How to Make Subtasks and Sublists in Reminders on iOS 13 and macOS Catalina

Apple Reminders app has got a long due revamp in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina. Aside from sporting an intuitive user-interface, the app has also got a host of helpful features including “Remind Me When Messaging” and the ability to create subtasks and sublists. As someone who relies on timely alerts to tackle workloads, I welcome this new addition. It sort of simplifies the process of managing reminders. If you are yet to put your hands on this user-friendly feature, now is the right to learn how to make subtasks and sublists in Reminders app on iPhone, iPad or Mac.

Create Subtasks and Sublists in Apple Reminders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

There are multiple ways to create a group of lists or convert several reminders into subtasks. While I find the typical method straightforward, the gesture-based way is my favorite as it works as smoothly as the three-finger text editing and two-finger tap gestures. As is usually the case with the Apple ecosystem, the process feels seamless across iDevices. Enough talk? Let’s get on with the guide!

Create New Subtasks on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Reminders app on your iOS or iPadOS device.

Launch Reminders app on iPhone

2. Now, create a new reminder as your primary task. Next, tap on the “i” button located on the right of the task. (You will need to tap on the reminder to reveal the info button.)

Create New Subtasks in reminders on iOS and iPadOS

3. Next, scroll down and choose Subtasks.

scroll down and choose Subtasks.

4. Next up, tap on Add Reminder and then create the subtasks. Once you have created them, tap on Details.

Create subtasks on iOS

5. Finally, make sure to tap on Done to finish. You can use the tiny arrow to the right of the main task to view subtasks in the expanded or contracted form.

Tap on Done to finish

Note: There is a pretty simple hack to convert a task into a subtask just by dragging and dropping gestures. 

  • Simply, make a new task that you wish to use as your primary reminder. Then, create a second one that you want to use as a subtask. After that, simply drag the second task on top of the first one to convert the former into a subtask.
  • You can also use this same hack to convert existing reminders into subtasks. To get it done, just drag all the tasks on top of the one that you want to use as the primary reminder. All of those tasks will be instantly converted into subtasks.  That’s time-saving, isn’t it? 

Make Subtasks from New or Existing Reminders on Mac

  1. Launch Reminders app on your Mac.

Launch Reminders app on Mac

2. Now, create a reminder that you want to use as your primary one.

Create a reminder on Mac

3. Next, make a subtask below the primary reminder. After that, right-click on the task and choose Indent Reminder on the menu.

Choose Indent reminder

That’s it! If you want to create more subtasks, simply press the return/enter key and then choose the Indent option for each one of them.

Note:

  • Just like Reminders for iOS, the macOS counterpart also lets you make subtasks from new or existing reminders using the drag and drop gesture.
  • Simply, select the task and then drag it below the one you want to set as your main reminder. 

Make Sublists in Reminders on iPhone and iPad

Remember you can easily create a new list by tapping on the “Add List” button.

  1. Open Reminders app on your device.

Launch Reminders app on iPhone

2. Now, use the drag and drop gesture to combine a list with another. Next, give a group name and hit Create to finish.

Create a group of lists

Make Sublists in Reminders on Mac

  1. Open Reminders app on your macOS device.

Launch Reminders app on Mac

2. Now, drag a list on the top of the one you want to use as your primary list.

Make sublists

3. After that, give it a name and you are good to go.

How to Create Subtasks and Sublists in Apple Reminders with Ease

So, that’s the quick way to make a group of lists or convert reminders into subtasks. Now that you know how this little trick works, keep your alerts organized or for that matter in line with your convenience. Have any questions related to this feature? If yes, feel free to shoot them in the comments below.

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.

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