Many people have found that once they either updated to iOS 10, or upgraded to a new iPhone with iOS 10 onboard, such as an iPhone SE, iPhone 6, or iPhone 7, that reminders no longer would send notifications such as alerts or banners, or lock screen notifications. Here’s what worked for us for both location-based and time-based reminders.
First, some people have found that changing the priority of a reminder to “!!!” has helped. However, that assumes that you are manually adding a reminder, and we most often add reminders by saying something like “Hey Siri, remind us to send email to John in one hour” or “Hey Siri, remind us to pick up oatmeal when we arrive at Whole Foods.”
Siri will acknowledge scheduling the reminder, and that will be the last we ever hear of it, even though when we check in the Reminder app itself, the reminder is clearly there.
So, at least for us, here’s what is going on.
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iOS 10 includes new widgets that you can add to the screen to the left of your home screen. You access this screen by swiping to the right from your regular home screen (you could always do this to get to a search bar, now that screen has all these new widgets).
The odds are very good that when you go to that left-most screen, you will see your reminders there.
So, what you want to do is remove your reminders from going to that screen, so that they instead start alerting you again like you are used to. Here’s how to do that:
Scroll down to the very bottom of that screen, and find the Edit button.
Click on the Edit button.
Now see how Reminders are listed there?
Click on the “-” to remove Reminders from that screen.
Click on ‘Remove’.
Now confirm that the Reminder widget is no longer on that screen.
Also confirm that you have Banners or Alerts set for your Reminders under the Notifications settings.
Just to be safe, restart your iPhone, and then set a reminder, and see if it works! No guarantees, but this did work for us!
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