Developer(s)Apple Inc.
Initial release
  • iOS: October 12, 2011; 12 years ago (2011-10-12)
  • macOS: July 12, 2012; 11 years ago (2012-07-12)
  • watchOS: September 13, 2016; 7 years ago (2016-09-13)
Operating system
TypeTask management

Reminders is a task management program developed by Apple Inc. for their iOS, macOS and watchOS platforms that allows users to create lists and set notifications for themselves.[1] The app was first introduced in iOS 5 and OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" and was rebuilt from the ground up with the release of iOS 13.[2]


Reminders are placed into four categories which can be found at the top of the screen; "Today", "Scheduled", "All", and "Flagged". Users can also create their own lists of reminders. New reminders can be placed into lists or set as subtasks[3] and can include several details including: a priority tag,[4] a note about the reminder, and an image or URL attachment.

Tasks appear in the Notification Center 24 hours before the time a reminder is set for. Additionally, alarms can be set for reminders, sending a notification to users at a certain time and date, when a geofence around an area is crossed, or when a message starts being typed to a set contact.[5] If a time-based alert is set, it can repeat every day, week, two weeks, month, or year.

Reminders can be marked as completed (checked) and are automatically hidden.[6] Lists can be synced between iOS and macOS through iCloud[7] as well as shared with other contacts. Once shared, tasks can be added or completed by anyone with access to a list and specific reminders can be assigned to different people.[5]


  1. ^ Cipriani, Jason (September 13, 2011). "How to use the iOS 5 Reminders app". CNet. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "iOS 13 Hands-on: The New and Improved Reminders App". iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog. June 11, 2019. Archived from the original on October 19, 2021. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  3. ^ Potuck, Michael (October 16, 2019). "How to make subtasks with Reminders on iPhone, iPad, Mac". 9to5Mac. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  4. ^ "How to change priority for, move, and add notes to Reminders on iPhone or iPad | iMore". Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Use Reminders on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch". Apple Support. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "Reminders App: The Ultimate Guide | iMore". Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  7. ^ Snell, Jason (February 16, 2012). "Mountain Lion: Hands on with Notes and Reminders". MacWorld. Retrieved January 28, 2013.