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 use the Alexa app for your alarms, reminders and timers

Alexa Set Timer with Voice on iPhone

Siri is a great assistant and HomePod is a terrific smart speaker. But these aren’t the only players in the game, right? Maybe you don’t want to spend the money on an expensive HomePod and appreciate that other assistants exist besides Siri.

Alexa and Amazon Echo are excellent alternatives. Plus, you don’t have to have an Amazon smart speaker to use Alexa because the app works on your iPhone without one.

If you want to give the Alexa app a try for your alarms, reminders, and timers, with or without a speaker, here’s how to set them up.

How to use Apple Watch to get through your workday

Breathe App on Mans Apple Watch

You might not realize it, but if you wear an Apple Watch, that handy wearable can help you a lot throughout your workday. Sure, you might use it to check emails, view your appointments, and even answer calls if your iPhone isn’t nearby. But with some of the built-in apps and features, your Apple Watch can be a helpful tool for getting through a stressful day of work.

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.

How to turn Notes into Reminders on iOS and Mac

Notes and Reminders on MacBook

The Notes app is a terrific tool on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac for of course, notes. You can create different folders to organize them, use lists and tables to structure them, and add passwords for security. In addition to these helpful features, you can turn your notes from the Notes app into reminders in the Reminders app.

You may be using Notes as a to-do list at home or a checklist at work. So, turning those notes or specific parts of notes into reminders can come in handy for all sorts of situations. This tutorial shows you to turn Notes into Reminders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to use the redesigned Reminders app on Mac

Reminders Redesigned Mac Catalina

With the macOS Catalina update, users received new apps like Music, TV, and Podcasts along with updates to others like Notes and Mail. The Reminders app also got an update to its appearance and functionality that many have been waiting for.

Enhancements like subtasks and Messages integration, that can increase your productivity both at work and at home, are now part of the package.

Let’s take a look at all of the new features and how to use them in the redesigned Reminders app on Mac.