How to create and share a shopping list with Siri and Reminders

How to create and share a shopping list with Siri and the Reminders app

Siri works great in conjunction with the built-in Reminders app. Not only can Siri create and add reminders to pretty much any list you have, Siri can also make it incredibly easy to manage and share a shopping list. So the next time you need milk or want someone in your house to pick it up while at the store, just tell Siri!

How to create a shopping list in the Reminders app and add items with Siri

  1. Launch the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the plus sign by New List at the top.
  3. Title it Shopping.
  4. Pick a different label color if you'd like and then tap Done in the upper right hand corner.
  5. Now press and hold the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to launch Siri.
  6. Say something like "Add bread to my shopping list." — you can obviously replace bread with whatever item you'd like.
  7. Tap Confirm to add your item.

That's all there is to it! Repeat this process whenever you need to add items to your shopping list. It's much easier than unlocking your iPhone or iPad, launching the Reminders app itself, and typing in your items. Sure that may be easier when you have lots of items to add at once, but when it needs to be quick, Siri is a better bet.

Now that only leaves one thing left, sharing your new list!

How to share your shopping list with iCloud

Sharing your shopping list with others in your house makes it incredibly easy to make sure nothing gets forgotten at the store. Just remind them to add anything they need before you head out to do your shopping. After you share your list, iCloud will sync all changes between both of your iPhones and iPads so you see what each other adds and ticks off in real time.

Unfortunately Reminders lists can't yet be shared right from your iPhone or iPad, so for this step, you'll need to open a web browser.

  1. Go to from any web browser.
  2. Log in to your iCloud account that contains the list you want to share.
  3. Click on the Reminders icon once you're logged in.
  4. In the left hand navigation, click on the share icon next to the reminders list you'd like to share — in this case, the Shopping list.
  5. Type in the iCloud email of the person you'd like to share the shopping list with and click Done.

That's it! The person on the receiving end will receive a notification that you've shared a list with them and they'll be able to accept it right on their iPhone or iPad. Once they do, both of you will have easy access to adding and checking off items in your shopping list! You can repeat this process any time you want to share a list with anyone.

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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 create and share a shopping list with Siri and Reminders


We use this method for a shared grocery list my wife and myself use. Works great as we can both contribute to the same grocery list.

Allyson when I go to the screen I get says: 1 setup icloud on this device 2 install find my iPhone 3 install find my friends.

If i select 1 setup icloud on this device, I get taken to apple's site that explains how to set it up on my device, obviously, which i have already done.

So if you could offer some input as to what my problem is or an additional way to share a list that would be great thanks!!

Also if I do somehow get it to work, will the list then become updated automatically if the person/people i share the list with add an item?

We use anylist. It integrates with reminders and Siri, also shares effortlessly. As well as organizing items by isle. Highly recommended.

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id love to use this recommendation, but when I share it with my wife, she does not get any notification or request about the share of my reminder list. So i have a list, shes added to it, but she does not see it, anyone know why shes not getting notified? (yes notifications is on for reminders)

found a way around this, it seems the person receiving the invite should log into on a computer, then accept invitation if you dont get the notification of an invite, presuming you should get one on your device. I got a notification on MY devices that she accepted it, very strange system, not something I'm used to from Apple.

I've been meaning to come back to this article and say how much I appreciate the information that you pass along to us. I visit iMore at least once a day and find that as I'm scrolling through the blog posts it is yours that I'm most likely to read. I love it when I learn something new and especially when it is useful. I've known that there are 3rd party apps where you can share shopping lists and such, but if there is a way to do it with a native app, that's what I'm using. A few weeks ago our shared shopping list consisted of a dry erase board that hung from the front of our refrigerator. I do most of the cooking and my wife does the majority of the grocery shopping so this has been a huge help in keeping us both on the same page. Thanks again Allyson, and keep the articles coming!!

Great article Allyson. I would like to know however if there is a way to add multiple items at once to a list using Siri. For example, on my "Groceries" list, is there a way to add:
all at once, and have Siri split them into different lines? I've scoured the web, but cant seem to find a definitive answer, and so far can't figure out how to do this. Any help or direction you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Damion-- I've tried a bunch of different things, and nothing seems to work from the "Siri" interface. However, if you go to groceries list, click to add an item, press the speech microphone button, and then say, "Eggs... new line... juice... new line... milk," and then click the "Done" button, it will put each item under its own bullet. I think that's about the best you can do at this point....

Hi Allyson,
I don't suppose you know if this Siri function is affected by geography?
We're in NZ. Siri doesn't do some things here like it does overseas (e.g.: we can't say "where is X" because that functionality isn't enabled here).
When we say the phrase that you suggest ... Siri doesn't go on to say "OK I'll add this to your shopping reminders list". Instead, she says "Sorry, Karlene, I can't look for places in New Zealand". :-(
Is anyone else, who lives somewhere where Siri Maps functionality isn't available, having the same issue and, if so, any suggestions?