How to Reset Forgotten Apple Notes Password on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Apple Notes showing password is bad prompt for locked noteKhamosh Pathak

Apple Notes is one of best note taking apps for iPhone, iPad and Mac users. It allows you to secure your notes with a password, but what if you forgot your Apple Notes sign-in information? Here’s how to reset your forgotten Apple Notes password.

Your Apple Notes password is separate from your ICloud account and your device password. If you forget your Apple Notes password, Apple cannot help you regain access to your notes.

You can reset your Apple Notes password. If you have Touch ID or Face ID linked to Apple Notes, we suggest that you first save the contents of accessible locked notes.

After resetting your password, you will no longer be able to access your old notes, but this will allow you to lock the notes in the future. If at any time you remember the old password, you can access the old note and enter the old password to unlock it. Apple Notes will give you the option to update the note with the new password.

How to reset forgotten Apple Notes password on iPhone or iPad

You can find the option to reset Apple Notes password in the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Open the Settings app and go to the “Notes” section. Use Apple’s built-in function Spotlight Search if you can’t find the Settings app on your device.

Select the Notes option in Settings

Here, choose the option “Password”.

Press the Password button in the Notes section

Because you forgot the password, you will have to use the “Reset password” function. If you just want to change the password, you can press “Change password”.

Tap Reset Password

When you try to reset the Apple Notes password, you will need to authenticate using your Apple ID password. Enter your password and press “OK”.

Enter your Apple ID password on iPhone and press OK

In the pop-up window, confirm that you want to reset the password by pressing “Reset password”.

Tap Reset Password in the pop-up window to confirm

You will now access the “Set password” screen. Here, enter the new password and verify it. You should also add a little hint so that you can easily retrieve it in case you forget your password again. After entering the details, press “Done”.

Set the new password and tap Done

How to reset forgotten Apple Notes password on Mac

If you are primarily a Mac user, you can also reset your Apple Notes password from the Mac.

Open the Notes application on your Mac and click on the “Notes” option in the menu bar. Here, click on the “Preferences” option.

Select Preferences in the Notes section of the menu bar

At the bottom of the Preferences screen, find the “Locked Notes” section. Here you can select the location of locked notes, indicating whether they are part of your iCloud account or are stored on your Mac locally.

Click Reset Password in Notes Preferences

To reset the password, click on “Reset Password”.

In the pop-up window, click Reset Password

In the pop-up window, confirm that you want to reset the password by clicking on “OK”.

Click OK in the Reset password option on Mac

To authenticate, enter your Apple ID password and click “OK”.

Enter your Apple ID password and click OK

To reset the Notes password linked to your Apple ID account, click “Reset Password”.

In the pop-up window, click Reset Password

On the next screen, enter the new password, verify it and give a hint that you will remember later. Then click on “Set password”.

Enter the password details the notes and click on Set password

Now that your Apple Notes password is reset, you can continue to lock your notes with sensitive information. Take a look at our guide to find out how Apple Notes can help you organize your thoughts.

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