How to Use the Reminders App on Your iPad - dummies

How to Use the Reminders App on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Reminder notes and to-do lists are a staple for busy people, and your iPad can help. If you want to keep a to-do list on your iPad, you can find lots of good “to-do list” apps in the App Store. Try searching for To-Do list and you’ll find more than 100 offerings for the iPad. Many are them are free, but others sell (and sell briskly) at prices up to $30 or $40.

Most of these third-party scheduling apps have nothing to worry about from the Reminders app. Although some people may love it, you might still want to check out other options if you desire features not available from Reminders.

Reminders is a simple, basic To-Do list app. It lets you make and organize lists, with optional “reminders” available for items in your lists.

Tap the Reminders icon on your iPad Home screen and you’ll see something that looks like this figure.


Reminders on the right side of the screen belong to a list called To Dos as indicated by the check mark next to its name on the left side of the screen.

You can have as many or as few lists as you like. Whatever you decide, you’ll have to tap the Edit button to work with your lists. When you do, the left side of the screen goes into edit mode, as shown in this figure.


Here’s a quick rundown of how it all works (after you tap the Edit button):

  • Create a new list: Tap Create New List; type a name for it on the virtual keyboard; and then tap Done.

  • Delete a list: Tap the red minus sign for the list. The sign rotates 90 degrees and a Delete button appears next to the list’s name (see Home in the figure).

    You can also delete a list without first tapping the Edit button by swiping it from left to right. A red Delete button appears next to the list’s name. Tap it to delete the list or tap anywhere else to cancel and not delete it.

  • Reorder (move up or down) lists: Press and hold your finger on the three horizontal rectangles to the right of a list’s name and drag the list up or down. When the list is where you want it to be, lift your finger.