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How to Use Folders in the Notes App

The “Notes” app received quite the grand overhaul in iOS 9 and is now capable of formatting your text in different styles, create to-do or shopping lists and more. Another great feature buried beneath the top layer of the interface is that you can actually create folders within the app and organize your notes in a neat and tidy way. This is a tutorial on how to use folders within the “Notes” app on iPhone.

Prerequisite: You will require iOS 9.0 (or later) on any compatible device for this trick to work, older versions of iOS do not include the updated “Notes” application.

How to create a new folder in the “Notes” app

Adding a new folder to your “Notes” app is easy. There is one important step we have to take beforehand and that is to move up a level by tapping the arrow icon at the top left of the screen. This will move us out of the default “Notes” folder and show us an overview. If you have never created a folder in the past, this should only contain your current notes and the recently deleted notes which are stored for a grace period of 30 days in the iCloud.

Now tap the “New Folder” button at the bottom right to create a new folder. You can name it whatever you like, then tap “Save” when finished. Congratulations! You have just created your first note folder.

How to move a single note into a folder

To organize your existing notes in the “Notes” app, try moving them to different folders. You can move an individual note by swiping left on its title, then tapping “Move”. Select the destination folder and you are good to go.

How to move multiple notes into a folder

To move a batch of notes at once, simply tap “Edit” at the top right to go into edit mode. You can now select multiple notes by tapping them, which will enable the checkmark icon to their left. These notes can now be moved all at once by tapping “Move To …”. Select your destination folder and that’s it.