How to Create a Schedule in the Journal App

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The Journal app, which was released with iOS 17.2, is a great way to keep a log of events with pictures, links, and other media that you can lock behind your iPhone's passcode. However, if you'd like to improve your journal-keeping consistency, here's how to create a schedule in the new Journal app.

Why You'll Love This Tip:

  • Set a custom schedule for journaling in the Journal app on iPhone.
  • Create a new habit with the help of the Journal app schedule reminders.

Create a Schedule in the Journal App

System Requirements

To access the Journal app, you must download iOS 17.2 on your iPhone. Learn how to update to the latest iOS.

After you enable the schedule feature, you can customize the time and days of the week in which you'd like to be reminded to write in the Journal app. If you like learning how to use the latest Apple apps, sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

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  1. On your iPhone, open Settings.

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  2. Tap Journal.

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  3. Tap Journaling Schedule.

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  4. Toggle on Schedule.

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  5. Tap the time to edit the time of day you'd like to write in your journal.

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  6. Tap the days of the week you'd like to write in your journal.

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  7. To turn on notifications for your journaling schedule, tap Go to Settings.

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  8. Toggle on Allow Notifications

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  9. From here, you can make additional edits to the notification style or tap Journal to return to the Journal settings menu and tap Journaling Schedule again.

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  10. Choose which days you'd like to receive Journal schedule notifications. 

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And that's all there is to it! Now, you will receive a reminder to write in the Journal app on that day at the time you set. Happy journaling!

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.