The Notes app for iPhone and iPad is your way to jot down quick things during the day that you might need to remember. It's also a great spot to write down comedy routines, story ideas, and much, much more.

You can use multiple accounts in the Notes app on the same phone or iPad, and you can password-protect them and do much more. Here's how to customize the Notes app so that it works for you.

How to enable Notes for certain accounts

You can have your Notes just on your iPhone or iPad, or you can sync them across devices using iCloud and other accounts, such as Gmail. Here's how to turn on Notes sync for different accounts.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Accounts & Passwords.
  3. Tap an account.
  4. Tap the switch next to Notes. It may not be available for every account you'd like to use.

    Tap Accounts & Passwords, tap an account, tap the switch next to Notes

How to set a default account for Notes

If you're using multiple accounts in the Notes app, you can set one as the default so that all of your notes sync there.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notes.
  3. Tap Default Account.
  4. Tap the account you'd like to set as default.

    Tap Notes, tap Default Account, tap an account

How to choose how new notes start

Every time you begin a new note, you can choose to start on the title, heading, or right in the body of the note. Here's how to set it:

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notes.
  3. Tap New Notes Start With.
  4. Tap Title, Heading, or Body.

    Tap Notes, tap New Note Starts With, tap an option

How to set a Notes password

The information you keep in the Notes app may be sensitive, and if someone else gets ahold of your phone, it should stay private. Here's how to set a password:

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notes.
  3. Tap Password.
  4. Enter a password.
  5. Verify the password.
  6. Enter a password hint.
  7. Optionally, tap the switch next to Use Touch ID to turn it off. Otherwise, leave it on (green) so you can use Touch ID to unlock the Notes app.
  8. Tap Done on the top right of your screen.

    Tap Notes, tap Password, enter a password, verify it, add a hint, and tap Done

How to sort notes

You can sort notes by date edited, date created, and title. Here's how:

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notes.
  3. Tap Sort Notes By.
  4. Tap Date Edited, Date Created, or Title.

    Tap Notes, tap Sort Notes by, tap an option

How to save media in Notes to Photos

If you want the photos videos you take in Notes to automatically save to Photos, all you have to do is flick a switch:

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notes.
  3. Tap the switch next to Save to Photos.

    Launch Settings, tap Notes, tap the switch next to Save to Photos

How to turn the On My iPhone Notes account on or off

The On My iPhone account lets you store Notes right on your device. Here's how to turn it on or off.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notes.
  3. Tap the switch next to "On My iPhone" Account.

    Launch Settings, tap Notes, tap the switch next to On My iPhone Account

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