You can collect links, locations, photos, videos 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 add embedded photos in Notes
- How to add sketches in Notes
- How to send a link from Safari to Notes
- How to send a location from Maps to Notes
- How to add text from Safari or Chrome to Notes
How to add embedded photos in Notes
- Launch Notes on your iPhone or iPad.
- Make sure you are in the folder you want your note to be in.
Tap New Note in the bottom right corner.
- Tap the Camera button on the toolbar above the keyboard.
Select either Take Photo or Video or Photo Library option.
If you chose to capture a new photo or video:
- If you chose Take Photo or Video, select whether you want Photo or Video.
- Tap the Capture button.
- Tap Retake if you want to try taking a better photo or video.
- Tap Use Photo (or Video) if you want to use what you captured.
If you chose to import from Photo Library:
- Choose the photos or videos that you want to add to your note.
How to add sketches in Notes
If you prefer to handwrite your notes, you can do so directly in Notes, without having to use a third-party drawing or sketching app. That's right, Notes now has sketches built-in! It's handy if you want to quickly jot something down like on a notepad, or if you want to do a quick doodle. Make sure to take a look at our full guide on sketching in Notes.
How to send a link from Safari to Notes
- Launch Safari from your Home screen.
- Browse to the page you intend to share.
- Tap the Share button.
Tap the Notes button.
- Tap New Note.
- Select a Folder to save the note to, and choose whether to append the link to an existing note or just Create New Note.
- Add any text to your link if necessary.
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
- Launch Maps and search for an address, business, etc.
Tap the share button with your desired location pinned. It's located just beside the search bar.
- Select Notes from the Share Sheet.
Tap on New Note to choose where to save to.
- Select the Folder in your Notes that you want to save to.
- Choose an existing note to append to, or just tap Create New Note to make a new one.
- Add any text you want to the note.
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.
- Select the text you want to save in a note.
- Tap and hold on the selected text to bring up the options menu.
- Tap Share….
- Tap New Note.
Choose the Folder that you want to save the note to.
- Choose an existing note to append the text to or choose Create New Note.
- Edit the text if necessary.
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 May 2020: Updated steps and images to reflect changes in iOS 13.
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