Welcome to PadGadget’s weekly how to guide and tutorial column. Each week, we show you tips and tricks and give advice on how to make the most out of your iPad. Last week, we showed you how to find Spotlight Search in iOS 7. Do you remember that pop up message that appeared when you first downloaded iOS 7? Well, it was telling you how to find Spotlight search. If you are like me, you dismissed it without even reading it.
This week, we are going to tell you how to use the Reminders app in iOS 7. You may think everything is new and different, but it is really not.
Just like in iOS 6, you can sync your reminders and lists across devices. Go to your Systems Preference section on your Mac, select iCloud from the Internet and Wireless list, and check “Calenders and Reminders” when it opens. Your Mac Reminders list will then automatically sync with your iPad.
To start a new list, tap “Add List” from the bottom left corner of the screen. Begin typing the name of your new list. This is for creating main categories, projects, or events that you will want to add a reminder to. You can then color code the list to help separate it from other categories. For example, you may have multiple projects relating to work that you could code with blue.
After you have titled your list, tap “Done” in the upper right corner near the list’s name. Then, start adding items. Tap the screen under the list’s name to call up the keyboard. When you have entered an item, you can set the priority, add a note, and set an alert. To call up the additional features, tap the info (i) icon next to the item.
To set a reminder, toggle the switch to the “On” position next to “Remind me on a day.” This will bring up a few new options. You can set the specific day and time to be reminded and add an occurrence. Select whether it repeats every day, week, two weeks, month, or year.
In this Details window, you can also change the priority of importance, add a note to the reminder, and move the item to a different list. Under your main lists, you will also note a new category called “Scheduled.” In this section, you will see a list of items that have a reminder date and time set.
In iOS 7, Siri can also add reminders for you. When you call up the personal assistant, simple say what you want to be reminded to do. For example, “Remind me to pick up chairs for the party tomorrow at 2 O’clock.” It will automatically be added to your Reminders app.
That’s all there is to it. See. It’s no different than it was in iOS 6, it just looks a little different.