How to Create a New Note from the Lock Screen on an iPhone

The Notes app is a great place for you to record thoughts or ideas that you have. Simply open the app, create a new note, and type down whatever you want. When this becomes a habit, you may find that you are making it easier to remember every important thought you have.

But it’s possible to make the Notes app even more helpful by adding a shortcut to your iPhone’s Control Center which, when tapped, will automatically create a new note. Our guide below will show you how to set this up on your iPhone.

How to Add a Notes Shortcut to the iPhone Control Center

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.2. By completing the steps in this guide you will be adding a Notes button to the Control Center and adjusting a setting for Notes that causes it to create a new note automatically when that button is pressed.

Step 1: Open the Settings app.

open settings

Step 2: Select the Control Center button.

open control center

Step 3: Touch the Customize Controls button.

tap the customize controls button

Step 4: Scroll down and tap the green + button to the left of the Notes option.

add the notes button to the iphone control center

Step 5: Tap the Control Center button at the top-left of the screen.

go back a menu

Step 6: Tap the Settings button at the top-left of the screen.

go back another menu

Step 7: Scroll down and choose the Notes option.

open notes settings

Step 8: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and select the Access Notes from Lock Screen button.

access notes from lock screen on iphone

Step 9: Choose the Always Create New Note option, then press the Home button below your screen to exit the Settings app.

how to quickly make a new note on iphone

Now when your phone is locked, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the Notes button to create a new note.

iphone shortcut for new note

If your Control Center doesn’t open on the lock screen, then you will need to change a setting to allow it to do so. This setting is found in Settings > Touch ID & Passcode then scroll down and tap the button to the right of Control Center in the Allow Access When Locked section.

Find out how you can create a video recording of your iPhone screen and make that feature accessible from the Control Center as well.

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