The Notes app on the iPhone is one of the simplest ways that you can record a thought or idea on your iPhone. However, you may have found that some of your notes are being stored in a different Notes account than you would like, and that it is difficult to find information when you need it. Your iPhone probably has several different Notes account options available to you, including iCloud, an email account (or accounts), or even an On My iPhone option.
There is a default Notes account setting on your iPhone, but it might currently be set to an option that you don’t use. Our tutorial below will show you where to find the default Notes account setting on your iPhone so that you can elect to use whichever account you wish.
How to Set the Default Notes Account on an iPhone
The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.2.1. The result of completing this tutorial will be a new default Notes account. This means that any place where you can create a note directly, such as through Siri, will be done so in your default account.
Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Notes option.
Step 3: Touch the Default Account button.
Step 4: Tap the name of the account that you want to set as your default Notes account. Many email accounts can add a Notes account to your iPhone, so it is possible that you have several options available here.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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