, your reminders can also be synced among all your devices. Here's how to set a reminder on iPhone X and earlier iPhones. We'll also cover how to set an alarm or due date reminder, how to add a location-based alert, and how to get reminders to pop up on your iPhone so you don't miss them.

Related: How to Use Siri to Add Reminders to Specific Lists

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Table of Contents:

How to Set a Reminder on iPhone and iPad

  • Open the Reminders app.
  • Select a list or create a new one by tapping the + in the upper right corner.
  • Within the correct list, tap on an empty line to create a reminder.
  • Your keyboard will pop up. Type your reminder. 
  • Once you have typed in your Reminder, tap Done.
  • Or if you'd like to edit the time or date of the Reminder alert, keep reading.

How to Set Up a Due Date Reminder and Repeating Alert Due Date Reminder on iPhone and iPad

  • Tap the blue "i" in a circle to set specifics for the reminder.
  • Turn on "Remind me on a day" then tap on Alarm to set a day and time for your reminder.
  • Tap Done when you are finished.

How to Add a Location-Based Alert in Reminders iPhone and iPad

  • You can also have a reminder pop up when you leave or arrive somewhere.
  • Turn on "Remind me at a location" and then either tap on your current location, which should come up automatically or type in a location in the search field at the top of your screen.
  • Then choose to be reminded when you arrive at that location or when you leave that location.
  • Once you've completed your reminder, you can tick it off by tapping the circle next to it.
  • To delete the reminder completely, swipe left on the reminder and tap Delete.

How to Get Reminders to Pop Up in Notifications iPhone and iPad

  • Setting a Reminder on your iPhone or iPad won't help much if your Reminders aren't popping up on your iPhone. Here's how to adjust your Reminders Notification settings in order to get Reminders to pop up on your iPhone or iPad
  • Open Settings and tap on Notifications
  • Scroll down and tap on Reminders
  • Here you can choose a sound to play with your Reminders and select where you want to Reminders to pop up on iPhone: in Notification Center, as a Badge App Icon, and/or on your Lock screen.

Now that you know how to set Reminders on your phone, you can also learn how to print Reminders, in case you need a physical copy on hand, and how to turn off notifications for shared reminders on iPhone.

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Paula Bostrom

Paula is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She enjoys life at home with her husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a parrot. Her iPhone is never more than two feet away from her and she can't imagine life without it.