How to Lock Notes on iPhone and iPad

The Notes application is one of our most private tools on our phones. We use them to store some information ranging from random thoughts to passwords, addresses and financial and health information. This is why you can set a password lock on your notes app, using a password or Touch ID. For the password, you can use a single password combination for all your notes.

Keep scrolling to learn all the steps you need to know to keep your notes locked and secure.

1 How to Set Up Your Notes Password

The password setup can be done in Settings or in the Notes app. You can choose to use a password or your Touch ID. Either way, you have to set up a password first. Make sure your password is one that you can easily remember, but other would not be able to guess easily. You can also lock all your notes, or choose to lock an individual note if you consider it personal. Here's how:

To Set Up Notes Lock in Settings:

  • Go to Settings and click on Notes.
  • Tap Password and enter your Password choice
  • Give a hint that could help you remember your password if you eventually forget it. Tap Done.

 Set Up Notes Lock in Settings

To Set Up Lock in Notes:

  • Open the note you want to lock, tap on the upward arrow icon and select Lock Note.
  • Enter your password and include a password hint. Tap Done.

 Set Up Lock in Notes

What Happens If You Forget the Password?

It is very important that you use a password you can easily remember. This is because, once you forget your password, Apple can't help you. There is no way to recover your old password. If the hint you dropped when creating your password was good enough, it should be able to help you remember.

Once you forget your password, you can't access those notes anymore. However, you can go ahead to create new notes using new passwords if you wish. This can cause some confusion as you will have different notes with different passwords on your phone. You will most likely keep putting in the wrong password till you find the right one when trying to open a note.

At this point, the most you can do is delete those notes you don't have access to anymore.


2 How to Lock A Note with The Password or Touch ID

Once you have set up a password you can lock a note at any time.

  • Open Notes on your iPhone and tap on an existing note.
  • tap on the upward arrow icon and select Lock Note.
  • If available, you can use Touch ID to lock the note.
  • If you prefer to use a password, tap Enter Password and enter your password to lock the note.
  • A lock animation will confirm the note has been locked.

 Lock A Note with The Password or Touch ID


3 How to Remove the Lock on a Note

  • Select the note which you want to remove the lock and enter your password or use Touch ID.
  • Tap on the upward arrow icon and choose Remove Lock.

 Remove the Lock on a Note

Be aware that when you remove the lock on one device, that note is also unlocked on all your devices that share the same Apple ID.


4 How to Change Your Notes Password

  • Go to Settings, select Notes and then Password.
  • Tap Change Password.
  • Put in your old password then the new password. Change your password hint so it relates to your current password. Tap Change Password.

 How to Change Your Notes Password


5 How to Reset Your Notes Password

You also have the option of resetting the default password that goes to every new note you create. This is applicable when you set up your notes lock from Settings, not by locking notes individually. If you choose to reset your Notes password, it won't change the password on your old notes for privacy reasons. If you want to change the password on the old notes, you have to go to the note and then put in your old password and the new password. For the general password reset on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch:

  • Go to Settings, tap on Notes and then Password.
  • Tap Reset Notes Password.
  • Enter your Apple ID and then tap Reset Notes Password again.
  • Enter your new password and a good password hint.

 Reset Your Notes Password

If your devices are all synced, remember that this change won't be on just the device it was made on, the Notes password on all your devices will be changed to the new one.