iOS Tip 118 - Sharing Notes

You can do a lot with the new Notes (see also Tip 104 Drawing Tools) app for iPhone and iPad. You can even send links, locations, photos, videos and much more to a new or existing note from a whole bunch of different places. This can be super convenient if you're brainstorming ideas and collecting information or inspiration for a new project.

The share feature works with a host of stock iOS apps such as Safari, Maps, Photos, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and can even link to content in Apple Music and Podcasts. It also appears to work seamlessly for Google Chrome, Google Maps and photo files on your Google Drive.

It works the same for each app once you get to the Share pop-up window. NOTE: You phone must be updated to iOS9 or later to use these features, and your Mac must be running OS X El Capitan or later to sync them. If you're using an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you can use 3D Touch to preview the links in the Notes app.

Send a link from Safari to Notes:

  1. Launch Safari from your Home screen
  2. Browse to the page you intend to share.
  3. Tap the Share icon. It's the box with the arrow pointing up on the bottom toolbar.
  4. Tap the Notes icon.
  5. Enter text you want to accompany the link.
  6. Choose the note you want to send the link to, or choose to send it to a new note.
  7. Tap Save.

The next time you open that note in the Notes app, the link will be added to the bottom of the document. When you click onthe link it, it will open in Safari. This is the same process you would use for Google Chrome or any other browser that supports sharing to Notes. Notes, however, will use Safari to load links by default.