How to Resume a Note or Create a New Note from the iPhone Lock Screen

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The Apple Notes app is a convenient way to keep track of lists, ideas, and more. You can choose to start a new note from your Lock screen every time you need to jot something down, or to continue with the last note you were working on. We've already shown you how to write a note directly from your iPhone's Lock screen, and how to organize your notes by transferring them to a folder. Now, let's learn how to set whether to continue a previous note or start a new note when opening Notes from your Lock screen. 

Related: How to View Notes in Gallery View in the Notes App

To choose whether you'd like to continue your previously written note or start a new note from your iPhone's Lock screen:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Notes

    iphone settings appiphone notes settings
  3. Tap Access Notes from Lock Screen.
  4. Now you can choose Off, Always Create New Note, or Resume Last Note

    notes app lock screen optionsstart a new note or continue an old note
  5. If you choose Resume Last Note and Created on Lock Screen, you'll be able to choose the amount of time that passes before you open a new note instead of resuming your last note.
  6. If you choose Resume Last Note and Viewed in Notes App, you'll be able to choose how much time will pass before your device requires a passcode to open the note.

    resume last noteresume last note viewed in notes app

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.