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7 Ways to Fix Reminders Not Syncing Between iPhone and Mac

Apple Reminders lets you manage your tasks with ease. You can create reminders, lists, smart lists, and even collaborate with other users. But when it comes to syncing those items with a Mac, things often throw a hiccup or two.

7 Ways to Fix Reminders Not Syncing Between iPhone and Mac

Sometimes Reminders fails to send notification, or doesn’t sync your tasks across devices. In this post, we will show how to fix Reminders not syncing between iPhone and Mac.

1. Check Your Apple ID

It’s really important to check whether you’re using the same Apple ID on all yours and also have sync enabled for the Reminders. To sync Reminders across devices, you need to check for the same Apple ID acrossour devices.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on your name at the top.

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Step 2: Note down your Apple ID.

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Step 3: On your Mac, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner and select System Preferences from the drop-down.

Open System Preferences

Step 4: Click on Apple ID and ensure that both devices are using the same Apple ID. If they are different, you will need to log in with the same Apple ID on both devices.

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Step 5: If both the devices are on the same Apple ID, you should log out and log in once to ensure a fresh sync action between Reminders and your devices.

2. Enable iCloud Sync for Reminders on iPhone and Mac

Like other Apple apps, Reminders uses iCloud to sync across devices. If you are experiencing sync issues, you’ll need to check whether the iCloud sync is enabled on your iPhone and Mac.

iPhone

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on your name at the top.

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Step 2: Then, tap on the iCloud option.

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Step 3: Scroll down to find Reminders and ensure that the toggle is enabled. If it’s already enabled, toggle it off and back on.

2. Make Sure iCloud Sync Is Enabled for Reminders on iPhone and Mac 3

Mac

Step 1: On your Mac, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner, and click on System Preferences.

Open System Preferences

Step 2: Click on Apple ID on the right-hand side.

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Step 3: Select iCloud from the left column and enable the checkbox next to Reminders on the right pane. If it’s already on, turn it off and turn it back on.

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3. Update Your iPhone and Mac to the Latest Firmware

Sometimes iCloud has problems syncing across devices if all the devices are not on their latest update. More often than not, updating your Mac and iPhone to the latest firmware will solve the Reminders sync problem.

iPhone

Step 1: On your iPhone, launch Settings and open General.

Open General

Step 2: Now, tap on Software Update.

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Step 3: Update your iPhone if there’s any pending update available.

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Mac

Step 1: On your Mac, click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences from the drop-down.

Open System Preferences

Step 2: On the System Preferences page, click on Software Update.

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Step 3: Install any pending updates if available.

3. Update Your iPhone and Mac to the Latest Firmware 5

4. Check Date and Time Settings

Sometimes, different device date and time settings may result in a sync error. We need to ensure that both the iPhone and Mac are in the same time zone to fix it on your iPhone and Mac

iPhone

Step 1: On your iPhone, open the Settings apps and tap on General.

Open General

Step 2: Tap on ‘Date & Time.’

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Step 3: Enable the toggle next to Set Automatically.

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Mac

Step 1: On your Mac, use the Apple Menu to open System Preferences.

Open System Preferences

Step 2: Now, click on ‘Date & Time.’

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Step 3: Click on the Lock icon and authenticate with your password to open.

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Step 4: Select the checkbox next to ‘Set date and time automatically.’

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Step 5: As an added measure, click on Time Zone and enable ‘Set time zone automatically using current location.’

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5. Restart the Reminders App

Once you have made all the changes, restart the Reminders app on both devices. On your Mac, use the CMD+Q keyboard combo to quit the app. On your iPhone, go into the app switcher mode and swipe up to close the Reminders app.

6. Reset Network Settings on iPhone

If the above steps don’t work, you will need to reset the Network Settings on iPhone. Once you do this, it will most likely solve any sync issues with your iPhone. You will need to reconnect to Wi-Fi as resetting the network settings removes the Wi-Fi login information.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app and tap on General.

Open General

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on ‘Transfer or Reset iPhone.’

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Step 3: Tap on Reset.

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Step 4: Select Reset Network Settings.

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Step 5: Enter your phone’s passcode to start the network reset process.

Reset Network Settings 5

7. Restart Your iPhone and Mac

Finally, restart your iPhone and Mac, so all the changes take effect.

To restart your Mac, click go to Apple Menu > Restart.

Restart your Mac

For those not familiar with the shutdown process on the newer iPhone X and later models, press and hold the Power and the Volume Up buttons to bring the power-off screen.

Restart iPhone

Then, slide the power button icon from left to right to shut down the phone.

turn off iphone

Wait for a minute and then press and hold the Power button to restart the device.

Fix Reminders Not Syncing Between iPhone and Mac Issue

After you follow the above mentioned solutions, Reminders should sync across devices without a hitch. If this becomes a recurring issue on your devices, you might want to consider Reminders alternatives like TickTick.


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