How to create a reminder that alerts you when getting in or out of your car

By , Sep 5, 2016

Reminders App Icon iOS

You can use the Reminders app built into your iPhone or iPad to remind yourself to do things at certain times throughout the day, but it can also be used for location-based reminders.¬†Among these, you can have the app remind you of things when you get in or out of your car. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can set your Reminders app to do this.

This feature comes in handy when you’re out and about, because when you’re busy, you’re the most likely to forget the things you were supposed to remember since there are distractions everywhere you look.

To make sure you get that little reminder notification in this manner, you’re going to need a car with Bluetooth connectivity. Please note that CarPlay is not necessary to use this feature.

As long as you’ve got that, you can follow these steps to set a car-based reminder:

1) Launch the Reminders app and make a new reminder.

Reminders Create a New Reminder

2) Tap on the blue “i” button on the right side of the reminder.

3) Toggle on the Remind me at a location switch.

Remind me at a location Reminders

4) Once enabled, tap on the Location cell.

Reminders Location cell open

5) Give the list a few moments to populate, and you’ll see options for getting in or out of your car:

Reminders Getting In or Out of Car

6) Select the one you want, and iOS will apply it to your reminder.

In case you were wondering, the process is exactly the same on your Mac. The Reminders app looks nearly identical on the Mac, so you shouldn’t have any trouble translating this tutorial to OS X if you needed to.

Also read:

Having the ability to remind yourself to do something as you get in or out of your car is a powerful feature to have. Now, you know how to make sure you remembered something before you even leave the parking lot.

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  • Xee

    Nice one thanks, this will be useful for me.

  • Toshke

    My iPhone doesn’t connect with my car, but it connects with my Parrot. Will this work as well?

  • Shaul Mano

    Not works for me.
    I have a Bluetooth in my car but still not getting alert.
    Am I missing something here?

    • Are you allowing Reminders to access your location?

      • Shaul Mano


  • Sweet. How come I didn’t know this. Thanks