How do I keep my reminders on my lock screen for iPhone?

iOS, OrganisationAppdrawn Team | Published 12th September 2022
The in-built reminders app on iPhone has special precedence to leave it's reminders on the lock screen until they're ticked off.

In days gone by, a majority of people would carry around a handkerchief in their pocket. Beyond the obvious uses of blowing one's nose and wiping one’s brow, handkerchiefs also came in handy for another reason. When there was something important to remember, people would tie knots in their handkerchiefs to act as a prompt to jog their memory later on. It wouldn’t remind them what it was, just that there was something to remember.

Some of us may already have established systems for remembering things. Maybe for you it is writing them down or making lists. However, if your house or work space is not Marie Kondo-ed to the nth degree, it could be very easy to misplace a note. Cue the stressful, frantic hunt! 

Fast forward to today and not so many people carry a handkerchief on their person. What you will find in most people’s pockets though is mobile phones. They have become so integral to the functioning of our day to day lives. It kind of makes sense then to incorporate a system of remembering things onto these devices, that have become so essential and for many difficult to part with. It also means you can go paperless. With environmental issues becoming ever more pressing, it is a small but effective way to play your part.

How to make sure reminders stay on your lock screen until completed

For iPhone users it is so simple. You don’t even need to download or pay for an app. The notifications for the in-built reminders app on iPhone take special precedence. When you create reminders, they are left on the top of the lock screen until they are ticked off.

The two settings you need to check are:

Settings > Notifications > Reminders and make sure 'Time-Sensitive Notifications' is switched on

Settings > Notifications > Reminders > Banner Style and make sure Persistent is switched on.


It is good to remind yourself once in a while of the progress you have made and give yourself a pat on the back!

Appdrawn Team | Updated 11th October 2023

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