Apple's iOS lets you create contextual reminders to do things when you reach places -- great for remembering essential but often forgotten tasks.
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Location, location, location
Apple combines the always-connected nature of its mobile devices with its Reminders app and Location awareness. First you need to turn on Location Services and Background App Refresh for Reminders. (You achieve this by toggling Reminders to the on position in Settings>General>Background App Refresh>Reminders and also in Settings>Privacy>Location Services turn on Location Services and Reminders.)
Now that you've done that, here are a couple of examples of location-based reminders.
You need to get some milk when you get home after work, which means you need to pick it up from the store near your work. Here's what to do:
Now, you will be reminded to pick up the milk when you are leaving work.
You want to call a friend when you are near them, perhaps for a quick impromptu get together. This is simple -- create a Reminder as detailed above, choosing their address -- only this time set the reminder for when you arrive in the area. Once again, you can choose the radius at which the reminder will initiate using the blue circle around their address in the map at the bottom of the location search window. Now you will be reminded to call when you are nearby.
You can use Siri to create location-based reminders, for example:
"Remind me to get milk when I leave work."
"Remind me to call Mum when I get home."
For these to work you need to define the relevant locations for yourself in your own Contacts card in Contacts.
Open your card and tap Edit. Your home address is probably defined already, to create others (Work or "The Shop," for example) scroll down the address list, choose "add address" and tap it in.
Your contacts -- significant people, the doctor and so on will also work as locations in Siri, so you can ask it to remind you to do something when you reach your Mom's house, for example.
Is it working?
Your location-based Reminders should now work as expected.
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