Take notes - iPad User Guide

Use Notes to jot down important information, sketch ideas, and keep things organized. You can add attachments—like photos, scanned documents, web links, and maps—to a note, and you can lock a note to keep it private. You can also share a note so others can view and edit it.

iPad in landscape orientation with the Notes app open. The notes list appears on the left, with the selected note open on the right. In the upper-left corner of the notes list is a back arrow you tap to view folders and accounts. In the lower-left corner of the notes list is a button you tap to view all attachments. In the upper-right corner of the note are buttons to collaborate on the note with others, delete the note, share the note with others, and create a new note. In the bottom-right corner of the note are buttons to create a checklist, add a photo, video, or scanned document, and add markup.

Store your notes securely in iCloud. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud, then turn on Notes. Your iCloud notes—and any changes you make to them—appear on all your iOS devices and Mac computers where you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.

Note: If you’ve been using an earlier version of Notes, you may need to upgrade your iCloud notes to use all the features—sketching, checklists, paragraph styles, password protection, adding people, and more. See the Upgrade your notes website.

Turn on an On My iPad account. Go to Settings > Notes, then turn on On My iPad. Notes in this account appear only on your iPad.

Create a new note. Tap the New Note button. The first line of the note becomes the note’s title.

Ask Siri. Say something like: “Create a new note.”

Tip: On iPad Pro, you can quickly create a note or resume work on your last note by tapping on the Lock screen with Apple Pencil. On other iPad models, you can do the same if you add the Notes control to Control Center. To configure the Lock screen behavior, go to Settings > Notes > Access Note from Lock Screen.

Make the note fill the screen. While viewing a note in landscape orientation, tap the Switch to Full Screen Mode button or turn iPad to portrait orientation.

Tip: Turn iPad Pro (12.9-inch) to landscape orientation, then tap the show folder list button to see your accounts, notes list, and selected note all at once.

Set the default account for adding or editing notes using Siri or Today View. Go to Settings > Notes > Default Account.

Tip: If you add the Notes widget to Today View, you can create and view Notes right from there. In Today View, tap Edit at the bottom.

Delete a note. In a note, tap the Delete Note button. Or in the notes list, swipe left on the note.

If you change your mind, open the Recently Deleted folder. Tap the note you want to keep, tap in the note, then tap Recover.