How to Format Text & Insert Pictures Into Notes in iOS
The Notes app in modern versions of iOS includes support for text formatting and media insertion. This is a welcome change for many reasons, as it not only improves the functionality of Notes app to serve as a scratchpad, but it also makes the Notes app and it’s iCloud syncing abilities between iOS devices and Macs with OS X an even more useful feature.
Formatting text and inserting pictures into Notes on the iOS side of things is really quite easy, and as long as you have iCloud on your iPhone or iPad the formatting changes and images will sync to other OS X and iOS devices too.
Apply Text Formatting to Notes in iOS
Formatting of text in Notes app requires iOS 8 or newer on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The rest is basically the same as formatting text elsewhere in iOS:
- Open any existing note or create a new one in Notes app
- Tap and hold on the text you wish to apply formatting to and use the slider bars to modify the selection as appropriate
- Tap on the “B I U” button (that stands for Bold, Italics, Underline)
- Choose the desired formatting and it applies instantly, tap away from the selected text to end the highlighting and formatting
- Tap “Done” when satisfied to set the change
The text within the note will change formatting as requested, and, as mentioned, the formatting adjustments will then carry over to other devices as well, as long as they use the same iCloud ID.
That iCloud syncing support makes this an especially handy trick if you have one of those notes pinned to your Mac desktop, since it will update as changes are made from iOS.
Inserting Photos & Pictures Into Notes in iOS
If you’ve ever inserted an image into an email within iOS, you’ll find that placing a picture into a note is much the same. Again, you’ll need a modern version of iOS to support this feature:
- From anywhere in Notes, tap and hold to summon the text modifier popup
- Choose “Insert Photo” to select a photo from your Camera Roll and Photos app library
- OR: If the image is in your iOS clipboard, simply choose “Paste” to place the photo within the notes
- Tap on “Done” to set the insertion
Combined with iCloud, you can use the Notes app as a cross Mac to iOS clipboard of sorts, and it will carry the images over between devices as well.
The Mac version of Notes app has supported text formatting and images for quite some time, and you can edit the notes from the OS X side once they sync over. And though Siri can’t change the formatting or take pictures directly, Siri can modify or create notes, which offers some hands-free functionality to the excellent Notes app as well.