After two years of enjoying our 3GS phones, Levi and I finally upgraded to the new iPhone 4S. We’ve been enjoying the new features in our own way–Levi by harassing Siri mercilessly with rude questions and me by obsessively compiling my life in iCloud. You know, to each his own…
One feature we both have been enjoying is the new Siri-enabled Reminders app. If you haven’t already checked it out, the new iPhone Reminders app is a basic task app which allows you to remind yourself. What makes it cool is that it is GPS-aware. It is able to set up little geo-locating fences around basic areas (home, work) in your contacts. So in addition to reminding you of a task at a specific time, it can also remind you of a task when you are in a certain location, like: “Remind me to feed the dog when I get home.” Sure enough, pull into my driveway and I get “Feed the dog.” on my phone.
That’s cool enough, but with Siri, you can dictate reminders to your phone. Levi and I were playing with it, and I jokingly remarked, “I wish I could tell Siri to remind YOU of something!” We both laughed because–ha, ha! Allowing your spouse to order your phone to nag you! Using Siri! Wouldn’t that be creepy and annoying? “We could give each other nagging rights!” We joked.
Turns out, you can totally let your spouse nag you using Siri. Apple doesn’t do a very good job of broadcasting the ability, but here’s how:
- Have someone you trust to use the power of Reminders for good rather than evil. You may want to create a special list in Reminders just for this, or you can share your default list. Keep in mind whomever you share it with will be able to add/remove items. (Marital counseling not included in this tutorial.)
- Share your list in iCloud by going to the iCloud Calendar app. Your Reminders list will appear on the left hand side along with your calendars. Click the little grey broadcast symbol.
- Enter the email of the person you want to share your list with.
- The recipient will get an email and they’ll need to accept the invite. Once they accept, the list will show up in the Reminders app as a new list.
- Viola! Instant Siri nagging rights. Your shared partner will also get an email every time you add something.
Tip: If someone invites you to share their default reminder list, you can also rename it on your end. For example, Levi shared his “Reminders” list with me, but I had trouble getting Siri to add things to it because I had my own “Reminders.” Instead, I went to Edit in the Reminders app and renamed his list “Levi’s List.”
So now I can tell my phone “Add ‘Take out the trash’ to Levi’s List.”
Or “Add ‘Bring Your Wife Flowers’ to Levi’s List.”
Or “Add ‘Remember that Valentine’s is only 6 months away!’ to Levi’s List.”
He’s so thrilled.