Memento is the simple, clean Reminders replacement you've been looking for

Memento Iphone Screens
Memento Iphone Screens (Image credit: Mark DiFranco)

What you need to know

  • Memento uses the Reminders database your devices already have, including for syncing purposes.

Apple's Reminders app has gone through a ton of changes in recent years and there's little doubt that it's the best Reminders app yet. But there's still room for improvement and with an App Store full of todo apps, there is no shortage of options. Memento is one of those options and it's the closest thing to Reminders without actually being Reminders.

That's a very good thing indeed.

Created by developer Mark DiFranco, Memento uses the same Reminders database that your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch have set up. That means syncing is already built-in, and you don't need to have anyone you share Reminders lists with make the switch as well – they can keep using Apple's app just fine.

Memento uses the reminders that are already on your phone, so you can continue to use Apple's Reminders app in tandem. That means you'll be able to set up the app instantly.

Beyond the syncing, there's a lot to like about Memento, starting with the powerful notifications for advanced triaging and continuing through the location support for tasks that need to be completed at a given place. And there's more, too.

  • Powerful notifications help you triage on the go
  • Force Touch shortcuts let you create a new reminder in a few taps
  • iMessage app lets you send reminders to friends
  • Today Widget lets you see what's important to you at a glance
  • Siri support allows you to manage your reminders by talking to your favourite virtual assistant
  • Dark mode for use at night
  • Keyboard shortcuts to help you boost productivity
  • Automatically sync reminders via iCloud to all your devices and Apple's Reminders app
  • Privacy focused (no data is collected by the app)

It helps that the app itself is a looker, too.

If all of that sounds good – and it should – you can download Memento from the App Store now. It's priced at just $3.99, giving you the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch apps all-included.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.