How to Use Siri to Add Tasks to Remember The Milk

Remember The Milk logo and old-fashioned microphone

Problem: You love to use Remember The Milk for all your to-do list items, but you can’t add items to it via Siri, forcing you to use the less useful stock Reminders app on iOS.

Solution: Make Siri play nicely with Remember The Milk and get the best of both worlds.

Remember The Milk can work with Siri, allowing you to bypass the iOS Reminders app and use one of the best to-do list apps out there. Setting it up is easy, and we’ve got the details below.

Before You Get Started

Before you start the setup process, there are a few things you need.

First, you need to have an iOS device running iOS 7 or later.

Of course, you also need an account with Remember The Milk. If you don’t already have one, you can sign up for one here.

You should also be somewhat familiar with how Remember The Milk works. Luckily, we have a guide to get you started with Remember The Milk.

Now you can start the setup.

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Setup

Just about all of the setup is done on your iPhone or iPad, so there’s not a lot of need to change Remember The Milk (RTM) settings.

1. First, open up the Settings and tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

Settings screen on iPhone

2. On this screen you should see a list of all the email accounts on your phone. Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap on Add Account.

Mails, Contacts, Calendars screen on iPhone

3. You should now see a list of the various commonly added account types. At the bottom of the list, tap Other.

Add Account screen on iPhone with email provider logos

4. On this screen, tap on Add CalDAV Account, under the Calendars heading.

Calendars screen on iPhone

5. Enter the following information:

  • Server: www.rememberthemilk.com
  • Username: Your RTM Login
  • Password: Your RTM Password
  • Description: Remember the Milk To Do

Entering CalDAV account info on iPhone screen

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6. Tap Next. Your login information will be checked, and once it is, you’ll see a screen that is titled CalDAV. There are two options on this screen. Leave them as they are and tap Save.

Remember The Milk settings on iPhone

7. This will take you back to the Mail, Contacts, Calendars screen. Your new account will be at the bottom of the list. The description you entered is how it shows up in the list.

We’re almost done, but there are still a few more settings to finish up.

Tap the back arrow to go back to the main Settings page. Once there, tap on Reminders and then Default List.

Settings and Default List screens on iPhone

You should see your Remember The Milk list on this screen. Tap on it to select it.

Notifications

If you’re going all-in with using Remember The Milk instead of Reminders, you should turn notifications for Reminders off and make sure your RTM notifications are all on.

1. Tap on Settings on your iOS device, then Notification Center.

2. Scroll down until you find Reminders and tap on it. On this screen, turn off every notification item.

3. Back out of that screen and scroll until you find Remember The Milk. Tap on it and make sure all the notification items there are turned on.

4. Check your notification settings inside the RTM Web app. Go to RememberTheMilk.com, log in, and click on Settings in the upper right corner. Then click on the Reminders tab.

Reminders tab on Remember The Milk settings screen

5. Make sure these options are checked they way you want them, and then you can close out of the Web app.

With this complete, it’s time to see what the end result is.

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Outcome

Basically, what you did in this setup process was to tell your iPhone or iPad that you want all new reminders that Siri adds for you to go to a new list in the Reminders app named Remember The Milk. Any item you add to this list will push over to your RTM account and show on your devices.

If you’re familiar with RTM, you know that tags and lists are one of the best features of the app, but for now you can’t add these by using Siri. You can, however, set repetition, due dates, and times that tasks are due.

You can tell Siri just about any basic task repetition you can think of, such as:

  • Remind me to go to the dry cleaners tomorrow
  • Remind me to call Alex today at 4 p.m.
  • Remind me to pay my electric bill in 2 weeks
  • Remind me to take out the garbage every Sunday at 5 p.m.

Every task you add to RTM via Siri will go to your Inbox list inside of Remember The Milk. You can change the default list by logging in to RememberTheMilk.com and setting a different default list.

Now when you ask Siri to remind you of something, it will almost instantly show up in your Remember The Milk list of to-do items. Unless you change a password, this will continue to work indefinitely and keep your to-do list items neat and organized.

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