How to access Notes from the Lock screen on iPhone and iPad

Notes in Control Center on iPhone on Desk

The Notes app is one of the quickest and easiest ways to capture your notes on-the-go. Plus, if you sync with iCloud, you can access all of your notes on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. So, when you have a thought, idea, or important note to take, opening the Notes app quickly is key.

Here’s how to access Notes from the Lock screen on iPhone and iPad.

Setting up Notes in your Control Center

Adding the Notes app to your Control Center is how you are able to access it on your lock screen. So, first, let’s make sure Notes is available there by opening your Settings.

1) On the main Settings screen, select Notes.

2) At the bottom, tap Access Notes from Lock Screen.

3) On iPhone, select either Always Create New Note or Resume Last Note per your preference. On iPad, choose from Always Create New Note, Resume Last Note Created on Lock Screen, or Resume Last Note Viewed in Notes App.

Access Notes from Lock Screen iPhone

Tap the arrow at the top left to head back to your main Settings screen and then continue with these steps.

1) Select Control Center.

2) Tap Customize Controls.

3) Under More Controls, tap the plus sign next to Notes to move it to the top under Include.

4) Optionally, you can select and drag Notes to a different location in the list for your Control Center view.

Add Notes to Control Center iPhone

Using Notes in your Control Center

Now, when your iPhone or iPad screen pops on, just access the Control Center. Then, tap the Notes icon you just added and the app will open right up.

Notes Icon in Control Center iPhone

If you’re using an iPad with an Apple Pencil, you can create or resume a note easily as well. Just tap anywhere on your Lock screen with your Apple Pencil and you’re on your way.

Access Notes on Lock Screen on iPad

Wrapping it up

Having the Notes app accessible from your Lock screen makes it much easier to capture what you need to quickly. Are you going to add Notes to your Control Center?

And for doing more with the Notes app, check out how to use tables, add grids and lines, or password protect your notes.