The new Apple Reminders app on iOS 13 and macOS Catalina features many new bells and whistles. One of these features is the ability to organize your reminders by assigning them to new lists. Many users like to organize items into specific lists in order to organize their tasks.
For example, you can have a general to-do list with items of different priority. As you work through that list, you may want to create a Work in progress list or a completed list and move items over. Makes you more productive and reduces stress!
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Working with multiple reminder items on a list is super easy and intuitive using the new Reminders app from Apple. In this short article, we will walk you through a step-by-step process for achieving this using your MacBook, iPhone or iPad.
Moving Reminder Items between Lists on your MacBook
In order to move items around, you will first need to browse and select the items from the list that you want to move it out from.
- Click on the white space to the right side of an item in a list
- Use Command+Click or Space+Click to select multiple items from the list
- Once you have selected all the items that you want moved
- Drag the items and drop them into the target list
Move multiple reminder items between lists on your iPhone and iPad
iOS 13 and iPadOS support the new Apple Reminders app. Drag and drop feature comes handy when moving items between reminder lists on your iPhone. To get started, open up your Reminders app and select a reminder list.
In the example here, I’m moving all my baking supplies from the main grocery list to another list called ‘Baking Supplies’. Open up the source Reminder list ( in our example ‘grocery’) to select the items to move.
- Tap and hold on the blank space on right side of an item that you want to move
- While pressing, drag the item a little bit to the right
- You will see animation where the reminder item seems to move
- Without releasing your first finger, tap on other items on the list that you want to move
- Tapping on the center of the item or immediately to the right works the best.
- Selected items will be added into the first one that you picked
- You will see the number of reminder items on the side of your selection. This changes as you add new items to your selection.
- Without releasing the first gesture (press and hold), tap on ‘Lists’ at the top left of your screen with another finger.
- Choose the List that you want the items to be transferred into
- Release your tap. This will add all the items that you had selected into the new list
It takes a couple of tries in order to get used to the idea of selecting multiple items and re-assigning them to other Reminder lists. Overall its pretty responsive and intuitive.
Changing the List for a single item from your Reminders
This is pretty straight-forward.
Select an item anywhere by tapping on the right side to the item on the list and you will see the familiar ‘i’ icon show up next to the item.
- Tap on ‘i’ icon and scroll to the bottom
- Select ‘List’ at the bottom of screen
- Select the new List that you want the item to be assigned to
- Tap Done at the top right corner of your screen
You can move items within the list by simply dragging and dropping in order to re-order the items on any list.
You can also create copies of the reminder items and move the copies to a new list and leave the original list intact when working with reminder items on your Mac.
In order to do this, once you select one or more reminders, click on Edit > Copy from the top Reminders menu and then choose the list to which you want to move these items to. Next click Edit and select Paste to drop these items into the new list.
We hope that you are excited to try out the new Reminders App on your iPhone and Mac. Please let us know using the comments below if you have any questions or concerns or if you like to share some of your favorite reminder tips and tricks.
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In a former life, Sudz worked helping Fortune 100 companies with their technology and business transformation aspirations.