Importing To-Dos From Reminders

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017 08:44PM CET

Here's how to import your Reminders from Apple's Reminders app into Things.

You can add Reminders in Apple' Reminders app by typing them directly inside of the app, or sending content there from other services. If you're still using iOS 10, you can also use Siri to speak to-dos and then import them into Things via our Inbox.

Enable Reminders Import

Mac
  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click Things > Preferences > Reminders.
  3. Check the box for Show to-dos from to enable it.
  4. If you’re prompted to allow access to your reminders, click OK.
  5. Click the dropdown box and choose your preferred list.

If you'd like to create Reminders through Siri and import them into Things later, you should set a default Reminders list to which Siri will add your tasks. To do that, go to Reminders, and in the menu bar at the top of the screen, click Reminders > Default List.

iPad
  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. At the bottom of the sidebar, tap > Reminders.
  3. Turn Show in Inbox on.
  4. If you’re prompted to allow access to your reminders, tap OK.
  5. Tap into List and choose your preferred list.
  6. In the top-right, tap Done.

If you'd like to create Reminders through Siri and import them into Things later, you should set a default Reminders list to which Siri will add your tasks. To do that, go to Settings > Reminders and choose a Default List.

iPhone
  1. On your iPhone, open Things.
  2. In the main view, scroll to the bottom and tap Settings > Reminders.
  3. Tap the switch for Show in Inbox to turn it on.
  4. If you’re prompted to allow access to your reminders, tap OK.
  5. Tap into List and choose your preferred list.
  6. In the top right corner, tap Done.

If you'd like to create Reminders through Siri and import them into Things later, you should set a default Reminders list to which Siri will add your tasks. To do that, go to Settings > Reminders and choose a Default List.

Watch

There's no Reminders app on your Apple Watch. If you are on watchOS 3 or below, you can use Siri to speak Reminders on your Apple Watch, which will then be created in the Reminders app on your iPhone. From there, you can import them into Things, as explained in the iPhone tab above.

If there are any Reminders ready for import, you will see them in the Inbox on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone under the heading From Reminders. When you import them, they will move from the Reminders list into Things.

It may be helpful to understand that we are merely displaying these Reminders in Things’ Inbox; until you actually import them, they do not exist in your Things database as actual to-dos. Once you have imported a Reminder, its corresponding item is conveniently deleted from the Reminders app – this keeps everything tidy.

Why can’t I see location-based reminders?

Apple’s Reminders app allows you to create three slightly different types of reminders:

  1. Reminders with no alerts.
  2. Reminders with alerts at a specific time.
  3. Reminders with alerts at a specific geographical location.

Things does not support location-based reminders, so it only shows the first two types of reminders for import.



 

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