How to Create Reminders Subtasks in iOS and macOS

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With the release of iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, Apple’s beloved Reminders app received one of its biggest updates. From a visual refresh to new features, this update marks a big step forward for one of the company’s most popular default apps. Among those new features is one that is bound to win over both fans and new users alike.

Nested to-dos might not sound like a big deal right off the bat, but once you try them, you’ll never go back. However, getting started with this implementation isn’t easy, so let’s take a look at how it works.

Using iPhone or iPad (First Method)

1. Unsurprisingly, the first step is to open up the Reminders app and select a list to start working with.

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2. Once you are in a list, tap on “new reminder” and type in whatever item or action you want to add.

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3. Tap anywhere on that item, and look for the “i” to show up. It looks like an “i” in a circle.

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4. Scroll down and look for an option labeled “Subtasks” and tap it.

5. It will ask you to “Add reminder,” so go ahead and press on that and enter additional reminders. As you enter each reminder, you will see that the “Add reminder” button continues to get pushed down, leaving you with the opportunity to enter a multitude of subtasks.

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6. After you have entered all of your relevant subtasks, tap “Details” in the top-left corner and then hit “Done.”

7. It really is that simple. You can even press and hold on each subtask and move them around to reorganize.

Using iPhone or iPad (Second Method)

If the first method was not for you, the good news is there is a second way to create subtasks in Apple’s Reminders app.

1. Open Reminders in the same way you did in the option above and create a new task that will serve as your primary reminder.

2. Unlike the first method, we are now going to create a second new task that will eventually become a subtask to the entry you wrote in step one.

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3. Here is where things differ, as you will need to press and hold on the second task. If you are having any issues with this step, it is important to make sure the cursor is not active on this line.

4. Drag the second task underneath the first, and it will automatically make it a subtask.

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Using macOS (First Method)

As with its iOS counterpart, creating subtasks in the Reminders app on macOS is simple and straightforward. Like typical Apple, there is more than one way to achieve a goal, so let’s take a look at both methods.

1. To kick things off, open the Reminders app on your Mac.

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2. Enter the first task you want to become your “primary” or “parent” task.

3. Add a second task that you want to utilize as a subtask.

4. This is where things differ from iOS, as you will need to right-click using a mouse or trackpad. After right-clicking, click on the option labeled “Indent Reminder.”

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5. Immediately upon clicking “Indent Reminder” the selected task will automatically move into a subtask position.

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Using macOS (Second Method)

1. For this method to work, create two primary tasks, then drag one of the new tasks underneath the one you wish to set as the parent task.

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2. Once a colored line appears, let go of the mouse or trackpad and “drop” the task. It will automatically move underneath the primary task and become a subtask.

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There is plenty of competition in the Apple universe for the best to-do and reminders list. Sometimes the easiest list is the one that comes pre-installed on your device. The release of iOS 13 and macOS Catalina has made an already great app even better. The ability to add subtasks is just one more reason this app deserves a permanent place on your home screen.

David Joz
David Joz

David is a freelance tech writer with over 15 years of experience in the tech industry. He loves all things Nintendo.

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