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Working with Reminders on Your iOS Device

As mentioned before, you work with iCloud reminders on an iOS device in the Reminders app, which was introduced with iOS 5. In this section, you’ll see how to use the Reminders app to set up a to-do. Adding or editing a task in Reminders makes it automatically synchronize with the rest of your iCloud-enabled devices.

To set a reminder

  1. Start the Reminders app.

    The app appears, set to its default list circle_a.jpg.


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    circle_a.jpg You’ll work with your tasks in the Reminders app. This is one of my reminders lists on my iPhone.

    On the iPhone or iPod touch, you can move between your different reminders lists by swiping right or left in the list name at the top of the screen, or by tapping the Show/Hide Reminders Lists button. On the iPad, with its larger screen, you can see more information at one time, including a handy mini-calendar circle_b.jpg. Tapping on a date in the calendar shows you any reminders set for that date circle_c.jpg.


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    circle_b.jpg The Reminders app on the iPad gives you a nice mini-month calendar, making it easier to jump to future dates.


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    circle_c.jpg On the iPad, when you tap on a date in the mini-calendar, tasks associated with that date appear.

  2. Tap the plus button to add a reminder.

    In the list that you’re on, on the first blank line, an insertion point appears.

  3. Type the reminder title circle_d.jpg.

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    circle_d.jpg Enter the title for your reminder.

  4. (Optional) You can tap the Return key and enter more tasks.
  5. On an iPhone or iPod touch, tap the Done button. On an iPad, tap somewhere other than the line you’re typing in, or tap the Hide Keyboard key keyboard.jpg.

    The new reminder appears in the list.

  6. To adjust the reminder’s details, tap it in the list. A Details screen or popover (on the iPad) appears circle_e.jpg.

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    circle_e.jpg On the Details screen, you can choose to set a reminder date or location, or you can add other information to the reminder.

    If you tap Show More, you have the opportunity to set the reminder’s Priority, change its assigned reminders list, or add Notes.

  7. To set a due date or geographical reminder, you can turn on either (or both) Remind Me On a Day and At a Location.

    If you choose On a Day, Reminders will show you the standard date and time picker. Choose when you want to be reminded, then tap Done.

    If you choose At a Location, the Location screen will appear, showing your current location, your Home and Work locations from your iCloud Contacts list, and an Enter an Address field. Tapping that field allow you to either type an address, or you get the standard blue plus button that opens your Contacts list, from which you can choose the location where you want to be reminded. Pick a contact with an address, and you’ll be returned to the Details screen, which now shows the contact name and address circle_f.jpg. You’ll also get two new options, When I Leave and When I Arrive. Choose one of these.


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    circle_f.jpg If you choose to be reminded at a location, you can also choose whether that reminder triggers when you leave or arrive at the location.

  8. Tap Done.
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