How to Write Notes Directly from the Lock Screen on Your iPhone

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Here's a time-saving feature to boost your productivity: Lock Screen apps. 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 feature. 

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

How to Write Notes from Your iPhone Lock Screen

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

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Control Center.

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  3. Tap on Customize Controls.
  4. Now tap on Notes.

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

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  6. Finally, make sure you have Control Center enabled on Lock Screen.
  7. Open the Settings app.
  8. Tap on Face ID & Passcode for iPhone X, or Touch ID & Passcode for earlier iPhones.

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

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How to Write a Note from Your Lock Screen

To access Notes from your Lock Screen, you'll need to open the Control Center.

  1. Swipe down from the top right of your screen if you have an iPhone X or later.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen if you have an earlier iPhone. 

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

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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.