How to use Instant Notes on iPhone and iPad

Want to write a quick note when your phone is locked? Use Instant Notes!

 

Instant Notes is a feature in iOS that allows you to write notes in the Notes app right from the Lock Screen through Control Center. Whether you want to write a new note or resume an old one, Instant Notes makes it easy to access Notes without having to unlock your phone.

There are a couple of steps you have to follow to take advantage of Instant Notes, so follow along below and learn how to do it!

How to enable Notes in Control Center

Before you're able to access Notes from the lock screen, you'll first need to enable Notes in the Control Center.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Control Center.

    Enable Notes in Control Center on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Settings, tap Control Center

  3. Tap Customize Controls.
  4. Tap Notes.

    Enable Notes in Control Center on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap Customize Controls, then tap Notes to add it

Now you'll be able to access Notes from the Control Center.

How to enable Instant Notes from the lock screen

After you've given Control Center access to Notes, you'll have to allow Notes to be used from the lock screen.

 

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notes.

    Enable Instant Notes from the Lock Screen on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Settings, tap Notes

  3. Tap Access Notes from Lock Screen (you need to scroll all the way to the bottom).
  4. Tap the option you want. Your options are as follows:

    • Off: This will disable Notes from being accessed from the lock screen.
    • Always Create New Note: This option will always create a new note when using Instant Notes.
    • Resume Last Note: This will allow you to edit the last note you created.

      Enable Instant Notes from the Lock Screen on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap Access Notes from Lock Screen, then select your option

How to access Instant Notes on your iPhone or iPad

Once you have it all set up, starting an Instant Note is pretty straightforward.

On an iPhone or iPad with Touch ID:

Swipe up from the bottom of the Lock Screen, then tap the Notes button.

Access Instant Notes on an iPhone or iPad with Touch ID by showing steps: Swipe up from the bottom on the Lock Screen to access Control Center, then tap the Notes icon

On an iPhone or iPad with Face ID:

Swipe down from the upper right corner of the Lock Screen, then tap the Notes button.

Access Instant Notes on an iPhone or iPad with Face ID by showing steps: Swipe down from the upper right corner to access Control Center, then tap the Notes button

How to customize how long a recently added note is accessible from the lock screen

If you don't want to create a new note every time you create an Instant Note, you can change the frequency in the settings for Notes.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Notes
  3. Tap Access Notes from Lock Screen.

    Customize how long a recently added note is accessible from the Lock Screen on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Launch Settings, tap Notes, tap Access Notes from Lock Screen

  4. Tap Resume Last Note. Make sure you also select whether you want to resume the Last Note created on Lock Screen or Viewed in Notes App.
  5. Tap the amount of time you want. Your options are as follows:

    • After 5 Minutes
    • After 15 Minutes
    • After 1 Hour
    • After Today
    • Never

      Customize how long a recently added note is accessible from the Lock Screen on iPhone and iPad by showing steps: Tap Resume Last Note, tap the amount of time you prefer

 

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