How to Auto-Sort Completed Checklist Items in Notes App on iPhone

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The iPhone Notes app offers checklists as an extremely easy way to keep your to-do lists and jotted-down ideas close at hand. If you use Notes checklists often, you may want to consider changing your settings so that Notes automatically sorts checked items to the bottom! 

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  • Set Notes to automatically sort items to the bottom of the list when you check them off, or set it back to manual if you want to move things around yourself.
  • Use Notes checklists that automatically sort so that it’s easy to see which items you still have to complete.

How to Sort iPhone Notes Checklists Automatically

When using a checklist in the Notes app, it can be much easier to have things sort automatically instead of manually. We'll show you how to change Notes app settings to sort completed checklist items to the bottom of the list when you check them off. For more time-saving tips for your Apple devices, sign up for a Tip of the Day to be delivered straight to your inbox.

  1. Open the Settings app.

    Open Settings
  2. Scroll down and tap Notes.

  3. Scroll down and tap Sort Checked Items.

    Scroll down and tap on Sort Checked Items. This will allow sorting by checklist box.
  4. Tap Automatically to enable automatic sorting of completed checklist items.

    Tap to sort checked items Automatically. Now your checklist notepad in the Notes app will move checked items to the bottom.

Now your Notes app checklists will be much easier to navigate. If you ever need to switch back to sorting things by hand, simply follow the above steps again and select Manually instead of Automatically. 

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Devala Rees

Devala Rees has been a writer since the age of eleven, and a loyal user of Apple products for even longer. His writing background is quite eclectic, from freelance professional articles to Hindu religious scholarship to fantasy novels. Much of his writing on various topics can be found on