Draw with Notes on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

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

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 notes saved on your device. Many Notes features won't work with other email providers.

Create inline drawings

  1. In a note, tap pen icon.
  2. Choose a color and a drawing tool. You can use a pencil, marker, or pen.
  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 accidentally erase something, tap the Undo icon. You can also customize the thickness of your lines and the opacity of colors with the pen, pencil, and marker. If you want to make your drawing area larger or smaller, just drag the yellow line to resize the area. 

After you draw something, you can move it around. Tap the Lasso lasso tool icon  tool, trace a circle around the drawing that you want to move, then drag it where you want it.

Learn how to use Apple Pencil to draw in Notes.

Create a sketch attachment

  1. In a note, tap add icon.
  2. Tap Add Sketch.
  3. Choose a color and a sketching tool. You can use a pencil, marker, or pen.
  4. Tap Done.

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