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It’s not always easy to remember when to do important things. Luckily, your iPhone or iPad can easily remind you about a repeating task or event using the Reminders app. Here’s how to set it up.

First, launch the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad. The interface will vary slightly between the two platforms, but the options are basically the same. Tap the “Today” button, then add a new reminder by tapping the “New Reminder” button at the bottom of the screen.

Tap New Reminder in in Reminders app on iPhone

When a reminder entry appears, type in whatever name you’d like—for example, “Check the Smoke Detector Batteries” or “Feed the Goats.” After that, tap the “Info” button just beside the reminder name. (The Info button looks like a small circle with the letter “i” inside.)

Tap info button in Reminders app on iPhone

In the Details pane that pops up, select an initial date and time for the reminder. To make the reminder repeat, tap the “Repeat” option.

Tap Repeat in reminder options in Reminders app on iPhone

You can have the reminder repeat daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, every 3 months, every 6 months, yearly, or at a custom frequency. Using the “Custom” option, you can choose to have the reminder repeat on certain days of the week, certain weeks of the month, or certain months of the year. Choose the option that works best for you.

Set the repeat interval in Reminders app on iPhone

After setting the repeat interval, you can also select a date when the repetition will end using the “End Repeat” option. Or you can have the reminder repeat forever.

When you’re finished, tap “Done,” and the reminder entry will be saved. You’ll know it was configured correctly if you see it listed in your Reminders app.

A repeating reminder set in Reminders app on iPhone

If you need to add more repeating reminders, just tap the “New Reminder” button again. You can add as many as you’d like. Good luck!

Benj Edwards Benj Edwards
Benj Edwards is a Staff Writer for How-To Geek. For over 14 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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