How to Lock Notes in Apple Notes on Mac and iPhone

Apple Notes is one of the best built-in apps to come with Apple devices. Apple is improving the notes app a lot, both in terms of features and looks. For example, iOS 14 beta has a new in-device intelligence mode and a cleaner look. But we are not talking about these features today. Instead, we will learn about an important Apple Notes feature that was introduced a while ago. It is the ability to lock individual notes in Apple Notes and today we will show you that you can do it.

Lock Individual Notes in Apple Notes on Mac and iPhone

Most of us save sensitive information in the Apple Notes app. While the app is secure, adding an extra layer of security for extra sensitive information is always guaranteed. To allow users to protect their data, Apple has launched a new feature that allows users to lock individual notes. I divided this article into two parts to show the different steps on Mac and iPhone. Click on the link below to go to the section you want.

Protect Notes on Mac by Locking Apple Notes

The steps to lock your notes on any device are easy. Note that although you will be locking the notes individually, you only need to set the password once. After you set the password, all the notes are locked using the same password. And if your Mac supports Touch ID, you can unlock it using it. Ok, with that said, let’s move on to our tutorial.

1. Launch notes and select the note you want to lock.

2. We will start by setting a password for the lock. Click on the lock icon first and then click on the “Lock Note” option.

2. Protect Notes on Mac by Locking Apple Notes

3. Then fill in the password fields with the password you want to keep and click “Set Password”.

3. Entering Password

4. You will see that the note is still visible. Apple automatically locks notes after a certain period of inactivity. If you want to lock the notes manually, click the lock icon again and select “Close All Locked Notes”.

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4. Locking Notes

5. Another way to lock a note is to swipe a note with two fingers from right to left and click on the lock icon.

5. Using the swipe gesture to lock notes

6. This is what locked notes look like when they’re locked. To unlock, you must enter the passcode or authenticate with Touch ID.

6. How do locked notes appear on Mac?

Lock Notes on iPhone and iPad

There are multiple ways to lock notes on your iPhone and iPad. I have explained them all below.

1. To lock a note, swipe the note from right to left and tap the lock icon.

1. Swipe to lock notes

2. Another way to lock a note is to use the tactile touch menu. Long press a note and select “Lock Note”.

2. long press to lock notes

3. The last method you can use to lock a note is also easy. Open the note you want to lock, click on the share icon and tap on the “Lock Note” option.

3. Lock Notes by Sharing

Note: The first time you use any of the above methods to lock your notes, it will ask you to enter a password to lock the notes.

4. If you want to change your locked note password, go to Settings -> Notes -> Password and reset the password.

4. change note password

Note: You can create different passwords for notes saved on your iPhone and those saved in iCloud.

Protect Private Notes by Locking them Behind a Password

This is how you can lock individual notes behind a password in the Apple Notes app. I always love this feature and the Apple Notes sharing feature. These two features have made Apple Notes much better. Can you lock your notes? Let us know in the comments below.