iCloud: Notes overview

Notes overview

Use Notes to capture a quick thought or save something important or interesting for later. With the Notes app on iCloud.com, you can quickly and easily create a new note and review your existing notes. And you can review your iCloud notes and create more using the Notes app on your iOS device or Mac.

Quickly jot down notes

To create a new note, click the New Note button in the toolbar and start typing. If you’re using upgraded iCloud notes, you can also apply paragraph styles, create checklists, view locked notes, and recover deleted notes. For more information, see Write notes and Delete a note.

See more than just text

You can see pictures, movies, links, and other files you attached to your notes using your iOS device or Mac. For more information, see View notes.

Take notes wherever you go

You have your iCloud notes with you on your iOS devices or Mac as well as on iCloud.com from anyone’s Mac or Windows web browser. For example, you can write down a recipe on your Mac, and easily check it on your iPhone when you’re shopping for ingredients. While preparing the recipe at your sister’s house, you can use her computer to view it on iCloud.com if your iPhone is low on power.

Note: If you’re using upgraded iCloud notes, you see them on iCloud.com and your devices with iOS 9 or later and OS X v10.11 or later that use the same iCloud account. If you also have devices with earlier versions of iOS or OS X, you don’t see your upgraded iCloud notes on those devices.

If you’re not using upgraded iCloud notes, you see them on iCloud.com and all your iOS devices and Mac computers that use the same iCloud account. You can also view those iCloud notes in Microsoft Outlook on your Windows computer that uses the same iCloud account.

Notes in other accounts

Notes on iCloud.com uses only the notes in your iCloud account, not the notes in other accounts you may have, such as a Yahoo! or Google account. However, on your iOS devices and Mac computers, you can set up Notes to use iCloud and other accounts.

Use iCloud Notes from a web browser

To use Notes on iCloud.com, go to icloud.com/notes and sign in using your Apple ID (the one you use with iCloud).

If you’re using another iCloud app, you can switch to Notes by clicking the app’s name at the top of the iCloud.com window.

When working with Notes on iCloud.com, make sure you use a browser recommended in the Apple Support article System requirements for iCloud.

The first time you use Notes on iCloud.com, you may get a message that says an iCloud email address is needed. This indicates that you haven’t set up iCloud Notes on your iOS device or Mac. To do that, sign in to iCloud on your iOS device or Mac, and turn on the Notes feature. If your device has iOS 9 or later or OS X v10.11 or later, you’re now using upgraded iCloud notes. If you turn on iCloud Notes on a device with an earlier version of iOS or OS X, you’re asked to choose an iCloud email address for a free iCloud email account. The email account will be used to store your iCloud notes, and you won’t be using upgraded iCloud notes.

Last Modified: Sep 21, 2016
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