How to Create Recurring Reminders on iPhone or iPad


Do you ever find yourself forgetting those important but repetitive tasks like taking out the trash, paying bills, or even watering the plants? Or maybe you’re trying to establish a new habit and need a little nudge to stay on track. Good news! Your iPhone and iPad have a powerful feature built right in to help you manage your daily, weekly, or monthly routines. In this article I’ll show you how to create recurring reminders on your iPhone or iPad.

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Steps to Create Recurring Reminders on iPhone or iPad

  1. Tap to open the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad. You’ll land on your Reminders home screen.
  2. Tap “New Reminder.” The New Reminder window opens.

  1. Enter a title and any notes associated with the recurring reminder you want to create, and then tap “Details.” You’ll land on the Details screen.

  1. Click to toggle on “Date,” and then choose the date you want to set your initial reminder for.

  1. Tap to toggle on “Time,” and then choose the time you want your reminder to pop up.
  2. Tap “Early Reminder,” and then choose when you want to receive an early reminder.

  1. Tap “Repeat.” A Repeat window opens where you’ll see options for the frequency you want this reminder to repeat with. Choose the frequency you want your reminder to recur.

  1. Tap “End Repeat.” A window is displayed where you can choose to have this reminder repeat forever, or you can set an end date. In this example I’ll tap “End Repeat Date.” A calendar will be displayed.

  1. Tap to select the date you want your recurring reminder to end by.
  2. Now, tap “Add” on the Details screen.

Your recurring reminder has now been created on your iPhone or iPad.

Reasons to Create Recurring Reminders on iPhone or iPad

1. Routine Tasks

Establishing reminders for everyday tasks, like doing laundry on Sundays or cleaning the kitchen nightly, simplifies life. These alerts ensure tasks don’t pile up, reducing stress and keeping your living space organized and pleasant. It’s about creating a seamless routine that effortlessly becomes part of your day.

2. Medication Reminders

Medication reminders are crucial for maintaining health, especially for chronic conditions. They ensure you take the right dosage at the right time, crucial for medication effectiveness. Additionally, setting reminders for prescription refills prevents gaps in your medication regimen, keeping you healthy and worry-free.

3. Work or School Deadlines

For professionals and students alike, balancing multiple deadlines is challenging. Recurring reminders for each project or assignment break down your workload into manageable tasks. This method not only keeps you on track but also helps in prioritizing tasks based on urgency and importance, boosting productivity and performance.

4. Exercise and Health Routines

Consistency is key in fitness and health. Setting reminders for gym sessions, runs, or yoga classes helps you make exercise a non-negotiable part of your day. It encourages discipline, helping you achieve fitness goals and build a routine that supports long-term health and vitality.

5. Birthdays and Anniversaries

Personal connections matter. Recurring reminders for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries show your loved ones they’re important. This small effort can strengthen bonds and ensure you’re part of their joyful moments, making each celebration memorable.

6. Self-Care

In the hustle of daily life, self-care often takes a backseat. Creating recurring reminders on your iPhone or iPad to pause for activities you enjoy—be it a hobby, spa day, or simply unwinding with a book—reinforce the importance of looking after your mental and emotional well-being. It’s about giving yourself permission to relax and rejuvenate.

7. Learning and Development

Lifelong learning enriches your life. Setting aside time regularly for reading, online courses, or even a new language keeps your brain active and engaged. These recurring reminders on your iPhone or iPad help you stay committed to personal growth, ensuring you continuously expand your horizons and skills.

8. Habits Formation

Building new habits, like drinking more water or practicing gratitude, is easier with reminders. They act as gentle nudges towards adopting healthier behaviors until these actions become automatic. Over time, these small changes can lead to significant improvements in your quality of life.

9. Meal Planning

For those aiming to eat healthier or save time during busy weeks, repeating reminders for meal planning are invaluable. They prompt you to prepare nutritious meals in advance, avoiding the temptation of fast food. Planning also allows for variety in your diet, keeping meals interesting and balanced.

10. Maintenance and Service Reminders

Regular maintenance extends the life of your possessions, whether it’s servicing your car or checking home appliances. These reminders help you schedule services before issues arise, avoiding emergencies and potentially saving money on costly repairs.

11. Social Interactions

Setting reminders on your iPhone or iPad to call or meet friends and family ensures you maintain strong connections, even in a busy schedule. It’s easy to let time slip by, but these reminders keep relationships a priority, enriching your life with meaningful interactions.

12. Pet Care

Pets are family members who rely on us for their well-being. Reminders for their care—from daily walks to regular vet check-ups—ensure they receive the love and attention they deserve. It’s about ensuring their health and happiness while also managing your responsibilities.

About Max

Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

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