How to Lock Notes with a Unique Password for Each Account on an iPhone & iPad

Want to make your Notes more secure with unique password protection? Here's how to lock notes with a separate passcode for each Notes account, whether it's on your iPhone, iPad, or in iCloud.

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To secure notes when using the Notes app, Apple allows you to create a unique Notes password for each of your Notes accounts, whether they're in iCloud, iPad or iPhone Notes, or an email-associated account. We've already taught you how to lock notes on your iPhone and iPad before iOS 13. When you locked a note with a password for the first time, that password became the way to lock a note in all your Notes app accounts. Now, though, you can lock notes on your iPhone and iPad with a unique password for each Notes account by going to Notes in the Settings app and selecting Password. 

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How to Lock Notes with Unique Password Protection for Each of Your Notes App Accounts

We've shown you how to lock notes if you've never done so before by quickly locking a note and creating a password without ever leaving the Notes app. We've also gone over what to do if you forgot your Notes password, why your notes won't lock, and how to add more password protection by learning how to set a more secure password on your iPhone and iPad. If you want to go further and set up unique password for each account, we'll show you how below. For more great tutorials on iPad and iPhone security, check out our free Tip of the Day

If You Have Never Created a Notes Passcode Before:

If you haven't protected any of your notes with a passcode before, you'll need to begin with this step.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Notes.
  3. Tap Password.

    tap notes in your ipad or iphone settingstap password
  4. Enter your Password and Verify.
  5. Enter a password Hint and tap Done.

    create a new notes password and type hinttap done after you've entered your password and hint

If You Have Previously Created a Notes Passcode:

If you've already created a password for Notes before, you can skip straight on to this step.

  1. Open the Settings app, tap Notes, tap Password, then tap on the account for which you want to create a password.
  2. Tap Reset Password.

    tap the notes account you want to change password fortap reset password
  3. Enter your iPhone passcode (changing the password for iCloud or email Notes accounts will require entering the password for those accounts).
  4. If asked, confirm that you want to reset your password
  5. Enter your new Password, Verify, and add a Hint.

    choose your new password and password hint
  6. Tap Done.
  7. Repeat these steps for your other Notes accounts, creating a unique password for each one.

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.