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Manage Reminders with Siri

How to Create and Manage Reminders With Siri

Let Siri help you tackle your to-dos
Getting Stuff Done
October 10, 2016

You can ask Siri to help you with numerous tasks such as playing music, finding a local business, and checking the weather. But, you can also create and manage reminders and add items to your to-do, shopping, or work lists with Siri in iOS 10. Why not use this handy tool that is built right into your device?


The process is simple and begins with setting your default Reminders list. Open Settings, tap Reminders, and then select Default List.

Your options are listed such as iCloud, Hotmail, or another you have set up.

You can also add a new account by selecting Accounts first and then follow the process to set it as the default.

Now that you have chosen the spot to add reminders and tasks, access Siri by holding down the Home button. When prompted, speak out loud the command. You can do various things quite easily and here are just a few examples:

  • Create a new list and add items
  • Create a time-based reminder
  • Create a location-based reminder
  • Mark items completed
  • Remove items from a list
  • Read or display a list

Create and Manage Reminders

To create a new list, just access Siri and say “create a new list called Shopping,” for instance. Siri will create the shopping list and then you can add, complete, or remove items at any time. You can use commands such as “add milk to Shopping list,” “remove bread from Shopping list,” or “mark the second one complete.”

Time-Based Reminders

Adding a time-based reminder is also simple with commands such as “remind me to email Sue at 4 p.m. tomorrow” or “remind me to call the doctor at 10 a.m. on October 12.”

Location-Based Reminders

Location-based reminders are just as easy. Try “remind me to get gas when I leave,” “remind me to call Bill when I get home,” or “remind me to text dad when I get to work.”

Read or Display Lists

Siri will read items on a list you have or just display them for you, if you prefer. You can say “read my To-Do list” or “show me my Shopping list.”


If you use Siri on a normal basis, then you may already take advantage of the help you can receive for managing your reminders. But, if you are new to Siri or have never used the convenient commands available, give it a try. You may just be surprised at how handy and useful Siri can be.