How to pin a note to the top of a list in Notes for iPhone and Mac

If you use the Notes app as much as I do, you probably already know the sting of having your most important notes fall down to a low spot on your list because you've created so many new ones since the last time you made changes to them. In macOS High Sierra, you will be able to pin your precious ideas to the top of the list so that, no matter how many new notes you create, those pinned notes will stay at the top. Here's how.

How to pin a note to the top of your list in the Notes app

When you want to keep a note at the top of your list, where it's easily accessible, stick a pin in it! Your pinned notes will sync across all your devices running iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

How to pin a note to the top of your list in the Notes app on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11

  1. Launch the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select a Note, but don't tap on it.
  3. Swipe the note to the right to access the Pin tool.
  4. Tap Pin.

The note will remain at the top of your list under a section called Pinned, no matter what changes you make to the rest of your notes or on which device. Pinned notes sync across all of your devices connected with the same iCloud account.

How to pin a note to the top of your list in the Notes app on Mac in High Sierra

  1. Launch the Notes app on your Mac.
  2. Select a Note.

  1. Click on File in the App menu at the upper left of your screen.
  2. Click on Pin Note.

The note will remain at the top of your list under a section called Pinned Notes, no matter what changes you make to the rest of your notes, or on which device. Pinned notes sync across all of your devices connected with the same iCloud account.

How to unpin a note at the top of your list in the Notes app

Don't need a note at the top of your list anymore? Pull the pin!

How to unpin a note at the top of your list in the Notes app on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11

  1. Launch the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select a Note, but don't tap on it.
  3. Swipe the note to the right to access the Pin tool.
  4. Tap Unpin.

After you remove a pin, the note will revert back to its place in the list based on chronological order of last changed. The change will sync across all of your devices connected with the same iCloud account.

How to unpin a note at the top of your list in the Notes app on Mac in High Sierra

  1. Launch the Notes app on your Mac.
  2. Select a Note.

  1. Click on File in the App menu at the upper left of your screen.
  2. Click on Unpin Note.

After you remove a pin, the note will revert back to its place in the list based on chronological order of last changed. The change will sync across all of your devices connected with the same iCloud account.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to pin and unpin notes in the Notes app on iPhone and Mac? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

Lory Gil

Lory is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books.  If she's not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both).

3 Comments
  • Unfortunately, Apple neglected to add support for the pinned Notes feature on iCloud.com. When viewing the Notes application on the web, there is no pinned functionality. Add this to the even bigger problem that iCloud sync is horribly unreliable.
  • I use more than one iCloud account to organise my needs. Pinning Notes only seems to work in my Primary iCloud account. Is this correct?
  • Also wondering about the functionality of PINing Notes -- I have my Notes connected to my Gmail, and I can only pin Notes that are in the iCloud folder.
    I don't use iCloud for my notes.; I prefer cross-company backups.