I've been looking for ways to set up an hourly reminder. I've find a number of online article saying that starting with iOS 13, the native reminders app has an "hourly" option in the repeat menu.

Yet my native / Apple Reminders app doesn't have an Hourly repeat option. I have an iPhone 7 with iOS 13.3.1 installed. I have tried to delete / reinstall the app, still no "hourly" option.

What am I missing? Is there something I can do to change that?

  • 1
    Perhaps upgrade to iOS 13.4.1?
    – lhf
    May 3, 2020 at 11:45
  • Just did, it doesn't change the list I have. I suspect my phone is "too old".
    – JDelage
    May 4, 2020 at 14:02

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Had the same problem with an iPhone 11 Pro, so it's definitely not the age of the phone. Could reliably follow the instructions from this answer on an older Xs, but Hourly would just refuse to show up on the 11 Pro.

Then I noticed that the summary page on the 11 Pro (tap < Lists in upper-left from any list) had a link Upgrade right around the heading My Lists (sorry, didn't think of taking a snapshot), and tapping it asked for a confirmation (the upgrade is irreversible & breaks compatibility with other devices sharing the same lists using older software--see this Apple Support page), and then voila!, Hourly magically appears in the list of base periods on the Repeat screen.

  • This worked. Took me some time to understand the what Upgrade you were talking about. It is actually inside reminder app home screen.
    – javanoob
    Sep 10, 2021 at 18:37


How to set up hourly reminders on iPhone

  1. Open the Reminders app on iPhone and create a new reminder
  2. Tap the i to the right of your reminder
  3. Tap the toggle next to Remind me on a day
  4. Tap the toggle next to Remind me at a time
  5. Choose Repeat and choose Hourly (or choose Custom)
  6. Tap Done in the top right corner

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Pro tip: Skip the manual set up and use a Siri command to set up hourly reminders. Something like “Remind me to wash hands every hour starting at 3 o’clock.”

  • 1
    As I say in my post, my native reminders app does not have the "hourly" option in the drop down menu...
    – JDelage
    May 3, 2020 at 6:12
  • You didn't mention the steps you were taking to see the 'hourly' option. I also advised of a way to use Siri to set the reminder. Did you try that option?
    – fsb
    May 3, 2020 at 14:45
  • I follow exactly the steps you describe, but my list of options doesn't include "hourly". It starts at "daily", both in the standard list and in the custom list.
    – JDelage
    May 4, 2020 at 14:01

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