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iOS 13 Reminders FAQ

Since publishing my quick look at the new Reminders in iOS 13 article a few days ago I’ve actually received a couple of emails from some readers asking for more details about how the new app works.

I replied to the first one, but once I received the second it struck me that there may be others reading that also had queries, but didn’t want to ask, for whatever reason. To that end, I thought I’d share some of the queries I’d received and answer them here for everyone to access. If you’re interested in learning more about Reminders in iOS 13, read on. Please bear in mind again this is an early beta build, so much of the below can, and likely will, change as the summer goes on.

Here are the questions I received:

I’ve seen folders. How does that work?

As far as I can see, you can’t add any folders per sey. The app includes the Lists that the old version had only, so I assume this is what the reader was referring to. You can add and manage these much as you did before. The 4 blocks at the top of the app, seen below, can’t be amended.

How do you add sub tasks?

This, also, is handled much in the same way it was done previously, but it might be easier to explain this by simply showing you:

Does completing a parent task complete the sub task?

Strangely, no, it doesn’t. At the moment at least, in developer beta 1, completing the parent task leaves the sub tasks uncompleted. I’ve raised a radar for this, because it doesn’t sound like it’s intentional, so I’ll keep an eye on if that changes as the betas go on.

Is there still a Notes field on the task?

There is indeed. This hasn’t changed since the old version of Reminders, however. It’s still a basic text box with no formatting or multi-line support etc.

Is there just one level of subtasks or can you go deeper (like add a subtask to a subtask?

No, I’m afraid you can’t do that. You can only create a sub-task, not a sub-task to a sub-task.

And can subtasks contain deeplinks?

From what I can see, no. When you trigger Siri and ask it to remind you about something you create a task at the top level only. I don’t have my iPad with me at work today, but I will test if you can create a deep link reminder and then drag it into a sub-task manually.

Can you only add one attachment or more?

Yes you can add multiple photos (that you take whilst in the app or from the Photos app, or scan a document to add it). From what I can see, right now at least, you can’t add files from Files.

What kind of attachments can you add to a reminder? Only images or files as well? Is there a file picker menu?

As mentioned above, you can only take a photo, add a photo (from Photos, not Files) or Scan a document but again you need to scan it there and then, you can’t add a pre-scanned item.

Can you create a deeplink from the Files App/iCloud file? (This was not possible before)

No, it doesn’t appear to let you do this still / currently. You can create a public link and add it there in the notes of the Reminder, potentially, however.

If you have any more queries, please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP.