You use your iPhone’s Reminders app to keep track of everything from shopping lists to the most important tasks of the day. During recent iOS updates, Apple added tools to Reminders to make it even more powerful, such as assigning tasks to other people and setting location-based reminders. Now there is another great update, which gives you the option to sort your lists.
It might be a bit surprising to learn that it wasn’t until 2021 for Apple to include a list sorting feature in Reminders, but late is always better than never. It’s one of the many new features in iOS 14.5 for iPhone, so you’ll need to update to iOS 1
To start sorting reminder lists, open a single list of reminders, tap the ellipsis (•••) in the top right, then choose Sort By. Here you see five options to choose from:
- Instruction manual allows you to rearrange by hand as usual.
- Due date lets you choose from “Earliest First” (default) or “Latest First”.
- Creation date lets you choose from “Oldest First” (default) or “Newest First”.
- Priority allows you to choose from “Lowest First” (default) or “Highest First”.
- Title lets you choose “Ascending” (default) or “Descending”.
Just tap an option and Reminders will sort the list accordingly. However, the first available sub-sort option is used by default. For example, if you choose “Title”, Reminders will always choose “Ascending” for you. If you want to sort by “Descending” titles, you have to go back to “Sort by” and choose from the sub-sort options that appear.
If Apple takes any suggestions for this feature, we would like to see these sub-sort options long-pressed. It’s a bit of a pain to have to go back “Sort By” to sort expiration dates by latest first, creation dates by newest first, priority by highest first, or titles by descending.
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