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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!

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Do you often need to quickly jot down a note on your iPhone or iPad? Using these four tips, it’s easy to add notes without needing to hunt for the Notes app on your Home screen. Here’s how.

Add a Note Using a Widget

It’s easy to quickly jot down a note using a special widget that you can add to your Today View screen. To add the Notes widget, visit your Today View by swiping from left to right on the first page of your Home screen. At the very bottom, tap the “Edit” button. Then locate “Notes” in the widget list and tap to add it.

While you’re editing your widgets, you can also move the Notes widget to the top of your Today View list so that it’s easy to access quickly. Once the Notes widget is active, tap on it to expand it, then tap the “Compose” button (which looks like a pad of paper with a pencil on it) to create a new note at any time.

Add a Note Using Siri

If you’d like to quickly take a note using only your voice, it’s easy to ask Siri for help.

Launch Siri by holding and pressing your side button (or Home button on older devices), or say “Hey Siri” if you’ve set that up. Then say, “Take a note.” Siri will ask what you want it to say. Speak aloud whatever you’d like in the note, and it will be automatically added as a new note in the Notes app.

Add a Note Using the Share Button

It’s also easy to add a note using the “Share” button in some apps. (The Share button looks like a square with an arrow pointing upward out of it.)

For example, if you’re browsing the web with Safari and would like to create a note based on the site you’re currently viewing, tap the “Share” button. Locate the “Notes” icon in the apps list and tap it. You’ll be given a chance to add a written note to the link before saving it.

If you read the note later in the Notes app, you’ll notice a large link in the note you created. Tap it to be taken instantly to the website in Safari.

Add a Note Using Control Center

Using Settings, you can add a shortcut to Notes within Control Center that will only be a swipe away whenever you need to make a new note.

To add the shortcut, launch Settings and visit Control Center > Customize Controls, then locate the “Notes” shortcut and add it to your Control Center “Include” list. The next time you launch Control Center, just tap on the icon that looks like a notepad with a pencil, and you’ll be taken directly to the Notes app to make a note.

Bonus: Take Notes Using Apple Pencil on Lock Screen (iPad only)

If you have an Apple Pencil and an iPad model that supports it, you can take instant notes from the Lock screen simply by tapping on the iPad with your Pencil. To configure how it works, open “Settings” and visit Notes > Access Notes from the lock screen, then pick an option. With this feature enabled, any note you create from the lock screen will be automatically saved to Notes. Very handy!

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If you’d like to capture ideas on the go, Apple’s Notes app is a wonderful way to do it. When a great idea strikes you, it can feel like too much of a fumble to find and launch the app on your device. Luckily, there’s an easy way to quickly access Notes using a Control Center shortcut.

How to Launch the Control Center

Control Center is a collection of shortcuts to commonly used tasks, such as adjusting screen brightness, volume, song playback, and more. It also serves as a way to quickly launch features such as turning on the flashlight or taking a photo.

In the step ahead, we’re going to add a shortcut to launch Notes. But first, here’s how to launch Control Center itself.

  • iPhone X or newer/iPad running iOS 12 or later: Swipe down from the top right of the screen.
  • iPhone 8 or earlier/iPad running iOS 11 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen. (Control Center first appeared in iOS 7).

One of the handiest things about Control Center is that you can launch it even without unlocking the device, which makes accessing your shortcuts that much quicker.

Add a Notes Shortcut to Control Center

To launch notes quickly on your device, we’ll add a shortcut to the app in Control Center. Here’s how to do it.

Open Settings, scroll down the list until you find Control Center, and then tap it.

In Control Center, tap “Customize Controls.”

You will be presented with a list of functions you can choose to add to the Control Center.

Scroll down to the “Notes” option and tap it.

The Notes icon will be added to the “Include” list at the top of the screen. You can change the order of icons in the Control Center by rearranging them in this list.

Now leave Settings by returning to your home screen or another app.

Swipe the edge of the screen to launch Control Center (see instructions above). You should see the Notes icon (which looks like a tiny notepad with a pencil) on the screen.

Tap the Notes icon to launch it.

The Notes app will open on the screen. Start typing away.

Any time you want to quickly jot down a note, launch Control Center by swiping on the screen, tap the Notes icon, and you’ll be taken to the app immediately.

By default, Control Center allows you to write new notes even while the device is locked. Existing notes are not accessible unless you unlock the device with your passcode. To change those settings, visit Settings > Notes > Access Notes from Lock Screen.

How to Remove Notes from Control Center

If you’d like to remove Notes from your Control Center, follow these steps.

Navigate to Settings > Control Center.

Tap “Customize Controls.”

Find the Notes entry from the list (with a red minus sign in a circle next to it) and tap it. It will be removed from Control Center.

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In our day-to-day lives, there are going to be plenty of times when you need to jot something down. Whether that’s a great idea that you have in the moment, something important that you need to refer back to later, or just something you want to make a note of, the Notes app is here for you. It’s built in directly on your iPhone of choice thanks to iOS, so you don’t even need to go download another app. And if you use iCloud, then everything is synced and accessible from anywhere!

Here’s how to create notes on iPhone and iPad, and we’ll show you how to edit, move, delete, and recover those notes too.

How to create a new note on iPhone or iPad

    Launch the Notes app from the Home Screen of your favorite iPhone or iPad.

Tap the Create new note button at the bottom right.

Tap the New note button from within an existing note to start another one quickly.

How to edit an existing note on iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Notes app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap on the note you want to edit.
  3. Tap anywhere inside the note to bring up the keyboard and start updating or appending.

Tap Done to save your changes.

How to move a note to a new folder on iPhone or iPad

If you’ve created a note but later realize you want it in a different folder, you can move it.

  1. Launch the Notes app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the folder that the note you want to move is currently in.

Tap . in the upper right of the list of notes, near the folder’s name.

Select a folder to move the note to. You can also tap New Folder to create a new folder.

How to delete a note on iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Notes app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Open the note you want to delete.

Tap on the More button in the upper right corner.

To delete a note faster, swipe to the left on the note in the list, then tap Delete.

This sends the note to a “Recently Deleted” folder for 30 days, after which time the note is permanently deleted.

How to recover a recently deleted note

    Launch Notes on your iPhone or iPad.

Tap the Folder button to return to the main Folder list.

You can also tap the Delete button to permanently delete it.

If you have deleted a locked note, then it will remain in the Recently Deleted folder well beyond the 30-day limit.

Jot it down for later!

As you can see, it’s super easy to create notes right in the Notes app on your best iPad or iPhone, including the iPhone 13. That’s not all you can do with the Notes app though. You can also use Tags to further organize your notes, too. Overall, the Notes app is the app I turn to for any bits of information I want to keep around for referring back to later.

January 2022: Updated for iOS 15.

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The Notes app on iPhone and iPad is super useful, allowing you to jot down information quickly for all sorts of purposes.

There are various ways to create a new note in the Notes app on iOS and iPadOS, some of them are quite fast and might be new to you, so if you’re an avid Notes app user, take a look and see some handy ways to make new notes on iPhone or iPad.

1: From the Home Screen Notes Icon

Long press the Notes app icon and choose “New Note” to instantly make a new note on iPhone or iPad.

2: From the Notes app

Simply tapping the New Note button in the Notes app also creates a new note.

Bonus: And if you have a keyboard hooked up to the iPad or iPhone, hitting Command+N from Notes app will create a new note too.

3: From Lock Screen, or Anywhere, with Control Center

Adding the New Notes option to Control Center allows you to easily create a new note instantly from anywhere on iPhone or iPad, whether from the lock screen, the Home Screen, or within another app.

Go to Settings > Control Center > and make sure Notes and Quick Notes are enabled as options to be able to access this great feature.

This is perhaps the fastest universal way to make a new note from anywhere, no matter what device you’re on.

4: From Lock Screen with Apple Pencil

With Apple Pencil, simply tapping on the locked screen of an iPad will create a new note.

5: Swipe In from Bottom Right Corner of Screen for New Quick Note on iPad

You can use a finger, stylus, or Apple Pencil to swipe inward from the bottom right corner of the iPad screen to instantly create a new Quick Note.

Quick Notes are handy because they hover over active screen items, allowing for multitasking with iPad. They’re useful enough that while they’re currently limited to iPad, surely they will make their way over to iPhone too.

6: New Quick Note with iPad Keyboard Shortcut

For iPad users with a keyboard hooked up to their device, hitting globe+Q or fn+Q will also create a new Quick Note from anywhere.

7: Create a New Note with Siri

You can instantly create a note with the help of the Siri virtual assistant.

Just summon Siri, then say “make a new note about (topic or item)” or “create new note about (item)”.

Any of these newly created notes can be searched, password locked, shared, documents scanned into, snap photos or videos directly into the notes, or any of the other handy notes tricks available out there. And if you accidentally or unintentionally delete one, you can recover them too.

Do you know of another fast way to make a new note on iPhone or iPad? Let us know your tricks in the comments!

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 your devices.

Get started

  • Make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
  • To use the latest features of Notes, make sure that you set up Notes with iCloud or have 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 becomes 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 quickly access Notes from Control Center. Go to Settings > Control Center, and add Notes. Then open Control Center 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 — like photos, videos, or web links.

Pin a note

Pin your favorite 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 bulleted list. You can also touch and hold to quickly open a list of formatting options.

Add an attachment

To add something from another app, like 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 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 of 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 recognize what’s in the images inside of your notes. For example, if you search for “bike,” search will show you all images that you have with a bike. Search can also find specific text inside scanned documents or images, like 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 automatically saved in Notes.

Keep your notes secure

The Notes app lets you lock any note that you want to keep private from anyone else that might use your device. Depending on your device, you can use Face ID, 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 Trash 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. Learn what to do if you’re missing 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 your Apple devices that you’re signed in to with the same Apple ID.

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Every wanted to jot down a thought in the Notes app, but your hands are busy? Relax, Siri has got you covered.

In iOS 15, you can use Siri to take notes and even quickly search your notes, so you can always jot down your important thoughts. Here’s how to take notes with Siri on iPhone and iPad.

How to dictate a note to Siri on iPhone and iPad

  1. Press and hold the Home button, **Side Button*, or say “Hey, Siri” to launch Siri.
  2. Say “Take a note.”

Dictate your note to Siri.

Once you’re done talking, Siri will automatically save what you dictated to the Notes app. Dictating notes to Siri may not be perfect in its current form, but it can often be much quicker than typing them out. Then, when you have time later, you can go in and add a title or make any needed changes.

How to find and view notes with Siri on iPhone and iPad

  1. Press and hold the Home button, Side Button, or say “Hey, Siri” to launch Siri.
  2. Say something like “Show me my notes” or “Show me notes from today” or “Show me notes about iMore” — just replace iMore with the keyword you want Siri to search.
  3. Siri will present you with a list of notes in the Notes app that matches the description.

Tap on the note you want to open.

Quick Notes on iPad

While you can use Siri to take notes on both your iPhone and iPad, your best iPad has a different feature that may be useful to know about.

One of the new features in iPadOS 15 is Quick Note. With this, you can invoke a simple notepad on your iPad, quickly jot down any little bits of invaluable information, save links, and even add text and images from Safari.

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Instead of unlocking your device, opening the Notes app, and then creating a document, with Instant Notes you can start typing almost immediately. And as you’d expect, when Apple designed Instant Notes, it also factored in security. So when you create a new note with it, you can’t access other existing notes in the Notes app unless you unlock your iOS device first.

It’s the same story when you set up the Instant Notes feature so that it always returns you to your last viewed note. You can even choose how much time elapses before the last viewed note is no longer accessible without unlocking your device.

Before getting started with Instant Notes, you need to add Notes to your device’s Control Center. The following set of steps show you how. After that, we’ll show you how to set up Instant Notes on an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ running iOS 11 or later, and then how you can use it.

How to Add Notes to the iOS Control Center

  1. Launch the Settings app on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
  2. Tap Control Center.
  3. Tap Customize Controls.

  • Scroll down to More Controls.
  • Tap on the “+” sign to the left of Notes to add it to Control Center.
  • How to Set Up Instant Notes on Your iPhone or iPad

    1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.
    2. Scroll down and tap Notes.
    3. Scroll down and tap Access Notes from Lock Screen.

  • If you always want to create a new note each time you use Instant Notes, tap Always Create a New Note. If you only want to use this option, you can skip ahead to the next set of steps.
  • To keep returning to a note you created earlier, tap Resume Last Note, and you’ll see more options revealed on the screen.

  • To always resume the last note you created from the Lock screen, tap Created on Lock Screen. To always resume the last note you created from within the Notes app when your device was unlocked, tap Viewed in Notes App.
  • The last series of options lets you set up Instant Notes so that it sends you to a new note from the Lock screen After 5 minutes, After 15 minutes, After 1 Hour, After Today, or Never. The shorter the time limit, the safer your note will be from potential prying eyes.
  • How to Use Instant Notes on iPhone and iPad

    Now that you’ve set up Instant Notes on your device, it’s time to use it as it’s intended, i.e. when your device is locked. Here’s how it works.

    1. Raise your device to wake the screen.
    2. Access the Control Center: On an ‌‌iPad‌‌ with a Home button, simply double-tap the Home button; on ‌iPhone‌ 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen; and on a 2018 iPad Pro or ‌‌iPhone‌‌ X and later, swipe down from the upper right corner of the screen.
    3. Tap the Notes button you added to the Control Center previously.

  • Simply start typing your new note, or check and/or add to the last note you viewed, depending on how you set up the feature.
  • Tap Done when you’re finished, then sleep your device’s screen.
  • That’s all there is to it. You can also access Instant Notes on ‌iPad‌ using an Apple Pencil.

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    One of the newest features in iPadOS is Quick Note. With this, you can invoke a simple notepad at any time on your iPad, and quickly jot down any little bits of invaluable information, save links, and even add text and images from Safari.

    But how do you use Quick Note in iPadOS 15? Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think, and while it helps to have an Apple Pencil, you can also just use your finger!

    How to bring up Quick Note on iPadOS 15

    Remember, Quick Note can only be invoked at any time and in any app, with a first-generation Apple Pencil, second-generation Apple Pencil, or an alternative stylus. It can also work with your finger if you do not have a stylus.

    Using your Apple Pencil, stylus, or finger, swipe inward from the bottom right corner of your iPad screen. You’ll see a small gray box start to appear — make sure it is fully expanded and opaque before you let go of the tip.

    When you’re done with your Quick Note, tap Done to save it, or you can just swipe it away — it saves automatically.

    How to bring up Quick Note with an external keyboard

    If you’re using an external Bluetooth keyboard or something like the Magic Keyboard for iPad, then you can bring up Quick Note without even needing to touch the screen.

    1. Anywhere on your iPad, press the globe key and Q on your external keyboard.

    Quick Note will pop up from the bottom right corner as if you used an Apple Pencil or stylus. And again, if you don’t have a stylus with you, your finger works just as well.

    How to quickly save links, text, and images in Safari with Quick Note

    One of the coolest things about Quick Note is that it uses intelligence to detect when you’re using it while in Safari. This allows you to quickly save links to your Quick Note, and you can even highlight text and images in Safari to add them to your note.

    1. Bring up Quick Note using the methods above.
    2. Launch Safari on your iPad.
    3. While on a webpage, in the Quick Note, tap Add Link to save the link of the current page to your note.
    4. If you want to add text or images to the note, use your stylus or finger to highlight what you want on the webpage.
    5. On the contextual menu that pops up, tap Add to Quick Note. Doing this adds the link automatically.

    Tap Done on Quick Note to save it.

    How to view your saved Quick Notes

    Quick Notes are saved separately into their own folder in your Notes app. Here’s how to view them.

      Launch Notes on your iPad.

    Tap Quick Notes in the Folders list.

    Optionally, while you’re in the Quick Note box, you can tap the Quick Notes button (it looks like four squares) to immediately go to all of your saved Quick Notes. You can also swipe left and right to jump between all of your Quick Notes in the Quick Note box.

    That’s it! From here, you can move notes as you see fit, edit them, delete them, and pretty much anything else you need to do with a regular note you’ve created.

    You can also use Quick Note with Safari in macOS 12 Monterey. However, if you’re wondering about iOS 15, you’ll only be able to edit existing Quick Notes — you won’t be able to add new ones with your iPhone.

    How to change or turn off the Quick Note corner gesture

    If you don’t want to use Quick Note or you find yourself accidentally invoking the feature with the swipe gesture, you can swap the corner that invokes it or turn off Quick Note altogether on your iPad. Here’s how.

    1. Launch Settings on your iPad.
    2. Tap General.

    Tap Gestures.

    Choose Quick Note to select that corner or choose Off to turn off Quick Note.

    Take note

    As you can see, when it comes down to how to use Quick Note on iPad, it’s easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Taking notes has never been easier on your favorite iPad.

    Updated April 2022: Updated for the latest version of iPadOS 15.

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    While we mostly think of the Notes app as a place to quickly jot down plain text, there is so much more that you can do with it. Plus, it’s probably the best note-taking app for the iPhone and iPad because it’s already pre-installed on your device, so no extra downloads are required. With Notes, you can not only do plain text notes, but rich format notes, sketches and diagrams, and even add things like tables when you need a comprehensive chart of data. It’s perfect when you need a little something extra in your note organization.

    Regardless of whether you’re using an iPhone SE or iPhone 13 Pro, here’s how to use tables in the Notes app on your best iPhone and iPad.

    How to create a table

      Launch the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad.

    Tap the create note button on the bottom right of your screen. It looks like a square with a pencil on it.

    Tap another cell when you want to add information to it. You can also tap Enter on the keyboard to move to the next cell automatically.

    How to add more columns or rows to your table

    If you need more than the basic 2×2 table, you can add more rows and columns.

    1. Launch the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad.
    2. Tap the create note button on the bottom right of your screen. It looks like a square with a pencil on it.

    Tap the table button on the lower left of the note pane. It looks like a rectangle made of smaller rectangles.

    Tap Add Row or Add Column, depending on which more button you’ve tapped.

    How to rearrange rows or columns

    1. Launch the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad.
    2. Tap the create note button on the bottom right of your screen or use an existing note with a table in it. It looks like a square with a pencil on it.

    Tap the table button on the lower left of the note pane. It looks like a rectangle made of smaller rectangles.

    Tap, hold, and drag the more button to move rows or columns around.

    How to remove columns or rows

    1. Launch the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad.
    2. Tap the create note button on the bottom right of your screen. It looks like a square with a pencil on it.

    Tap the table button on the lower left of the note pane. It looks like a rectangle made of smaller rectangles.

    Tap Delete Row or Delete Column, depending on which more button you’ve tapped.

    How to convert text to a table

    1. Launch the Notes app from your Home screen.
    2. Tap an existing note or create a new one.
    3. Tap the text in your note to highlight and select it.

    Tap the table button in the toolbar. It looks like a rectangle made of smaller rectangles.

    Your text will be put into a cell in your table.

    How to convert a table into plain text

    You may not be able to view a table on certain devices or in certain apps, but plain text is pretty universal.

    1. Launch the Notes app from your Home screen.
    2. Tap an existing note with a table in it or create a new one.
    3. Tap inside a cell in the table.
    4. Tap the table button in the toolbar. It’s a rectangle made of smaller rectangles.

    Tap Convert to Text.

    How to format text inside your tables

    You can’t change font, but you can underline, bold, and italicize your text. Here’s how:

    1. Launch the Notes app from your Home screen.
    2. Tap an existing note with a table in it or create a new one.
    3. Tap inside a cell in the table.
    4. Tap the bold, underline, or italics button.
    5. Choose your formatting.

    Type your text.

    How to delete a table from a note

    1. Launch the Notes app from your Home screen.
    2. Tap an existing note with a table in it.
    3. Tap the note field so that the insertion point is immediately after the table.
    4. Tap the delete button on your keyboard. This will select the whole table.

    Tap the delete button again.

    Organize it with tables

    As you can see, the Notes app in iOS 15 is very versatile. You can do so much more than just plain text notes by having the ability to add tables, as well as sketches, rich format notes, and more. Notes is one of our preferred ways to quickly just get information down and process or refer back to later.

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    Apple Notes is a great place to organize your thoughts and to collect your research. If you’re studying or researching online for a project, here’s how you can quickly add links, photos, and other media directly to Apple Notes.

    Add Anything Using the Share Sheet

    The easiest way to add something to Apple Notes is by using the Notes extension in the Share sheet. This feature is available virtually everywhere. If you can see a share button, you can share the content with Apple Notes. It works in all default Apple apps, along with third-party apps.

    Using this method, you can add links, photos, videos, map locations, PDFs, and screenshots to the Notes app.

    For example, let’s say we’re researching ways to disinfect and clean all our gadgets, and we want to collect all the links and tips in a single note (or different notes).

    To start, navigate to the web page in Safari, then tap on the Share button.

    Here, tap on the “Notes” option from the apps section. If you don’t see the Notes app here, swipe all the way to the end of the list, then tap on the “More” button to add it. Take a look at our guide to customizing the Share sheet for detailed instructions.

    You’ll now see the Notes Share sheet extension. The link will be in the text area, in the rich text format, showing the title, and the feature image. You can tap on the area above the link to add any information that you want to send to the Notes app (observations or notes on the link, for example). The first line of text automatically becomes the title of the note.

    As this is the first time you’re using the Notes extension in the Share sheet, you’ll see the option to save the details in a new note (denoted by the “New Note” option in the “Save to” option). Once you’ve added all the information, tap on the “Save” button.

    You’ll be sent back to the original page and the link will end up in a new note.

    Now, navigate to another webpage, tap on the Share button, and select the Notes extension again.

    You’ll now see a change in the “Save To” option. It will show the title of the note you just created. If you want to add this link to the end of the previous note, you don’t need to change anything. Just add the text and keep going.

    But if you want to create a new note, tap on the “Save To” option.

    Here, tap on the “Create New Note” button.

    By default, the Notes extension always shows the previously created note as the destination. If you want to create a new note, you’ll have to switch to it manually every time.

    Once you’re happy, tap on the “Save” button.

    You can follow the same process from any app to save content to Apple Notes.

    Try Copy and Pasting

    If you don’t want to use the Share sheet, or if you just want to add some text to the Notes app, the easiest option is to copy and paste. This also works for media and documents.

    First, select the content that you want to send to Apple Notes. Then, press and hold on it. From the context menu, tap on the “Copy” button.

    Open the Apple Notes app and go to the note where you want to add the information. Then, double-tap in the empty space and choose the “Paste” option.

    If you’re using iOS 13, iPadOS 13, or newer, you can also use the new text editing gestures.

    Use Drag and Drop on the iPad

    iPad users should try and embrace the drag and drop feature to share content from one app to another. When you’ve got two apps side-by-side, it’s much faster to just pick up a link and to drop into another app.

    But you can use drag and drop even if you’re not using Split View.

    First, tap and hold on the link, text, or media, and drag it a bit to pick it up.

    Now, use your other hand to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the Dock. From here, select the Notes app. (If you don’t have the Notes app in your Dock, you can go to the home screen instead.)

    Navigate to the note, all while you’re holding the content with your finger.

    Once the note opens, use your finger to navigate to the place where you want to put it. Simply release your finger to drop the content in place.

    Easily Find All Attachments

    There’s now an easier way to only filter notes with attachments in Apple Notes.

    In the Notes app, go to the All Notes section and swipe down and tap on the “Search” bar.

    Here, from the Suggested section, choose the “Notes with Attachments” option.

    Notes app will now only filter notes with attachments. You can choose to search for a title of the note to further narrow down the search results.

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    In this tip, we’ll show you how to create a new folder on your iPhone or iPad, right in the Notes app. Once you’ve written multiple notes, you may have a hard time finding the note you need. Use this tip to make folders for every type of note, then move your notes into the appropriate folders, so you always know where to find them.

    How to Create a Folder on the iPhone & iPad in the Notes App

    Apple’s Notes app is one of the best note-taking apps out there, especially considering that it’s free! It even has built in speech to text software. It’s great to have your thoughts, ideas, and lists all in one place in the Notes app, but what’s even better are organized notes. Here’s how to make a new folder on your iPhone or iPad, so you can put each note where it belongs, and find it when you need it.

    1. Open the Notes app.
    2. Tap Folders in the upper-left corner of your display.

  • Tap New Folder at the bottom-right corner of your display.
  • Name your new folder and tap Save.

    You’ll be taken back to the Folders page, where you’ll see your new folder in the list.

    Now you can get all the notes on your iPhone or iPad organized into new folders!

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    Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She’s a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source , as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate’s degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor’s degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she’s only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader’s lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

    In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.

    iPhone and the iPad have made note-taking more flexible and powerful. Although it’s not exactly as easy and clutter-free as jotting down stuff with a pencil and paper, it’s much more powerful. There are tons of note-taking apps out there in the App Store. In fact, it’s super-saturated. But there are free apps for taking notes that are really amazing with clear interfaces, great features, and a smart way of functioning. This is a list of such apps that make note-taking on the iPhone and iPad quick and easy.

    1. Microsoft OneNote

    Microsoft OneNote is a powerful note-taking app for iOS. What I have personally liked the most in this app is the simple interface. The makes it pretty easy to capture ideas, sort notes and keep them fully organized.

    Often forget to carry out some essential tasks? You can also create to-dos and keep an eye on them with ease to never let anything go out of your radar.

    The app syncs your notes with OneDrive and SharePoint to keep them secure and also more accessible. Better still, you can use OneNote in several languages including English, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch and more.

    2. Evernote

    Evernote is a class apart both regarding functionality and features. It’s the ideal app you would want to prepare notes with utmost ease and manage them with absolute perfection.

    It lets you take note in many formats such as text, sketches, photos, audio, video, PDFs, web clippings, etc. Plus, you can also create memos, agenda and prepare your best presentation.

    Make to-do lists so that you will be able to carry out everything in time. And with the timely reminders, it keeps you alerted about what you have to do.

    3. Notebook

    “Notebook” is immensely effective when it comes to creating notes, checklists, and sketches. You can organize your notes in the best possible manner and sync them across your devices.

    You also have the option to customize your notes. For instance, you can select a nice note cover or create an impressive one. As the app also works with Siri, you will be able to carry out several things faster.

    What’s more, it allows you to scribble notes and record audio notes right from your Apple Watch.

    4. Notes: Supernote Recorder

    “Notes” is ideal for interviews, conferences, and meetings thanks to the ability to make the note-taking process fast and easy. You have several color-coded note templates to choose from.

    With the availability of topic related note templates, you will be able to make any type of notes. All of your notes are auto-organized and sorted by date or category. Furthermore, you can set reminders on your note to not forget to carry out important tasks.

    5. Bear

    Having given a long spin to “Bear,” I know how efficient this note-taking app can be for you. The app keeps everything straightforward so that you can get your work done without any complications.

    Take advantage of easy-to-use tools to write with complete peace of mind. There is a custom shortcut bar that makes formatting super convenient.

    You can add tasks to notes to keep yourself at pace with your workflow. With a good many themes at the disposal, you will be able to customize your stuff in a way. Moreover, Bear provides multiple export options including TML, PDF, DOCX, MD, JPG and EPUB.

    6. Simplenote

    The simplest of all, Simplenote is as simple as a note-taking app can get without crossing the limit of minimalism. You can tag and pin notes for easier categorization/classification.

    Enjoy working with your friends on a project? Simplenote lets you collaborate with your friends to help you complete your tasks perfectly.

    Based on your workflow, you will be able to sort your notes and keep them fully in sync with your needs. Further, it’s compatible with many languages like Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and more.

    7. Drafts 5

    When you are in a meeting, tapping around the iPhone screen to take notes is a tedious task. Drafts solves this problem. It opens keyboard and you can start typing instantly. Also, you can ask Siri to open Drafts and start taking notes. The notes you make on this app can be shared easily using multiple sharing options.

    In addition, you can also dictate your notes in Drafts and it will convert it to text. This comes in handy when you have to lot of things to note quickly. Lastly, there are lots of text editing options to use and make the most out of your note taking experience.

    8. Google Keep

    Simply put, it would have been a blunder to not include Google Keep in this covetous list of top note-taking apps. Whether it’s handy features or top-notch functionality, this app can go toe-to-toe with the best in the business.

    Some of the most appealing features that I have found in “Keep” are the ability to instantly record a voice memo and have it automatically transcribed. The other coolest feature that I like in it is the option to neatly organize notes with the use of different labels and colors.

    9. MetaMoJi Note Lite

    Whether you want to take note, annotate PDF or record ideas, MetaMoJi Note is what you should use to simplify your task. With a variety of pens and paper layouts available, you will be able to create impressive notes.

    You can sync all the folders or selected folders to the MetaMoji cloud (up to 2GB free) to easily access and manage your files. The premium version of the app includes important features like voice recording, handwriting recognition, text conversion, automatic synchronization of documents, etc.

    10. Notoriety

    Designed with the modern yet simple interface, Notoriety is one of the highly user-friendly note-taking apps. You can intensify your productivity, create quick notes and customize them as per your needs.

    It lets you organize notes based on tags to find out them quickly. There are different themes offered to suit your style and taste. With the use of the handy extension, the app allows you to quickly access notes from other apps as well.

    So, these are our top note-taking apps for iOS!

    Your pick?

    So, use these top note-taking apps to your advantage to take notes, create checklists or to-do lists more conveniently and fast. Through in-app purchases, you can unlock premium features and have a better user experience. I’m sure these apps can live up to your expectation.

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    Which is your favorite note-taking app for iOS and why? Shoot your feedback in the comment section.