How To: Tag People in Reminders to Get Alerts When Chatting with Them in iOS 13's Messages App

Tag People in Reminders to Get Alerts When Chatting with Them in iOS 13's Messages App

While iOS 13 might be making waves for some of its more prominent features — most notably system-wide dark mode — the real story here may lie with its smaller, unannounced updates. One of those updates is a new Reminders setting to tag contacts in a reminder. That way, iOS pings you when texting that person in Messages.

This feature comes in handy for a variety of reasons. If you need to ask a friend a question later in the day — which always poses a risk of forgetting — you can tag your friend in a quick reminder. When you inevitably go to text that friend about your day, or when you open up your conversation to read what they have to say, Reminders jogs your memory "right then and there," as Apple states.

Setting up a one of these Reminder tags is quick and simple. In iOS 13, you can enter a reminder's settings to see a new "Remind me when messaging" toggle. Tap that toggle, then tap "Choose Person." When you do, your contacts list pops up. Tap a contact, and you'll return to the settings page with your contact clearly tagged underneath. If you want to choose another contact, simply tap "Edit," then tap another contact from the list. When satisfied with your selection, tap "Done."

You'll see your chosen contact tagged on the reminder in the app itself, a helpful way to quickly identify which reminders have messaging tags. Now, the next time you go to chat with that contact in Messenger, Reminders will ping you with your chosen query.

This is only one of many new changes to the Reminders app, which itself is just a drop in the bucket compared to the over 200 new features iOS 13 has to offer. Apple made sure us iPhone users had plenty to explore with this year's update, and it certainly doesn't disappoint.

Cover image and screenshots by Jake Peterson/Gadget Hacks

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