How to change the default list for the Reminders app

Lists in Reminders App iphone

If you use the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad, then you likely have a few different lists in it. You may have ones for work, home, school, or something similar.

So, when you add a reminder to a list and use Siri to do it, for example, in which list does that reminder end up? You may not know it, but you have a default list in the Reminders app. This means if you add a task without actually opening the Reminder app to do it, it will automatically fall into your default list.

To make sure that the default list is the one that you want, you can change it easily by following these steps.

Change the default list in Reminders

You can change the default list to another one you already have set up and here’s how.

1) Open the Settings app.

2) Scroll down to Reminders and select it.

3) Tap Default List.

4) Select the list you want as your default. You will see a checkmark next to the default list you pick.

Set Default Reminders List

Add a new list for the default

If you decide you would rather set up a new list as the default, you start by creating one in the Reminders app.

1) Open the Reminders app.

2) Tap the Plus sign at the top.

3) Tap List in the Create New box.

4) Choose an account from the Select Account box.

5) Name your list and optionally give it a color.

Create New Reminders List

Now, you simply go back to your Settings app and follow the first set of instructions above. You should see the new list you created and can now select it as your default.

View New Reminders List

Wrapping it up

Using a default list for the reminders you use most is convenient and helps keep your items organized. For personal or business tasks, the built-in Reminders app is a handy tool. And remember, you can use the app on your Apple Watch and even use it for alerts when you exit your car.

Do you find the Reminders app useful or do you prefer a different app?