How to Use Instant Notes on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil

iOS 11 has packed in several exquisite features for iPad. One of the most talked about newbies is the “Instant Notes.” Considering how productive this all new feature is, I thought it’s apt to make a quick guide about how to use Instant Notes on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil in iOS 11.

Interestingly, iOS 11 allows you to tap into the Notes app on your iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil from the Lock screen itself. Hence, you will no longer have to go through the traditional way just to open a new note for quick note-taking. You have to enter your passcode or Touch ID if you wish to open a different note or exit the Notes app. Find it interesting? You need to first enable Instant Notes on your tablet running iOS 11.

How to Enable Instant Notes on iPad Pro in iOS 11

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How to Enable Instant Notes on iPad Pro

Note: Instant Notes works only with iPad Pro. Besides, you can access it only by using Apple Pencil.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPad Pro.

Step #2. Next, scroll down and tap on Notes.

Step #3. Next up, you have to turn on the switch next to Allow on Lock Screen.

Choose How Long A Note is Accessible from Lock Screen on iPad Pro in iOS 11

You have the option to choose how long a note appears on the Lock screen. There is also an option to completely block its access from the Lock Screen.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPad → Tap on Notes.

Step #2. Tap on Resume to Previous Note under the Lock Screen.

Step #3. Next, you have to select the preferred duration such as, Never, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 hour, All Day, or Always.

How to Disable Instant Notes on iPad Pro in iOS 11

Afraid that someone may take the advantage of “Instant Notes” and play around with your personal notes? No problem! You can completely turn it off.

Step #1. Launch Settings appNotes.

Step #2. Next, turn off the switch next to Allow on Lock Screen.

Signing off

Thanks to several powerful features like Drag and Drop, Dock, App Switcher and more, iOS 11 has enormously bolstered the user-experience of iPad Pro. Now, the tablet can safely be described as an able (if not full-fledged) laptop replacement. What do you think?

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.