I am trying to lock some Notes which were created before the latest software update. I am unable to lock them – the option is greyed out. I can create a new note and lock that one, but not any existing notes. Is this the correct behavior for the app? How can I lock old notes? Thanks in advance!
The Notes app lets you lock any note that you want to keep private from anyone else that might use your device. Notes uses a single password for all of the notes that you want to protect on all of your devices. If you have an iPhone, you can use your fingerprint to open your locked notes.
How to lock notes on my iPhone?
- Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS
- Turn on Notes syncing in your iCloud Settings or System Preferences, or make sure that you use notes stored locally on your device
- Go to Settings > Notes.
- Tap Password.
- Enter a password, then make sure to give yourself a password hint. If your device supports it, enable Touch ID or Face ID.
- Tap Done.
How to change your password?
- Go to Settings > Notes > Password.
- Tap Change Password.
- Enter your old password, then enter a new password and password hint.
What if I forgot my notes password?
- You can unlock a note only when you enter the password that it’s locked with. If you forgot your password, Apple can’t help you regain access to your locked notes.
- You can create a new password, but this won’t give you access to your old notes. But it will let you password protect any notes that you create going forward with the new password. This could lead to you having multiple notes with different passwords.
- If you have multiple passwords, you can’t tell which password you should use when you look at your notes in the Notes list. When you open a note locked by your old password but enter your current password, you’ll see an alert that you entered the wrong password with a hint for your old one. If you then enter the correct old password, you get the option to update that note’s password to your current one.