Jog Your Memory with Reminders on Your iPhone 5

Reminders on your iPhone 5 act as an old-fashioned to-do list, but with 90 features that pen and paper don’t have. You can share reminders between your Apple devices and your Mac via iCloud, but reminders offer another exceptional feature: They can be triggered by location so that your iPhone automatically reminds you of things you need to take care of as you enter or leave a specific location.

By default, a reminder brings up a dialog box on your iPhone screen and an entry in the Notification Center. You can change the notifications you receive in Settings.

Create reminders for specific days

Follow these steps to create a new reminder that goes off on a specific day:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Reminders icon.

  2. Tap the Add button (a plus sign).

    A new reminder is started and the keyboard opens.

  3. Type your reminder.

    For example, you could type Buy balloons and twine.

  4. Tap the Information icon (a right-facing arrow) at the right side of your new entry.

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    You see the options shown. You can display and edit these options for existing reminders as well. When you first run the Reminders app, tap the Information icon next to the desired reminder in the list.

  5. Tap the Remind Me on a Day switch.

  6. Tap the Date and Time field.

  7. Specify a date and time.

  8. If the reminder should repeat, tap Repeat. Then choose the amount of time that will pass before the reminder resets.

  9. Tap Done to save your reminder and return to the Reminder screen.

Create new reminders for a certain place

Follow these steps to create a new reminder that will go off when you get to or leave a certain place:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Reminders icon.

  2. Tap the Add button (a plus sign).

    A new reminder is started and the keyboard opens.

  3. Type your reminder.

  4. Tap the Information icon (a right-facing arrow) at the right side of your new entry.

  5. Tap the Remind Me at a Location switch.

  6. Tap the location field and type a new address.

    By default, Reminders uses your current location.

  7. Tap Arrive or Leave.

    Here is where you decide whether the reminder will appear when you arrive or leave the location.

  8. Tap Done.

    Your reminder is saved, and you’re returned to the Reminder screen.

Take care of reminders

You can handle reminders with these tips:

  • See your reminders. Tap the Reminders icon on your iPhone's Home screen.

  • Mark a reminder as done. Tap the check box next to that reminder in the list.

  • See completed reminders. Swipe from left to right across the screen.

  • Delete a reminder.

    1. Tap the reminder entry in the list.

    2. Tap Delete.

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