Be sure not to forget your pills! Your iPhone or Android smartphone can be configured to display alarms, notifications, and reminders. Taking your pills every day can be challenging, especially if you have multiple medications to manage. Prescription drugs take care of everything from chronic pain to birth control, but remembering to take them every day can be a challenge. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your pills because skipping them or taking too many can seriously harm your health.
How to Set Reminders on iPhone
iPhone reminders can be set up in several ways.
Use the Health app on iOS 16
Medications will be integrated into the Apple Health app in iOS 16, among other new features. Medications will be available in the final version of iOS 16 this fall. The process is as follows:
- Go to the Health app, scroll down to Medications, and select Browse.
- Start typing in the name of the medication, and suggestions should appear. You can scan medication labels with your camera by tapping the camera icon on the right.
- Periodically, on certain days of the week, or As needed, select how often you must take each drug.
- Your medicine can then be taken at a specific time during the day. It is possible to choose different times and doses if you need to take it multiple times a day.
- Now you can choose the form of your medication so you can identify it more easily (easy if you need to take several pills).
- Last but not least, you can customize the pill and background colors. A secondary display name and notes can also be added.
- A timeline on top of the health app will show what medicines you need to take each day, along with a calendar of what you need to take each day. Once you add medicines, they will be listed in the search > medication section. The Apple Watch Medications app lets you log doses by tapping medicines while you are taking them out of stock.
- To add doses you may have forgotten to sign in earlier, check your medication and type of consumption protocol. If you need to record something you recorded previously, you can change the timestamp.
- You can archive or delete medications when you are finished with them in your medication list.
- If you tap Split in the Health app, then select Share with someone, you can share your health information, including medication information.
As well as information about medications, Apple offers drug interactions alerts within its Health app, which help you avoid side effects or reducing effectiveness if you are taking multiple medications.
Use Siri and Reminders
You can still set a reminder with Siri even if you do not have iOS 16. You can, for example, tell Siri, “Remind me to take my pill at 9 a.m. daily.”
Reminders can also be set, reviewed, and edited in the Reminders app on an iPhone. Reminders should now be open. Select Add List from the bottom right and name it “meds”. In the bottom left corner, type a new reminder and select the drug name, time, and details for the reminder.
Use a Medication App
There are several apps available on the App Store that remind you to take your pills and track your medication. If we had to choose one, it would probably be Medisafe Medication Management (as known in the UK as Medisafe Pill Reminder). A profile can be created in just a few minutes, your medications can be added, and a reminder can be set for when you should take them. Medication time can be tracked and recorded when you mark it. You can easily see what you have already taken and what you need to take. In addition, the app gives you an alert when it detects that you run out of medications and you need a refill. Your caregivers will be able to access all this information.
Android Reminders: How to Set Them
An Android phone can be set up in a number of ways to remind you to take medications.
Use Google Assistant
Android phones have Google Assistant, making it easy to set a reminder. Tell Google to remind you to take your pill each morning at 9 am, for example. The same goes if you have a family group set up. Using your voice control, you can ask Google to remind jeck to take her pill every evening at 8 p.m. When you have a family group set up, you can also set reminders for other family members. “Hey Google, show my reminders” will allow you to review and tweak your reminders.
Use Google Calendar
A Google Calendar reminder system is also available for setting up medication reminders. You can add a reminder by opening the Calendar app, selecting a day, tapping the Plus icon, and selecting Reminder. You can specify a time and then choose either every day or another interval where it says do not repeat. Tap Save once you’ve reviewed the details.
Use a Medication App
Medicare’s Pill Reminder and Med Tracker, the best medication app available for Android, is our top pick. With this slick Android app, you’ll get all the features and ease of use you’ve come to expect from the iPhone app we recommended earlier. There are options for scheduling reminders for multiple medications, tracking your consumption, setting up refill alerts, tracking symptoms, and getting warnings about possible interactions.