How to Organize Notes on iPhone with Tags

The handy new way to filter and search for notes in the Notes app on iPhone and iPad

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Do you struggle to find the note you're looking for in the Notes app? Now you can tag notes to make them easier to find and search for. We'll show you how to use tags in Notes on iPhone and iPad.

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Create a tag for any topic, such as work tasks, hobbies, or anything else you can think of.
  • View all notes with the same tag in one easy-to-find spot.

How to Find Notes in the Notes App More Easily with Tags

You can use hashtags in the text of your notes to make finding notes in the Notes app much faster. We'll walk you through it! For more iPhone organization tips, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

  1. Open the Notes app.

    Open Notes app
  2. Create a new note or open an existing note you want to add a tag to.

    Create new note
  3. Type a hashtag followed by any word at all. Now you've created a tag! Only one word will be included in the tag—typing a space will end the tag.

    Type tag
  4. Tap Notes to go back.

    Go back to Notes
  5. Tap Folders.

    Go back to Folders
  6. You'll see a Tags section at the bottom of the screen. Tap any tag to see all notes associated with that tag.

    Tap tag
  7. Tap on a note to open it, or search for notes using the search bar.

    Search tags

Now you can quickly locate exactly the note you're looking for instead of spending time scrolling through all of your notes. If you own an iPad, you might also be interested in checking out how to use Quick Note, the floating note editor available as part of the Notes app. 

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Author Details

Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.