On the Apple iPhone you can use the Reminders app to be reminded of things under certain preset circumstances. For example, you can set each notification for a specific date and even for an exact time. Locations can also be set - but not only to link them to the date and time, but also to issue reminders on arrival or departure. You can set a reminder to “go shopping” when you leave work or “call contact xyz” when you arrive at home so that you don’t forget anything. Here I show you how it works.
Setting reminders for arriving at a certain location or leaving an area is actually pretty easy. And once you've made the settings, it's easy to do when you set it up again. To set up a location-based iPhone reminder, simply follow these step-by-step instructions:
Selects a list (or creates one to select)
Create a new reminder in the list and give it a title
Tap the circled "i" to the right of the new reminder
Now activate the "Location" slider and select the location or an address below
Then tap the circled "i" underneath
You can then select a location again or search for an address
Once you have set a location, a map will appear below
Select "Arrival" or "On Departure" above the map
With the dot on the blue circle on the map you can increase and decrease the radius
If you tap on "Details" in the top left and the arrow back, you get back to the list with the reminder, which now shows the note that has been set
The addresses and maps are of course displayed normally when used. I pixelated them on the screenshots just for privacy. As you can see, "Arrival" or "On Departure" can be selected above the map. Correspondingly, the circle is drawn around an area colored blue (arriving in the colored region) or the area around the circle colored blue (leaving the place and entering the colored region).
Allow the Reminders app to get the location
Of course, the whole thing only works if the Reminders app on the iPhone knows the current location. You can see whether this is the case in the settings of your Apple smartphone. To turn on the location service for the memories, follow these steps:
Opens the Settings on your Apple iPhone
Choose from the list Privacy from
Then you type there Location services an
Enable location services and tap in the app list Memories an
Tap a dot under "Never" (depending on your preference) and enable the "Precise location" slider
Now the Reminders app can access your location. By activating "Precise location" the arrival or departure from a specified location is also registered. This means that the reminder appears at the right time and not too early or too late. Do you have any comments on the topic or a tip for using location-based reminders on the Apple iPhone? Then please leave a comment!
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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2 thoughts on “Set iPhone reminders to enter or exit a location”
Thanks for the information. Yes, sometimes that's what you want. But then you forget what the devices can do.
theoretical Shouldn't this also work with other apps as a reminder?
I think I don't quite understand what you mean. Do you want a specific app to open when you arrive and leave a place?
You can do this using the shortcuts. In the Shortcuts app, go to the middle Automation tab at the bottom, add a new one using the plus (+) button in the top right, select Create Custom Automation, then tap Arrival or Exit. After selecting the location (and possibly a time period), tap on "Next" in the top right corner. Then you can select "Open app" and in the following field in front of "Open" tap on "App" to select the desired program. In the next window you can check and save the whole thing.