How to Password Protect Notes on iPhone

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The Notes app on an iPhone is a convenient feature to keep track of important life aspects. Whether it’s your medical card information or the invites list for your friend’s bachelor’s party. Regardless of the content, you have the option of password protecting your notes to protect them from prying eyes. 

Quick Answer

If you want to lock select notes, open the “Notes” app,> click on the note that you want to lock > click on the three dots at the top of the screen > click “Lock” > set your desired password and password hint > click “Done”.

Setting a password on your notes isn’t as straightforward as you may assume. For that reason, this article contains a detailed guideline on how to perform the task at hand, plus additional information you are bound to need down the line.

How To Set Up Your Notes Password

You can create a Notes app password through the app itself or Settings. Either way, you should note that you won’t be able to put a lock on notes that contain PDFs, Videos, Keynotes, or notes that sync with third-party accounts such as Gmail or Yahoo. 

How To Set Up Notes Password via Settings

  1. Tap on the “Settings” icon.
  2. Scroll and click on “Notes”.
  3. Tap on “Password”.
  4. Assuming you have multiple accounts, select the account you want to create a password for. 
  5. Key in the desired Password followed by a Password hint. 
  6. Click “Done”

How To Set Up Notes Password via App

  1. Click on the “Notes” app icon.
  2. Select the note you want to lock by clicking on it
  3. Click on the three dots at the top of the screen and select Lock.
  4. Key in the desired Password followed by a relevant hint. 
  5. Click “Done”

How To View and Lock Notes

Before opening a locked note, keep in mind that it will remain open for a few minutes to allow you to add information, copy info, etc. Additionally, all locked notes will automatically open if you input the correct Password to one of the locked notes. 

Keeping the above reasons in mind, if your notes have sensitive information, make sure you exit the app or manually lock the Note before leaving your device unattended.

To view a locked note, follow the steps below:

  1. Tap on the Notes app icon.
  2. Click on the Note that you want to view. 
  3. The app will notify you that the Note is locked. Click on “View note”
  4. Key in the Password.
  5. If you have forgotten the password, click “Forgot Password”, and your password hint will come on display. 

As mentioned earlier, it’s imperative to manually lock your notes after you are done to avoid the information from being compromised. Here is how to perform the task at hand:

  1. Click on the “Lock” icon at the top right of the screen.
  2. Select “Lock now” at the bottom of the notes list. 
  3. Close the Notes app or lock your iPhone. 

How To Change Your Notes Password

If you feel like your Notes password is compromised, confusing, or you want to change it, you can do so using the following steps. Please note that you need to remember your old password for the steps below to work:

  1. Tap on the “Settings” icon.
  2. Click on “Notes”.
  3. Tap on “Password”.
  4. If you have synced your Apple devices, locate and click on the Notes account with the Password you want to change.
  5. Click on “Change Password”.
  6. Key in your old password, and then you will be prompted to key in the new password.
  7. Type a memorable Password hint and click “Done”

How To Reset Your Notes Password

When setting a Notes app password, it’s imperative to note that your iPhone does not store the Password in iCloud data. Consequently, if you forget the password, there is no way to retrieve it, meaning all your password-protected notes will be lost. 

However, you can reset the Password for future notes with a new password hint. Here’s how you can do it: 

  1. Tap on the “Settings” icon.
  2. Click on “Notes”.
  3. Click on “Password”.
  4. Click on the Notes account that uses the password you want to reset.
  5. Click on “Password”.
  6. Key in your Apple ID password.
  7. Click on “Reset Password”.
  8. Create a memorable password, then verify it.
  9. Key in a Hint that will help you remember the password. 
  10. Click “Done”.


Password protecting your Notes app gives you a sense of privacy and allows you to store sensitive information on your iPhone. Hopefully, this article helps you learn how to add, remove, reset and change a password on your Notes app. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to use Touch ID or Face ID to lock my Notes on my iPhone?

Yes, it is. First, make sure that you have set up Touch/Face ID on your phone. Then tap on the “Settings” icon > click on “Notes” > click on “Password” > click on “Use Touch ID or Use Face ID”. 

Can I password protect Notes that I share with someone else?

No, it’s impossible to password protect notes shared with someone else. 

Can I print a locked Note?

Yes, you can, provided you have the password to unlock it. If you do, key in the Password > tap on the three dots at the upper right hand of the screen > click “Print”. If you don’t see the print option, tap “Share” > tap “Print”. 

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