Speaking To-Dos With Siri

Last Updated: May 18, 2017 05:20PM CEST

Learn how to enable Siri integration with Things and get some tips on how to use it.

You can enter to-dos in Things without even typing. Just tell Siri what you need to remember and it will automatically appear in your Inbox. It’s really fast, and super convenient.

Enable Siri Integration

Mac
  1. On your Mac, open System Preferences > Siri and ensure that Siri is enabled (you must be running macOS 10.12 or later).
  2. Open the Reminders app.
  3. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click Reminders > Default List and choose a list. When you speak to Siri, this is the list your reminders will be saved in.
  4. Open Things.
  5. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click Things > Preferences > Siri.
  6. Check the box for Show reminders from to enable it.
  7. If you’re prompted to allow access to your reminders, click OK.
  8. Click the dropdown box and choose the reminders list you set as your default in step 3.
iPad
  1. On your iPad, open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Reminders > Default List.
  3. Choose which list you would like as your default. When you speak to Siri, this is the list your reminders will be saved in.
  4. Now open Things.
  5. At the bottom of the sidebar, tap > Siri.
  6. Turn Show Reminders on.
  7. If you’re prompted to allow access to your reminders, tap OK.
  8. Tap into List and choose the same reminders list you chose above in step 2.
  9. In the top-right, tap Done.
iPhone
  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Reminders > Default List.
  3. Choose which list you would like as your default. When you speak to Siri, this is the list your reminders will be saved in.
  4. Now open Things.
  5. In the main view, scroll to the bottom and tap Settings > Siri.
  6. Tap the switch for Show Reminders to turn it on.
  7. If you’re prompted to allow access to your reminders, tap OK.
  8. Tap into List and choose the reminders list you set as your default in step 3.
  9. In the top right corner, tap Done.
Watch

Once you’ve enabled Siri in Things on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone, reminders that you speak to Siri on your Apple Watch will show up for import in Things’ Inbox on those devices.

You can also open Things for Apple Watch with Siri and then dictate a new to-do. Here’s how.

Use Siri to Create a To-Do

Once you’ve got this feature enabled in Things, you can try it out. Here’s how it works:

Mac
  1. First, you tell Siri what it is you need to do. For example, you might say “Remember to buy milk” or “Remind me at 5:00 PM to buy milk”.
  2. This is automatically saved into Apple’s Reminders app as Buy milk, and is synced across all your Apple devices.
  3. When you open Things and look in the Inbox, you’ll see the item Buy milk listed at the top, under the heading From Reminders.
  4. Import the reminder, and you’ll see it move from the reminders list into Things.
iPad
  1. First, you tell Siri what it is you need to do. For example, you might say “Remember to buy milk” or “Remind me at 5:00 PM to buy milk”.
  2. This is automatically saved into Apple’s Reminders app as Buy milk, and is synced across all your Apple devices.
  3. When you open Things and look in the Inbox, you’ll see the item Buy milk listed at the top, under the heading From Reminders.
  4. Import the reminder, and you’ll see it move from the reminders list into Things.
iPhone
  1. First, you tell Siri what it is you need to do. For example, you might say “Remember to buy milk” or “Remind me at 5:00 PM to buy milk”.
  2. This is automatically saved into Apple’s Reminders app as Buy milk, and is synced across all your Apple devices.
  3. When you open Things and look in the Inbox, you’ll see the item Buy milk listed at the top, under the heading From Reminders.
  4. Import the reminder, and you’ll see it move from the reminders list into Things.
Watch

Speak a reminder to import later

You can speak a reminder to Siri on your Apple Watch. Later on, when you’re reviewing and filing new to-dos in Things on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone, you can import the reminders you spoke to your Apple Watch. Here’s how:

  1. First, you tell Siri what it is you need to do. For example, you might say “Hey Siri, remember to buy milk” or “Hey Siri, remind me at 5:00 PM to buy milk”.
  2. This is automatically saved into Apple’s Reminders app as Buy milk, and is synced across all your Apple devices.
  3. When you open Things on any devices where you’ve enabled Siri and look in the Inbox, you’ll see the item Buy milk listed at the top, under the heading From Reminders.
  4. Import the reminder, and you’ll see it move from the reminders list into Things.

Dictate a to-do directly into Things

You can open Things for Apple Watch with Siri and then dictate a new to-do. Here’s how:

  1. Raise your wrist and say “Hey Siri, open Things”.
  2. Tap the + button.
  3. Dictate your to-do to Siri.
  4. The to-do will be sent to your Inbox so that you can review it later on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. If you’d like to add the to-do to Today (and immediately see it on your Apple Watch), tap Added to Inbox before it disappears.

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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