WWDC 2019 iOS 13 Reminders

If you're a faithful Reminders user, then you're in for a treat with the completely redesigned and revamped Reminders in iOS 13 on both iPhone and iPad. It's no longer just a simple list app, as Apple has added a robust Quick Toolbar for quickly adding dates, times, locations, flags, photos, and much more. That's right—you can finally add attachments to your Reminders, and there's a brand new option of tagging people in your reminders, so you get the reminder as you send them a message.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

What kind of attachments are allowed in Reminders?

iOS 13 Reminders

While Reminders now allows you to add an attachment to your tasks, it is currently only limited to photos or documents.

For photos, you can take a brand new photo with your device's camera, or choose something from your Photo Library.

As far as documents are concerned, it is limited to only scanning new documents with the camera. There is no way to import an existing scan from iCloud Drive or another third-party scanning app or cloud storage service.

How to add an attachment to your reminder

Adding an attachment is easy, thanks to the new Quick Toolbar.

  1. Launch Reminders on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the List that you want to add a new reminder in.
  3. Tap New Reminder in the bottom left.

    Launch RemindersReminder ListsNew Reminder

  4. Type your reminder in the text input field.
  5. To add the attachment, tap on the Camera icon in the Quick Toolbar above the keyboard.

    • Take Photo launches the device camera for a new capture.
    • Photo Library lets you pick out an image from your device Photo Library.
    • Scan Document brings up the camera in document scanning mode. It will search for a document and highlight the scannable area in yellow. Tap on the capture button to take the picture. You can readjust the captured area of the document at any time by dragging the corners.

    Attachment button on Quick ToolbarAttachment types

  6. Once you have your attachment, tap Done.
  7. The reminder is saved with your text, attachment, and other data.

    Tap Done after picking attachmentList of reminders with tagged people and attachments

How to tag someone in your reminder

  1. Launch Reminders on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the List that you want to add a new reminder in.
  3. Tap New Reminder in the bottom left.

    Launch RemindersReminder ListsNew Reminder

  4. Type your reminder in the text input field.
  5. Tap on the "i" button to bring up the Details screen.
  6. Where it says Remind me when messaging, tap the toggle to ON (green).

    iOS 13 New Reminder i buttoniOS 13 reminders detail viewiOS 13 reminders added person tag

  7. Tap on Choose Person and select someone in your contact list (Edit appears if you have someone added and want to make changes).
  8. Tap Done once you've picked someone.

    iOS 13 Reminders tagged person reminderiOS 13 tagged person reminders notification

With this feature, the reminder you just made will pop up whenever you are messaging that person. It will also show up on your Lock Screen and Notification Center until you have completed it.

Questions?

This is a huge revamp for Reminders, and it definitely adds some cool new features. Have questions regarding attachments and people-tagging in Reminders? Let us know in the comments!

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