Delete all completed reminders?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by pixelchild, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. pixelchild macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011
    i can't find a way to delete all or clear all completed tasks/reminders.

    honestly, it's probably just me as apple is too smart not to include this feature so if someone could please direct me to how to do this...
  2. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Select the reminder and and look for the delete option. To my knowledge, there isn't a way to delete all of them at once.
  3. J.C macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2008
    If you sync iCloud with iCal there is a setting in there to remove completed Reminders after a set period. As far as I know it's that way or delete one by one.
  4. pixelchild thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2011
    oh, okay thanks.

    guess no way to batch prune.
  5. memphis123 macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2012
    Can be done through iCal preference

    In the preference and advanced check out the Hide Reminders after days has been completed and put 0.

    This should work.

  6. Jare macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2010
    You could ask Siri (if you have a 4S) that's how I delete all my reminders. Works for alarms too, just say "Delete all of my X".
  7. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    Hmm..that's odd because Siri just told me "Sorry, I can't delete reminders."
  8. Jare macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2010
    Weird, just happened for me too. Maybe I was wrong and it only works on Alarms, could have sworn reminders worked too.
  9. geekygeek macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2011
    This is simple and unlike someone else said, it is possible to delete them all at once. Even though you cannot drag, click and highlight it.
    Step 1: Open iCal
    Step 2: Scroll down to the last reminder
    Step 3: Click on the last reminder
    Step 4: Hold Shift
    Step 5: Press the up arrow key while holding shift
    Step 6: Click edit on the top
    Step 7: Click delete
    Step 8: TA DAH!
    Steps 4-8 also work for deleting multiple songs on iTunes. Hope I helped.
  10. Arelunde macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2011
    CA Central Coast
    Another way to control them, at least somewhat, is in Settings > Mail/Contacts/Calendar > Reminders (at very bottom) > set to the minimum time (2 weeks back).
  11. Lukeid123 Guest


    OK, this is not very practical but it works. You can do this on your device. Right to delete all completed reminders:

    1.Open the reminders app
    2.Tap the "List" tab
    3.Tap the top left button to go to the "Lists"
    4. Tap Edit
    5. Now delete the list you put your completed reminders in. E.g If I created a reminder in the "Reminders" list, then completed it. I would delete that list. I would recommend getting to around 50 reminders before doing this, otherwise its a bit repetitive.
    6. Create a new list and call it what you want. E.g Reminders
    7. Start adding reminders to your new list.
    8. Do this again when you want to delete them all.
  12. timc37 macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2012
    Finally figured this out

    I haven't seen this solution posted anywhere, and was shocked when it actually worked.

    (Note: I'm using iPhone 4s with iOS 6.0.1, and a Mac running Mountain Lion)

    To remove all of the completed items in the "Completed" list of the Reminders app:

    - Open Reminders app on the Mac
    - Navigate to your "Completed" list. It's full of the stuff you want to get rid of.
    - Hold down the SHIFT key, and click the first item in the list. It will turn slightly gray. (note: I had to fiddle with the location I was clicking sometimes, but a good spot to click is just before the frist word of the task.)
    - Still holding down the shift key... scroll (if necessary) to the bottom of the list. I had tasks going back to 2008, so it was a loooong list.
    - Still holding down the shift key... click on the last task you want to get rid of. ALL tasks should turn slightly gray.
    - Release the SHIFT key
    - Right-click in the grayed area. Select "Delete".
    - Huzzah.

    I hope this helps somebody. It was driving me nuts.
  13. Canuckduck macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2013
    Easier Way ...

    1. Open "Reminders" on Mac
    2. Go to "Completed" and do Ctrl + A to select all
    3. Hit your "Delete" button
    4. Presto! All of your completed reminders are gone.
  14. Dayhalk macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2013
    Delete completed reminders using iCloud.

    Found a way to delete completed reminders. Little tedious but gets the job done fairly quickly.

    1. Go to iCloud
    2. Go to Reminders
    3. Go to Completed
    4. Select the first reminder
    5. Press del on your keyboard
    6. Repeat step 5

    Hope this helps.
  15. jimerman macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2010
    I'm fine with Step 1. Step 2 is throwing me. I hope it's not been removed, I am running OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and the Reminders app does not have a Completed list. In fact, I can find no menu option or anything in the Help on it (only on how to mark an item as complete). Hopefully someone will have some suggestions?


    SOLVED! I found this brilliant post on the iMore community, that you can expand the "Completed" section in the iCloud Reminders app, and clear from there. Thanks!
  16. MarkG441 macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2014
    That Works but... Really?

    The solution above does solve the problem. (Thanks Jimerman.) But really? Doesn't it seem like there should be a setting to eliminated completed after a period of time? This is still a manual solution and you may, in fact, want to keep a record of completed tasks for a couple days, weeks or months for your records, performance review recollection, in case you make a mistake, etc. Kind of poor design.
  17. rohitkalra90 macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2015
    Simplest Solution.
    Click Completed
    Clear Completed.
  18. Gregory66 macrumors newbie


    Oct 28, 2016
    Hi, I know I am answering 3 yrs later, but here I go...
    What you suggest would delete all Reminders, completed and non.
    To select only the completed ones:
    1. Select the first completed Reminder
    2. Press the "shift" key and select the last one (now you have selected only those completed)
    3. Press "Delete" key.

  19. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Why would that original suggestion delete all reminders if first you are going to the "Completed" section/view that would just display the items have already been completed?
  20. Gregory66 macrumors newbie


    Oct 28, 2016
    Ah! I found out that the view you are talking about is available within the "Scheduled" tag.
    I have always been using the tag below (i.e. "Reminders"), as this one shows all of them (I have a number of timeless reminders). Everything is clear now.
    Thanks for your help.
  21. toomanyairmiles macrumors newbie


    Jul 27, 2017
    This is now the top google result for questions about clearing completed Apple reminders messages. You can accomplish this by logging into, clicking on the reminders app and clicking clear completed in the top right hand corner of the screen.
  22. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
  23. Bill0328 macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2012
    Perfect - simple elegant solution. Thanks

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