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How to use iPhone’s Remember This shortcut (and why you should)

Easily capture fleeting thoughts with Apple’s Remember This shortcut for iPhone. Never let an idea slip away.

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If you suffer from memory issues or just want a quick and easy way to jot down your thoughts, Apple’s Remember This shortcut might be the solution you’re looking for.

Once you’ve set up the shortcut, a quick tap or a Siri command lets you type a note and, if wanted, add a photo to your memory. Memories are then saved in the Notes app for easy access and review.

Don’t let your precious thoughts slip away into the ether. Let’s discuss how to use ‘Remember This’ to never forget anything again.

How to use the ‘Remember This’ shortcut on iPhone

You can set up and use Remember This on iOS by following these steps:

Launch the Shortcuts app and tap Gallery [ios-shortcuts-home.jpeg]The application displays a graphical user interface with text.
Select Shortcuts for Accessibility. Alternatively, type Remember This in the search box The user interacts with the graphical user interface and application.
Find and tap Remember This in the list. Within Shortcuts for Accessibility, you’ll find it in the Wellbeing section The application utilizes a graphical user interface with text.
Tap Add Shortcut This image shows a shortcut that helps someone with short-term memory loss remember what they have done throughout the day by creating a log with timestamps and optional photos. Full Text: 6:23 .... Cancel Remember This This shortcut helps someone with short-term memory loss log what happens throughout the day, keep track of what they have done, keep track of who they have met, etc. It will ask you what you want to remember. The first time you run it each day, it will create a new note, then log your response with the time. If it's been run already, it will append the current time and new content to the existing note for that day. You can optionally capture a photo into the note to create a visual diary. Run this shortcut using Siri or add it to the Home Screen for quick access. You can also use Personal Automations to run this shortcut periodically through the day. Remember This K + Add Shortcut

How to store a memory

To store a memory, select Shortcuts in the bottom menu bar and tap Remember This. Alternatively, you can add the shortcut to your Home Screen and select it from there (instructions below)
Add a text note to the memory and tap Done A smartphone with a screenshot of text displayed on its screen is connected to a cellular network, enabling portable communications and multimedia capabilities.
When asked if you want to include a photo, select either Yes or No, depending on your preference. Choosing No completes the remembering process, while Yes launches the camera and lets you snap a picture

Once you’ve saved a remembering or two, you can access them via the Notes app. You’ll see a new note for each day, which contains time-stamped entries for each memory.

Naturally, you can alter some of Remember This’s behaviors, such as the text displayed on activation, by tapping the More (…) button on the shortcut within the Shortcuts app.

Add the ‘Remember This’ shortcut to your iPhone’s Home Screen

You’ll likely want to add Remember This to your Home Screen for easy access, which you can do by following these steps:

  1. From the Shortcuts app, select Shortcuts in the bottom menu bar(if it isn’t already selected) and click the More (…) button on Remember This
Users interact with a graphical user interface, text, applications, and chat or text messages.
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  1. Tap the Share button in the bottom menu bar
Users interact with a graphical user interface, text, applications, and chat or text messages.
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  1. Select Add to Home Screen
The application displays a graphical user interface with text.
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  1. Tap Add to complete the process
The graphical user interface interacts with the application.
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Remember This will now appear on your Home Screen, ready to be moved to a more convenient location.

If you’re having trouble remembering things, you’ll likely want the shortcut to be accessible in an instant so you can record those slippery thoughts before they’re gone.

Conveniently, you can also call on Siri to launch the shortcut by saying, “Hey Siri, Remember This.

Apple’s accessibility tools make our lives easier

If memory isn’t your strong suit, Apple’s Remember This shortcut has your back. Once you’ve set it up, you can store memories in an instant and easily review them in the Notes app.

Each day, our gadgets make our lives easier, and we gradually become less reliant on our in-built biological tools, like, for instance, memory.

Who needs to remember things when our phones can do it for us?

Right now, the machines are picking up a lot of the slack, and most of us have forgotten how to live without them – or never knew.

At some point, we’ll either need to become one with the machines or be ruled by them. We might have arrived at one of those outcomes already.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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