How to quickly add links photos and media to apple notes on iphone and ipad

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Introduced with iPadOS 15, Quick Note provides iPad users with a convenient way to capture notes from any screen or open app. Jot your note, add the links you visit, and access your iPad Quick Notes on iPhone and Mac.

Create a Quick Note on iPad

Apple gives you a few simple ways to create a Quick Note on iPad.

  • Use your finger or Apple Pencil to swipe up and in from the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  • If you use a keyboard with your iPad, you can press Globe+Q.
  • You can also tap the icon in your Control Center.

Add Quick Note to Control Center

To add the Quick Note icon to your Control Center, open your Settings and select “Control Center” on the left.

Tap the plus sign next to Quick Note in the More Controls section. This adds it to the top, which displays it in the Control Center. You can then drag it to any position you like.

Take Notes

You can take advantage of a variety of tools for jotting down a Quick Note. Use your Apple Pencil, a keyboard, or the tool palette within the Quick Note.

Adjust the Size and Position

With a Quick Note open, you can tap and drag it to any position on the screen you like. You can also resize it by pinching it with your fingers inward or outward.

Add Links to a Quick Note

When you create a Quick Note with an open app, such as Safari, it will detect an available link. You’ll see this display in the Quick Note. Tap “Add Link,” and the link will pop into your note.

If there’s more than one link available, tap “Add Link,” and select the one that you want to add.

Once you do this and revisit that website or app, you’ll see a thumbnail appear for your Quick Note. This is a super handy way to view the note that you took for that item without having to put in any extra effort.

See Persistent Highlights in Safari

If you use Safari, not only can you add the links you visit to your Quick Note, but you can also add text and create persistent highlights, too.

For example, select text on a web page in Safari and tap “New Quick Note” in the shortcut menu.

This adds the text and the link to the note. When you revisit that web page in Safari, not only will you see the thumbnail for the Quick Note described earlier, but you’ll also see that the text remains highlighted.

View Your Quick Notes

With a Quick Note open, you’ll see dots along the bottom. This is similar to the screen selector on iPad. Here, it indicates the number of Quick Notes that you have. You can simply swipe to view each one.

In addition to the onscreen view of Quick Notes, you have a folder specifically for these in the Notes app. And you can access the Quick Notes folder when you open Notes on your iPhone and Mac as well. So, you can easily stay in sync on your other Apple devices.

Use Quick Note Actions

To give your Quick Note a title, swipe down in the body of the note. You’ll see Suggested Title at the top. Tap “Edit” to give it a new name.

Enter the title and tap “Done” when you finish.

You’ll also see a small toolbar at the top of a Quick Note. This allows you to take a few more actions with your note.

  • Done: Tap “Done” to tuck the note away when you’re finished.
  • Grid Icon: Open the Quick Notes folder in the Notes app.
  • Three Dots: Share or Delete your Quick Note.
  • Pencil Icon: Start a new Quick Note.

Taking notes on iPad is faster than ever before with Quick Note!

Take the text files that you created in other apps, and import them into the Notes app. Then you’ll have all of your notes in one convenient place.

Before you begin

Text file formats that you can import

On your Mac, you can import many different types of text files into Notes. When you import files, each text file is converted to a new note.

Notes can import the following file types:

  • .txt
  • .rtf
  • .rtfd
  • .html

Importing from Evernote

On your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can import Evernote Export files (.enex files). Each .enex file can include one or many notes. When you import an .enex file, each note from Evernote is converted to a new note in Notes.

If a note in Evernote has an attachment or feature that the Notes app doesn’t support, that note is imported without that attachment or feature.

Import notes on your Mac

When you import text files or .enex files, you can add them to your iCloud notes account or your On My Mac account. If you store them in iCloud, all of your notes are available on any device where you’re signed in with your Apple ID.

  1. Open your Notes app.
  2. From the Notes sidebar, choose to store your notes in iCloud or On My Mac by clicking a folder in the account that you want to use.
  3. From the menu bar, choose File > Import to Notes.
  4. Select the file or folder that you want to import. If the notes that you’re importing are organized in folders, make sure that “Preserve folder structure on import” is selected. If you can’t find this setting, click Options in the lower-left corner.
  5. Click Import. When you get a confirmation message, click Import again.

After your files import, a new folder appears in the Notes app called Imported Notes. Then you can organize them into any Notes folder that you want.

Import notes on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

You can import Evernote Export files (.enex files) to Notes on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Each .enex file can include one or many notes.

When you import an .enex file, each note from Evernote will be converted to a new note in Notes. Before you import to your Notes app, send yourself the .enex file via email or save it to iCloud Drive from your computer.

Use Mail

  1. Open Mail and tap the email with the file that you want to import to Notes.
  2. Touch and hold the file, tap Share, then tap Notes.
  3. After your file downloads, you get a confirmation message. Tap Import Notes.

Use the Files app

  1. Open the Files app and go to the file that you want to import to Notes.
  2. Touch and hold the file, tap Share, then tap Notes.
  3. After your file downloads, you get a confirmation message. Tap Import Notes.

When you open the Notes app and select your iCloud notes, a new folder appears called Imported Notes. If you’re not using Notes with iCloud, the new folder appears in the On My Device notes.

If you don’t use iCloud and you don’t have On My Device available, you get an alert when you tap Add to Notes.

Learn more

  • Use Notes on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Keep your notes secure with password-protection.

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В заметки можно вложить фотографии, видеофайлы, аудиофайлы и другие объекты. К обновленным заметкам iCloud и заметкам, хранящимся на Mac, можно также добавлять местоположения на карте и миниатюры веб-сайтов. (Если Вы не обновили заметки iCloud или используете учетную запись, отличную от iCloud, Вы можете добавлять места на карте и адреса веб-сайтов, но их миниатюры будут недоступны.)

Если заметки хранятся в учетной записи Exchange, Вы не можете прикреплять файлы, местоположения на карте или изображения веб-сайтов.

Добавление файлов и изображений в заметки

В приложении «Заметки» на Mac нажмите заметку в списке или дважды нажмите заметку в галерее.

Чтобы добавить вложение в заблокированную заметку, ее необходимо сначала разблокировать.

Чтобы добавить вложение, выполните одно из следующих действий.

С рабочего стола. Перетяните файл в заметку.

Из медиатеки Фото. Перетяните фотографию напрямую из медиатеки «Фото» в заметку. Можно также в приложении «Заметки» нажать кнопку «Мультимедиа» в панели инструментов, нажать «Фото», а затем перетянуть фото из появившегося окна.

Напрямую с камеры iPhone или iPad. Нажмите в начале строки, выберите «Файл» > «Вставить с iPhone или iPad», затем выберите «Снять фото» или «Отсканировать документы», чтобы сделать снимок или отсканировать документ с помощью iPhone или iPad, а затем вставить его в заметку. (Требуется macOS Mojave 10.14 или новее, а также iOS 12 или новее либо iPadOS 13 или новее.) См. раздел Вставка фотографий и отсканированных изображений при помощи Камеры Continuity.

Напрямую с iPhone или iPad. Нажмите в начале строки, выберите «Файл» > «Вставить с iPhone или iPad», затем выберите «Добавить зарисовку», чтобы сделать зарисовку пальцем или с помощью Apple Pencil на iPad и вставить ее в заметку. (Требуется macOS Mojave 10.15 или новее, а также iOS 13 или новее либо iPadOS 13 или новее.) См. Вставка зарисовок с функцией «Зарисовки Continuity» на Mac.

Чтобы изменить размер изображения, отсканированного документа или файла PDF после добавления в заметку, нажмите вложение, удерживая клавишу Control, затем выберите «Просмотр в виде крупных изображений» или «Просмотр в виде маленьких изображений». Вы не можете изменить размер рисунков в заметке.

Добавление объектов напрямую из другого приложения в заметку

Можно вложить в заметку объект, например местоположение на карте или изображение веб-сайта, из другого приложения. Можно создать новую заметку с вложением или добавить вложения в существующую заметку.

В другом приложении (например, Почте, Safari, Просмотре или Фото) выполните одно из следующих действий.

Передача из панели инструментов. Нажмите кнопку «Поделиться» и выберите «Заметки».

Примечание. В некоторых приложениях нет кнопки «Поделиться».

Передача из выбранного объекта. Выберите фрагмент текста или несколько изображений, затем нажмите их, удерживая клавишу Control, и выберите «Поделиться» > «Заметки».

Нажмите «Сохранить», чтобы добавить новую заметку.

Чтобы добавить вложение в существующую заметку, нажмите всплывающее меню «Выбрать заметку», выберите имя заметки, затем нажмите «Сохранить».

Просмотр вложенных файлов из всех заметок

Можно просмотреть все вложенные в заметки файлы в одном окне. Это упрощает поиск и выбор нужного файла. Можно просматривать вложения только из обновленных заметок iCloud и заметок, хранящихся на Mac.

В приложении «Заметки» на компьютере Mac выберите «Вид» > «Показать браузер вложений».

Совет. Можно добавить кнопку браузера вложений в панель инструментов для быстрого доступа. См. раздел Настройка панелей инструментов.

Выполните одно из следующих действий.

Просмотр вложений. Нажимайте кнопки категории (например, «Фото и видео», «Сканы» или «Карты») для просмотра различных типов вложений. Чтобы вернуться к списку заметок, выберите «Вид» > «Скрыть браузер вложений».

Примечание. В этом режиме не отображаются файлы, вложенные в заблокированные заметки, даже если Вы ввели пароль для разблокировки заметок. В нем также не отображаются рисунки.

Предварительный просмотр вложения. Выберите вложенный файл и нажмите клавишу пробела.

Просмотр заметки, в которую вложен определенный файл. Выберите вложение, затем выберите «Вид» > «Показать в заметке» (или используйте Touch Bar).

Открытие вложения в приложении по умолчанию. Дважды нажмите вложенный файл.

Сохранение вложения. Нажмите вложенный файл, удерживая клавишу Control, затем выберите «Сохранить вложенный файл».

Этот способ невозможно использовать для сохранения таких вложений, как карты и миниатюры веб-сайтов.

Переименование вложения. Нажмите вложение, удерживая клавишу Control, затем выберите «Переименовать вложение» и введите новое название.

Экспорт вложения в другое приложение. Нажмите вложенный файл, удерживая клавишу Control, затем выберите «Поделиться» и выберите приложение.

Вы можете разметить изображения (включая отсканированные документы) и документы PDF после того, как добавили их в заметку.

With Notes, you can capture a quick thought, create checklists, sketch ideas and more. And with iCloud, you can keep your notes updated across all of your devices.

Get started

  • Make sure your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch has the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
  • To use the latest features of Notes, make sure you’ve set up Notes with iCloud or have some notes saved on your device. Many Notes features won’t work with other email providers.

Create a new note

  1. Open Notes.
  2. Tap the Compose button , then create your note.
  3. Tap Done.

The first line of the note will become its title. To change the formatting style of the first line, go to Settings > Notes > New Notes Start With, then select an option.

You can also access Notes quickly from Control Centre. Go to Settings > Control Centre, and add Notes. Then open Control Centre and tap Notes to create a note. Or, just ask Siri to “Start a new note”.

Do more with Notes

With Notes, you can pin your top notes, draw, create checklists, scan and sign documents, and add attachments – such as photos, videos or web links.

Pin a note

Pin your favourite or most important notes to make them easier to find. To pin a note, swipe right over the note, then release. Or go to the note, tap the More button , then tap the Pin button . To unpin a note, swipe right over the note again.

Format a note

When you’re in a note, tap the table button or the formatting button to add a table, title, heading or bullet point list. You can also touch and hold to open a list of formatting options quickly.

Add an attachment

To add something from another app, such as a location or website, tap the Share button in the app that you want to share from. Tap the Notes app, then select the note that you want to add an attachment to, then tap Save.

Add a photo or video

To add a photo or video, tap in a note, then tap the Camera button . Tap Take Photo or Video to create a new photo or video, or Choose Photo or Video to add an existing one. Tap Use Photo or Use Video, or tap Add to add an existing one. You can also scan documents and add them to your notes.

Create folders

  1. If you’re in the Notes list, tap the back arrow icon to see your Folders list.
  2. In the Folders list, tap the New Folder button .
  3. Choose where to add the folder. To create a subfolder, drag the folder that you want to be a subfolder to the main folder. It will move below the main folder and be indented.
  4. Name your folder, then tap Save.

Move a note to a different folder

  1. If you’re in a note, tap the back arrow icon to go back to your Notes list.
  2. In the Notes list, tap the More button , then tap Select Notes.
  3. Tap the notes that you want to move.
  4. Tap Move, then select the folder that you want to move them to.

See your notes in Gallery view

Gallery view gives you a new way to see your notes, making it easier than ever to find the note you’re looking for. Open a folder or list of notes, tap the More button , then tap View as Gallery.

To sort your notes inside folders:

  1. Go to the folder that you want to sort.
  2. Tap the More button , then tap Sort Notes By.
  3. Choose how you want to sort your notes.

To sort all of your notes automatically, go to Settings > Notes, and tap Sort Notes By. Then choose how you want to sort your notes.

Search for a note or attachment

To search for a specific note, just tap the Search field, then enter what you’re looking for. You can search for typed and handwritten notes. Search can recognise what’s in the images inside your notes. For example, if you search for “bike”, search will show you all of the images you have with a bike. Search can also find specific text inside scanned documents or images, such as receipts or bills.

To search for something in a specific note, select the note, tap the More button , then tap Find in Note and type what you’re searching for.

You can also search for attachments. While you’re in a Notes list, tap the More button , then tap View Attachments. To go to the note with the attachment, touch and hold the thumbnail of the attachment, then tap Show in Note.

Create an instant note from the Lock Screen

You can use an Apple Pencil with a compatible iPad to create an instant note from the Lock Screen or pick up where you left off on your last note. To change these settings, go to Settings > Notes, tap Access Notes from the Lock Screen and choose an option.

Tap the Lock Screen with your Apple Pencil and create your note. Whatever you create is saved automatically in Notes.

Keep your notes secure

The Notes app lets you lock any note that you want to keep private from anyone else who uses your device. Depending on your device, you can use Face ID or Touch ID along with a password to lock and unlock your notes.

Delete a note

  1. Swipe left over the note in the Notes list.
  2. Tap the Bin button .

You can also open the note, tap the More button , then tap Delete.

To recover a deleted note, go to the Folders list and tap Recently Deleted. Tap the note that you want to keep, tap in the note, then tap Recover. Find out what to do if you’re missing any notes.

Set up Notes with iCloud

You can use iCloud to update your notes across all of your devices. To set up Notes with iCloud, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud, then turn on Notes. You’ll see your notes on all of the Apple devices that you’re signed in to with the same Apple ID.

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After spending two weeks on iPadOS 15, one feature has profoundly changed the way we use our iPad — QuickNote. Here’s how it works and why we’re so excited about it.

There were already a few ways to invoke a note on iPad prior to iPadOS 15. Sure, you could open the Notes app and tap the new note button. Or Apple Pencil users could create an Instant Note by tapping the Lock Screen with the smart stylus. But those lived in the Notes app itself. Quick Notes brings your ideas to the entire OS.

What is a Quick Note?

A Quick Note is a floating note editor available in any app that users can effortlessly invoke through multiple methods.

You can be watching a video while in the TV app, reading in News, or catching up on Twitter. Then, whenever the moment comes that you need to jot down a note — invoke Quick Note, and you’re set.

While this floating editor lives outside the Notes app, all Quick Notes that you create are saved to the Notes app like the rest. The notes get sorted into a category within the Notes app and synced across all your devices.

Aside from iPad, the Mac also is getting Quick Note with macOS Monterey.

How to invoke a Quick Note

There are three ways to create a Quick Note.

If you are using an external keyboard, you can use the new Quick Note keyboard shortcut. Press the globe key and the Q key simultaneously, and a Quick Note will appear in the lower-right corner.

Alternatively, you can swipe up from that lower-right corner with your finger, and it will do the same. If you use Apple Pencil, you can swipe up from the same corner with that too.

Regardless of your method, they all open the editor just as easily.

Adjusting the Quick Note editor

Once you’ve opened a Quick Note, it isn’t stuck to that lower-right corner. By dragging it by the top bar, you can move it to any corner on your iPad’s display.

The size of the notes can be manipulated as well. Pinch in with your fingers to make the Quick Note smaller, or pinch out to make it bigger.

Another great feature of Quick Note is that the editor can be moved off-screen while not in use but still be available when you need it. Just as it is possible to move the note around to each corner of the display, a user can slide the note over to the side. It will show a small arrow-laden handle just like the picture-in-picture window you may be familiar with.

When you’re ready for it again, grab the handle and pull it back into view.

Using Quick Note

You have almost every feature available in the Notes app available in the Quick Note editor. You can type your note, write with Apple Pencil, insert images, and more. In addition, anything typed can be formatted with various styling or turned into a list.

It is incredibly robust and very full-featured, especially for the compact interface.

What makes Quick Notes so powerful is that they are contextually aware.

Anytime you’re in a Quick Note, you can add a link. These app links work in several different apps, including Photos, Safari, Messages, News, Mail, and others. With this app link, the note will automatically appear in the lower-right corner whenever you return to that place.

If you’re in Mail and you get an important email, and you want to note a couple of points for later, you can invoke a Quick Note, and add a link directly to that email. Then, if you open that email, your note will appear. And if you surface the note in the Notes app, you’ll have a link directly to the email you were writing about.

The same goes for any place else. You jot some notes about a news story in News, and when you visit it, your notes appear. Or you’re reading a website, whenever you return, your notes appear. Even some notes during a texting conversation. When you return to that specific chat, your note slides in.

When you have multiple notes, you can swipe between them by sliding left and right with your finger or using two fingers on your trackpad.

A huge upgrade

We already used the Notes app quite a bit. For example, we use it to block out video ideas, grocery lists, and quick tasks. But by allowing us to create them from anywhere and making them contextually aware of what you’re doing has made them even more incredible.

This has quickly become part of our daily workflow, even with the typical beta shortcomings we’ve come to expect.

In iPadOS 15, multitasking gets better, FaceTime can share your screen or the movie you’re watching, and Focus helps wrangle notifications. Quick Note hasn’t gotten nearly as much press, but it is shaping up to be our favorite new feature for us.

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Make it easier to write information down on your iPad, by adding lines and grids to the background when you’re using Notes on iPadOS or iOS.

The iPad and the Apple Pencil are a great combination for drawing or writing notes while on the move. There are a plethora of apps made to take advantage of the pairing, but it’s hard to beat Apple’s built-in Notes app.

However, using the app as-is has its drawbacks compared to your standard pencil and paper for taking stylus-based notes. The chief one being the difficulty of keeping things straight while drawing or writing.

If you’re going to be writing a lot of text down, you want lines to write along to keep everything tidy. If you’re drawing graphs, plans, or other things, you may want to see a grid, not a plain white illuminated screen.

Just as you can buy lined paper and graph paper as analog drawing assists, you can use the same elements within Notes to refine your own doodles.

Lines and grids in New Notes

The instructions to add a background to the note are the same for both iPhone and iPad versions of the app, despite the different sizes of screen.

How to add lines and grids to a new page in Notes for iOS and iPadOS

  • On a new blank page, tap the encircled three dots in the top-right corner.
  • Tap the option for Lines & Grids.
  • Tap the background you want to add to the document.
  • The selected lines or grids will be added to the page.

The background is independent of the content that you draw on top of it, so you don’t have to worry about the lines or grid needing to be part of your note unless its absolutely necessary. It can always be removed later.

Lines and grids in existing Notes

The process is very similar but slightly different if you want to add the lines to an existing page. The only real change is that on tapping the three dots, it brings up options to share the page.

How to add or change lines or grids on an existing page in Notes for iOS and iPadOS

  • On a page, tap the encircled three dots in the top-right corner.
  • Tap the option for Lines & Grids. It will usually be the bottom option on the list.
  • Tap the background you want to use to the document.
  • The selected lines or grids will be added to the page, or existing versions will be changed to the new option.

The ability to change the lines and grids being used is helpful if you have to combine multiple types of written data on a note. For example, you could use lines to write text, but then switch to a grid to create a graph, then switch back to lines to continue writing.

This process can also be used to remove any selected lines or grids from a document. Doing this will leave only your writing or drawings in the note, completely unaffected by the background’s removal or changes.

Grids by default

Let’s say that you don’t want to face a completely blank page each time you open the Notes app, and you want there to be a grid or lines available to use from when you start a new page.

Within the Settings app, you can configure which lines or grid is presented to you within a new note by default. You can always change what background is used within the app itself, but this will make sure that one specific version is always used at first.

How to set the default lines or grids for Notes for iOS and iPadOS

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down and tap Notes.
  • Tap Lines & Grids.
  • Tap the style you want to set by default.

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With iOS 13, Apple included some major updates to the Reminders app for iPhone. Among them is the ability to add web links to individual reminders, including a rich preview of the link that can be minimized if necessary. So now you can add an Amazon link in a reminder to buy a present or a webpage for a recipe in your grocery list, to name just a few examples.

The rich weblink preview is a feature that has been making its way across several of the built-in iOS apps, such as Notes and Messages. By adding deep links in to-dos, individual list items can be given more context, and you have quick access to complete web-based tasks. The Reminders app will even show up in the Share sheet when looking at anything with a URL, allowing you to quickly create a reminder with a link without having to jump over to the Reminders app first.


Note that web links only work if all devices signed in with your Apple ID use the new Reminders app. The new Reminders app is available in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 for iPhone and iPad and macOS 10.15 Catalina for Macs. Also, web links only work in iCloud lists, not reminders in lists connected to Gmail, Yahoo, and other email clients. It may also work in “On My iPhone” lists, but iOS 13 seems to have removed that option for now.

If you don’t upgrade all of your devices, any using older OS versions will only be able to sync with other devices not upgraded yet. And when you finally do update each device, any reminders you created on those devices after updating your first device to the new Reminders app will be lost when syncing to iCloud since iCloud uses the updated Reminders app as the primary. Also, if you don’t open the updated Reminders app on each device first before creating reminders on those devices (like via Siri), those won’t stick either. Learn more at Apple.

Add a Web Link to a Reminder

If you’ve already created a reminder, its easy to attach a web link to it. To do so, tap on the title of the item to reveal an info button on the left. Tap that, and the Details view for the reminder will open. Near the top will be a field labeled “URL” where you can insert the URL you would like to attach to the task.

When currently viewing a webpage that you’d like to create a reminder for (or anything that has a web link, such as a tweet in a Twitter app or an item in the Amazon app), tap the Share button and select “Reminders.” You could also long-press a hyperlink to access the Share button and select “Reminders.”

After tapping Reminders, a sheet will open so you can create your reminder, with the title of the task defaulting to the name of the webpage. You can change the title of the reminder to something else, as well as add any additional notes to it. You can also edit all other options by tapping “Details” near the bottom. From here, you can edit the following:

  • When or how you should be reminded.
  • Whether the reminder is flagged.
  • The priority of the reminder.
  • Which list to add the reminder to.

Edit the Link in a Reminder

If you’d like to edit the link attached to a reminder, tap the title of the task to reveal the info button. Tap that to open the Details view. From here, you can either change the URL to link to a different page or delete the link entirely.

When viewing a list in Reminders, you can also shrink the size of the link preview to show the title and favicon of the webpage only. To do so, long-press on any link preview, and a “Small Thumbnails” button will pop up in an edit menu. Tap that to minimize the preview. To bring back a larger preview, long-press the minimized link and tap the “Large Thumbnails” button.

However, note that minimizing or enlarging a link preview will affect all weblink previews in all of your lists. Not only that but doing so also affects that size of any images you have embedded in your reminders. Changes affect previews across the board.

View the Web Link

When you’re ready to view the attached webpage, simply tap on the preview. If you have an app installed on your phone to handle the link, such as social media apps like Twitter and Facebook, or shopping apps such as Amazon, the app will open the link. For all other URLs, Safari will open the webpage.

As one of the built-in iPhone apps, Reminders is used by a lot of people, so it’s nice to see it finally get a solid update in iOS 13. With link previews, each reminder can now give you more context or help get you going, giving you one more tool to get things done.

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There has been drag-and-drop functionality for iPhone since at least iOS 11, but iOS 15 adds a new ability that makes essential emails even easier to find when you need them.

I’m not a big fan of flagging emails in Mail because assigning colors is as organized as it gets. You get seven different colors, but flagged emails from Gmail, Outlook, and other email services will only show up as red even if they are different colors on the services themselves.

One way to keep track of important emails that you’ll need to see again is to add them to Notes or Reminders. And in iOS 15 and later, Apple makes the process as simple as it can be. Just drag-and-drop an email into the note or list you want, and it’ll show up as a nice-and-neat link that you can tap to jump right back to the email whenever necessary.

You could actually add email links before in Reminders, but you’d have to open the email up and ask Siri to “remember this,” and it would become a new to-do in your default list. The drag-and-drop abilities are new to iOS 15 and let you choose any list you want in Reminders. Plus, you can add email links in Notes too. You could do these things on iPad since iPadOS 13, but it’s finally arrived in iOS 15 for iPhone.

Step 1: Find the Email in Mail

Open Mail, then find an email you want to add to a note or list. You can only drag-and-drop it from the list view of each mailbox, so if you’ve opened it, go back to it in the list view.

Important: Drag-and-drop works from any mailbox, such as Gmail, Outlook, or Yahoo, but you need to have those services added to Mail on each of your devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac) if you plan on opening email links to them from synced notes or lists on those other devices. If you try to access an email on another device that doesn’t have the mailbox account added to Mail, you’ll get an error message.

Step 2: Press and Drag It

Next, press the email from the list, quickly slide your finger to initiate the drag-and-drop feature, and don’t let go. If the preview and quick actions menu appears, don’t worry because you can still slide your finger horizontally to collapse the preview back to the list view, with drag-and-drop ready to go.

Step 3: Switch to the Other App

To add the email to Notes or Reminders, use your other hand to switch out of Mail to the appropriate app. You could:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen until and let go near the middle after a slight pause (on Face ID models) or double-click the Home button (on Touch ID models) to open the App Switcher, then swipe to find Notes or Reminders and tap it.
  • Swipe right or left on the bottom of the screen to flip through your recently used apps (on Face ID models) until you get to Notes or Reminders.
  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen (on Face ID models) or click the Home button once (on Touch ID models) to open your Home Screen, then open Notes or Reminders from a home page or the App Library.

Step 4: And Drop the Email Where You Want It

If you’re using Notes, open a new or old note, then drop the email link wherever you want. It will show up as a basic hyperlink, with the subject of the email linked to the email itself in Mail. You can alter the subject line text any way you’d like. To open the email in Mail, tap the link.

When adding to Reminders, open or create the list where you want the email link, then drop it as a new item in the list. Doing so will add the email’s subject line as an item to the list, and a Mail icon will appear beside it. That Mail icon is the link to your email, so you can alter the subject line text any way you like in the list.

How Email Drag-and-Drop Works in Other Apps

Now, you can drag-and-drop an email from Mail into any other app, like Bear (pictured below) and Things, and you may get a nice-looking hyperlink similar to Notes and Reminders.

However, many apps, such as Google Keep (pictured below), won’t convert the link into a hyperlinked subject line. The same applies if you’re trying to add the email link as a note on a reminder. Instead, you’ll see the link’s URL, which is just the URL scheme for Mail that opens up the ID associated with the email locally. If the app supports it, you could manually hyperlink it by adding the subject line text.

Also worth mentioning is that you can drag notes into Reminders, and the headline of the note will appear with the Notes icon beside it. The text can be changed in the list, and tapping the Notes icon will open the note. If you try dragging a reminder over to Notes, you’ll only get the reminder’s text, not a link to it.

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The modern gallery apps such as Google Photos, Apple Photos, and Samsung gallery come with cloud storage support, face recognition, advanced editing tools, and the ability to create a video/movie using many functions. Apple Photos is also catching up with them. You can create a beautiful memory montage using the photos and videos in the Photos app on iPhone and iPad.

Apple continues to improve the Photos app on iPhone and iPad with every major OS update. As soon as you upload photos and videos to iCloud, it will create a Memory using similar photos and videos from the date and create an amazing Memory with animations and music.

You can also go ahead and manually create a memory from your selected images and videos. What’s more? With the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 updates, users can integrate music tracks from Apple Music directly.

Can’t wait to create a memory in the Apple Photos app? Let’s get started.

Automatically Create Memories In the Photos App

Apple automatically creates a memory based on your uploaded photos and videos to the iCloud platform. If you want some ready-to-go memories in the Photos app, enable iCloud Photos from the Settings app.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on iPhone.

Step 2: Go to Profile > iCloud menu.

Step 3: Select Photos and enable iCloud Photos from the following menu.

The Photos app will upload all the photos and videos to the iCloud platform. Now, you don’t have to do anything. You can let iCloud work magic behind the scenes and create amazing memories in the app.

Give it some time. You can open the Photos app and go to For You tab from the bottom bar. You will see Memories at the top. Tap on See All, and all the iCloud-created Memories are ready to amaze you. No manual input is needed.

iCloud does a fine job in the Photos app. But you can do a better job by yourself. For example, you can select which photos to add to memories and select a song to go with the mood. Here’s how.

Make Memories in the Photos App on iPhone and iPad

Since you create a Memory using images and videos in the Photos app, you don’t have to upload the media to iCloud. Here’s how to proceed.

Step 1: Open the Photos app on your iPhone and go to the Library menu.

Step 2: Tap the Months tab at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: You will see all your recent photos and videos neatly categorized by events.

Step 4: Tap on the three-dot menu and select Play Memory Movie.

The Photos app will take you to the dedicated Memory editor. Here are all the functions for creating a beautiful memory on iPhone.

Change Title

By default, Apple Photos uses the date as the default title for the Memory. After all, you won’t want to use a date as the title for Memory.

Tap on the three-dot menu at the top and select Edit Title. Add a new title and a subtitle to give it a more personalized look.

Adjust Photos and Videos

From the Memory editor menu, you can tap on the organize tab at the bottom and see all the media for the memory.

Tap on the three-dot menu at the top and select Manage Photos. You can remove media from the Memory and add new ones from the Photos Library.

You can long-press on any photo from the same menu and make it a Key Photo for the Memory.

Add Music from Apple Music

The Photos app adds random music to your Memory. You can easily change it. Tap on the Music icon at the bottom, and you will see the current music track. Tap on the Music icon and select a new track to implement in Memory from Apple Music.

Use a Filter in Memory

Similar to Photos and Videos, you can apply a filter to created Memory in the Photos app. Tap on the Music icon from the Memory editor menu and select Filters. Next, select a relevant filter from the Memory Looks menu and hit the Done button at the top.

After making all the relevant changes, you can exit the Memory editor menu and iPhone or iPad in the For You section in the Photos app.

You can favorite a Memory and view it from the Favorites menu in the Photos app.

Create an Amazing Memory With Photos on iPhone

Get ready to amaze everyone with the Memory function in the iPhone. Apple Photos comfortably beats Google Photos video creating capabilities with Apple Music integration, filters, and more built right into the Memory editor. In addition, those who prefer big screens can use the Photos app on iPad to create a memory quickly.

Last updated on 07 February, 2022

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iPhone’s inbuilt screenshot tool, Markup is powerful, especially after improvements in iOS 14. It offers a slew of super useful features. You can draw shapes, signatures, blur an image, add text, etc. without a third-party app. However, there’re chances that you might have probably ignored the tool when using your device – it’s the marker tip icon.

If you are unaware of the tool, don’t worry! We have all the basics covered along with some advanced features the tool has to offer. Without more delay, let me show you how to use Markup on iPad and iPhone and get the most out of it.

What does the Markup tool do?

Markup features a range of tools you can use to draw. The brush size, shape, and weight are helpfully delineated by different icons. The pen for sharp and thin lines, a marker for broader strokes, and a pencil for more delicate strokes. Each can be configured for weight and transparency.

Not happy with your Markup? The eraser gets rid of entire strokes in one go. The lasso selection works only after you’ve drawn something with other tools. It allows you to select individual brush strokes and move them around. Further, there’s a broader color palette option if you aren’t happy with the five default options.

Lastly, the plus icon hides some of the Markups’ most useful tools: A signature tool for e-signing your documents, a text box tool, quick shapes, and a magnifier.

Using Markup, you can:

  • Edit Screenshots
  • Sign digital documents
  • Add fun extras to pictures in Messenger
  • Create markups in the Notes app
  • The classic use case: Make minor edits to images in the Photos app

Let’s take a look at these, one by one. Editing screenshots is simple: as we mentioned earlier, merely swiping up from the corner will bring up the Markup interface, allowing you to edit a screenshot on the spot.

How do you bring up the Markup interface on iPhone or iPad?

By taking a screenshot: It’s simple: If you want to use Markup with screenshots, swipe up from the screen’s corner. This’ll take a screenshot and present you with the Markup interface.

By tapping the Markup icon on compatible apps: A range of apps, including Messages, Mail, and Photos, to name a few, have a dedicated Markup button. To access the markup interface in these apps, tap that button in-app.

How to use Markup to put signatures on PDF’s, Documents on iPhone

If you want to sign a document before printing it out, you’ll want to do the following:

Step #1. Open up a PDF or document file.

Step #2. Tap on the Markup icon.

Step #3. Next, Tap on Plus button and select the SignatureAdd a Signature if you haven’t already done so → Select the signature in the popup and scale and place the signature where you need it to be.

How to Use Markup in Messages App on iPad and iPhone

You can use Markup tool for a little extra fun in Messages, it’s simple. You’ll need to:

Step #1. Open up Messages app on your device.

Step #2.
Open any conversation or start a new one.

Step #3.
Tap the photo icon and select a photo.

Step #4.
Tap the photo when it’s in the message and then tap the Markup icon → Use Markup as needed, then tap on Save → Tap on Up arrow blue icon to send.

How to Markup, Write, and Draw on Photos in iPadOS and iOS 14

Step #1. Open Photos app and select a photo.

Step #2. Tap on edit, then the three-dot icon.

Step #3.
Tap on the Markup icon → Use Markup as needed, then tap Done.

How to Use Markup in Notes App in iPadOS

Step #1. Open up Notes app on your device.

Step #2.
Open an existing note or create a new one.

Step #3.
Tap on the Markup icon and use Markup as needed.

That’s all for now folks. I hope this detailed guide on using Markup in the new iPadOS has helped you.

Signing Off

Keep in mind, any app that supports Markup functionality will have a markup icon. Tapping on that will bring up the Markup interface for you to use. Well, that’s a wrap. iPadOS 13 features a boatload of added functionality, capable of turning your iPad into a genuine productivity machine. Stay tuned here for more How-to’s!

Sync your iPhone to your Mac for easy access to photos, videos, podcasts, and more.

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When you sync content from iPhone to Mac, not only do you safeguard things like photos, videos, and files against potential loss, you also make it easier to access those things on either device as you see fit. The process for how to sync iPhone to Mac is simple, but requires an extra step the first time you do it. We’ll show you how to sync iPhone content to a Mac.

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Easily access iPhone photos, videos, and other files on your Mac.
  • Back up iPhone to Mac to ensure you never lose your iPhone data.

How to Sync iPhone to Mac with & without Cables

The first time you sync your iPhone to your Mac you will need to use a cable to connect the two. After the initial setup you can choose to activate syncing via Wi-Fi, which allows you to sync iPhone content to Mac without a cable. Follow the steps below to sync your iPhone to your Mac.

  1. Connect iPhone to Mac with a cable.
  2. Select Trust in the pop-up message on your iPhone.

  • Enter your passcode if prompted.
  • On your Mac, open Finder.

    Select your iPhone from the sidebar.

    Click Trust.

    Make sure you’re on the General tab, then scroll down to the Options section.

    Check Show this iPhone when on Wi-Fi.

    Click Apply.

    To set syncing options for each type of file or app, use the menu bar across the top and edit individual settings for the content you want to sync.

    By regularly syncing your iPhone to your Mac you can save time and frustration down the road, whether you need to quickly set up a new iPhone, access synced content on the other device, or prepare for a vacation by downloading certain content to the device you’re bringing with you.


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    Here’s a time-saving feature to boost your productivity: Lock Screen apps. You can open the Notes app directly from the Lock Screen of your iPhone. Lock Screen Notes are helpful for quickly marking down all the notes, checklists, links, and sketches that you want to have close at hand, without having to unlock your device. Let’s get started learning how to add Lock Screen Notes to your iPhone so you can master this feature.

    Why You’ll Love This Tip

    • Easily start and write a new note without unlocking your phone.
    • Learn to add other useful apps or features to your Lock Screen as well.

    How to Write Notes from Your iPhone Lock Screen

    To add Lock Screen access to the Notes app on your iPhone, you’ll first need to enable Notes in the Control Center.

    1. Open the Settings app.

    Tap on Control Center.

    Now tap on Notes. You’ll see Notes move to the top menu; this means you’ve enabled the app in your Control Center.

    Finally, make sure you have Control Center enabled on the Lock Screen. Return to the main screen of the Settings app and Tap on Face ID & Passcode for iPhone X, or Touch ID & Passcode for earlier iPhones.

    Enter your Passcode to confirm.

    Now locate the option for Control Center and if it isn’t already, toggle it on.

    How to Write a Note from Your Lock Screen

    To access Notes from your Lock Screen, you’ll need to open the Control Center.

      Swipe from the top right of your screen if you have an iPhone X or later, or swipe up from the bottom of your screen if you have an earlier iPhone.

    Now you can tap the Notes icon and begin writing your note.

    And that’s it! Once you have Lock Screen Notes enabled, it’s easy as a swipe and a tap to start jotting down notes anywhere you go.


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