Reminders (Apple)

Reminders is a task management program developed by Apple Inc. for their iOS, macOS and watchOS platforms that allows users to create lists and set notifications for themselves.[1] The app was first introduced in iOS 5 and OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" and was rebuilt from the ground up with the release of iOS 13.[2]

Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial release
  • iOS: October 12, 2011 (2011-10-12)
  • macOS: July 12, 2012 (2012-07-12)
  • watchOS: September 13, 2016 (2016-09-13)
Operating system
  • iOS 5 or later
  • iPadOS
  • OS X Mountain Lion or later
  • watchOS 3 or later
TypeTask management


Reminders are placed into four categories which can be found at the top of the screen; "Today", "Scheduled", "All", and "Flagged". Users can also create their own lists of reminders. New reminders can be placed into lists or set as subtasks[3] and can include several details including: a priority tag,[4] a note about the reminder, and an image or URL attachment.

Tasks appear in the Notification Center 24 hours before the time a reminder is set for. Additionally, alarms can be set for reminders, sending a notification to users at a certain time and date, when a geofence around an area is crossed, or when a message starts being typed to a set contact.[5] If a time-based alert is set, it can repeat every day, week, two weeks, month, or year.

Reminders can be marked as completed (checked) and are automatically hidden.[6] Lists can be synced between iOS and macOS through iCloud[7] as well as shared with other contacts. Once shared, tasks can be added or completed by anyone with access to a list and specific reminders can be assigned to different people.[5]


  1. Cipriani, Jason (September 13, 2011). "How to use the iOS 5 Reminders app". CNet. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  2. "iOS 13 Hands-on: The New and Improved Reminders App". iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog. June 11, 2019. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  3. Potuck, Michael (October 16, 2019). "How to make subtasks with Reminders on iPhone, iPad, Mac". 9to5Mac. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  4. "How to change priority for, move, and add notes to Reminders on iPhone or iPad | iMore". Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  5. "Use Reminders on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch". Apple Support. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  6. "Reminders App: The Ultimate Guide | iMore". Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  7. Snell, Jason (February 16, 2012). "Mountain Lion: Hands on with Notes and Reminders". MacWorld. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
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