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Use This App to Solve the Biggest Problem With Apple Reminders

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The Reminders app keeps growing on us. With the latest iOS 15 update, you now have access to tags and smart lists, which makes it possible to use it as a movie or reading list tracker.

Reminders is also now turning into a capable task management app, so much so that you probably don’t need third-party solutions like Todoist or TickTick. Reminders is free, works with Siri, and it’s on all your Apple devices by default.

But Reminders has one glaring problem: While the app is great at managing tasks, it kind of sucks when it comes to adding reminders. You need to select the list and tap the Plus button to record a task, and even then, adding details like notes, due dates, and times is a chore.

Remind Me Faster is a great solution to the trouble, though. It’s a simple, free app that only has one purpose—to get your thoughts in the Reminders app as quickly as possible.

The app opens with the keyboard ready to go, and the default list is already selected (but you can change it using the drop-down in the top-left corner).

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Write out your reminder, add a note, select a time if you want (it has preset dates and times), and tap the Send button. In a second, the reminder will be added to your chosen list with all the relevant information.

The app also lets you create tasks with a due date, without a due time. Swipe up in the due date section to switch to the day mode. In the app’s settings, you can also create preset locations to quickly add a location-based reminder for the task. Just tap the dot icon next to the location to switch between the three priority modes.

As quick as the app is, though, it does leave a couple of things out. There’s no real support for natural language processing for adding dates. You also can’t add hashtags or photos to the reminder.

But if you use the Reminders app often, you should keep the Reminder Me Faster app in your Dock or the first screen of your iPhone. For a while, try using just this app for recording all your reminders. Once you do that, you’ll notice fewer and fewer tasks slipping out of your mind.