How to Pin Notes in iOS for Easy Note Access

Oct 12, 2017 - 3 Comments

Notes icon in iOS

If you use the iOS Notes app often and juggle a myriad of individual notes lists, you may find the new notes pinning feature to be helpful. By pinning a note to the top of the Notes list, you can access any particular note easier and faster than ever before, without having to scroll through a lengthy list of notes on the iPhone or iPad since it will be at the very beginning.

Pinning notes is really easy, but like many other notable features in iOS the capability is hidden behind a swipe gesture that may not be immediately obvious to most users until it’s pointed out. Fortunately once you know it exists, it’s a piece of cake on any iPhone or iPad with the Notes app and the latest version of iOS.

How to Pin Notes in iOS for Quick Access

Want a note to appear at the top of the Notes list on the iPhone or iPad? Here’s how to pin one at the top:

  1. Open the Notes app and find and identify the note you wish to pin to the top of the notes list
  2. Swipe right on the note to pin
  3. Swipe right to pin a note

  4. Tap on the pin icon that appears next to the note name, it looks like a pin
  5. How to pin a note in iOS

  6. The note will now be pinned to the top of the notes list, repeat with others if necessary, any pinned note will be identified with the pin icon and a small faint text that reads “pinned”
  7. The note is pinned identified by pinned text

Now anytime you open the Notes app and look at the notes list, your pinned note(s) will appear at the very top of the notes list for quicker access.

How to pin notes in iOS Notes app

This feature is great with any note, even for collections of doodles, but it’s particularly useful for important shared notes and with password protected notes, or with any other note that is important enough or that you don’t want to have to search for to locate when needed.

How to Unpin a Note in iOS

Decided you no longer want a particular note pinned to the top of the list? Here’s how to remove the pin:

  1. Swipe right on the pinned note you want to unpin
  2. Tap on the pin icon to remove the pinning of the note
  3. Repeat with other notes to unpin if necessary

Pinning and unpinning notes is a new feature and requires iOS 11 or later on the iPhone or iPad. If you do not have the pinning ability you’re likely not on the latest version of system software.

The Notes pinning feature is also available on the Mac with Notes app in macOS High Sierra 10.13 and newer.

The Notes app is quite useful and has many more features than meet the eye, check out more tips for Notes app for Mac and iOS here.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Lynda says:

    Notes is the best App Apple ever developed as standard, it works, it keeps on working, so much can be done with it. I wish some of the other Apps were that way.

  2. Les says:

    I cannot get this pinning to work on my iPhone6 iOS 11.0.1

  3. Massimo says:

    I’m organising my notes using the title: they all begin with a number and a group (e.g., 1 MacOS:, 2 Food:, 3 City Info:, etc) and I sort them by title. No need to pin anything and I can always put and underscore in front of any note to make it up the list…

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