Location based reminders not working for iOS 7?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Munky, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. Munky macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2011
    So my location based reminders stopped working with beta 4 (the first one I installed) and every beta since then, and even the GM, they still don't work. I set them myself, or I ask Siri to do it and they never ever work. Yet my frequent locations are pretty accurate...

    Anyone else having this problem?
  2. grockk macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2006
    Do you have background app refresh turned off. Or off for reminders. That needs to be on for location reminders to work.
  3. BreeeZe macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2012
    the Netherlands
    Not working for me either..

    And background app refresh is on.
  4. aDRock1154 macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2011
    Had this problem since the betas. Got it to work once on beta 4 or 5.

    Not working in the GM at all.
  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Yea it's been shaky. I think the new version of iCloud needs to be activated or something, hopefully it's a server side fix.
  6. secordry macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    ios7 still not working

    Ok, so I have tried everything... even after the release of ios7 location based reminders will not go off when I get somewhere or leave.

    What gives?
  7. ahwman macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2007
    I'm seeing the same thing from my end. It has been working flawlessly with both iOS 6 and iOS 7 GM, however yesterday it stopped working and I no longer have the Geofence indicator active in the status bar unless I keep the Reminders app running in the background. Nothing has changed in my configuration so I'm puzzled as to why it would just quit working, unless something's gone haywire from Apple's end. I even did a full wipe of my iPhone 5 and fresh install of iOS 7 and the same behavior continues even with a fresh install. Very frustrating...:mad:
  8. secordry macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013

    agreed. I can see my Geofence and can set up the reminder but it just doesn't go off. This thread is really the only thing I have seen online regarding this issue. I was supposed to pick something up for the baby momma on the way home from work yesterday and forgot because my reminder didn't remind me when I was passing the store... Obviously it wasn't pleasant when I got home... Damn you Apple, lol.
  9. Jason Edwards macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2007
    I read somewhere that apps will now have to be open/running for this type of stuff to work. Open you location settings with the Reminders running. It will show the geofence triangle. Then close the Reminders app and the geofence triangle disappears.

    It does the same thing for me so I tested this out. As long as Reminders is open the location reminders work.

  10. secordry macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    I see what your saying and I tried that yesterday. I left the reminders app open and ran a test and it still didn't work.
  11. iceman027 macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2011
  12. Stef.Oh macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2013

    So am I. I've been searching the web for other people having this same issue and this is all I've found so far. It works fine if I set a specific time, just not with locations. I've tried turning things off and back on and tried multiple locations both arriving and leaving... :(
  13. docal97 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
    Perhaps submit this to Apple as a potential bug. Maybe they can fix in in a upcoming software update.
  14. opnancy macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2013
    My original post on this was that Location does not work in Calendar. Somehow, this became a discussion on location links in Reminders. Sounds like Apple needs tio be aware of both of these Location issues.
  15. Stef.Oh macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2013

    I was messing around with this a lot yesterday and I found a solution, for my phone anyway. I tried out several different methods and found that if Background App Referesh is on as well as making sure the app is still running in the background, the notifications will work. It doesn't work with one or the other. Hopefully this works for other people as well.
  16. Checco70, Sep 26, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2013

    Checco70 macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2013
    I got exactly the same problem.
    I'm very disappointed as I use it a lot.
    Leaving the app open in background is a workaround not the solution!
    Can someone tell me how can I report a but to apple?
  17. ATC macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    Thanks for this. Geofenced Reminders were driving me nuts for the past few days and upon turning on background App refresh it started working. I'm finally seeing the hollow arrow on top again.
  18. Munky thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2011
    The location based reminders STILL don't work even as I have upgraded to the iPhone 5s. This is pissing me off!
  19. kds1 Suspended


    Feb 17, 2013
    New York, New York
    Yes, I have this same problem, they are not working at all. It really sucks and it's one of the things about iOS 7 that is pissing me off. It worked in iOS 6.
  20. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    That doesn't make sense. Phone, Mail, Calendar, Clock and Reminder apps are coded to run as system processes (PID 0). Even if you were "closing" them in task switcher you really aren't.
  21. ATC macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    Weird, mine's working fine on my iPhone 5. I had to re-enable Background App Refresh for geofenced reminders to work.

    I just tested it with 2 reminds, one for when leaving work and another for when I arrive home. Upon setting the reminders the little hollow GPS arrow showed up on the top of the screen.

    The reminder for when leaving work was a little late in showing up; on my 20 minute drive home, the reminder came on about 5 minutes into the drive (possibly due to the geofence radius, which you can now set in iOS7). Arriving home, I just noticed it on my lock screen when I walked in my house.
  22. fuzion11 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Where can you possibly set the geofence radius? Please explain! Thanks.
  23. ATC macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    When you are setting up the reminder and click the switch "Remind me at a location" and then click on Location, the screen below shows up. You can then drag the black dot to make the radius smaller or larger.

    Attached Files:

  24. Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    Is your reminders app running in the background when your geofence reminder works? Mine is working like others, only when it's running in the background. If I close it I don't get them. And the radius is set to the smallest point...something like 326 feet.
  25. ATC macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    Yes, when I double tap the home button I see my Reminders app is running in the background. I believe it has to in order for geofenced reminders to work.

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