PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to use Reminders app in iOS 7

Reminders App 1Welcome 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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Jason Botts

    IMHO, there is a significant difference. If you’re like me, you have a long list of reminders. They seem to grow faster than they go away some days. When you need to add a new entry you can no longer simply press the + button in the title bar. You must scroll to the end and start typing. Very annoying when you have a long list.
    Beyond Siri, are you aware of a faster way to enter a new reminder?

    • Lory Gil

      You are correct. The only way (other than Siri) to add a new item in a reminder list is to scroll down to the bottom of the list and tap the blank line to create a new item.

  • stanmag

    Thanks for the tutorial. One question though: once i’ve created a list, I can’t find the way to delete it. Any idea?

    • Lory Gil

      Select the list you wish to delete. Tap “Edit” in the upper right corner. Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap “Delete List.” Note: The default Reminders list cannot be deleted.

      • Lisa Schnellinger

        for me there is no Delete List at the bottom of that screen. and no, i did not create the list in a third-party software. can’t seem to find solution for this… and by the way, i HATE ios7. impossible to read the light thin fonts, and reminders operation overall is all prettiness but less functional.

        • Lory Gil

          Did you tap “edit” at the top of the list first? Are you trying to delete a “Reminders” list or “Scheduled” list? Those can’t be deleted. Apple added default lists that can’t be removed. Only lists that you have created can be deleted. My mom hates iOS 7, too. I am determined to change her mind. Did you know that you can increase the font size and make the letters bold? Check your Accessibility section in your Settings App. I’ll write a how-to guide for it soon.

          • Lisa Schnellinger

            Thanks for trying to be helpful, but yes, I know how to read “edit” and tap it. “Delete list” was not there. There are many, many glitches in Reminders app; check the forums. I did several resets today before “Delete list” finally appeared. There are still problems with syncing and general usability in this version of the app.
            And yes, I did increase the font size and bold. This doesn’t change the problem of using pastel font colors on a white background.
            There are good reasons why people refer to this as the “Hello Kitty design”; it makes the iPhone look like a cheap toy rather than a professional tool. Even a 12-year-old son of a friend referred to it as “juvenile.”
            You might have to just accept that for many of us, iOS7 is just a poor design.

  • Lory Gil

    I have not experienced syncing issues. Are you sure that your various devices/computers have enabled syncing? Make sure you give your computer permission to sync Reminders.

    • ulf gjerdingen

      sometimes what i type on the phone just pops up on the desktop. that’s a working sync, imho. maybe i just need more patience…

  • Scauldy The Scauldron


  • Scauldy The Scauldron

    I dont have iOS 7 :(!

  • Nyghdbel

    These guide was too simple yet very applicable in all apple users like iPad. Thanks for giving us a lot of information about this. This really help us learned to observed proper usage in our iPad without having any problems using our iPad.

  • MichaelMLeaks

    I been looking this certain information’s for long time and now I was able to have an idea of how to use the reminders application for my iPad. Thanks for the great tips you have showed on your content, this exactly help me a lot.