How to Fix Apple Watch Reminders Not Syncing With iPhone

Just like Calendar, Reminders is one of those apps iPhone users often use to organize their busy lives. If a quick sticky note to your wall isn’t enough, the Reminders app can help.

Now, if you’re an Apple Watch user, the Reminders app just got a whole lot better. With it, you can quickly create a reminder for your upcoming task and browse through your events. All can be done from your wrist.

It would be a headache if the Reminders app stopped working on your Apple Watch, right? How about if the app stopped syncing between your devices? For example, you created some reminders on your iPhone, but it won’t load on your Apple Watch.

I’m here to let you know that issues like these can be resolved in no time. Below are a few tricks you can try to make the Reminders app on your Apple Watch sync again. This way, you can always get the most updated reminders.

CHECK FOR PROPER CONNECTION

When the same app is showing a different set of details, I often check to see if my Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled. You may also want to make sure that your Wi-Fi network is working properly.

If there is no connection between your Apple Watch and iPhone, the Control Center on your watch will show a red text that says, “Disconnected.”

As always, if you accidentally turned these features off, you can always turn them back on from the Control Center or the Settings app.

RESET SYNC DATA

When there is a syncing problem on my Apple Watch, I always find it useful to hit the Reset Sync Data. Do note that this feature will not remove any of your data. As the name suggested, it will only reset the connection. If any of your apps aren’t fully synced, it will make sure everything is loaded on both devices.

To perform a Reset Sync Data for your Apple Watch:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Watch app
  2. Go to General > Reset
  3. Tap on Reset Sync Data

You will only see a quick flash, and that’s it. Before taking any further actions, it’s important to wait a few minutes for your iPhone and Apple Watch to get everything properly synced.

Open the Reminders app to see if all your reminders and tasks are there. I suggest checking it on the problematic device.

UNPAIR YOUR APPLE WATCH

Some people like to use Siri to create reminders on their Apple Watch. I don’t know why, but the issue here is that the events they created no longer show up on their iPhone.

If that’s the case for you, try unpairing. This method works for me. When you unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone, the system automatically creates a backup for you. If you have any valuable data, then you can restore it from the backup once you pair the device back.

After that, check to see if the reminders you created on your watch show up on your iPhone.

If none of the methods above work for you, feel free to try some general tips such as restarting your device or reset and erase all contents.

CONFIGURING THE REMINDERS APP

When it is time to configure the Reminders app on your iPhone, there are a few easy steps you will want to follow:

  1. First press home on the iPhone
  2. Next, you will press Apple Watch
  3. Then press My Watch
  4. The My Watch screen is where you will find Reminders – It uses the Mirror My iPhone setting by default
  5. Click on Custom in Reminders to customize; otherwise, you can skip
  6. Set Show Alerts to On to see your reminder alerts
  7. Set the Sound switch to the on position for sound notifications
  8. And set the Haptic switch to on for notifications via vibrations

After doing this, you can then address your reminders when you receive the notifications. You can also choose to snooze, complete, or dismiss any notifications you receive.

ADDING REMINDERS TO SPECIFIC LISTS

You can set up different lists in Reminders to keep track of more specific information. You can tell Siri to set a reminder to that specific list. For example, you can ask Siri to remind you to add apples to your Sunday Grocery List.

YOUR REMINDER NOTIFICATIONS

Your watch is set to alert you when there is a reminder. All you have to do is tap the watch on your wrist to snooze the notification, mark it as complete, or dismiss it. Now the changes you make to your reminders will sync across all of your iOS devices automatically.

FORCE TOUCH GESTURE

Your Reminders app also goes with the Force Touch gesture. When you are in the Reminders app, you can firmly press on the display to reveal a button that can show you or hide all of the completed reminders you have had.

APPLE WATCH REMINDER FAQ

Here are the answers to some of the more commonly asked questions when it comes to the Reminders app on your Apple Watch.

WHAT IS A BREATHE REMINDER ON APPLE WATCH?

A breathe reminder is sent out by default every five hours. This means that your watch will remind you every five hours to breathe. Apple claims you can adjust or disable these reminders by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tapping on the My Watch tab. Tap Breathe and then navigate to Breathe Reminders.

HOW DO YOU SET HOURLY REMINDERS ON AN APPLE WATCH?

To set up hourly reminders on your Apple Watch, open the Reminders app on your iPhone, and then create a new reminder. You can then tap the I to the right of the reminder, tap the toggle to Remind me on Day and then Remind me at a Time, and you can choose either repeat or hourly notifications for your reminder.

HOW DO YOU GET GOOGLE CALENDAR REMINDERS ON YOUR APPLE WATCH?

To get Google Calendar reminders on your Apple Watch, go into Settings on your iPhone and then tap on Account and Passwords. Tap the add account Google, enter your email address and password, and then next.

Once you do this, then your emails, contacts, and all of your calendar events should sync directly with your Google account. To check, open the Calendar app on the iPhone to review your Google events.

CAN APPLE WATCH FACES DISPLAY REMINDERS OTHER THAN THE SCHEDULED LIST?

No. To show on the watch face, all of your reminders need to be scheduled. However, to try to work around this, you can set the reminders for a future date and then set the alarm to no alarm.

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  1. Just spent 2 hours trying all these. Nothing works. So frustrating.
    Very disappointing. And Apple used to “do what it says on the tin”…not any more

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