How to Create To-Do Lists in Notes on Your iPhone or iPad

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The Notes app is a surprisingly useful, multi-functional tool whether you want to manage projects, set goals, or create lists. You can add create checkable lists with links, insert photos, include sketches, collaborate with others on a shared note, keep your notes private, and more. In this article, we will show you how to create basic to-do lists.

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Leave home without forgetting items to buy.
  • Keep track of your projects and goals. 

How to Create Checklists in Notes App

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  1. Open Notes.

  2. Tap the new note icon in the lower-right corner.

  3. Tap the checkmark icon. An unfilled circle will appear

  4. For this example, I'm writing the ingredients for peanut butter cookies. Type the first ingredient and tap return to create the list. Repeat until your list is complete.

  5. Tap Done to save your list.

  6. Now when you tap an item on your list, an orange checkmark will fill the circle.


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Conner Carey's writing can be found at She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.