How to Search in the Notes App on iPhone and iPad

How to Search Notes on iPhone and iPad

If you love using the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad, it’s useful to know how to search within it for a specific keyword or phrase. This can help you quickly find some specific information or locate a particular note easily. You can also search within Notes from the sharing menu for your convenience. Here’s everything you need to know about how to search in the Notes app on iPhone or iPad.

How to Search for Specific Note on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Notes app on your iPhone.
  2. Pull down the screen and Tap on the Search Field.
  3. Type what you’re looking for and you will find the searched word highlighted.Search Notes on iPhone

Scanning will also identify what’s inside your notes in the photos. A search may also locate detailed text within scan documents, such as receipts or bills.

How to Search Within Notes on iPhone and iPad from Sharing Menu

  1. Launch Notes app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on the Note within which you want to search.
  3. Tap on more icon available at the top right corner.Open Note and Tap on Three Dots in Notes App on iPhone
  4. Scroll down and tap on Find in Note.
  5. Now enter what you are looking for and find your searched content highlighted.Tap on Find in Note Type Word You Want to Search Within Notes on iPhone

How to Search for Attachments with Notes on iPhone and iPad

  1. Go to a folder or tap on All iCloud.
  2. Tap on the More icon top-right corner.
  3. Tap View Attachments.Tap on More and Then Tap on View Attachment in Notes App on iPhone
  4. To go to the note with the attachment, touch and hold the thumbnail of the attachment, then tap Show in Note.Long Press on Attachment and Then Tap on Show in Note on iPhone

Signing Off!

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  1. Hi.
    Question. When searching in notes on my phone (11Pro) the results only bring up the note and doesn’t take you to the location in the note. However, my wifes phone (11) will take you to instances of the word that you’ve searched. Is there a setting or something where I can enable this function on my phone?


  2. That’s odd…There is no setting that governs that. You can try 2 things to resolve it –
    1. Turn off and On Notes App iCloud: Settings → Apple ID → iCloud → Turn off Notes under Apps using iCloud → restart iPhone and turn on Notes.
    2. Settings → Notes app → Toggle on On My iPhone. Do let me know if this works.

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