Get started with Cortana for iOS

Applies to: Cortana

Whether you want to remember to buy bread next time you're at the grocery store, get notifications from your other devices, or make a restaurant reservation on the go, the Cortana app for iOS has you covered.

Here are some tips on how to take advantage of all that Cortana offers.

Download the Cortana app


  1. If you haven't already, download Cortana from iTunes.
  2. Open the app.
  3. Enter your Microsoft account information to sign in. If you've previously signed in to Cortana on another device, make sure to use the same Microsoft account.

Add your name


  1. Open Cortana.
  2. Select Account in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Edit  under the gray avatar, and enter your name.

Change your background color


  1. Open Cortana.
  2. Select Account .
  3. Select Settings .
  4. Select Cortana Color, and choose a color.

Sync your calendar


  1. Open Cortana.
  2. Select Account  in the upper-right corner, then select Notebook .
  3. Select Connected Services, then + Add a service.
  4. Choose Outlook.com or Microsoft 365, and enter your account information.

Add Cortana widgets to lock screen


  1. Swipe right from lock screen.
  2. Scroll to the bottom, and select Edit.
  3. Enter your passcode or Touch ID, then scroll down the list to find available Cortana widgets:
  • The Cortana widget lets you to interact with Cortana on the lock screen, plus view your calendar and add new events and reminders.
  • The Event widget gives you a full view of your day and lets you add new events.
  • The Reminder widget lets you create new time, location, or photo reminders.

Now try this: Set a reminder


Cortana helps you keep track of all that's going on in your life, no matter where you are. If you're signed in to Cortana on another device, you'll see your reminder there, too.

Reminders are easy to set up:

  • Remember a special event: Open the Cortana app, select the microphone  icon, and say, "Remind me to wish Heather a happy birthday on November 10th." Bonus: If you want to be reminded of an event every year, select Only once and change it to Every year.
  • Pick up something at the store: Open the Cortana app, select the microphone  icon, and say, "Remind me to buy bananas next time I'm at the grocery store." Then, use Set a place to select the store you plan to visit. Next time you go, Cortana will show your reminder.