The iOS Notes app has been improving with the passage of time and with each version, Apple has incorporated new features that make it increasingly powerful. Although there are still much more complete options, for most people the alternative that all Apple mobile devices include by default is more than enough.
One of these functions is the possibility of creating Notes protected by a password . Thanks to this it is possible to create notes, include in different types of attachments (images, pdf files, freehand drawings, etc …) and keep them safe from unauthorized looks thanks to the password lock.
The option of Protected Notes is available in iOS for some accounts versions. Despite it has gone a little unnoticed and is that their access is not as visible as perhaps should. Anyway, its use is very simple and in the following lines, I explain how you can create protected notes with passwords on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Creating password protected notes on iOS is that easy
The first step is to create a note in the usual way or access an already created one that you want to protect. If you prefer to create a new note you just have to touch on the icon that is in the lower right corner of the screen, the one with a pencil and a sheet. In case you prefer to protect an already created note you just have to look it up in the folder where it is and access it.
Once inside the note, either new or previously created, you must do the following:
- Tap on the share icon in the upper right corner of the screen (it is shaped like a rectangle with an arrow pointing up).
- In the new menu, click on the option Block note that appears in the row the last row of icons.
- Enter the password you want to use to protect the notes and confirm it. It is also very advisable that you also establish an indication as a reminder in case you do not remember what you had at some point. This password will be the one you need to access any protected note, you can not create one for each note, just a general one for all.
- Check the Use Face ID or Use Touch ID checkbox so you can access the notes without typing the password each time.
As of this moment, that note will be protected by password and whenever you want to access it you will have to enter the password or identify yourself with Touch ID or Face ID. Once unlocked, it will be there until you lock the device again or block it manually by touching the padlock icon that appears in the upper right corner of the protected annotations.
How to remove the password to a note on iPhone and iPad
The steps you must follow to remove the password to a protected note are very similar to those explained in the previous point. If for any reason you want to remove the protection to note you must do the following:
- Open the note to which you want to take protection. In case of being protected, you will have to enter the password or identify yourself with Face ID or Touch ID.
- Tap on the Share icon in the upper right corner.
- Choose Unlock in the last row of icons.
Ready! Once this is done, the padlock will have disappeared from the note and from then on it will behave like all the others. That is, it can be accessed directly without the need to enter a password.
It is important to mention that if you have your notes synchronized with iCloud, something you should do if you do not already have it, all you protect in one device will be protected in others, both iOS and Mac devices.