How to use Remind me Later to handle inopportune calls on your iPhone

How to remind yourself to return a missed call on your iPhone

iOS 6 brings some welcome new features to the Phone app, including Remind me Later, which lets you safely avoid answering calls when it's inconvenient without having to worry you'll forget to return them later. As the name implies, Remind me Later ties the Phone app straight into the Reminders app, so it's really quick to use. Like the new, quick text-message replies, Remind me Later is accessible right from the Lock screen, and is only a swipe away.

How to set a location based alert with Remind me Later

  1. When a call comes in, tap and hold the phone icon to the right of Slide to Answer control, and slide it upwards to reveal the new options panel.
  2. Tap the Remind Me Later option.
  3. Tap one of the location-based options, When I Leave, When I get Home, or When I get to Work.
  4. If you haven't used location-based alerts before, you might get a popup requesting access to your location. Give your permission, or the alert can't work.

How to set a time-based alert using Remind me Later

  1. When a call comes in, tap and hold the phone icon to the right of Slide to Answer control, and slide it upwards to reveal the new options panel.
  2. Tap the Remind Me Later option.
  3. Tap In 1 Hour.

iOS will now set an alarm and when one hour has passed, your alert will go off, reminding you to return the missed call.

Do not Disturb mode

iOS 6 also comes with a new Do not Disturb mode. If you're in a situation where you don't want to be bothered by calls for an extended period of time, don't want to have to dismiss them all manual, and don't care about being reminded to return them beyond the usual missed call notifications, Do not Disturb can be the better choice.

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to use Remind me Later to handle inopportune calls on your iPhone

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Is there any way to use this feature when you are already on a phone call? I would love to send a text or set a reminder if I am currently on a call and another call comes in.

Another thing to remember is that the caller is sent to Voicemail immediately once you choose that option. Would be nice if it still let it ring out so the user doesn't think you ended the call on them.

Bonus points if it doesn't ring AND doesn't go to voicemail. They can call as much as they want but if they hide behind a blocked number, I should be able to block their call completely. No ringy-dingy and no spam voicemail! :D

I've turn on the location reminder and can't find a way to turn it off. It turns out that I live to close to my work so it's going to stay on for days.