How to use the Quick Note feature on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS

How to use the Quick Note feature on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS

Apple announced macOS Monterey and iOS 15 during WWDC, back in June 2021. These updates introduce a handy feature called Quick Note. If your device isn’t recent enough to receive the update, you might want to consider buying a new Mac to take advantage of the latest additions and bug fixes. If you’re new to the M1 Mac, take a look at the best apps for Apple Silicon Macs and the first 10 things to do with an M1 Mac. So what is Quick Note, and how do you use it on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS?

What is Quick Note?

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This feature allows you to access the Notes app in a small, floating window on your Mac and iPad, regardless of the app you’re using. Apple describe the feature as follows:


Notes is your go-to app to capture any thought — and with the new Quick Note feature, you can jot down ideas no matter where you are or what you’re doing on your Mac. It’s like writing a note directly on whatever app you’re working in. Add links, Safari highlights, tags, and mentions to a Quick Note, so you can get to important names, numbers, and ideas easily.

This feature requires macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15 or later. iOS 15 users can only access and edit a Quick Note created on a Mac or iPad. They can’t bring up the floating note window when using other apps. If you’re on iOS 16, then you can start a Quick Note in any app on your iPhone through the Share Sheet.

How to use Quick Note


To enable and use this feature on your Mac, follow the steps below:

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  • You can bring up a Quick Note window through a Hot Corner or the More menu on a Safari tab.

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  • To set up a Hot Corner, head to System Preferences > Mission Control > Hot Corners. Choose which corner you want to assign this feature to.

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  • Once you trigger the floating note window using your preferred method, you can type whatever ideas you have in mind then save it. The feature works across all of macOS, not just in Safari.

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  • You can access and edit your creation from the Notes app on your Mac.

You can add links from apps to add context to a Quick Note. When returning to the same spot in the app, assuming the app supports it, a thumbnail of the note will surface in the corner, as a reminder. The creation process is similar on devices running at least iPadOS 15 and iOS 16.


To access and edit a Quick Note on your iPhone, follow the steps below:

  • Make sure you’re running at least iOS 15.
  • Enable Notes in iCloud on both your Mac and iPhone in the Settings app, if it’s not already on.
  • Launch the Notes app on your iPhone.

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  • If you’ve already created one on your Mac or iPad, a Quick Notes folder should appear in the Notes app. Enter it.

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  • Click on the note you want to edit or view.
  • Once you edit it, changes will sync to your other Apple devices.

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