We all have those times when we have to remember something before we leave the house or return, but always seem to forget. With iOS, though, you set reminders that trigger whenever you get in or out of your car.


Setting up situational or location-based reminders work wherever you go and for many things you do. For example, if you need to have Reminders alert you to pick up a gallon of milk when you’re at the grocery store, you can do that. However, iOS also lets you create reminders connected to your car, no matter what location it’s actually in.

You’ll need to be able to connect your iPhone or iPad to your car via Bluetooth or CarPlay for this to work. Essentially, the Reminders app will monitor when your phone is connected to your car, and send you a reminder either when it first connects (e.g. when you’re getting in the car) or when it disconnects (when you’re getting out).

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In this example, we are going to create a reminder to head to the grocery store and get milk the next time we get in our car. First, we select the item to which we want to assign an action and tap the “i” symbol.

Next, tap “Remind me at a location”.

Finally, choose “Getting in the car” or “Getting out of the car”. This will trigger the reminder whenever you connect or disconnect (respectively) to your car with Bluetooth or CarPlay.

You can also create the reminder on your Mac, since it should sync seamlessly to your other devices provided it is set up do so via iCloud. Click the small “i” next to the item and an options menu will fly out.

Next, click on “At a location” and you’ll see a dropdown list that let’s you select your current location, home, or getting in or out of any car to which that device is paired.

Once you’ve made your selection, the reminder will tell you what will happen. In our case, we’ll be automatically reminded when the device detect that it is paired with our car via Bluetooth or CarPlay.

That’s it, you’re done. You’ve now mastered the art of reminding yourself when you get in and out of your car. As you can see, it’s a great trick and as long you have a car with Bluetooth or CarPlay, you can rest assured that you’ll forget less and less. Of course, you still need to remember to actually set these reminders, unfortunately, we don’t have any tips for that.

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