Use the Notes App for Everyday Notes

How often do you take a note? Notes are good reminders, memory tools and a system for filing information. The Notes app on your iPhone or iPad is a note taking app that is good for capturing all kinds of notes including:

  • Shopping lists
  • To-do lists
  • Trip Itineraries
  • Plans
  • Meeting notes
  • Recipes
  • Ideas list
  • And more…

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Smart Tip – Use a Good First Line

When you combine the app with the other tools on your device including Siri, dictation and even your finger, the app becomes a powerhouse tool for helping you stay organized and engaged.

This recipe will get you started in the Notes app.

Create a Note

Creating a note is an easy three-step process and can be done quickly.  This makes it possible to use a note as a reminder and record of all kinds of events and lists.


Launch the App

Get started by launching the app by tapping on the Notes icon on the home screen.

After the app loads, create a note with three simple steps.  Those steps are:

  1. Compose
  2. Type
  3. Done

Let’s get started.  



1 Tap Compose to create a new note.  

  • iPad – find the icon on the upper right
  • iPhone – find the icon on the lower right

2 Type the Note. The first line becomes the title of the note.  Make the first line informative.

Often you will just type the note. However, this is an excellent place to also use Dictation by pressing the microphone icon next to the space bar. (See Dictate Text Instead of Typing)

3 Tap Done (upper right) to save and put the note away.


Smart Tip: The Note’s Title

Remember, the first line of the note becomes the title. So before you start to type your grocery items, you might want to type “Shopping List” as the first line of your note. Otherwise your Notes lists becomes confusing.



Create a Note with Siri

The Notes app is very responsive to Siri. Below is a dialog that will work to create a note. Modify the script to create your own lists.

You: Hey Siri or Press and hold the Home or Side (depending on your iPhone model)  button to summon Siri

You: Create a Note

Siri: What do you want it to say

You: Grocery list, new line, eggs, new line, milk, new line, bananas, new line, go to cleaners

Here is the feedback and note written by Siri by the above script.

Create a Note with Siri


Working with Existing Notes

Your Notes List

After you tap Done to save your note, the note is placed onto the top of your Notes list. From your Notes list you can manage your notes including editing or viewing a note and deleting a note.

Edit or View a Note

Simply tap on a note to edit or view the note.

After opening the note, you can add more text and other note information.  Simply tap on the note to add additional text.  You can also delete a note by tapping the trash icon.

How to Delete a Note

In addition to deleting a note from inside the note (above) you can also delete notes from the notes list.

Swipe left on the note you with to delete and tap Delete.

Swipe left to delete a note from the Notes list






 The Notes app is a good tool for jotting reminders, notes, recipes, shopping lists and more.  WIth a little practice, it will become an indispensable tool for you.


Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Notes

Apple Support Doc – Use Notes on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch