Aside from manually re-ordering your task lists in Apple Reminders on an iPhone, iPad and Mac, you can choose to automatically sort those lists by due date, creation date, priority or title. Follow the steps in his tutorial to learn how to easily sort task lists on Apple Reminders.

This feature can even sync the order of reminders in lists across your devices, with the changes updated on all your devices that use iCloud Reminders with your Apple ID.

A Mac screenshot of the Apple Reminders app on macOS Big Sur 11.3 displaying a splash screen with the new sorting option

Sorting Apple Reminders: System requirements

Sorting the list of tasks in the Reminders app is supported on these devices:

Aside from the required software, it’s a good idea to enable the Reminders app in Settings → [your Apple ID] → iCloud to have any changes automatically synchronized across devices.

An iPhone screenshot of the Apple Reminders app on iOS 14.5 displaying the splash screen with new sorting options

With the Reminders app turned on in your iCloud settings, changing a list’s sort order and direction on your iPhone will be instantly pushed to the Reminders app on your other devices.

Things to know about sorting reminders

You can sort almost any task list on Apple Reminders, including your custom task lists and most of the smart lists that are built-into the Reminders app.

The following built-in smart lists can be sorted in Apple Reminders:

  • Today
  • Flagged
  • Assigned to Me
  • Shared

You cannot, however, change the sort order for the following built-in smart lists:

  • All
  • Scheduled

If you sort or reorder a shared list, other participants also see the new order on their devices.

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How to sort reminders on Apple Reminders

To sort your task lists on Apple Reminders, you must select a reminder list and then choose one of the available sorting options from the contextual menu. We walk you through the whole process of sorting task lists in the Reminders app for iOS, iPadOS and macOS.

Sorting reminder lists on iOS and iPadOS

To organize your reminders, you can sort task lists in Apple’s Reminders app by selecting the sorting command from the three-dotted menu, then choose the options you need.

  1. Open the Reminders app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
  2. Choose a reminder list you’d like to sort.
  3. Hit the three dots near the upper-right corner to reveal the contextual menu.
  4. Choose the option labeled “Sort By” from the menu.
  5. Now choose your desired sort criteria and direction.
  • Due Date: Sort the list by task due date.
  • Creation Date: Sort the list by task creation date.
  • Priority: Sort the list by task priority.
  • Title: Sort the list by task title.

You can also reverse the sort order from this menu.

  • Due Date: Choose “Earliest First” or “Latest First”
  • Creation Date: Choose “Oldest First” or “Newest First”
  • Priority: Choose “Lowest First” or “Highest First”
  • Title: Choose “Ascending” or “Descending”

This is what the interface around this feature looks like in Reminders for iPhone.

An iPhone screenshot of the Apple Reminders app on iOS 14.5 displaying the sort by date option

With a task list sorted and ordered according to your liking, know that manually dragging a reminder to a new location will instantly switch to manual ordering.

How to turn notes into reminders on iOS and macOS

However, your manual order is saved when you re-sort the list by due date, creation date and more, priority or title. To revert to the last-saved manual order, choose the option labeled “Manual” from the menu. Again, reminders in the “All” and “Scheduled” smart lists cannot be sorted and ordered.

Sorting reminder lists on macOS

To choose your desired sort criteria and sort direction in Apple Reminders on your Mac, select a task list in the sidebar and choose the sort command from the View menu.

  1. Open the Reminders app on your Mac.
  2. Select a task list in the sidebar.
  3. Choose the command labeled “Sort By” from the View menu.
  4. Select your desired sort criteria and direction:
  • Due Date: Sort the list by task due date.
  • Creation Date: Sort the list by task creation date.
  • Priority: Sort the list by task priority.
  • Title: Sort the list by task title.

You can also reverse the sort order from this menu.

  • Due Date: Choose “Earliest First” or “Latest First”
  • Creation Date: Choose “Oldest First” or “Newest First”
  • Priority: Choose “Lowest First” or “Highest First”
  • Title: Choose “Ascending” or “Descending”

And this is what the interface for sorting task lists in Reminders for Mac looks like.

A Mac screenshot of the Apple Reminders app on macOS Big Sur 11.3 showing the sort by priority option

To access the sort options even after, right-click a reminder list title in the sidebar, then choose “Sort By” from the contextual menu and choose an option for the sort direction.