How to Lock & Unlock iPhone Notes in 2022

How to Lock & Unlock iPhone Notes in 2022

Things to know before lock notes on iPhone

  • There are two ways to lock Notes on iPhone: with your iPhone passcode or by creating a custom password.
  • A shared note cannot be locked.
  • If you lose your password, you cannot recover password-protected notes.
  • Locked notes will remain unlocked for 15 minutes unless you immediately remove or lock the app.

With the iPhone notes app, you can scribble and attach media. It is possible that some students/workers are using Notes to prepare their school/work projects. Especially if some of the information in the Notes app is confidential, it is better to lock it, as it can keep personal and work-related information confidential.

How to lock notes on iPhone

There are two methods to lock notes on iPhones. In the first method, the note can be locked without opening it. While in the second method the note will need to be opened.

Method 1

  • On your iPhone, Open the Notes App.
  • If you want to lock a note, tap and hold it.
  • Click on Lock Note.
  • Enter the Passcode.
Note: You can also use Face ID or Touch ID to lock notes.
How to lock notes on iPhone

Now a lock icon will appear next to that note. The note will appear unlocked because you just enabled the lock, but when you open the app later or after removing the app from the background, you will see locked. you can also save passwords on your iPhone.

Method 2

  • On your iPhone, Open the Notes App.
  • Open the note that you want to lock.
  • Tap on Three-Dots which is placed at the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Click on the Lock option.
  • Enter the Passcode.
How to lock notes on iPhone 14

How to Set Up a Custom password for iPhone Notes in iOS 16

Other than Face ID and Touch ID, you have two options for locking notes in iOS 16: your iPhone Passcode or a custom password.

Each has its own advantages. The following steps will guide you through changing your Passcode to a password.

Which is better for notes: Passcode or password

  • If you use a passcode for lock notes on iPhone: You must enter that device’s passcode in each Apple device to access the Note.
  • If you use a password for lock notes on iPhone: Using that password, you can unlock the Note on any Apple device.

Example: If you open a note on your iPhone, you’ll need to enter an iPhone password for it. When you open the same note later on your Mac, you will have to enter your Mac’s password for it. So both times if you don’t want to enter a different password then you can use the custom password option.

  • Go to Settings and Click on Notes.
  • Tap on Password.
  • Now, Click on Use Custom Password.
How to Set Up a Custom password for Notes on iPhone in iOS 16
  • Confirm with your Passcode or Face ID/Touch ID.
  • Please enter the new password.
  • To verify, enter it again.
  • Adding a password hint to iPhone notes is also possible.
  • Once the Above Process is completed, then Tap on the Done button.
How to Set Up a Custom password for Notes on iPhone

Once the password change is complete, you will receive a confirmation message. Changes will be confirmed when you click OK. From now on, you’ll need to use this new password when locking or unlocking notes.

How to open a locked note on iPhone

As you now know how to lock notes on your iPhone, you will need to unlock these notes when needed. Your locked notes can be unlocked by following these steps,

  • Open Notes.
  • Click on the locked note that you want to open.
  • Tap on View Note.
  • Enter the note Passcode or password.
How to open a locked note on iPhone

How to change notes password on iPhone

  • To change the notes password, Go to Settings > Notes > Password.
  • Click on Change Password.
  • Enter the current password.
  • Enter your new password.
  • To verify, enter it again.
  • Tap Done after adding a hint to your iPhone notes.
How to change notes password on iPhone

How to Reset Notes Password on iPhone

  • To Reset your Notes Password, Go to Settings > Notes > Password.
  • Please enter your Apple ID password.
  • To confirm, tap Reset Password.
  • You may be asked to enter the device’s passcode.
    It is up to you to decide. In this case, we’re using Not Now.
  • Tap OK to save the new password.
How to Reset Notes Password on iPhone

How to Remove the lock from a note on iPhone

There are two methods to Remove the notes lock on iPhone.

Method 1

  • Open the Notes app.
  • To unlock a note, tap and hold it.
  • Click on Remove Lock.
  • Please Enter your passcode/password.
How to Remove the lock from a note on iPhone

Method 2

  • Open the Notes app.
  • To unlock a note, Tap on three dots at the top right corner.
  • Click on Remove.
  • Please Enter your passcode/password
How to Remove the lock from a note on iPhone 14