Create a checklist with Notes

Find out how to create checklists on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Before you begin

  • Make sure your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch has the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
  • To use the latest features of Notes, make sure 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 checklist

  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 Checklist button  Checklist button to start the list. Each time you tap return, a new item will be 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 Checklist button Checklist button and create your list.

How to organise your checklists

When you create a checklist, it's easy to organise it. Here are a few things you can do: 

  • Reorder items with drag and drop. Just drag the item in the list to the place you want. 
  • Swipe to indent items. Swipe the list item right to indent and left to reverse the indent.
  • Move ticked items to the bottom automatically. Go to Settings > Notes, tap Sort Ticked Items, then tap Manually or Automatically.
  • Tick items when you've completed them or untick all items to start again.

 

How to share a checklist

  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.

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