Daily Tip: How to organize Reminders Lists in iOS 5

On iOS 5 with the nifty new Reminders app and wondering hot to set up a a few Lists to keep yourself a better organized? Reminders makes it dead simple to do this and it'll sync all your lists across all your iOS devices and Macs.

To create a new list in reminders you'll need to perform the following steps -

  1. Tap into the Reminders app and click the list button in the upper left hand corner of the app. It looks like three white lines.
  2. Once inside Lists you'll see all your already existing lists. Tap Edit in the upper right hand corner and you'll have the option to delete existing lists as well as a new option at the bottom for creating new lists.
  3. Simply tap Create New List... and type in the name of your new list and hit Done. You can also drag lists up and down to order them however you'd like.
  4. After you've created your list you can go to any existing reminder and tap into it. You'll now see a Show More... option that may not have been there previously. Tap it.
  5. Under List you'll now be able to categorize all your reminders in lists. This makes it much easier when sorting and viewing your reminders.

You can create as many (or as few) lists as you like to organize all your tasks. When your lists are synced to any Mac computers, they'll be sorted by colors as well to make for easy viewing. Your lists will now be synchronized to all your iOS devices for even more organizational goodness!

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monkey2nut says:

I wish I could sort the order of items within a list

monkey2nut says:

I wish I could sort the order of items within a list

Highlander says:

I wish they integrated a GTD todo list to it, that Siri can control.

Brian Meder says:

is there a possibility to import events from the calendar app to the reminders app? I used to set up my reminders as calendar events prior to iOS 5. Would be quite handy to simply move those over to the reminders app, rather than setting em all up again one by one...

fastlane says:

I don't why the Reminders app wasn't put inside of the Calendar app (like the iPod app had both video and music, and the Clock app has timers, stop watches, etc). It would've made much more sense... and maybe allowed the switching of events and tasks from one to another.

Brian Meder says:

I agree with you. I've tried changing calendar events into reminders via the cloud, but even there I didn't find a possibilty to simply switch. At least in the cloud's calendar app it shows the reminders, which makes it much more comfortable to check events you want to change into reminders..

fastlane says:

I don't why the Reminders app wasn't put inside of the Calendar app (like the iPod app had both video and music, and the Clock app has timers, stop watches, etc). It would've made much more sense... and maybe allowed the switching of events and tasks from one to another.

Jasonb523 says:

Can u access your reminders on a pc? for my job i have a pc and would love to add reminders while at work

Jasonb523 says:

Can u access your reminders on a pc? for my job i have a pc and would love to add reminders while at work

SHB says:

Is anyone else having this problem...I cannot add reminders. There is no + button anywhere. I can't edit or add lists either. There is only 1 'Completed' list with no reminders in it. I even tried adding a reminder via Siri and she tells me she can't do it.

SHB says:

Is anyone else having this problem...I cannot add reminders. There is no + button anywhere. I can't edit or add lists either. There is only 1 'Completed' list with no reminders in it. I even tried adding a reminder via Siri and she tells me she can't do it.

Cheryl F says:

I am having the same problem...

jjdmcook says:

You have to scroll to the bottom, then click on the next available blank line. There is no plus sign.

wvaseliou says:

I agree. I have been trying to find a way to sort my reminders by due date but can't find a solution. Let me know if you figure it out.

wvaseliou says:

I agree. I have been trying to find a way to sort my reminders by due date but can't find a solution. Let me know if you figure it out.

Tim says:

I like Reminders in general but there's a couple of things I wish it would do:
1. Remember the view I left it in. I prefer the Daily view, but if you leave the app dormant for a couple of hours and then launch it, it will default to List View
2. Allow me to order/sort the items in the List
3. Remove Reminders from the Notification Center when they're marked as Complete

Tim says:

I like Reminders in general but there's a couple of things I wish it would do:
1. Remember the view I left it in. I prefer the Daily view, but if you leave the app dormant for a couple of hours and then launch it, it will default to List View
2. Allow me to order/sort the items in the List
3. Remove Reminders from the Notification Center when they're marked as Complete

Tim says:

I like Reminders in general but there's a couple of things I wish it would do:
1. Remember the view I left it in. I prefer the Daily view, but if you leave the app dormant for a couple of hours and then launch it, it will default to List View
2. Allow me to order/sort the items in the List
3. Remove Reminders from the Notification Center when they're marked as Complete

Tim says:

I like Reminders in general but there's a couple of things I wish it would do:
1. Remember the view I left it in. I prefer the Daily view, but if you leave the app dormant for a couple of hours and then launch it, it will default to List View
2. Allow me to order/sort the items in the List
3. Remove Reminders from the Notification Center when they're marked as Complete

Tim says:

I like Reminders in general but there's a couple of things I wish it would do:
1. Remember the view I left it in. I prefer the Daily view, but if you leave the app dormant for a couple of hours and then launch it, it will default to List View
2. Allow me to order/sort the items in the List
3. Remove Reminders from the Notification Center when they're marked as Complete

Dan says:

I can't delete a to-do list on my iPad 2. There is no delete button next to the list name like the above images show. Anyone else having that problem?

Jerrym1 says:

You need to always have at least one to do. You need to create a second and then you will be able to delete one of them.

Dan says:

I can't delete a to-do list on my iPad 2. There is no delete button next to the list name like the above images show. Anyone else having that problem?

Kozyinn says:

I'm with the rest of ya. Love that this app is finally native to iPhone. Now if we could only have some way to sort the items in a list. Even if it can't sort automatically by a date or priority it should allow you to do so manually.

Jordan says:

I try to set a daily reminder. but it can only remind me never or at a specific time and/or date. Is there away i can set a reminder to remind me daily?

Allen T says:

Oh yes! The app is useless without this. How is it possible for whoever developed teminders not to know this and why is there so little user reaction? Perhaps we few are the onle people who actually do anything!