iPad Reminders App

We live very busy lives. We have many demands for our attention and time. Managing it all and staying organized can be a challenge. In addition, while technology is opening up more options to us, it also generates more interruptions.

Do you sometimes forget to do certain things that are very important? Do you need to write things down to remember?


There are all kinds of distractions that may get in the way of doing what you need to do from phone calls, text messages, TV programs, emails, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. More possibilities often means more interruptions. So how does one stay organized?

A good way to sort out this problem is to keep a To-Do list at hand and get to work on it.

Luckily, iPad comes with the Reminders App that allows you to create your own To-Do list. This is a great feature as tasks can be sorted by priority and you can set alarms for a specific date when the task is due.

Applicable to:
iPad versions: iPad, iPad 2, the New iPad, iPad mini, iPad with Retina Display
iOS versions: iOS 5, iOS 6 and up

Reminders can be shared among iOS devices if iCloud is enabled. Although you can set location based (geofence) reminders on the iPhone, this feature does not seem to be available yet for the iPad.

Starting the Reminders App

To start Reminders, tap on its icon


The Reminders App gets displayed.


Creating a Reminder

To create a reminder, tap on the plus button located on the upper right corner.


A new task line will appear. Here you can enter the reminder description. Not sure what to enter? Just think of all the things your wife or husband keeps reminding you about… Milk, eggs, lettuce, pick up clothes from dry cleaner…


Tap on the Done button when you are finished writing the description.


Tap on the recently created reminder. This will display the “Details” dialog box. Tap and turn on “Remind Me On a Day”. Tap on the date (line below) and set the date and time scrolling up and down. Tap on “Done” on the upper right corner of the dialog box.


Tap on the recently created reminder. Yes, I know it gets a bit repetitive but trust me, we are getting there ;-)

The “Details” dialog appears. Tap on “Repeat” if you want the reminder to repeat itself every day, week, 2 weeks, month or year.

Tap on “Show More…”. This will display the “Priority” where you can choose the priority for your reminder.


Tap on the “Done” button.

If you wish, you can tap on “Notes” and add more information about the reminder (so next time you see it you still remember what you meant). Tap on “Done” to finalize.

Creating a List

You can have more than one list on the Reminders App if you want to keep tasks separated by category (don’t mix business and pleasure).

Tap on “Create New List…”


Enter the new list name and then tap on “Done” on your keyboard. Tap on the list name to see its corresponding tasks.


Set reminder as completed

To set a reminder as completed, tap and select the checkbox on the left of the reminder.


The reminder will move to the “Completed” list.

Deleting a reminder

Life keeps changing and with it our priorities. For those tasks you do not care about any longer, tap on the “Edit” button


Tap on the red circle to its left and tap on the “Delete” button.


You are now ready to play with the Reminders App and start remembering about the important stuff!

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