Siri, add toilet paper to the shopping list

January 7, 2013 life 2 min read

The Reminders app on iOS and Mac has quickly become one of my favorite apps, mostly due to its integration with Siri and the ability to share lists with my wife.

I almost always have my phone in my hand, so no matter how predisposed I am, I can afford to hold down the home button and say, “Siri, add toilet paper to the shopping list”, or “Remind me to turn off the porch light when I get home.”

Screenshot of Siri Screenshot of item added to shopping list.

It hasn’t been added the Reminders iOS app yet, so many people don’t know it exists, but from the Mac app or you can share a list. The list has to be synced with iCloud for this to work.

Screenshot of sharing a list

Reminders is far from perfect, but it’s the only list–paper or otherwise–that I’ve been able to stick with for more than a week. It offers a glimpse of what the future holds for reminder and todo apps—and takes me one step closer to being completely useless without my phone.

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avatar of Brandon Keepers I am Brandon Keepers, and I work at GitHub on making Open Source more approachable, effective, and ubiquitous. I tend to think like an engineer, work like an artist, dream like an astronaut, love like a human, and sleep like a baby.