How to Quickly Add a Lock to a Note on Your iPhone

Before iOS 11, the only way to lock a note in the Notes app was to tap the Share icon and select Lock Note. Now you can quickly and easily lock any note in the Notes app by swiping on it. This shortcut means you don’t even need to open a note to lock it, and it makes the whole process a lot smoother. Here’s how to quickly lock a note on your iPhone.

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Related: How to Pin a Note to the Top of Your Notes List on iPhone & iPad

To quickly lock a note in your iPhone's Notes app:

  1. Open the Notes app and view your list of notes.
  2. Find the note you want to lock and swipe left on it.
  3. Tap the lock icon to lock that note.

  4. You’ll need to use Touch ID or Face ID to confirm it’s you. A lock will then be added to the note and you will need to unlock the note in order to view it from now on.
  5. If you decide the note no longer needs to be kept locked, you can also swipe left to remove a lock from a note in the same way. 

    Now you can add a lock your notes!

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