Draw with Notes on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

With the tip of your finger, you can create a drawing in the Notes app.

Get started

  • 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 have updated your drawings, and set up Notes with iCloud or have notes saved on your device. Many Notes features won't work with other email providers.

iPhone showing how to create an inline drawing

Create inline drawings

  1. In a note, tap the Markup button .
  2. Choose a colour and a drawing tool, such as the pencil or marker.
  3. Tap Done.

If you want to redo part of your drawing, tap the eraser, then tap the area that you want to erase. If you erase something accidentally, tap the Undo icon . You can also customise the thickness of your lines and the opacity of colours with the drawing tools. To make your drawing area larger or smaller, drag the yellow line at the top and bottom of your drawing to resize the area.

After you've drawn something, you can move it around. Tap the Lasso icon , trace a circle around the drawing that you want to move, then drag it to where you want it to be moved to. You can also use the Lasso to copy and paste parts of your drawing.

Find out how to draw with your Apple Pencil and iPad.

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