You can secure the notes that contain most personal data of yours such as the financial details, medical information or the website logins- with your face, fingerprint or a password. The Notes App allows you to lock any note that you want to keep private from anyone else who may use your device. Notes use single passwords for all notes that you want to protect on all devices of yours. If you have an iPad, iPhone or Mac with touch ID, use a fingerprint to open your locked notes. You can use Face ID with an iPhone X.
Before You Begin
- Upgrade the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device to the most recent version of iOS.
- Upgrade your Mac to a recent version of macOS.
- Turn on Notes syncing in your iCloud Settings or the System Preferences.
- Make sure that you use notes stored locally on your device.
Keep note that the Notes accounts which sync from a different third-party service won’t include some Notes app features and cannot be locked.
Set Up Notes Password
Before you can lock your notes, create a password that is easily rememberable. Keep a hint of the password to yourself. Be aware while doing this because if you forget your password, Apple is not going to help you in restoring it. If you access iCloud notes on more than one Apple device, you will use the same password to lock and unlock them all.
On iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
It is possible to create a password in your device Settings or in the Notes app. You can then turn on the Use of Your fingerprint or face to unlock protected notes.
Create Password in Settings
- Go to Settings.
- Open Notes.
- Click on the password.
- Type in a password and then give yourself a hint of the password to yourself.
- Click on Done.
Create a password in Notes
- Open note that you want to lock.
- Tap on Lock Note.
- Type in a password and give a password hint to yourself.
- Click on Done.
Once you have locked a note, it has secured itself on all of your devices. If you want to use face ID and touch ID to unlock the notes, you are required to enter your password and then turn on Touch ID or the Face ID on the device you are using.