Apple Notes: Set up passwords for more privacy

Apple’s Notes app is an easy way to do that Keep track of checklistsArticles, photos and more. The app is included on iOS devices by default, and your Apple ID makes it easy to sync all your notes.

If you use Notes as a journal or to keep track of more personal information, you’ll need an extra layer of protection against prying eyes. You probably have a password on your Apple device or Face ID, but did you know you can protect your notes with a password?

Here’s how to set it up on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to password protect notes on iPhone and iPad

1. Open the Notes app on your iPhone.
2. Start a new note or choose an existing note.
3. Click on the three dots at the top right.
4. Press the lock button.
5. Create your password and retype it for verification and add a hint if you want. You can also choose to enable Face ID or Touch ID instead.
6. handle Finished.

Now, when you open the Notes app, a note that you are password protected will show a small lock icon next to the address. When you click on the note, you will be reminded that it is locked and you will be asked to enter your password.

How to password protect notes on Mac

You can set up Touch ID to lock your notes.

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1. Open the Notes app on your Mac.
2. Start a new note or choose an existing note.
3. Click the lock icon at the top left of the Notes app.
4. click lock note.
5.
Create your password and retype it for verification and add a hint if you want.
6. click set password.

Similar to the iOS version of Notes, the note that you are password protected will appear with a lock icon. You will need to enter your password to open the note.

Can I change my Notes password?

Yes, it looks a little different depending on the device you are using. When you initially lock a note, the same password will be applied to every locked note unless you specify otherwise in settings (so make sure it’s a strong password!) Here’s what you need to know:

iPhone and iPad

1. Open Settings on your device.
2. Scroll down and tap the Notes app in the right part of the screen.
3. Click on the password.
4. From here, you can either click change password or Password Reset.

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On a Mac, you can reset the Notes app password through the app’s preferences.

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Mac

1. Open the Notes app on your Mac.
2. Click Notes in the upper left corner.
3. Click Preferences.
4. From here you can choose change password or Password Reset.

Can I use Touch ID or Face ID to lock my notes?

Yes, but make sure you have already set up Touch ID on your device. If you are setting up a Notes password for the first time, you can choose Touch ID or Face ID instead of typing a password. Here’s how to add Touch ID or Face ID as a secondary option for locked notes:

iPhone and iPad

1. Opens Settings on your iPhone.
2. Search for a file Notes a program.
3. handle The password.
4. toggle on Use Touch ID. Now, when you try to open a locked note, you will get a prompt to use your fingerprint or type a password. Just follow the steps again to turn it off.

For Face ID, follow these steps but turn it on Use Face ID While that.

Mac

1. open the Notes The app on your Mac.
2. click Notes in the upper left corner.
3. click Preferences.
4.
check the Use Touch ID The box under the Change password and reset password buttons.

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Notes is easy to use and comes on Apple devices by default.

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Can I remove a lock on a note?

Yes, but please be aware that if you remove a lock on a note, it will apply to every Apple device you’ve signed in to with that ID. Here’s how it crashes for iPhone, iPad, and Mac:

iPhone and iPad

1. Open the Notes app on your iPhone.
2. Select a locked note that you want to unlock.
3. Enter your password, and use Face ID or Touch ID.
4. Click on more button.
5. Choose Removal (You shouldn’t see a lock icon in the note now.)

Mac

1. Open the Notes app on your Mac.
2. Click the lock icon in the upper left corner.
3. click lock removal.
4.
enter your password.
5. click yes.

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