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Did you know that a collaborative list app already exists on your iPhone?

Yes, the plain and simple Apple Reminders isn’t only about your own to-dos. But with a few taps, it can be transformed into a collaborative checklist for friends and family. The modest checklist is one of the best mistake prevention tools Use Checklist Templates & Tools to Prevent Mistakes Use Checklist Templates & Tools to Prevent Mistakes When we're busy or stressed, we quickly forget the basics. This human flaw makes checklists so effective. We show you how you can create your own checklists to save time and money. Read More around.

Think about some creative ways to use a Reminders list on your iPhone. Here are three quick ideas:

  1. Beat back procrastination by putting down stuff you need to do. And, then set the reminder before you share it with the one person (or group) who can keep you accountable. But do know that reminder notifications aren’t shared.
  2. Pass around a “fun things to do” list as each member of your travel party adds their idea of fun activities to it. Anyone can add, delete or strike out items on the list.
  3. For a brainstorming session, you can post a problem to your group and give a checklist of ideas for them to think through.

Apple Reminders isn’t a sophisticated planning tool. But it is a useful one!

How to Create a Shareable List on the iPhone

  1. Create a new list by tapping the + icon in the top right and select List from the menu below.
  2. Give your list a descriptive name and assign a color from the palette.
  3. Your list is ready. Tap Edit on the top right. A new menu is displayed below the list name with two items – Color and Sharing.
  4. Tap on Sharing, then tap on Add Person in the Share with screen. The final screen allows you to enter an email address. You can also hit the + button to add someone from you contacts directory.
  5. Once you have added someone or more than one person, tap Add. iCloud will now send an invitation to the other person. You can see the list of co-participants on the Share with screen. Just add others to this list anytime later.

To stop sharing a list: Open your shared list and tap Edit. Now tap Sharing and swipe to the left on the name of the person you wish to remove. Tap Done when finished.

But the Best Reason to Use a Shared List?

A reminder list called Family is an automatic feature if you set up Family Sharing Set Up Family Sharing & Share Apps, Music & Other iTunes Purchases Set Up Family Sharing & Share Apps, Music & Other iTunes Purchases You and your family members probably have separate iTunes accounts for your app and music purchases, but there's no reason you should be paying for the same apps multiple times. Read More . Add reminders to it and they will appear in the shared reminder list on everyone’s devices.


Remember, up to six people in your family can share each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases without sharing accounts. A shared reminder list is a handy way to keep each other aware and connected. All it takes is a few seconds.

Have you discovered the power of any type of list? How do you use Apple Reminders to share lists?

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