Reminders is an incredibly helpful app that can keep you organized and on task. You can set reminders for all sorts of tasks, like not forgetting to call back that friend you’ve been playing phone tag with or making sure you go to your doctor’s appointment. Reminders are also super useful as a grocery list or to-do list as well, making it convenient to have all your tasks and reminders in one place. But just because they are all in one app doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep everything organized.
In iOS 15, the Reminders app is comprised of different lists, giving you the ability to sort your life’s tasks as much as you need — here’s everything you need to know about Reminders lists.
By default, reminders you create will be all in one big list, but the app does have some default sections — Today, Scheduled, All, and Flagged — to sort your tasks.
You can sort your reminders by more than just these categories by creating a list in reminders.
While creating reminders in the default Reminders list on iPhone and iPad serves its purpose, we’ve all got different tasks and things to remember on a regular basis. For most, that will be a combination of tasks between home, work, volunteer organizations, and more. The Reminders app allows you to create custom lists outside of the default ones just for this reason.
Type a name for your new list.
Once you’ve created a list you aren’t stuck with it. You can rename it or change its color and icon at any time.
Tap info. It’s the «i» in the grey square.
Type a new name if you want.
Tap the color you want.
Tap the icon you want.
You can share an entire list in reminders, meaning you can work off the same set of tasks with multiple people. If you and your family or roommate both shop for groceries, just share the list with them so they pick up everything you need. Here’s how you can share a list in Reminders.
Before you can share a list in Reminders, you need to ensure that Reminders has access to your iCloud account. By default, Reminders should be hooked up to your iCloud, but in case you ever changed it, or you just want to double-check here’s what you should do.
Tap the Reminders On/Off switch. The switch will be green when Reminders is connected to your iCloud.
Tap Edit. It’s the three dots located in the top-right corner.
Tap Add People.
Send your list via your chosen option.
The person will receive an invitation to accept the shared reminders list. Once accepted, the added person can edit or create new reminders. Reminders will also alert parties of due dates, as well as location-based alerts.
There may come a time when you don’t need one of those lists anymore. Perhaps you set up a list for a specific project that is now over, or you don’t need a shared list with a colleague anymore. Instead of cluttering up Reminders with lists you don’t want around, you can just as easily delete them.
Tap Delete on the alert to confirm.
You can delete a list someone has shared with you at any time to remove it from your devices. Doing so will not impact the list on the creator’s devices nor any other device with which they’ve shared. But, if you delete a shared list that you created, it will be removed from all the devices of anyone with whom you shared that list.
In a world where it’s too easy to get distracted, task lists in the Reminders app help your best iPhone keep you on track, so you can accomplish everything you need to do.
There are a ton of different types of tasks you can create in the Reminders app that will help you remember all your to-do items, so don’t be afraid to explore the app and try out all the options.
Updated March 2022: Updated for the lastest version of iOS 15.