Apple Watch: How to Create a New Reminder

Reminders, a standalone app is now available by default in watch OS 3. As Apple Watch users already know, the Reminders app displays various categories of saved reminders and individual tasks. The tasks can be checked out as completed and a Force Touch brings out the list of the task completed. But there’s no way to add a Reminder within the app, except by “Hey Siri” function.

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How to Create a New Reminder

On the other hand, this is only logical, because the watch face is too small to fit the virtual keyboard or to write with a stylus on it. Besides, smart watches as such have been developed for one hand operation and voice control is by any rate the quickest way to get the job done.

Whenever you have to set a reminder, press and hold on the digital crown or say “Hey Siri” into your Apple Watch’s microphone. On doing that, add any reminder you see proper, for instance: “Remind me to take my pill in the evening” or “Add organic milk the groceries list, please”. When done, tap a Force Touch and mark the Reminder as completed in the list that’ll appear.

If you want your reminder to appear at a specific time of a day, you can set a time in your reminder and it will show up as scheduled. To set a reminder some time beforehand might seem a good idea.

Some time we have to create different lists of errands and reminders like “Office”, “Family” or “Things I Hate to Do on X-mas” and Siri on Apple Watch is smart enough to sort your reminders respectively when asked. For instance, “Remind me on my family list to buy X-mas present for uncle Ollie on Saturday night at 5 a.m”.

Reminders can be also location-based and connected to going in and out of a car or a gym. Like, “Remember me to check the windows when locking up the car”. This feature is available for iPhone and Macs only, because you need to tap a location in a drop-down menu, but Apple Watch can alert you to this Reminder as well.

At time X, the Apple Watch will tap you lightly on the wrist and alert you of your reminder. No need to jump out of one’s skin here, or give a start at a sharp beep or something. You can then snooze the reminder, check it out as completed, or dismiss the alert entirely (in case buying a present for uncle Ollie is no more a number one priority). Snooze, if picked, delays the warning for 15 more minutes. In a quarter of an hour you’ll be alerted again and again until you tap the Reminder completed or dismissed. Whatever change you’ve chosen to make, it will be automatically synchronized with other Apple devices. Thus, tapping Dismiss, you will erase the notification on your Apple Watch, but the alert will be still highlighted with a badge above the Reminders app icon on your iPhone.

So, the Reminder on Apple Watch is simply a lifesaver for busy and absent-minded persons. What if your reminders don’t arrive to the smartwatch? There’re two possible answers to that. Fist, check if your iPhone is locked. With your iPhone unlocked, reminders and notifications arrive to the smartphone. Second, switch the wrist detection feature in general settings of the Apple Watch App on your iPhone and wait to see.

If your Reminder App fails to suggest you location-based options at setting up a reminder, follow further instructions:

If you have not yet done so, update your iPhone and Apple Watch to the latest software

On your iPhone go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services – check that Location Services is turned on (top setting);

  • In the list of applications, check that: Maps is set to While Using; Reminders is set to Always; Siri & Dictation is set to While Using.
  • At the bottom of the screen, tap on System Services, then check that: Location-Based Alerts is turned on. Motion Calibration & Distance is turned on; Frequent Locations is turned on.

For the best performance, you may also prefer to leave all other System Services turned on.

  • On your iPhone, go to: Settings > iCloud and turn Reminders on.
  • On your iPhone go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh – check that: Background App Refresh is turned on (top setting); in the list of applications beneath, Reminders is turned on.
  • On your iPhone, close and restart the Reminders app:
  • Double-click the Home button > swipe left / right to the Reminders preview > swipe up on the preview to close it.
  • Press the Home button > allow a minute or so > open the Reminders app again.

It may then help to leave the app running permanently in the background (do not close it again via the preview).

  • On your iPhone, go to: Settings > General > Siri – turn Siri off, pause for a few moments and then re-enable it.
  • Sometimes it helps to reset all of your location and privacy settings to the factory default.
  • After the reset apps will stop using your location until you grant them permission (as and when you next use each app, including when you next set a location-based reminder).
  • On your iPhone, go to: Settings > General > Reset > tap on Reset Location & Privacy.
  • Restart both your iPhone and your watch. Turn both devices off first, then restart your iPhone before restarting your watch:

To turn your watch off: press and hold the side button until you see the Power Off slider; drag it to turn off; to turn it on: press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.


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  • Appreciate your help. Very detailed and easy guidelines. I like Apple Watch and I’ve just bought one for me.

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