Create a to-do list with Notes

With Notes, it's easy to create to-do lists on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. And with iOS 13 and later, and iPadOS, there are more ways to keep your lists organised.

Before you begin

  • Make sure that your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch has the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
  • To use the latest features of Notes, make sure that you set up Notes with iCloud or have your notes saved on your device. To set up Notes with iCloud, go to Settings > Notes > Default Account, then select iCloud. To set up Notes on your device only, go to Settings > Notes, then select "On My [device]" Account. Many features won't work with other email providers.

iPhone showing how to create a to-do list

How to create a to-do list

  1. Open the Notes app.
  2. Tap the Compose button Compose new note to create a new note.
  3. Enter a title and tap Return.
  4. Tap the Tick button Tick button to start the list. Each time you tap Return, a new item is added to the list.
  5. Tap the empty circle to mark an item as complete. 

To create a list in an existing note, place the cursor where you want to start. Then tap the Tick button Tick button and create your list.

With iOS 13 and iPadOS, here are some ways to organise your lists:

  • Reorder items with drag and drop.
  • Swipe to indent items.
  • Move ticked items to the bottom automatically.
  • Tick or untick all items to start again.

Learn more about formatting your notes to add titles, headings and more.

How to share a list

  1. Opens the Notes app.
  2. Go to the note with the list, then tap the More button More button.
  3. Tap Share Note Share Note button, and choose how you want to share.

Learn more about sharing your notes.

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