Protect your private and personal data by locking your notebooks on your iPhone using either the device’s passcode or a password that you have created.
Notes stored on our iPhones can be used for a variety of purposes. There are all kinds of notes that are stored there, from late-night revelations to shopping lists. Sometimes, they contain confidential and personal information that you don’t wish for anyone else to access even if they have access to your mobile.
Apple has provided a method to secure your notes for some time now. However, prior to that the only method to secure a note was to use a customized password. This created an extra burden for you. If you’d forgotten your password it was impossible to reset it. This was for notes locked by the password of the previous one.
Fortunately, with iOS 16 you can secure these notes using your iPhone passcode, which can be used to restrict the access to them, and not bother users with having to remember a password to access notes. The ability to lock your notes using the iPhone password makes the entire process much easier. However, Apple hasn’t completely eliminated the option to secure your notes using a customized password. You are able to choose the method that is most suitable for you. Notes you secure, whether with an individual password or your device’s passcode are encrypted from end to end, and even Apple does not have access to the data contained stored in the notes.
NOTE: Keep in mind that you can’t secure Quick Notes and notes that contain tags.
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Lock Notes using your iPhone Passcode
If you utilized a password to secure your notes prior to iOS 16 was released, you’ll have to alter the settings so that your notes are now secured using your iPhone passcode. The process is very simple and only requires just a few taps from your end. You can alter the settings when you lock a note using the Notes app or from the Settings application on the iPhone. To make it easier for you we’ll look at both.
Modifying the Methods using the Notes App
Then, go to first open the Notes app, either on the home screen or in the library of apps on your device.
Then, go to the note that you want to lock.
Then, tap at the “ellipsis” icon (three vertical dots) icon, and then tap on the lock button to continue.
If you’re locking a note for the for the first time since updating to iOS 16, an overlay screen will display that reads “Switch to Device Passcode for Your Locked Notes”. Click “Use iPhone Passcode’ to make the switch.
If you have never locked your notes with the password you have set, you can immediately use your iPhone passcode to secure your notes. If not, a prompt will be displayed asking for the username and password you used to secure your notes before to alter the method of locking. Enter the old Notes password, then tap “OK” to continue.
The next page will prompt you to type in your iPhone passcode to secure your Notes.
You can make use of Face ID or Touch ID to authenticate your notes and not have to enter your device’s passcode each time. Click ‘Enable Face ID’ (or Touch ID, depending on the iPhone you’re using) from the prompt at the bottom, and then authenticate yourself in order to use it.
That’s all there is to it. The note as well as your previously locked notes will be secured using the iPhone password from now on, removing the requirement to keep an additional password. You can either tap the lock icon to lock the note immediately or use the Lock button in your iPhone to secure your note (and your phone).
Notes that require a password to access them are preceded with a small lock icon.
Modifying the Method in Settings
Alternately, you could change to using your iPhone passcode to secure your notes in Settings. If you’ve previously clicked “Not Now” on the prompt in Notes the method you choose is the only way to alter the locking method in this case. Start your Settings application in the iPhone and scroll down , then tap on Notes.
After that, tap the button for “Password”.
Select the account that you wish to change the input method of (if there are more than one).
Then, click “Use Device Passcode” to choose it. You’ll be required to enter your previous Notes password as well as your iPhone passcode to verify your account exactly as previously.
Lock Notes that have a Personal Password
If you want to use a separate or customized password for locking all notes stored on the iPhone you can do the same. But, remember that you are only able to use one of your iPhone passcode or the customized password for all of the notes. However, you can use different ways to access different accounts.
If you want to set up a password that is custom to secure your notes, you’ll need to modify it via your Settings application on the device. Go into the Settings app or from the home screen or from the app library on your iPhone.
Then, find and click on the ‘Notes Tab from the menu to continue.
Then, click on the “Password” button on the screen to continue.
Then, click on the option you prefer. If you select the option ‘Custom Password An overlay window will be displayed on the screen.
Enter the password you want to create and then enter it in the field ‘Verify. Add an additional hint to make it easier for you to remember the password in the event that the password is forgotten. After entering the password, click on the button ‘Done’ to continue.
Once you have set it, you’ll be notified of your new password that is in effect.
Once you’ve selected the password type, you can now remove the notes you prefer in the app by following the method described in the previous section.
Set Different Passwords for Separate Notes
iOS also lets you create different passwords for distinct notes, which increases the security of the data you save within Notes. Notes app.
If you’ve got at least one note that are locked by a password you have created go into the Settings app, either from the home screen or in the app library.
Then, go to the tab ‘Notes’ to continue.
Then, click on the option ‘Password’ to proceed.
Then, click on the “Reset Password Click on the ‘Reset Password’ button at the lower right of the screen to modify the password you have chosen to lock the notes. Be aware this new password won’t alter the notes that have already been locked , and will only be applied to notes you will lock from this point on.
The next page will prompt you to enter the Apple ID credentials to authenticate yourself.
Then, click on the “Reset” password option to continue. The overlay window onto your screen.
Now you can tap the “Not Now option to continue your password that you previously created for your notes that were locked within the library.
Then, create a new password, similar to what you previously did earlier in this section. Once you have set it, you’ll be notified of the custom password being changed.
Notes that you secure after changing your password will need the new password, whereas those previously locked notes will require the old password in order to be unlocked. Repeat this process to make a variety of new passwords to lock the notes.
How do you remove the Lock from a Note
The process of removing a lock from a note is as easy as locking it. It can be accomplished using the Notes application in your iPhone.
Then, open the Notes app, and then navigate to the note you want to unlock then unlock your note using the passcode.
Then, tap”More Options” icon (ellipsis) to continue and tap the ‘Remove’ button to proceed.
That’s it! You have now succeeded in removing the lock the note.
The ability to lock a note is extremely beneficial to protect your private and personal information that you don’t want to be exposed to anyone else. With the latest option available in iOS 16 to lock a note with your device’s passcode, you will have more control over your notes than you ever had before!