Use Siri to Add Reminders to Specific Lists

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If you think of something you don’t want to forget, you can quickly ask Siri to add the reminder to your list. But when you ask Siri to remind you about something, like your car payment, Siri automatically adds the reminder to the default Reminders list. If you want the reminder added to a different list, that's possible too. You just have to phrase your request a little differently. Here’s how to use Siri to add reminders to specific lists.

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Quickly add items to Reminders lists hands-free.
  • Create new reminders without having to open the app.

How to Use Siri with Reminders

System Requirements

This tip works on most versions of iOS, but these specific steps and screenshots were designed with iOS 17 in mind. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

Using Siri to add items to specific lists is pretty handy since it's faster than manually opening the Reminders app and adding it yourself. I like to use Siri to quickly add items to my grocery lists when I notice we're running low on something. For more handy Siri tips and tricks, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, here's how to use Siri with Reminders:

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  1. Activate Siri, either by saying "Siri"/"Hey Siri," or by pressing and holding the Side button. Then, simply say, "Add [item] to [list name]." For example, I told Siri, "Add eggs to Trader Joe's."

    iphone home screen with siri speech bubble circled in red. bubble reads, "Siri add eggs to Trader joe's"
  2. Once the item has been added, a confirmation window will appear. You can tap Change to edit the item if you want to be reminded about it at a specific time, day, or place. Siri will ask you what you want to change, and you can say something like, "Tuesday at 1:00 PM." Siri will then remind you of this item at the specified time.

    iphone home screen with siri speech bubble with a red circle around a window displaying a remidners list titled, "trader joe's" and an item, "eggs," has been added. There is also a button labeled change, indicating that the user can edit information about the new item that has been added to the list

This also works with more than just grocery lists. If you want the reminder added to a specific Reminders list, instead of saying, "Hey Siri, remind me to grocery shop," say something like,

  • "Siri add grocery shopping to my Personal Reminders list," or
  • "Add car payment to my Monthly Bills list," instead.

If you have multiple reminders list that you like to keep organized, quickly using Siri to add reminders to a list is a great way to do that.

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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.