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  • 45. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    Loquos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My issue is similar, and after reading the thread, I have done the "quick fix" solution, but I feel like my issue is actually some sort of bug.

     

    Originally, I had the same problem of seeing all these completed tasks on my iPad with no easy one-click delete-all option. But I discovered that if I deleted the List they were originally created in, this automatically clears the Completed as well. I probably don't use my Reminders as everyone else does, but this work-around works for me, as I typically make one-time lists that I don't add new things to later on.

     

    At some point I decided it would be a good idea to synch my Reminders to iCloud because... well, why not? I only have the iPad and my desktop. But I could find it handy at some point down the road.

     

    But then I noticed something odd. Old Lists were reappearing, sometimes with previously Completed items showing as incomplete. I tried deleting them again while not connected to the internet, thinking perhaps it was some iCloud synch problem (similar to the Address Book problem where one must reinstall the address book to get iCloud to synch all devices correctly). But the lists returned as soon as I linked back up. So then I tried going in through iCloud.com and deleting the lists that way. Seconds after removing the lists, they reappear! Then I tried a careful maneuver consisting of simultaneously deleting the lists on my iPad and iCloud at the same time. And they still same back!!!

     

    Frustrated, I came to the internets to poke around and see if anyone else has had this problem. Not quite, it seems, but I thought I'd point it out.

     

    Simply removing the iCloud synch option on my iPad for Reminders has fixed the issue. I suppose if I want to resynch, I could, but it seems like an awful silly thing to have to turn off the iCloud synch every time you want to permanantly delete a List. on your iPad without having it irritatingly reappear in a few seconds.

     

    Has anyone else had this similar issue?

  • 46. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    Cloudlv9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Not sure if this may be relavent for anyone but if you use a Mac as well as an iPhone, in the Reminders App on the Mac you can go into the list and just select all as you would any other file. (Click the Top Item, scroll down to the very bottom, hold shift and click the bottom item, this selects them all, then just press the delete button) Poof all gone. I know some of you have made complaints about you should'nt need another device to do this but not everything can be perfect.

  • 47. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    jopilkie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is a solution for your Reminders on your Mac.  Within the completed list, just press CMD + A (This will select all of the reminders) then simply press Backspace and they are then all gone.

  • 48. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi jopilkie,

     

    Thanks for that super fast and easy way to batch delete reminders on your Mac.  Still holding out for a way to do this on my iPhone and iPad as having to go to my Mac - thank goodness I have a "regular" computer :-) - is a bit tedious.

     

    Now that Scott Forestall has been fired and Johnny Ive is in charge of iOS perhaps we'll see a more user friendly approach to iOS, which will hopefully include batch deletion of Reminders, E-Mails, etc.

     

    For those who are up to it, sending feedback to Apple requesting this enhanced functionality in iOS is really not a waste of time.  It can work if Apple gets enough feedback.  They do not read these discussions forums.  They are for us users to share ideas, problems, and solutions...not for Apple to comb through looking for possible areas of attention.  Although, maybe they should do a little of that!

     

    Here is the link to the feeback site:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/

     

    Again, thanks a lot jopilkie!

  • 49. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    100 Watt Walrus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    jopilkie wrote:

     

    This is a solution for your Reminders on your Mac.  Within the completed list, just press CMD + A (This will select all of the reminders) then simply press Backspace and they are then all gone.

     

    As noted upthread, this is a fine solution for anyone running a newer OS. But 10.6 doesn't have Reminders. But it doesn't hurt to have that tip here for people who do.

     

    I'm still running 10.6 and iOS 5.1.1 because I've seen too many threads about upgrade nightmares like 10.8 halving battery time in 2009 MBPs (my model) and iOS 6 slowing iPod Touch G4s (making them even slower than 5.1.1!).

  • 50. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    sschase Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    SOLVED!!

     

    I have just gotten off the phone with Apple Support and TOGETHER WE DID IT!! We deleted all of my completed reminders back to 2011 on all devices! Follow these steps for a guaranteed positive result! Fewf.. had to share I'm so relieved!

     

    1. Sign in to icloud ON YOUR MAC COMPUTER (sorry, if you don't use icloud no clue how to help ya!)

    2. Click on Reminders

    3. DO NOT click on the "completed" reminder section but GO TO EACH LIST and waaay up at the top you will see "245 completed" or however many you have (I had a gazillion).

    4. Hit CLEAR ALL button

    5. Do this for each separate list (I only had three lists so was super quick).

    6. SIGN OUT OF ICLOUD

    7. Sign back in to icloud

    8. **IF YOU HAVE HUNDREDS OF COMPLETED REMINDERS this will take a few cycles of the above instructions.. signing in and out and 'CLEARING ALL' .... we discovered that the system can't handle deleting all at once. Ex: mine went from 456 Completed reminders ... down to 256 completed reminders... down to 40 completed reminders.. down to 0 completed reminders!  Takes just a few cycles.

     

    Then everything will sync to your iphone, ipad ect and 0 COMPLETED REMINDERS!! WAHOOO! HAZZAH!!

    Sharon

  • 51. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    mbaltozer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    How is that "solved", Sharon, when the question was how to do it on iPhone? We are all well aware of how to do it on a computer...

  • 52. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    sschase Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes yes.. but when you do this on your computer then it automatically syncs to your iphone via icloud.

    I suppose if you have to have something that works direcly from your phone, you're right. However, I was extatic to hear that any old time I am sitting at my computer (at least every day!) I can do this.. whenever. Every day, once a week, month, whenever!.. and bam! it then is sync'ed with my phone and ipad.. that's super easy. I no longer wish to find a solution where I can 'bulk delete' them on my phone.. Yeah when it happens fine, but so easy this way!!

  • 53. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    Andrew.GM Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    On my case I don't want to delete completed reminder but rather archive it but unfortunately when you "clear" or "delete" the reminder then it is forever gone. But it is annoying to see the completed reminder on my main lists.

     

    What I did is create another folder "Completed Task", everytime I finished a reminder I just move it ther rather than marking it completed so it won't show up on my main list.

     

    Cheers

  • 54. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    With iOS 7 beta 2 now out I thought things may have changed with regard to our problem.  So, I posted a question on the web site AppAdvice about not being able to bulk delete completed reminders from within your iDevice.

     

    This is the response I received from one of their writers who is running iOS 7 beta 2 on her iPhone:

     

    "Yes! You can now delete completed lists. I just deleted 92 items at once!! "

     

    Looks like Apple did take notice of us and others.  Maybe that feedback did help!  Can't wait for the fall when iOS 7 is released.

  • 55. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    zenluiz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    Sorry for bringing this issue back to life after a while...

     

    I just want to say that the issue still exists!

     

    For the list of items there is an Edit button which makes it possible to delete only task by task, not what we here expect (selecting many and then pressing Delete just once). What a shi**y usability team there!

  • 56. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    AuntieLinda Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry sschase (Sharon), but that doesn't solve the original issue I posted.  The issue is trying to delete multiple completed items at one time using your iPhone.  This is still an issue with OS7.  The items in each list must be deleted one by one.

  • 57. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    This new situation is very disturbing.  (i.e. no bulk delete capability).  If you scan a couple posts above, I mentioned that I had obtained information that in one of the early betas of iOS 7 bulk deleting FROM WITHIN your iDevice was NOW possible.  The information actually came from Robin Rhys who is a writer for the web site "AppAdvice."  Reputable.  Why would Apple remove this functionality???!!!

     

    Here's the post if you don't want to bother searching for it.

     

    With iOS 7 beta 2 now out I thought things may have changed with regard to our problem.  So, I posted a question on the web site AppAdvice about not being able to bulk delete completed reminders from within your iDevice.

     

    This is the response I received from one of their writers who is running iOS 7 beta 2 on her iPhone:

     

    "Yes! You can now delete completed lists. I just deleted 92 items at once!! "

     

    Looks like Apple did take notice of us and others.  Maybe that feedback did help!  Can't wait for the fall when iOS 7 is released.

  • 58. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I just finished talking to the Editor-In-Chief of AppAdvice, Jamie Young.  Sadly, she confirms that there is NO bulk deleting of Reminders from WITHIN an iDevice.

     

    But, based on our conversation I think I have come up with a workaround.  It is by no means perfect, but for some it could do the trick.

     

    Pretend, for example, that you had a million completed Reminders.  Right now the only way to delete them is to ONE BY ONE use the swipe-delete gesture on your iDevice.  Hello arthritis!

     

    But, you could do this...

     

    You CAN delete that entire list in your Reminders app.

     

    Go to the list you want to remove ALL the entries (let's stay with the Reminders list) click on that list-->edit-->delete list.  The only problem with this is that it not only removes all those completed reminders. It also deletes THE REMINDERS LIST!

     

    But, you can very easily create a new REMINDERS list on an iDevice.  It will be fresh, clean, and empty.

     

    You're back in business and you never had to go to your computer and iCloud.

     

    Admittedly, not perfect because it requires one extra step...creating a new Reminders list.

     

    But, if you have a lot of completed reminders this will certainly take less time and effort than deleting each of those completed reminders...one by painful one.

     

    Cheers, Mr. Luigi

  • 59. Re: iOS 5: deleting Completed Reminders list
    zenluiz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh my... ooh my! Don't tell me I read that.

     

    Why do almost all Apple users seem to have this sense of "workaround" much more than others?

     

    Let's say I have 30-40 recurring tasks and a s**t load of completed (or even missed) ones. The pain in the *** for creating those 30-40 tasks can't be on the the users' side! Apple should take care of it, not us, users, who pay some serious price for an iDevice expecting a minimum of respect!

     

    We need to stop finding workarounds as if we were totally dumb users swallowing every sh**t Apple tries to "force" us to use. Instead, we should fight and push hard for something better!