How to Save Text in a Quick Note on iPhone (iOS 16)

Quick Notes can be more than jotting down a passing thought. You can actually save text from photos and websites to a Quick Note in a few easy steps!

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At first, I wasn't sure how useful the Quick Note feature would be. But now, the ease with which I can quickly save things has really made Quick Notes an invaluable part of the Notes app. I'll show you how you can save text from a website or an image to Quick Notes so you can bookmark all the information you want without having to click out the app you're using.

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Quickly save and bookmark text from websites or images in just a few steps.
  • Save text to the Notes app without closing the current app your working in.

How to Use Quick Notes to Save Text from a Website

You can use Quick Notes to save text from multiple places. I'll walk you through how to save text to a Quick Note from a website or an image. For more cool tips and tricks about using your Apple Devices, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day!

This tip will only work with iOS 16, so make sure you have updated to iOS 16 before you begin. The steps below will work on Safari, but you can save text from other web browsers using the method in the next section. Here's how to save text to Quick Note via a website.

  1. On the web, navigate to the text you'd like to save to a Quick Note.

    On the web, navigate to the text you'd like to save to a Quick Note.
  2. Tap and hold the text and then drag the cursors to highlight the portion you'd like to save.

    Tap and hold the text and then drag the cursors to highlight the portion you'd like to save.
  3. Tap the arrow on the right of the menu. (You may need to tap it more than once.)

    Tap the arrow on the right of the menu.
  4. Tap New Quick Note.

    Tap New Quick Note.
  5. A Quick Note will appear with the website link. Tap Save to save the note.

    A Quick Note will appear with the website link. Tap Save to save the note.

How to Use Quick Notes to Save Text from an Image

If you want to save text from an image or photo to Quick Notes, be sure the photo is saved to your camera roll first.

  1. Locate an image in your Photo Library with text that you'd like to save.

    Locate an image in your camera roll with text that you'd like to save.
  2. Tap and hold the text on the image and then drag the cursors to highlight the portion you'd like to save to a Quick Note.

    Tap and hold the text on the image and then drag the cursors to highlight the portion you'd like to save to a Quick Note.
  3. Tap the arrow on the right of the menu.

    Tap the arrow on the right of the menu.
  4. Tap Share.

    Tap Share.
  5. Tap Add to New Quick Note.

    Tap Add to New Quick Note.
  6. Tap Save.

    Tap Save.

And that's how you create Quick Notes out of text! This is one of my favorite ways to get recipes online, as well as save quotes from images I found online that I'd like to organize for later use. Hopefully, you find this tip helpful as well. Happy notetaking!

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life, a published poet, and a longtime Apple enthusiast. Before graduating in the spring of 2021 with her Master’s degree in Literature, specializing in early 20th-century American and British Modernism, she was a college writing tutor and University English professor. Her latest piece, "Temporizing: Self Portrait" can be found in the Winter '21 edition of New Note Poetry. Although an enthusiastic traveler, you can most often find Rachel curled up under a blanket with a glass of red wine, reading a book with her cat Blue in Charlotte, North Carolina.