In this chapter, we've seen a couple of ways to use your iPhone or iPod touch to help you remember to do something. You can create an event in the calendar and set it up so you get an alert before the event begins. You can also set an alarm with the Clock app for an event that's occurring sooner. Also included with iOS 6 is the Reminders app, which is just a simple program for creating reminders and to-do-list for yourself. To use it, just tap the Plus button and type out what you need to remember. Tap Return to enter it and then you can continue typing other items you need to remember.
I'll tap Done and there's my current list. Notice each item has a check box next to it so you can check up items when they're done. That moves the items to your completed list. You can switch between your reminders and completed items by swiping left and right. Here I find my completed list or you can uncheck items if they weren't as done as you thought. You can also assign reminders to be done at specific times or dates and even use a feature called Geofencing which will trigger reminders based on your location. For example, I'll tap my first reminder and here I can choose to remind me on a day, and if I turn that on I can choose which day and time.
And I'll tap done. When that date and time arrives, I'll get a notification on my screen and the reminder will appear in my Notifications area. I'll select my other reminder and here I'll choose to remind me at a location. Now if you've never done this before, you make it an alert telling you that Reminders wants to use your current location. I'll tap OK. Later in this course in a movie on privacy, I'll show you where to manage applications that use your location information. Now once I've allowed that, my phone determines my current location, which in this case is my office. So, if I wanted to be reminded to fuel my car after I leave my office, I can leave it set to the current location.
I can also tap that location if I wanted to choose a specific address for my contacts. I can do so by tapping enter in address to type in address in or I can tap the Plus button to select an address for my contacts. I'm just going to cancel that for now and leave my current location. I'll also leave it set to When I leave. So, now when I leave my office an alert will pop up with of my phone reminding me to stop at the gas station. But be aware that using Geofence reminders can drain your battery more quickly since your phone will be more vigilant about tracking your location to see when you're leaving or arriving at a designated area.
It's probably best to only use Geofencing a few hours or so before you plan on being or leaving somewhere. Each reminder also has a Show More section where you can assign a priority to your reminder. This doesn't actually do anything to the reminder. It's just a way for you to prioritize your reminders for yourself. And if you have any notes you want to keep about the reminder, you can tap notes and type them in there. Selecting a reminder is also where you can find the Delete button when you're ready to remove it from your list.
You can also click the button in the upper left-hand corner to view your reminder list. Here you can view your reminders by the ones you've completed, the ones that are due today or you can view all your reminders by tapping reminders. You can also create a new list by tapping Create New List. The calendar at the bottom also scrolls left and right so you can jump ahead or back to view or add reminders on particular dates. So that's the reminders app built into iOS 6.
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