Introduced with iOS 5, Apple’s very own Reminders app is a great way to create a to-do list or any list that may need to help you get organized. It’s easy, fast and can help you become more productive. Here is how to create lists and setup reminders on iPhone and iPad.

Setup reminders on iPhone

The Reminders application is pre-installed on any iPhone running iOS 5 or later, which is also a requirement to use the app. On a new iPhone, you can find it between ‘Notes’ and ‘Clock’. You can also swipe right and initiate a search for the app.

When you first launch the application, you’ll be greeted by a blank sheet of virtual notepaper with the Reminders header. Let’s create a reminder.

  1. Tap on the ‘+’ .
  2. Your cursor will now appear on the first line. Type your reminder.
  3. Tap on the ‘Done’ button at the top right.
  4. To add to your list, tap in a new row and repeat this process.

To mark a reminder as a completed, simply tap on the box next to the reminder.

Create reminders in iOS

Set Calendar Based Or Repeating Reminders

Often times, you might want to set a day and time for when you would like to be reminded. For example, I’d like to set a reminder for the application to notify me when I need to write and publish this article. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Tap on the ‘+’ and type your reminder.
  2. Instead of pressing ‘Done’, select the arrow that appears to the right of your reminder.
  3. Slide the ‘Remind Me On a Day’ from Off to On.
  4. Tap on the date and use the scroller to input the date and time of your reminder.
  5. If you have a reoccurring task, tap on the Repeat option. You have the option to set your reminder to reoccur Every Day, Every Week, Every Two Weeks, Every Month or Every Year.
  6. When you have finished with the date, time and repeat options (if applicable), press ‘Done’.

Tip: The arrow icon that appears to the right of your reminder can also be used for setting up location based reminders, which we covered in depth in this tutorial.

How To Create A New List

  1. Tap on the Menu button (three dashes) at the top left of the application.
  2. Select ‘Create New List’
  3. Enter a name for your new list.
  4. Press the blue ‘Done’ button on your keyboard.

Reminders list

Tap on any of your lists from this menu to view your corresponding reminders. There are a few other notable features from this screen. You can view ‘Completed’ reminders or a list of reminders from ‘Today’ by selecting either of those options. There is also a search feature, which is useful if you start to amass a good number of lists. Finally, at the bottom, you’ll see a week at a glance calendar. You can select a date to view any reminders you have set for that particular day. As you scroll left, the interface will keep today’s date locked.

On the surface, Apple’s Reminders app may appear to be a relatively basic to-do list app. As you peel away the layers you realize that it can be incredibly powerful, thanks in part to iCloud integration. If you have more than one iOS user in your home, sharing reminders is a great way to manage shopping lists and dates that are important within your house. Workgroups can also benefit from sharing task lists for a project. The uses for this app are endless. Armed with the tools to setup reminders on your iPhone or iPad, I hope that you’ll further explore the app and how it can help boost your productivity.