How to Lock Notes on your Mac

The Notes is a handy app that you can use to store any information for quick access. This could include your passwords, monthly installment, scanned documents, and more. So, if you want to know how to lock your notes on Mac to keep them secure, follow our guide step by step.

How to Set your Notes Password on Mac

  1. Open the Notes app and go to NotesPreferences.Click on Notes and Select Preferences on Mac
  2. Click on Set Password.Click on Set Password on Mac
  3. Enter a Password of your choice. If you use more than one account, be sure to select the account you want to create the password for before setting it
  4. Enter a password hint to help remember your password
  5. Click Set Password.Set Notes Password on Mac

Once you’ve done this initial process of setting a password, you can easily lock notes whenever you want, using the methods below.

How to Lock Notes on your Mac

  1. In the Notes app, open the note that you wish to lock
  2. Click on the Lock icon at the top.Select Note and Click on Lock on Mac
  3. Choose Lock Note.Lock Note on Mac Running macOS CatalinaSet Password to Lock Note on Mac

Immediately after you lock a note, it stays open, and the lock icon will appear unlocked. Just click that icon to hide the contents of the open note.

How to Open a Locked Notes

  1. Open the Notes app and select the note you want to unlock.Select Locked Note on Mac
  2. Enter the password you had set or use Touch ID to unlock.Enter Password to Open Locked Note on Mac

Unlocking one note will also unlock all other notes. They will stay open for several minutes so that you can easily jump between them if needed.

The notes will get locked again if you click the lock iconclose the Notes app, or if your device goes to sleep. 

How to Remove a Lock from a Note

  1. Open the Notes app and select the locked note.Select Locked Note on Mac
  2. Enter your password or use Touch ID.Enter Password to Open Locked Note on Mac
  3. Click the lock icon at the top.Click on Lock icon in Note on Mac
  4. Click Remove Lock.Remove Lock from a Note on Mac

When you remove a lock from a note, it will be removed on all the devices you’re signed in to with the same Apple ID

How to Change Notes Password on Mac

  1. Open the Notes app
  2. From the menu bar, go to NotesPreferences.Click on Notes and Select Preferences on Mac
  3. Now, click Change Password.Click on Change Password on Mac
  4. Enter your old password, then type in a new password and a hint for it
  5. Click on Change Password.Change Notes Password on Mac

Note: If you use multiple accounts, be sure to select the account with the password you wish to change.

How to Reset Notes Password

If you opt to reset your Notes password, it will not delete or change the password of the notes that are already locked. For any notes that use an old password, you will need to change the password using the steps mentioned above.

  1. Open the Notes app
  2. In the menu bar, go to NotesPreferences.Click on Notes and Select Preferences on Mac
  3. Now, Click on Reset password and click OK.Click on Reset Password in Notes Preferences on Mac
    Click on OK to Confirm Reset Password
  4. You will have to enter your Apple ID password.Enter Mac Password and Click on OK
  5. Now, tap on Reset Password again.Reset your Notes Password on Mac
  6. Type in a new password and a hint to help you remember it

Note: If you use multiple accounts, make sure you choose the account that has the password you want to change.

Summing Up

We hope this guide has helped you learn everything about how to lock Notes on your Mac. Did you know you can even share Notes folders with others? Such features make this app pretty useful and multifunctional. Let us know in the comments below if you’re looking for any more tips regarding the Notes app.

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