How to Write Notes Directly from Lock Screen on iPhone

Here's a time-saving feature to boost your productivity; you can open the Notes app directly from the Lock Screen of your iPhone. Lock Screen Notes are helpful for quickly marking down all the notes, checklists, links, and sketches that you want to have close at hand, without having to unlock your device. Let's get started learning how to add Lock-Screen notes to your iPhone so you can master this new feature. 

Related: How to Quickly Lock a Note with iOS 11 on iPhone 

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How to Write Notes Directly from Lock Screen on iPhone

To add Lock Screen access to the Notes app on your iPhone, you'll first need to enable Notes in the Control Center.

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  • Open Settings.
  • Tap on Control Center.

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  • Tap on Customize Controls.
  • Now tap on Notes.

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You'll see Notes move to the top menu; this means you've enabled the app in your Control Center.

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Now you can enable the Notes app on your Lock Screen. To accomplish this:

  • Open Settings again.
  • Scroll down and tap on Notes.

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  • Tap on Access Notes from Lock Screen.
  • Choose whether you'd like to always create a new note, or resume your last note when you access the Notes app from the Lock Screen.

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Finally, make sure you have Control Center enabled on Lock Screen.

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap on Face ID & Passcode for iPhone X, or Touch ID & Passcode for earlier iPhones.

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  • Enter your Passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID.
  • Now scroll down and toggle on Control Center.

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To access notes from your Lock Screen, just swipe down from the top right of the display if you have an iPhone X, or up from the bottom if you have an earlier iPhone. 

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Now you can tap the Notes icon and begin writing your note.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.