Tip of the Day: Increasing Accuracy of Location-Based Reminders

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One of the coolest things about iOS Reminders is the ability to set location-based remindersReminders determine when you are leaving or arriving somewhere through geofences. But what if you keep receiving a location-based reminder everytime you happen to be near but not arriving at or departing from the location? Or what if you want to get the reminder sooner as you approach the location? Just make the location's geofence bigger or smaller.

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To adjust the geofence's size, open Reminders and create your reminder or tap on an existing reminder.

Tap the i icon to bring up the Details menu.

Toggle Remind me at a location on and then tap Location.


Enter the address where you want to receive the location reminder. You will then see a map of the location with a blue circle around it. 

Touch and hold the black dot on the blue circle and move it in or out to until the geofence is your preferred size. Tap Details and then Done. You will now receive your location-based reminder as soon as you cross the new boundary of the geofence.


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Sarah Kingsbury

As the Editorial Director at iPhone Life, Sarah Kingsbury manages the online editorial team and oversees all website content. She is a long-time Apple enthusiast who never goes anywhere without her Apple Watch and owns way too many HomePods. Since joining iPhone Life in 2013, Sarah has done everything from writing hundreds of how-to articles to founding the Daily Tip newsletter. She even co-hosted the early episodes of the iPhone Life Podcast. When not at work, Sarah can be found hiking in the mountains and canyons around Las Vegas, where she lives with her partner and dogs.