How to create a to-do list with Notes

Easily create to-do lists on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then check items when you complete them.

Get started

  • Make sure that your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has the latest version of iOS.
  • 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 > Passwords & Accounts > iCloud, then scroll down to turn on Notes. 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.

Create a to-do list

  1. Open the Notes app.
  2. Tap  to create a new note. 
  3. Enter a title and tap Return.
  4. Tap the check button check mark icon 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 check button check mark icon and enter your list. 

Learn more about fomatting your notes to do things like add titles, headings, and more.

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