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The Reminders app works nicely with Siri, Notification Center, and iCloud, which

makes synchronizing your app-related data a straightforward process.


When using the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, use

iOS 9’s Peek feature by pressing and holding your finger on the app icon for the

Reminders app when viewing the Home screen. This reveals a pop-up menu that

allows you to quickly add items to a specific list you’ve already created within the

app or add items to the app’s default list.

On its surface, Reminders is a straightforward list manager. However, it offers a

plethora of interesting and useful features.

Using Reminders, create as many separate lists as you need to properly manage your

personal and professional life, or various projects for which you’re responsible.


Reminders enables you to color-code lists. Tap on the Edit button

displayed to the right of a list’s title, and then tap on the Color option. Seven different

colors are displayed. Tap on your selection. The list title is displayed in the

selected color.

Because your iPhone has Location Services (GPS) capabilities, it always knows

exactly where it is. Thus, it’s possible to create items within your to-do lists and

associate one or more of them with an alarm that alerts you when you arrive at or

depart from a particular geographic location, such as your home, office, or a particular


For example, have your morning to-do list or call list automatically display on your

iPhone’s screen when you arrive at work, if you associate just one item on that list

with a location-based alarm. Likewise, if you use Reminders to maintain a list of

office supplies you need to purchase at Staples or OfficeMax, you can have it pop

up on the screen when you arrive at your local office supply superstore.

In addition, you can have a reminder alarm set to warn you of an upcoming deadline.

This can be displayed on your device’s screen in the Notification Center or as

separate alerts or banners, depending on how you have the Reminders app set

up to work with the Notifications options offered by your iPhone or iPad (which is

adjustable from within Settings).

As you’re setting up an alarm, if you want it to repeat every day, every week, every

two weeks, every month, or every year, tap on the Repeat option and make your

selection. By default, the Never option is selected, meaning the alarm does not


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