How to use iOS 13’s Reminders app to be more productive


The Reminders app got a major overhaul in iOS 13, and it’s more powerful than ever. Learn how to get the most out of iOS 13’s Reminders app.

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In iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple has completely reimagined the Reminders app for iPhone and iPad. The Reminders app has many new features, including the ability to create sub-tasks and nested lists, Messages integration, attachments, and much more. This tutorial covers how to use these new features to get the most out of the Reminders app and to supercharge your productivity when creating and managing tasks. 

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How to use groups and sub-tasks in the iOS 13 Reminders app

One of the more advanced features in the Reminders app in iOS 13 is the ability to create groups and nested lists. To create a group, perform these steps:

  1. Open Reminders.
  2. Tap the Edit button at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Add Group at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Name the group.
  5. Tap Include and select the lists that you’d like to include in the group, then Create (Figure A).

Figure A

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Creating a group is as easy as naming it and selecting the lists that should be included inside of the group.

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Under My Lists, your lists, as well as groups, will be displayed. Groups let you add multiple lists underneath them, and the entire group can be collapsed and shown as needed to help de-clutter your Reminders.

Sub-tasks can be used to keep track of smaller tasks that relate to a larger task. To do this, create two reminders: The parent reminder, then another reminder that will be added as a sub-task to the parent. Drag and drop the sub-task onto the parent to add it as a sub-task (Figure B).

Figure B

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Sub-tasks allow for better organization of tasks…



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