When you need to jot something down, it’s hard to beat the Notes app that comes pre-installed on your current iPhone or iPad. With Notes, you can store plain or formatted text notes, but there’s so much more that you can do too! Did you know that the Notes app lets you add photos, videos, scans, and even sketches to your notes? Yup, that’s right! The Notes app is even more useful than you think.
The Notes app allows you to add photos and videos to your notes, either from your photo library or by taking a new image or video with the device camera.
Tap New Note in the bottom right corner.
Select either the Choose photo or video or Take photo or video option.
Tap Use Photo (or Video) if you want to use what you captured.
Tap on the note that has the photo you want to delete.
Don’t worry — this won’t remove the photo from your Photo Library in the Photos app.
Notes is able to scan and store documents using your iPhone or iPad’s camera.
Tap Create New Note in the bottom right corner.
Select Scan Documents.
Tap Auto in the upper right corner to toggle between automatic document capture or manual document capture.
Tap the filter button (looks like three overlapping circles) to select a color option: Color, Grayscale, Black & White, and Photo.
Tap the Flash button to toggle the LED flash on for better images in low-light situations.
Tap Save when you’re done.
Adding a sketch to notes is a great way to get an idea down, help illustrate your text, or just have some fun drawing on your iPhone or iPad. Sketches can be done with just your finger, or if you want to be more precise, an Apple Pencil with compatible iPad models works wonders. Here’s how to get started with the sketch tools in Notes.
Tap the New Note button in the bottom right corner.
Tap the pen in the circle to bring up your sketch-pad drawing options.
Now that you’ve accessed the sketching tools in Notes, the sky’s the limit! We have a more in-depth guide on how to use each sketch tool in Notes, so make sure to give that a look.
While text notes are great for helping you remember things for later, sometimes you need to add some visuals. As you can see, it’s easy to add some pictures and even video to your notes, as well as document scans and even sketches.