How to Move a Note into a Folder in the Notes App on the iPhone & iPad

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The Apple Notes app is a convenient organizer app for everything from planning projects to writing down your grocery list. The Notes app allows users to create folders so they can group related notes. Sometimes I'll make a note and later realize it's in the wrong folder. Other times I won't put the note in a folder, and it will end up in the general Notes folder by default. The Notes app has a simple way to fix this; you can move a note to another folder, or start a new folder. If you've been wondering, "how do I move a note to a folder in the Notes app?", read on.

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Organized Notes: How to Put Notes into Folders in the Notes App on the iPhone & iPad

Once your notes are organized into a folder, you can share that whole folder of notes with anyone else who needs it. Here's how to move your notes into folders:

  1. Open the Notes app.
  2. If needed, use the upper-left arrow to return to the main screen, which will have Folders at the top in bold. Depending on your settings, you'll see headers such as iCloud (for notes accessible in iCloud), On My iPhone (for notes stored locally on your phone), Gmail, or other email accounts.

    apple notes appfolders in the notes app
  3. Tap the main folder, such as All iCloud, or the subfolder your note is in. In this example, the note I want to transfer is in the Notes folder.
  4. Tap the three dots in the upper right corner.

    tap a notes folderthree dots icon in the notes app
  5. Tap Select Notes.
  6. Then tap the circle to the left of your note, then tap Move To in the lower-left corner.

    select the note you want to move
  7. Tap the folder you want to move the note into, or tap New Folder to create a new folder to deposit your note in.

    create a new folder or tap the folder you want

Now you are better able to use the Notes app to keep organized! If you updated your iPhone and now ask "Where are my notes?" we have the answer for you!

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Hallei Halter

Hallei is a 2018 graduate of Maharishi University of Management with a BFA in Creative & Professional Writing. She's currently working on a novel about people using witchcraft to clean their houses.