How to Search for Text in Notes in iOS 16 on iPhone and iPad

Apple has slightly tweaked the user interface of the stock note-taking app. Hence, things like the ability to switch the background color and find text in a specific note have changed. So, if you have upgraded to the latest iteration of iOS and are wondering how to search for text, this guide has got you fully covered. That said, let’s learn how to search for text in notes in iOS 16 on iPhone and iPad.

Find Text in Notes in iOS 16/iPadOS 16 on iPhone and iPad: Quick Guide

Unlike macOS or Windows, iOS lacks the Control/Command+F keyboard shortcut. So, many tend to believe that there is absolutely no way to find text in the Notes app. However, that’s not the case at all. The stock note-taking app comes with a pretty neat tool to let you quickly find any word or phrase in a note.

Step 1. To get started, open the Apple Notes app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Now, head over to a specific note where you want to search for text.

Step 3. Next, tap on the triple-dot icon or the ellipsis button at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 4. Next up, select Find in Note in the menu.

Step 5. Up next, enter the word that you want to search.

Step 6. Voila! It will instantly highlight the searched word. Besides, it will also show the number of times that “Word” exists in the note. You can use the Up/Down arrow to check where this word is placed in the note.

Step 7. In the end, tap on Done at the top left corner of the keyboard to finish.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do you pin a note in Apple Notes app on your iPhone?

To begin with, launch the Apple Notes app on your device -> open the note in question -> tap on the triple-dot icon at the top right corner of the screen -> tap on the pin button.

2. What’s the way to lock a note in the Apple Notes app on iPhone?

Navigate to the note that you want to lock -> tap on the menu button at the top right corner of the screen -> tap on the Lock icon in the menu and confirm.

Wrap up…

There you go! So, that’s how you can find any word or phrase in a note. While I do prefer the Control/Command+F keyboard shortcut for digging any text, Apple’s “Find in Note” has never disappointed me. After all, it more than just lives up to the mark. What do you think of this text searching tool? It would be great to have your feedback in the comments below.

Read more: How to Lock Notes with Passcode and Face ID in iOS 16 on iPhone and iPad 

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