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How to delete completed reminders on iPhone and iPad

Delete completed reminders on iPhone

Once you complete a reminder, there isn't much use in having that entry saved in the Reminders app. It unnecessarily clutters the app. Earlier, there was no easy way to clear all completed reminders at once. You had to do that one by one or by following the long method of using a shortcut.

But, starting with iOS 15 and continuing in iOS 16, you can effortlessly erase all completed reminders in just a few taps. So, if you want to clean up the Reminders app, here are the multiple ways to delete all or selected completed reminders on iPhone and iPad.

How to set a default time for all-day Reminders and “Show as Overdue”

Set Reminders All Day Alert Time on iPhone

If you use the Reminders app for keeping track of your to-dos, then you know it’s helpful to set a due date and time. When that notification pops up, you know it’s time to take care of a task. After all, what good is a "reminder" if it doesn’t nudge you to take care of a task on your list?

But you may also have things that you simply need to do on a certain day and the time doesn’t matter. Maybe you need to call a relative on their birthday, clean out the fridge, or pack for a trip. The time isn’t quite as important as the day for these types of reminders.

How to personalize lists in Reminders with emojis and symbols

Emojis in Reminders Lists iPad

With iOS 13, Apple made many improvements to Reminders including the ability to personalize lists. This allowed users to add colored icons to make lists easier to spot and organize. So with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and even macOS Big Sur, Apple made another improvement to the appearance options for Reminders.

No longer are you limited to the 60 or so icons provided for your lists. You can select from additional symbols as well as any emoji on your keyboard. Here are your latest options for personalizing lists in Reminders with emojis and symbols on iOS and Mac.

How to assign Reminders in shared lists on iPhone and iPad

Edit Reminder Assignment iPad

The Reminders app has given users the ability to share lists for some time now. And while sharing a list that you can work on with a coworker or family member is handy, something’s been missing. As of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, you can assign reminders to other people.

This is an excellent enhancement to the Reminders app for those who work with others to complete tasks, to-dos, and projects of all sizes. So, open Reminders to your honey-do or business-related list; this tutorial shows you how to assign reminders with shared lists.

How to edit multiple Reminders at once on iPhone and iPad

Selected Reminders Complete or Flag iPad

When using Reminders, has there been a time when you wanted to update more than one item at a time? You may have wanted to apply a due date, add a flag, or mark off several reminders at once. Sure, you could do it one-by-one, but that’s a bit tedious and time consuming.

With iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple brought the ability to edit multiple reminders at the same time. This is a wonderful feature that gives you the flexibility for the changes you want to make. So that you’re ready to make those changes, this how-to shows you how to edit several reminders in one fell swoop.

How to organize Smart Lists in Reminders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Rearranged Smart Lists in Reminders iPad

The Reminders app received a huge overhaul in 2019 that brought a redesign and terrific enhancements. And with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur the app got a few more features to add to the list. One such feature is the ability to organize the Smart Lists.

Maybe you don’t like the arrangement of your Smart Lists. Or maybe you have one or two you don’t even use.  You can rearrange and hide Smart Lists to make the Reminders app work better for you. Here’s how to organize Smart Lists in Reminders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to sort Reminders on Mac

Sort Reminders by Due Date with Completed on Mac

When you use the Reminders app, you likely have your tasks and items grouped. Whether by account, folder, or a group that you create, you can certainly keep your reminders organized.

However, within those accounts and folders, you might want to sort your reminders. For some reason, there isn’t currently a way to do this automatically on iOS (it's manual only), but there is on Mac. So, here we’ll show you how to sort your Reminders so you can find what you want easier.

How to edit the accounts you see in Reminders on iPhone and iPad

Reminders Expanded Accounts iPhone

The Reminders app is a terrific tool for keeping track of lists, to-dos, and of course, reminders. One of the nice features of Reminders is that you can use it for different accounts. So along with iCloud, you can use Reminders for your Google, Yahoo, or Exchange accounts.

When you set up these other accounts on your iPhone or iPad, you have the ability to enable Reminders. But if you didn’t take the time to do so when you connected your account, you may be wondering how to do it later.

This short tutorial shows you how to edit the accounts you see and use in Reminders on iPhone and iPad.

How to work with notifications in Reminders on Mac

Reminders Notifications Alerts Mac

One of the most important features of the Reminders app is the notifications. After all, you can’t expect to be reminded of something without them, right?

So that you never miss a business task, list item, or personal to-do, we’ll show you how to work with notifications in the Reminders app on Mac.

Keyboard shortcuts for Reminders on Mac

iMac keyboard - Reminders keyboard shortcuts

Like your other Mac apps, Reminders offers a collection of keyboard shortcuts that let you zip around the app and get things done faster.

While Reminders may not have as many shortcuts as other apps like Mail or Notes, this may actually be a good thing because you can remember them easier.

Here are the keyboard shortcuts you can use in Reminders on Mac.