Apple iOS 5 introduced a new location-based reminder feature for your Apple iPhone 4 and 4S. Reminders let you configure alerts based on date, time or location. Here’s how to set up a location-based reminder on an iPhone.
Confirm you’ve set Reminders to ON.
Now, create a contact with a location for our reminder. Then return to the homescreen. Tap Google Maps.
Note: This step is optional if you’ve already configured contacts with an address for a reminder.
Here’s a contact I created for my local grocery store. So I navigate to a location on the map and just tap and hold to drop a pin. To view additional options, tap the arrow.
Tap Create New Contact.
Give the contact a name. Tap Done.
Return to the homescreen and open the Reminders app.
Tap the Plus sign to create a new Reminder
Give the Reminder a name. Tap return when done.
Tap the reminder to open additional options.
Tap Remind Me to open the reminder time and location features.
Tap At a Location to turn configure location reminder information.
Note: At the time of this writing, only iOS 5 based iPhone 4 and 4S configured with iCloud SYNC support location reminders. If your screen does not look like the screenshot below, confirm iCloud is enabled and your device is updated.
Tap Current Location to set a new location for the reminder.
Tap Choose Address.
Search for the Contact you created earlier. Select it.
With the Location address now set for the reminder, just tap Remind Me to return to the reminder options.
Tap the option When I Arrive so it alerts you when you get to the location. Note you also can set alerts for when you leave, nice if you have multiple errands on your list.
Note: The When I Leave feature is nice if you want to be reminded to do something say, when you leave work. For my example however, reminding me when I arrive at the grocery store to buy flowers for my wife is more appropriate.
Tap Done to save the location based reminder.
Back on the homescreen of the Reminders List, location-based reminders are visible via the Arrow and Address under the Reminder name.
- At this writing, located-based reminders are available only on iPhone 4 and 4S devices running IOS 5 or later with iCloud sync enabled.
- Although you are able to create reminders and sync them with MS Exchange, locations must be based on date and time — not location.
- Other Apple iOS devices configured with Exchange or iCloud Sync will display reminders configured on an iPhone 4 or 4S smartphone, but will only alert for date and time.