Keep track of all the things you need to do with 3D Touch shortcuts in Reminders app

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After sharing a bunch of time-saving 3D Touch shortcuts and gestures in stock applications such as MessagesSafariMail, MusicCameraMaps, Phone and iBooks, we now take a closer look at 3D Touch goodies in Reminders, one of the most frequently used stock apps on my iPhone.

Although 3D Touch shortcuts and gestures in Reminders aren’t as developed as in other stock apps, they’re handy. For instance, you can add a reminder to your lists from the Home screen.

And within the app, 3D Touch can be used to quickly create time or location-based alerts for your reminders. This tutorial covers all the ways you can use force-based 3D Touch gestures in the Reminders app.

Add a reminder from the Home screen

On your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, press the Reminders icon on the Home screen and select an action from the shortcut menu to create a new reminder in your reminder lists.

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Up to four lists will appear in the shortcut menu on the Home screen in a seemingly random order. It doesn’t seem like you can manually adjust which reminder lists get shown in the Home screen menu by reordering them within Reminders.

If you don’t see relevant quick actions in the shortcut menu, force-quit Reminders and launch it again. Unlike static quick actions which are available right after you install apps, contextually based ones require you to open an app at least once so it can load user data and determine which actions get shown in the menu on the Home screen.

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Change reminder options

In Reminders, first tap the list containing the reminder you’d like to change. Now press that reminder and up pops a menu with contextual actions to edit the time for the reminder or select a location where the reminder can be activated.

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A reminder without due time will offer the Remind me on a day option while that with due time assigned will present you with the Edit time quick action. Both actions will open the reminder with the cursor positioned in the date and time picker.

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Likewise, tapping the Remind me at a location option will open the reminder’s location settings so you can quickly choose between your home or work address, one of your frequent locations, or you can tap the search field to manually select a location to create a geofencing-based alert. And if you press a location-based reminder, you will be presented with the appropriately labeled Edit locations option.

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Unlike many other Peek and Pop gestures available in Apple’s stock apps, you cannot press the screen a little deeper while peeking at a reminder in order to pop it open in full screen. Still, it’s much faster to edit reminder options with 3D Touch than having to tap reminder once to go to edit mode, then hit “i” to open the options page.

TUTORIAL: How to share reminder lists

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