Speaking To-Dos With Siri

Learn how to create to-dos or projects by speaking to Siri.

These are the parameters you can set when speaking a to-do to Siri:

  • Title
  • Start date (optional)
  • Reminder time (optional)
  • A destination project or area (optional)

This article is part of a series on using Siri with Things. If you are looking for more ways to use Siri, please check out this page.

Enable Siri


On your iPhone, go to Settings > Siri & Search and ensure that Press [button] for Siri is enabled.

Within Settings > Siri & Search, scroll down until you find Things. Make sure that Use with Ask Siri is enabled.


On your iPad, go to Settings > Siri & Search and ensure that Press [button] for Siri is enabled.

Within Settings > Siri & Search, scroll down until you find Things. Make sure that Use with Ask Siri is enabled.


Siri on your Apple Watch is turned on when you’ve enabled it on your iPhone.


SiriKit isn’t available on the Mac, but you can use Siri to create Reminders, and move them into Things.

How to Speak to Siri

Once you’ve got this feature enabled, you can try it out on your iPhone or iPad. In order to send to-dos to Things, you must use a specific sentence structure and phrases which are required by Siri. There are three key elements:

Using Things | remind me to | buy milk.

  1. You need to tell Siri which app you are targeting. You need to mention Things specifically, otherwise Siri will save your task to Apple’s Reminders app.
  2. You have to tell Siri to "remind" you, or to "create a task" in Things.
  3. You have to tell Siri what you want to be reminded about.

When you specify to which app Siri should add your task, the destination can be either at the beginning or at the end of your sentence. The following phrases work:

  • "In Things,..."
  • "Using Things,..."
  • "... in Things."
  • "... using Things."

To make sure that Siri understands you, here are some more tips:

  • Siri doesn’t understand the difference between a project or area, they are all considered lists: "In Things, remind me to Buy milk in my Shopping list."
  • To see to-dos which share a specific tag, you have to ask for a list as well: "In Things, show my errands list."

Use Siri to Create a To-Do

Speaking to-dos to Siri

Here are some examples of how to create new tasks in Things, target a specific list, and add a reminder:

  • "In Things, remind me to buy milk."
    The to-do is added to the Inbox.
  • "In Things, remind me to buy milk today."
    The to-do is added to the Today list.
  • "In Things, remind me to buy milk tomorrow."
    The to-do is added to the Upcoming list.
  • "In Things, remind me to buy milk tomorrow at 10am."
    The to-do is added to the Upcoming list and it has a Reminder which will notify you at 10am.
  • "In Things, remind me to buy milk tomorrow at 10am in my Shopping list."
    The to-do is added to your Shopping project and it also has a reminder which will notify you at 10am the next day.

Use Siri to Create a Project

Here’s how you can create a new project in Things using Siri:

  1. "In Things, add a new list."
    Siri will now ask you to specify a name for the new list.
  2. "Shopping list".

Use Siri to Add Multiple To-Dos to a Project

Once you’ve created your list, you can tell Siri to add a bunch of new to-dos to it (or any existing project or area). Here’s how:

  1. "Add to my Shopping list in Things".
    Siri will ask you what the new to-dos should be.
  2. "Bread and butter and milk and cookies and juice".

To ensure that separate to-dos are added, string them together with the word "and".

Use Siri to Show Lists

Apart from adding new to-dos to Things, you can also ask Siri to show you your lists. Here’s how:

  • "In Things, show my Inbox list."
  • "In Things, show my Today list."
  • "In Things, show my shopping list." (shopping = project.)
  • "In Things, show all my lists."

You can also have Siri filter Things for specific tags, or show you to-dos which you have scheduled for the future:

  • "In Things, show my errands list." (errands = tasks with errand)
  • "In Things, show my tasks for tomorrow." (tasks with a start date of tomorrow)
  • "In Things, show my tasks for next week."

Use Siri Shortcuts

Requires iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 and later as well as Apple’s Shortcuts app.

Here are some examples of what you can do with Siri shortcuts and Things. You’ll nudge Siri with your usual "Hey Siri..." and then say:

  • "...home improvement idea!" – Quick Entry in Things will open with a new to-do. The idea tag and Home Improvement project are already preset.
  • "...school work!" – Things will open to your School area and the list will already be filtered by Homework.
  • "...travel time!" – Siri will add a new to-do to your Today list that already contains the entire checklist that you have to run through before you go on a trip.

Of course, you can also just tap a shortcut in the Shortcuts widget, or in the Shortcuts app directly if you’re in a situation where you can’t use voice commands.

Learn more about Siri shortcuts.

Known Limitations

Siri has a few limitations and currently doesn’t allow for the following:

On the Siri screen

  • You can’t cancel or edit to-dos within the Siri screen.
  • While we show the checkbox for every to-do, it’s currently not possible to tap this checkbox to complete the to-do within the Siri screen.

These are not bugs. At this time, it’s simply not possible for us to create these interactions within the Siri framework. Once this becomes possible, we’ll certainly look into it.

With CarPlay

  • After trying to speak a to-do to Things, you might see the warning that you should continue the interaction on your iPhone. Make sure that you have enabled Siri integration.
  • To-dos might only appear with a delay on your iPhone. When you interact with Siri, you are not directly interacting with the main Things app. Due to spotty internet while you are driving, or if your phone operates on power reserve mode to preserve mobile data or battery, information created via Siri are not immediately sent to the main app. They will appear eventually.


Siri doesn’t understand "Things" in my language

Unfortunately, we cannot teach Siri how our app name is pronounced. We hope that the more often "Things" is requested, the better it will become at learning it. Until then, you might have to experiment with different pronunciations. We found that in German or French, "Sings" or "Zings" yields good results. In Swedish, you might want to try "Tings", with a regular "T" sound.

As a workaround, you can also set up custom shortcuts in your own language with Apple Shortcuts, though. Learn more.

"I wish I could, but Things hasn’t set that up with me yet."

When Siri gives you this message, followed by a button that prompts you to Open Things, you might still have Things 2 installed on your iPhone and iPad. Siri will default to the old app, which doesn’t support the new Siri features.

You need to remove Things 2 from your iPhone or iPad. If you keep seeing the above message, you might have to reboot the device to reset Siri, otherwise she’ll keep trying to reach the app which is no longer installed. After a reboot, Siri will correctly target Things 3.

Siri keeps adding to Reminders

If you find that, no matter what you do, Siri on your iPhone or iPad keeps adding your tasks to Reminders instead of Things, you can try these steps:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Siri & Search and scroll down until you see Things.
  2. Tap Things > Use Ask with Siri so it’s no longer active.
  3. Reboot your device.
  4. Unlock your device.
  5. Invoke Siri by long-pressing the Home button.
  6. Say "Using Things, add a task."
  7. Siri will ask: "I’ll need to access your Things data to do that. Is that OK?" Confirm this with Yes.
  8. Then Siri should ask you "What should it say?" (the task you mentioned in step 6).
  9. Speak the title of your task, like "Buy groceries".

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