Sync Reminders To Your Mac And Other Devices [iOS Tips]

Sync Reminders To Your Mac And Other Devices [iOS Tips]

Making a list of tasks is a great way to be sure you’re getting things done, right? Without being able to see those reminders across all the devices and computers you may use in a given week, though, that list is going to be fairly useless. That’s the reason services and apps like Evernote have become so ubiquitous: instant access to your notes across all the digital environments you frequent.

Apple’s Reminders system is the company’s foray into a task list, but figuring out how to sync the lists across devices is somewhat non-intuitive. Here’s how to do just that.

The first step here is to go to the Applications folder and open iCal, the built-in calendar app that manages your task lists. Click on the iCal menu and choose Preferences, or hit Command-Comma on your keyboard.

In the Accounts pane, you’ll want to add a new account, and then choose iCloud from the drop down lists of choices. Type in your iTunes ID and password in the fields that follow. Make sure the account is Enabled, and set the refresh rate to something that fits your activity volume, from every one minute to every hour. You can also set this interval manually.

Once enabled on your Mac, go to your iOS devices and be sure to have iCloud enabled, at least for Reminders. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, and tap on the iCloud button. Use the same iTunes account for iCloud that you did in the previous step. Be sure that Reminders is toggled to ON. Do this on each iOS device you want to sync your reminders to.

Once these steps are done, you should be good to go. Let us know how it worked (or didn’t work) for you in the comments below.

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  • Tallest_Skil

    Why bother with a hack when Mountain Lion will be out in a few months?

  • Andrew John

    I’m sick of all this spam showing up on the forums since you guys went over to vanilla comments. No wonder nobody posts comments much anymore. Get rid of it, it’s bad and absolutely annoying.

  • ApplePr0n

    I’m sick of all this spam showing up on the forums since you guys went over to vanilla comments. No wonder nobody posts comments much anymore. Get rid of it, it’s bad and absolutely annoying.

    I just skip right by it and flag it as Spam. That helps the mods remove it. On topic, I do find that reminders app has become really amazing for me lately. But like @Tallest_Skil said, it’s not worth it with Mountain Lion right around the corner

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