6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 20, 2011 9:50 PM by enricog
Rayzur Level 1 (0 points)

My iPhone 4S will not create Reminders using Siri.  It instead creates Tasks which cannot utilize location based alerts.

My iPhone is connected to Exchange 2010 and sync's Tasks (not sure if this is relevant). 

In the Reminders App, I have three screens, Completed, Tasks, Reminders.

Under Tasks when creating new tasks, I have the option of setting an alert based on a day.

Under Reminders when creating new reminders, I have the option of setting an alert based on a day or a location.

I am supposed to be able to say "Remind me to call my wife when I leave work".  Siri repeats the instruction and asks if I would like to create the item.  On this screen I see that Siri shows a preview of a Task instead of a Reminder.  I go ahead and say Yes.

When I go check in the Reminders App, I have a new item under Tasks that says "When I leave work, call my wife".  Reviewing the details, I find that an alert is not set for "When I leave work".  It is just set to None.  I suspect this is because Tasks cannot have location based reminders.


My question is, Why is Siri creating the reminder under Tasks instead of Reminders where you can have location based alerts and how can I get them create correctly?  Any ideas?

iPhone 4, iOS 5, iPhone 4s
  • Rayzur Level 1 (0 points)

    I found a workable solution here:  https://discussions.apple.com/message/16375264#16375264


    What I did was go to Settings-->Mail,Contacts,Calendars then I went into my Exchange account and turned "Reminders Off".  I have Reminders turned on under iCloud.


    I can now use Siri to make location based Reminders.

    A side effect of this is, I no longer have my Exchange "Tasks" list, but I don't really use that anyway and Reminders is a far superior feature with location based alerts.

  • ZS1702 Level 1 (0 points)



    Other than "work" and "other" how did you manage to get Siri to understand other locations eg. gym? grocery store etc...?

  • andrewchau Level 1 (5 points)

    you can turn your tasks back on, what you need to do is. go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars scroll all the way down to the reminders section, and sync all reminders and your default list to Reminders. All your Siri reminders will be in the Reminders list.

  • Rayzur Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks andrewchau! You are correct I was able to turn Reminders back on in my Exchange account and then set the Default to Reminders instead of Tasks as you mentioned and everything works.


    Too bad I can't unmarked the answer above and mark this as the actual answer.

  • NyVetteGuy Level 1 (45 points)

    ZS1702 - put specific addresses into your address book and give them nicknames such as work, home, etc...once you do that you can set a reminder for when you get to or leave a particular location...it worked for me..

  • enricog Level 1 (0 points)

    this is so helpful man, just changed my day, now Siri finally works like advertised. thanks