iOS 9 tip: Set reminders via Siri for what's onscreen

Setting reminders on mobile devices can be a chore, but that's not the case in iOS 9 because of a new feature baked right into Siri. Here's how to use it.

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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.

Figure A

Siri will show you the reminder you just created, along with the icon for the app.
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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).

Figure B

Tap on the app icon to open the app where you left it when creating the reminder.
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Other apps that use this reminder feature

  • Mail
  • Safari
  • Notes
  • Locations you're viewing in Maps
  • Messages
  • News
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • iBooks

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.

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