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Mastering Siri Reminders on iPhone: Essential Commands

And here’s what the reminder looks like in the Reminders App. Notice the special field for messaging.

Imagine you’re bustling around the kitchen, hands full, when a thought pops up: you must call your mom tomorrow. There’s no need to stop what you’re doing. Just say, “Hey Siri, remind me to call mom tomorrow at noon.” Just like that, your reminder is set.

This is the convenience of Siri with the Reminders app on your iPhone. In this guide, I’ll walk you through using Siri reminders commands. Whether you’re new to tech or simply curious about smart home technology, these tips will make managing your daily tasks as easy as speaking them out loud. Let’s dive in.

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Siri Reminders Commands: Your Voice-Controlled Assistant

Navigating a busy day can feel like a juggling act, but Siri is here to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. With a simple command, Siri can remind you of anything from your best friend’s birthday to picking up dry cleaning. For instance, if you’re planning a dinner and need to remember to buy ingredients, tell Siri, “Remind me to buy tomatoes and basil at 5 PM today.” It’s set, and you can focus on your current task without the fear of forgetting.

Here are some example commands to make Siri your assistant, ensuring you never miss a beat in your daily routine:

  1. For General Reminders: “Hey Siri, remind me to water the plants every morning.”
  2. Location-Based Reminders: “Hey Siri, remind me to call Alice when I leave work.”
  3. Time-Specific Alerts: “Hey Siri, remind me to check the oven in 30 minutes.”
  4. Task-Related Reminders: “Hey Siri, remind me to send the meeting agenda by Tuesday.”
  5. Shopping List Assistance: “Hey Siri, add eggs and bread to my shopping list.”
  6. Personalized Prompts: “Hey Siri, remind me to book a haircut appointment on the first of next month.”
Reminder with Messages in the Reminders App

With these commands, Siri becomes more than just a feature on your iPhone.

Can Siri Announce Reminders? Solutions

Siri’s capability to set reminders is a game-changer, but what about verbal reminders when one is due? Currently, Siri doesn’t automatically announce reminders based on scheduling. However, there’s a workaround. If you need a vocal reminder at a specific time, consider using Siri to set an alarm or a timer. For example, you can say, “Hey Siri, set an alarm for 7 AM labeled ‘Call Mom‘” or “Hey Siri, set a timer for 20 minutes for laundry.” These serve as effective audible cues.

While Siri won’t spontaneously speak out your reminders, it can still read them aloud when asked. If you’re preparing for your day and need a quick rundown, ask, “Hey Siri, what are my reminders for today?” Siri will then list all your tasks, ensuring you’re on schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Siri Give Verbal Reminders on My iPhone?

While Siri can set reminders and notify you through your iPhone, it currently doesn’t offer the feature to verbally announce them at a set time. However, Siri can read out your existing reminders when you ask, such as, “Hey Siri, what are my reminders for today?”

How Do I Use Siri to Set Reminders on My iPhone?

Setting reminders with Siri is straightforward. Activate Siri and say your reminder. For example, “Hey Siri, remind me to call John at 3 PM tomorrow.” Siri will confirm and add this reminder to your list.

Can Siri Add Reminders to Different Lists Automatically?

Yes, Siri can add reminders to different lists. When setting a reminder, mention the specific list. For example, “Hey Siri, add ‘buy milk’ to my grocery list.” If the list doesn’t exist, Siri will create it for you.

Is It Possible for Siri to Announce Reminders Based on a Schedule?

Currently, Siri does not announce reminders based on a schedule. However, you can use Siri to set alarms or timers as a workaround for scheduled reminders. For example, “Hey Siri, set an alarm for 10 AM labeled ‘Meeting Reminder.'”


Navigating your day is easier than ever with Siri reminder commands on your iPhone. While Siri might not announce reminders out loud at a scheduled time, its ability to set and manage them effortlessly is a game-changer.

Have thoughts or questions about using Siri for reminders? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Your insights help everyone learn more about the potential of Siri.

For more tips and tricks on Siri, check out our Siri Archives. Or Check out the 300+ Siri commands from 28 different categories via the series Keeping Up With Siri Commands.

6 thoughts on “Mastering Siri Reminders on iPhone: Essential Commands”

  1. WHy can’t Siri read a reminder when its time..

    I manually type one in for say 9am on a Tuesday and when 9am comes Siri should just read it out loud. One of the needs i have that has me using Alexa for it.

  2. I strongly agree siri should in fact be able to read a reminder out loud it would make life much more organized

  3. I came to this article specifically to see if I could have reminders read out loud on the Reminders app. The article made it sound like they could be at first, but I guess only lists can be specifically read off when you ask them to be. That does not help me for my purposes. Very frustrating! I tried in calendars as well and in the Alexa app. But you’d need an echo for the reminders to be read aloud, and that is useless for my purposes. This seems like it should be pretty basic, right? And it would be a great service for seniors.

  4. Hey All! I added a bit of context to the article regarding Siri reading reminders out loud to you after the scheduled time passes.

    The good news is Siri will do this for you, but only if you have Air Pods connected.

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