The Easiest Way to Create Lists on iPhone

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Did you know the Reminders app on your iPhone is for more than just reminders? You can also use the app to create lists for grocery shopping, keeping track of chores, or just a general checklist. Read on to find out how to use Reminders on iPhone to create lists!

Why You’ll Love This Tip:

  • Create separate lists of reminders for different needs.
  • Easily access lists from the Reminders app.

How to Create a Reminder List on iPhone

System Requirements

This tip works on iPhones running iOS 16 or later. Find out how to update to the latest version of iOS.

While you can create lists in the Notes app, the Reminders app has this functionality built-in, making it quicker and easier to use, especially when it comes to grocery lists. For more iPhone shortcuts and advice, check out our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now, let’s take a look at how to create a Reminders list on iPhone:

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  1. Open the Reminders app.

    iphone home screen with reminders app circled in red
  2. Tap Add List.

    iphone reminders app with add list button circled in red
  3. If you have multiple Apple IDs on your iPhone, you’ll need to select which account you want the list to be created under.

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  4. Give your list a name.

    iphone reminders new list with list name field circled in red
  5. Select the List Type.

    iphone reminders app new list with list type button circled in red
  6. You can choose between a Standard list, Groceries, or a Smart List. In this tip, we'll be going over creating a Standard list. Note: Grocery Lists are only available on iOS 17 and newer.

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  7. Choose a color for your list.

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  8. Select an icon.

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  9. Tap Done.

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  10. Tap New Reminder to add an item to your list.

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  11. Enter a name for the item.

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  12. Tap Add Note to add additional information, if needed.

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  13. Tap the info icon to customize the entry further if you'd like.

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  14. You can adjust the name, notes, and even add a URL.

    iphone reminder details with name, notes, and url fields circled in red
  15. You can select a date and time for when you want to be reminded about this.

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  16. Select Tags to give your reminder a tag, making it easier to find.

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  17. Toggle Location on if you want to be reminded about this when arriving at a specific location.

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  18. Toggle When Messaging on to get a reminder when texting a specific contact.

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  19. Lastly, you can flag the reminder, adjust its priority, move it to a different list, add subtasks, or add an image.

    iphone reminder details with flag toggle, priority, list, subtask, and image options circled in red
  20. When you complete something on the list, tap the small circle next to it to mark it as completed.

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  21. It will then be automatically removed from the list.

    iphone reminders list with one reminder missing after being checked off

That’s how to create standard lists in the Reminders app on iPhone. If you’d like to see how to make a Smart List or a Grocery List, we have articles for those as well.

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Rhett Intriago

Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.