How to embed photos, sketches, links, locations and more to Notes on iPhone and iPad

You can collect links, locations, photos, videos all together, all in the same place, all with the Notes app for iPhone and iPad. You can even send them to a new or existing note right from other apps. It's incredibly convenient if you're brainstorming ideas and collecting information or inspiration for a new project.

How to send a link from Safari to Notes

  1. Launch Safari from your Home screen.
  2. Browse to the page you intend to share.
  3. Tap the Share button. It's the box with the arrow pointing up on the bottom toolbar.
  4. Tap the Notes button.
  5. Tap New Note

  6. Enter the text you want to accompany the link, then tap Save.

The next time you open that note in the Notes app, the link will be added to the bottom of the document. When you click on the link, it will open in Safari. This is the same process you would use for Google Chrome or any other browser that supports sharing to Notes. Notes, however, will use Safari to load links by default.

How to send a location from Maps to Notes

  1. Launch Maps and search for an address, business etc.
  2. Tap the share button with your desired location pinned. It's located just beside the search bar.
  3. Tap the Notes button.

  4. Enter any text you want to accompany the link to the map.
  5. Choose the note you want to send the map to, or choose to send it to a new note.
  6. Tap Save.

The next time you open that note in the Notes app, you will see the location has been added with a thumbnail image of the location pinned on a map. When you click on the link, it will open in Maps.

It's the same basic process in Google Maps, but unlike opening a link in Notes, a location sent from Google Maps will open right back up in Google Maps.

How to add text from Safari or Chrome

If you're reading a website and want to copy some text to Notes without leaving the browser, we got you covered.

  1. Select the text you want to save in a note.
  2. Tap and hold on the selected text to bring up the options menu.
  3. Tap Share….
  4. Tap Notes.

5. In the next pop up window, you can add the text of your own. 6. Tap Save to add the text to a new note. 7. Tap Choose Note to add the Text to an existing note. The text will be added to the end of the note.

This allows you to send a total of 200 characters directly from Safari to notes. Anything above 200 characters will require you to copy the text to clipboard and paste into the note yourself.

Updated October 2017: Updated steps and images to reflect changes in iOS 11.