There can be no denying the fact that apps like Astrid outshine Apple’s Reminders by a long margin, but many users still prefer the stock app because of its integration with Siri. Astrid does have a dictate mode of its own, but nothing beats Siri when it comes to creating reminders using just your voice. Also, the stock Reminders sync across all your Apple devices over iCloud, which is great if you own multiple iOS or OS X devices and want to access your tasks on all of them. If you have been an Astrid user for a long time but still crave for these feature of the stock Reminders app, Astrid has just taken care of it. With Astrid’s latest update, you can now set reminders for it using Siri, make the app import to-dos straight from the Reminders app, and keep your tasks synced across various devices over the cloud.
The new changes are pretty important, but they might not be too obvious upon a cursory inspection. Here is everything you need to do in order to enable the app’s Siri integration and cloud syncing.
- Update Astrid.
- Launch the app and open its main menu.
- Go to your profile using the button listed at the top of the Astrid menu.
- At the very bottom of the Profile page, under the ‘Other’ heading, select the ‘Import Siri & Reminders’ option.
- Toggle on ‘Import from Reminders’, which should reveal two new options.
- If you want to completely switch to Astrid and won’t be using the stock Reminders app anymore, enable the ‘Complete on import’ option. This marks every task as ‘Done’ in the stock app, as soon as it has been imported into Astrid.
- Now that you are all set, hit ‘Import now’.
The above steps should completely configure Astrid’s Siri access and syncing features, and all the tasks that you have added in the Reminders app should now appear on your Astrid homepage. Whenever you add a new task to Reminders manually or dictate a to-do to Siri, will be instantly added to the Astrid task list as well.
As an added bonus, all the devices on which your Astrid account is set up are now kept in sync. The process is pretty smooth and the app doesn’t skip a beat in making new additions available across all platforms.
The new update is aimed at Siri-enabled devices of course, but the remaining features of this universal app continue working with older devices as well. Give Astrid a try by heading to the following link, where it is available for free.