How to attach files, photos, and videos to Notes on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

The Notes app is a terrific tool for keeping, syncing, and referencing your notes. And one thing that makes it even better is the ability to attach files or add images to your notes. When you’re taking notes for a lecture, jotting down instructions, or making a list, adding a PDF, photo, video, or other item that pertains to the note is super convenient.

We’ve shown you how to scan documents in Notes and insert links in your notes. So it seems fitting to walk you through adding other items like files and images to Notes on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Adding images and files to Notes

Attach items to Notes on iPhone and iPad

The process for adding an image to a note is different than attaching a file on iPhone and iPad. For the first, you can add a photo directly from the Notes app. But for the second, you must go to the file instead.

Add an image or video from Notes on iOS

Launch the Notes app and open the note where you want to add the image or video. Then use the toolbar above the keyboard to insert your photo.

1) With your note open, put your cursor where you want to insert the item and tap the Camera icon in the toolbar.

2) Select Choose Photo or Video. If you want to capture the picture or video on the spot, you can pick Take Photo or Video instead.

3) Use the Photos or Albums tabs or the Search box at the top to locate the item.

4) Tap the photo(s) or video(s) you want to insert (you can add more than one at a time) and tap Add.

Notes Choose Photo or Video on iPhone

You’ll then see your items pop right into your note.

Share an image or video from Photos to Notes

If you happen to be already using the Photos app, you can add an image or video from that app to Notes as well. You’ll open the item and use the Share menu.

1) With your photo or video open, tap the Share button at the bottom. You can also share albums or multiple photos at once using the Share button or three dots at the top to access the Sharing options.

2) In the second row of the share sheet, select Notes. If you don’t see Notes, scroll to the right, tap More, and add Notes to the top section.

3) Under Save To you can leave it set to New Note to create one or tap to choose a note to add your photo or video to.

4) Optionally, add text to your note.

5) Tap Save.

Photos Share to Notes on iPhone

When you open the Notes app, you’ll see either your new or existing note containing the photo or video.

Add a file to Notes on iOS

Maybe you have a PDF file, Pages document, or other type of file that you want to include in a note. Unfortunately, you cannot currently add a file to a note from the Notes app. You’ll need to go to the file on your iPhone or iPad and share it to a note similarly to how you would share an item from Photos to Notes above.

1) Open the file you want to attach to a note and access the Sharing options. In some cases, you’ll see the Share button, like for an item in the Files app. In others, you’ll tap the three dots on the top right and select Share, like for a Pages document.

2) In the second row of the share sheet, select Notes.

3) Under Save To, leave it set to New Note to create one or tap to choose an existing note.

4) Optionally, add text to your note.

5) Tap Save.

Pages Share to Notes on iPhone

Attach items to Notes on Mac

When you use Notes on Mac, you can add both images and files directly from the Notes app. While this makes it simple, we’ll also show you how to do the reverse for times when that’s more convenient.

Add an image, video, or file from Notes

Launch the Notes app and open the note where you want to attach an item. Then do one of the following.

To insert a photo, click the Media button the toolbar and select Photos. Locate your item in the Photo Browser and drag it onto your note.

Drag Photo to Notes on Mac

To insert a file, click Edit > Attach File from the menu bar. Select the file and click Attach.

Attach File to Notes on Mac

Share an image, video, or file to Notes

If you have the Notes app open along with the Photos app or folder containing the file, you can simply drag the item over to your note. This is the quickest and easiest way to add an image or file to Notes on Mac. But of course, you have another option.

If you don’t have the Notes app open, you can insert an image or a file from its own location using the Share menu.

1) In Photos or a folder in Finder, select the item.

2) Click the Share button in the toolbar or File > Share from the menu bar and pick Notes. If you don’t see Notes, click More, and add Notes to the Share Menu.

Finder Share to Notes on Mac

3) Next to Choose Note, leave it set to New Note to create one or use the drop-down list to pick an existing note.

4) Optionally, add text to your note.

5) Click Save.

Attach File and Add a Note on Mac

The next time you open Notes on your Mac, you’ll see your new or existing note with the item you attached to it.

Wrapping it up

Being able to add an image or video or attach a PDF or other file in Notes is a real time-saver. You can have that item as a reference along with your text for your note all in one spot.

Will you take advantage of this helpful feature in the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac? If not right away, be sure to keep it in mind down the road!

For more, take a look at how to search for items like images and scans in Notes on iOS, how to view just the Notes attachments, or how to collaborate with shared notes.

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