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Auntie L Level 1 Level 1

Once I complete items in my Reminder lists, they move to Completed.  How do I delete the Completed list without having to delete each individual item?

iPhone 4, iOS 5
  • iphoneusr Level 1 Level 1

    I've also found this cumbersome. There should at least be an edit button to remove multiple items as well as the option to clear all competed.

  • DmentD Level 1 Level 1

    A button to delete completed would be nice.  Here is what I do for my grocery list.  Once I have checked everything off and the list is "completed" I select the icon on the upper left to see all of your list and just delete the list for Grocery, or whatever list you have completed.  Now if you want to just delete the completed items than deleting them one by one can take some time.  Hopefully they update this app in the next iOS update.  I highly doubt they will though.

  • ShawnieD Level 1 Level 1

    I figured out how to do this if you also have a desktop comptuer:

    1. Make sure you've got iCloud set up and that you're syncing Reminders with iCloud (under Settings>Mail Contacts and Calendars)
    2. Log in at from a computer
    3. Click on the Calendar button
    4. You'll see a reminders area on the right
    5. You can multiselect reminders there that have been completed and then press the Delete key on your keyboard. They all go away, and that deletion will sync to your iPhone.
  • Busby.p Level 1 Level 1

    If you do not see your completed reminders go into the Preferences and turn off the hide functions.


    Reminder preferences.JPG


    Then as per above, multi-select and delete (just had to do this myself).


    P.S. how annoying, you can't post images directly into the edit field, need to save them to your computer first; how primitive.

  • Viva Podcast Level 1 Level 1


    Where is that preferences window that you screen-capped?  In iTunes? At  Thanks!


  • Busby.p Level 1 Level 1

    Your iCloud calendar preferences, should be a button on your upper right when you are looking at the Calendar screen.

  • 100 Watt Walrus Level 1 Level 1

    Gotta love how Apple trumpets that you no longer need a computer to use an iOS 5 device, and yet there are dozens of BASIC, OBVIOUS functions you still need your computer to do — most of them functions Palm OS had knocked 10+ years ago.

  • Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1

    This has got to be the most MORONIC oversight in functionality in the entire Milky Way Galaxy.  How does s*** like this happen?


    This is your brain...A Reminders App with bulk delete functionality of completed tasks.


    This is your brain on drugs...The current Reminder App.

  • cwaters01 Level 1 Level 1

    Great advice! Thanks.

  • mbaltozer Level 1 Level 1
  • 100 Watt Walrus Level 1 Level 1

    mbaltozer, you're missing the point.


    It should not be necessary to use a completely different device running a completely different app to perform a simple function like quickly deleting (or mass-deleting) finished To-Dos.


    This is basic, obvious functionality that was available on mobile OSes 10 years ago, and is available in the iOS Mail app, so there's just no good reason for there to be so many steps for such simple functionality.


    It makes sense to bury "delete" in the Contacts app — you don't often delete contacts. But Reminders are usually things you need only once, and even with the repeating reminders, you don't need the old ones hanging around.


    So pointing us to a KB article about how to use a completely separate app on a completely separate device doesn't address the problem.


    And, by the way, your suggestion works only in Lion. So that "solution" isn't valid for the vast majority of iOS users, and isn't even valid for Mac users unless they've recently upgraded their OS or recently bought a new Mac.

  • iphoneusr Level 1 Level 1

    Great point, 100 Watt Walrus. Similar to ShawnieD's response above, solutions thus far are not user friendly. I'd still like to see in-app native funcationality for managing to-do items as well as entire lists.

  • Mr. Luigi Level 1 Level 1

    Hi mbaltozer,


    I am sure you were only trying to help with the support article you directed us to.  But, as others have said, what we are all looking for is a way to do bulk deleting of reminders FROM WITHIN THE REMINDERS APP (or perhaps within Settings) ON OUR iOS DEVICE.  Going to settings in the iCal application on our laptops or desktops to affect functionality on our iDevices is inconvenient at best.  At worst, it won't work, because (as 100 Watt Walrus states) that functionality is only available to those running the Lion operating system.  In addition, philosophically, it seems to really go against the "cutting the cord" paradigm that Apple has fairly aggressively advertised.  What about all those folks who only have an iDevice?


    Still, the more important issue here (IMHO) is that you tried to help.  As for me, since I am not running Lion, I have but one option if I want to contribute.  Go to Apple's feedback site and explain the problem and request a speedy and smart solution.  Hopefully, others will do the same.  For all we know, the soon to be released iOS 6 will address this issue.  I sure hope, for Apple's sake, it does.  Otherwise the wrath of those participating in this discussion forum is sure to descend on Apple.  :-)


    Cheers, Mr. Luigi

  • mbaltozer Level 1 Level 1

    Pretty well said. I was just sharing the only solution I am aware of to something that also annoys me. For the time being, it just is what it is.

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