How to Set Up Reminders on Your iPad

The Reminders app for the iPad is a simple app, and the steps for managing reminders are equally simple. Here’s how to remind yourself of something with the Reminders app:

  1. To create a new reminder, tap the + button in the upper-right corner or tap the first blank item in the Reminder list (right below Taxes in the figure).

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    The virtual keyboard appears.

  2. Type a title for the new reminder and then tap the Return key.

    You can dictate your reminder instead of typing it if you’re using a third-generation iPad.

    The item appears in the current Reminders list.

    At this point, your reminder is bare bones, and its date, repeat, and priority options have not been activated.

  3. To activate any or all of these options, tap the reminder, and in the Details overlay that appears, tap Show More to see all the options.

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    Your options include the following:

    • Tap Remind Me if you want to specify a day and time for this reminder.

      If you have an iPad with 3G or 4G, you can also set a location-based reminder. Just tap the At a Location switch to enable it, specify the location, and then choose When I Arrive or When I Leave.

      Location-based reminders will suck your iPad battery dry faster than almost anything else. Remember to mark location-based reminders as completed by tapping their check box when you finish them or you’ll be reminded of the something you’ve already done every time you pass that location and drain your iPad battery unnecessarily.

    • You’ll notice that a Repeat button that wasn’t there before is there now. Tap it to set a second reminder for a different day or time.

    • To specify a priority for this reminder, tap Priority. Select None, Low, Medium, or High.

    • If you want this reminder to appear in a list other than the one it currently appears upon, tap List. Tap the list you want to move this reminder to.

  4. Tap the Done button in the upper-right corner after you’ve set all your options.

Choose the list you want your new reminder to appear on before you create it.

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