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10 Things Everyone Should Know About The Notes App

The Notes app on the iPhone is the easiest way to save quick ideas, make checklists or draw sketches. Still, there are even more features. We collected 10 things for you so that you can get the most out of your Notes app.

Table of Content

  1. Create headings
  2. Recover deleted notes
  3. Create notes in Safari
  4. Bold, Italic & Underline
  5. Share notes
  6. Create to-do lists
  7. Using password and Touch ID
  8. Create sketches
  9. Create folders & move notes
  10. Delete text faster

Create headings

There are different options in the Notes app to format your text. If you are creating a new note, you can select the words and tap the “+icon in the bottom right corner. Then choose Aa.

Here you can choose between Title, Heading, and Body. You can also start bulleted lists, dashed lists and numbered lists.

Recover deleted notes

Did you accidentally delete a note? No problem, because every note can be recovered within 30 days. Open the folder Recently Deleted and tap Edit in the top right corner.

Now you can select the note(s) that you want to recover. Click Move to… at the bottom left and select the folder. We also explain in more details how to recover deleted notes in a different article. Read more…

Create notes in Safari

Another handy feature of the Notes app is creating entries in Safari and other apps. You don’t even have to leave these apps. Open Safari, tap the Share icon and select Add to Notes. It will open a popup window that shows the title of the article or website and an excerpt. You could also add a comment to the link. Hit Save to save it as a new note or add it to an existing note by clicking “Choose Note: New Note” and select one. Read more…

Bold, Italic & Underline

If you want to highlight certain phrases or words, you can make them bold, italic or underlined. Select a text and tap “BIU” in the black popup menu. You might have to tap the arrow first. Then it will show the three highlighting options: Bold, Italic and Underline.

Share notes

You don’t have to keep your notes for yourself. You can share them with friends so that they can edit the note as well. Open a note that you would like to share and tap the “profile with the +” icon on top. In the next step you can decide whether you want to send the invitation via iMessage, email or another method. To learn how you can check the editing status of the added person, read this article.

Create to-do lists

The to-do list feature is one of the most popular feature of the Notes app. The quickest way to create such list is to select the rows, click the +” icon above the keyboard and choose the check mark. The highlighted rows will appear with bullet points, which you can check-mark. Read more…

Using password and Touch ID

If you want to protect your notes from other people, you can lock them. Tap the Share icon at the top right of a note and click Lock Note. Then you can either set a password or use your Touch ID.

Important: If you forget the password, you cannot access the note anymore. Read more…

Create sketches

The Notes app can also be used for quick sketches. The fastest way is pressing the Notes icon on your Home Screen to open it via 3D Touch. Then you can choose New Sketch from the Quick Action menu. We explain this in another article in detail.

Once the Notes app opens, you can use different pens and colors to create your sketch. Read more… 

Create folders & move notes

Within an iPhone life, you will create many notes. You can only keep an overview by creating folders. You can find the feature “New Folder” in the bottom right corner of the main overview. To move notes to the new created folder, you have to tap Edit at the top right. Then select the notes and click Move to… at the bottom left. In the new window you can select the folder, where you want to move the notes to.

Delete text faster

Thanks to 3D Touch, you can easily delete large texts by pressing the backspace button firmly. The iPhone deletes whole words and that’s faster than the conventional method.

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