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How to make folders for the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Do you have lots of notes saved across your Apple devices and want to get more organized? Read along for how to make folders for the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Apple’s Notes app on iOS and macOS has become more and more feature packed over the years. Along with its evolution, it has become easier to rely on the app for storing more and more notes. Follow along below to get going with organizing your notes with folders.

How to make folders for the Notes app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

iPhone & iPad

  1. Open the Notes app, tap the left arrow in the top left corner
  2. On the Folders screen, tap New Folder on the bottom right corner on iPhone, bottom left-ish corner on iPad
  3. Enter a name for your folder, tap Save
  4. You can move existing notes to folders by tapping Edit on the main Notes app screen
  5. Select the notes you’d like to move, then tap Move All, finally tap the new folder you’d like to move them to

Here’s how this looks on iPhone:

make folders Notes iPhone


  1. Open the Notes app and click New Folder in the bottom left corner
  2. Click the show/hide sidebar button in the top left corner if you don’t see the New Folder button (shown below)
  3. Enter your new Folder name and press return
  4. You can drag and drop existing notes to your new folder(s)

Here’s how this looks on Mac:

create folder Notes Mac

Repeat these steps until you’ve got all the folders you need : )

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