iOS 9 includes a brand-new feature that integrates with Siri to provide context-aware reminders for what you're currently viewing onscreen. Need to remember to send someone an email or iMessage reply? Want to remind yourself about a particular website? It can all be done easily with iOS 9 and Siri. We'll show you how to use this feature to make your reminder workflow even better on your iPhone or iPad.
Creating a reminder
Let's say that you're browsing the web and have to go somewhere, but you know that you'll forget about the website you're on and may have a hard time finding it again. Simply open the page in Safari, and then activate Siri and say "Remind me about this later" (Figure A). Siri will create a reminder, complete with a link back to the web page you're currently viewing.
Note: This will only add the item to the reminders — it will not assign a specific time to remind you about it. To get a reminder at a specific time, change the wording of your voice command to "Remind me about this at [Date / Time]." Siri will set up the reminder so that it has a specific date and time notification assigned to it.
Opening a reminder
You can view this reminder from within the Reminders app in your default list. These reminders can be checked off as completed, but unlike traditional reminders, you can tap the app icon in the reminder list to jump right into the app, exactly where you were when creating the reminder (Figure B).
Other apps that use this reminder feature
- Locations you're viewing in Maps
This feature will also work in any first- or third-party application that supports the Handoff feature of iOS, because it utilizes that feature to create the link back to the app from the Reminders app.
Cory Bohon is an indie developer, creating both iOS and OS X applications at Cocoa App (his own company), MartianCraft, and for various other clients. As a part of full disclosure, he does not write about any software that he has created or has helped to create through these outlets.
Cory Bohon is an indie developer specializing in iOS and OS X development. He runs a software company called Cocoa App and is also a developer at MartianCraft. He was introduced to technology at an early age and has been writing about his favorite technology part-time since 2007. He runs a development blog named ObjDev when he isn’t writing about consumer tech.