Using Microsoft To Do with Apple Reminders

Using Microsoft To Do with Apple Reminders

This is something that I was recently using together but stopped simply because I was tired of using 2 apps instead of just one. Now I am back on Todoist that isn’t to say that either of these applications are bad in any way, they just did not work for my workflow. I may go back to Microsoft To Do next year when my annual renewal is up but for now I am sticking with Todoist.

Anyway, Todoist may not work for you or you may not have the money to pay or whatever so you may be using Microsoft To Do and recently learned about the connection it has with Apple Reminders. It is a basic connection but a connection nonetheless.

How do I connect To Do with Reminders?

It is simple, all you need to do is head to your settings page, tap on Reminders, and then Accounts, then Add Account. Then you need to sign in to your Microsoft account. If you are already signed in to your Microsoft Account, you will want to tap on it and make sure reminders are enabled.

That’s it.

How does it show up in Reminders?

It shows up just like iCloud reminders. All of your lists will show up in Reminders just like any other list. You can add reminders with Siri, Homepods, etc. Just like you can with iCloud Reminders. These reminders sync automatically with Microsoft To Do through your Microsoft Account.

It isn’t instantaneous but it is pretty close. There are also a few things you lose out on when doing it this way like:

  • Location-Based Reminders
  • Subtasks in Apple Reminders app
    • Subtasks you set in To Do also do not sync to the Reminders app.
  • Files do not sync over from To Do to Reminders.
  • The “Assign to” section does not sync over from To Do to Reminders.

Everything else does sync over just fine so you get most of the functionality of To Do in Reminders. Plus, you can use Siri natively without having to run shortcuts or specific commands. It makes it a lot simpler when you are trying to stay organized.

It is up to you which you decide to go with or if you decide to use the Microsoft To Do app directly on your phone/tablet/etc. I definitely recommend using it on PC if you are a PC + iPhone/iPad user like myself. Either that or you can use a 3rd Party app on your phone like Todoist which has many great features as well.

What do you think? Do you agree with what I brought up? Do you disagree? Let me know in the comments below!

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