Add time and location-based notifications to reminders

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The Reminders app makes it simple to keep track of tasks, grocery lists, and even daily exercises with multilayered lists and checkboxes. You can make these lists even more powerful, however, thanks to time and location-based reminders.

For example, I have a “Places to Eat” reminders list, to keep track of interesting new restaurants I want to try. But when you’re craving food on a Friday night, it’s difficult to remember to look at the list.

That’s where time-based reminders come in: I can simply set up an alert on a restaurant I’m interested in visiting by tapping the entry, then tapping the info button to the right. Flip the “Remind me on a day” toggle, and you’ll be able to pick when the app should alert you. You can even make the reminder repeat, in case it’s 6PM and you’ve already ordered takeout.

If it’s not time that motivates your restaurant desires, but location, you can also set up location-based reminders. Like before, we’ll tap the info button on the entry, but this time we’ll flip the “Remind me at a location” toggle and enter in the location we’d like to be reminded at. This provides you with a blue circle on your map called a geofence: It lets you decide exactly where around the location you’d like to be notified. Personally, I want to be alerted when I’m in the general area of the restaurant, so that I’m more likely to go there; therefore, I’ll make the circle bigger.

And there you have it! Two easy ways to add extra functionality to the Reminders app. For Macworld, I’m Serenity Caldwell; thanks for watching.

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