How to Set Up Recurring Reminders on iPhone and iPad

How to Set Up Recurring Reminders on iPhone and iPad

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It’s not always easy to remember when to do important things. Luckily, your iPhone or iPad can easily remind you about a repeating task or event using the Reminders app. Here’s how to set it up.

First, launch the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad. The interface will vary slightly between the two platforms, but the options are basically the same. Tap the “Today” button, then add a new reminder by tapping the “New Reminder” button at the bottom of the screen.

Tap New Reminder in in Reminders app on iPhone

When a reminder entry appears, type in whatever name you’d like—for example, “Check the Smoke Detector Batteries” or “Feed the Goats.” After that, tap the “Info” button just beside the reminder name. (The Info button looks like a small circle with the letter “i” inside.)

Tap info button in Reminders app on iPhone

In the Details pane that pops up, select an initial date and time for the reminder. To make the reminder repeat, tap the “Repeat” option.

Tap Repeat in reminder options in Reminders app on iPhone

You can have the reminder repeat daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, every 3 months, every 6 months, yearly, or at a custom frequency. Using the “Custom” option, you can choose to have the reminder repeat on certain days of the week, certain weeks of the month, or certain months of the year. Choose the option that works best for you.

Set the repeat interval in Reminders app on iPhone

After setting the repeat interval, you can also select a date when the repetition will end using the “End Repeat” option. Or you can have the reminder repeat forever.

When you’re finished, tap “Done,” and the reminder entry will be saved. You’ll know it was configured correctly if you see it listed in your Reminders app.

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A repeating reminder set in Reminders app on iPhone

If you need to add more repeating reminders, just tap the “New Reminder” button again. You can add as many as you’d like. Good luck!

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Lucila is a freelance writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to study new things. She enjoys checking out the latest grammar books and writing about video games more than anything else. If she's not running through Colorado’s breathtaking landscape, she's indoors hidden away in her cozy game room trolling noobs and leveling up an RPG character. She is a Final Fantasy IX apologist (although she loves them all… except XV), coffee aficionado, and a bit of a health nut. Lucila graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing.

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