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Quick Notes Not Working on iPad/iPhone? Fixed!

Posted by Brian Davis on Oct 20, 2023 11:00 AM • Category: Fix iPhone Issues
6 mins read

The Quick Notes, a feature of Notes app, is designed to enhance productivity on your iPad or iPhone running iPadOS 15/ iOS 16 and later. You can effortlessly make notes on a notepad over any screen or app. It's not limited to just text - you can add images, save links, and even jot down handwritten notes.

But what if Quick Notes not working as expected? For instance, you might experience difficulties opening the floating window after an update. No worries! In this guide, you will find solutions that have the potential to resolve the error efficiently.

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Part 1. Tips for Creating Quick Notes on iPad/iPhone

Quick Notes feature is available on iPad, iPhone, and Mac, and when a Quick Note is created, it can be checked on the other devices. Learn how to make Quick Notes in various ways:

Tip 1. Before using this feature, allow access to Control Center: Go to Settings > Control Center, then add the “Quick Note”.

Tip 2. No matter on iPhone or iPad, it’s easy to create Quick Notes via Control Center. Open Control Center and tap on the icon of Quick Notes.

quick notes icon in control center

Tip 3. You can add links or photos via the share sheet option. Tap the Share icon, and scroll down to click “Add to New Quick Note”.

add to new quick note

Tip 4. Quick Notes can be created via the hot corner on the iPad. Use your finger or Apple Pencil to swipe up from the bottom right corner of the screen. A small gray box will appear, and you can expand it to a floating notepad.

swipe to create quick notes on ipad

Tip 5. If you are viewing in Mail or a website in Safari, and you have already opened a floating window of Quick Notes, a menu of “Add Link” will occur at the top of the edit window. Then you can select the links you want to add to your Quick Note.

add links or mails to quick notes

Part 2. How to Fix Quick Notes Not Working Issues

1. Check for the Settings

First, to ensure that the Quick Notes option has been added to the Control Center, you can look for tip 1 in Part 1. If you fail to swipe to create Quick Notes, navigate to “Notes” on Settings, tap on “Corner Gestures”, then check the toggle “Allow Finger to Swipe From Corner”. You can also adjust other related settings on the page of Notes, they can let use experiences different from your preference. For example, the option “Resume Last Quick Note” will open the last Quick Note when you want to create a new one.

corner gestures settings on ipad

2. Close/Re-install Notes

Close the Notes application when it has glitches by opening the app switcher and swiping up it. If the Quick Note still not working, delete Notes and re-install it. Go to Settings > General > iPad/iPhone Storage > Notes > Offload App. After that, you can reinstall it to see if it works properly.

3. Restart Your Device

Restarting your iPad or iPhone will refresh the system, and the small Quick Notes bugs caused by system glitches will be resolved.

Reboot your iPad:Press and hold either volume button and the top button. Release them when the power off slider appears. Drag the slider, then wait for 30 seconds for your device to turn off. Press and hold the top button to turn it back on. If your iPad has a Home button, only the top button is used in similar steps.

restart your ipad

Reboot your iPhone: Press and hold the Side/ Sleep/Wake button (depending on your model), or simultaneously press and hold the side button and either volume button (iPhone with Face ID). Then drag the slider to turn it off. Press and hold the side button or Sleep/Wake button (depending on your model) until the Apple logo appears.

restart your iphone

4. Software Update

Some Quick Notes bugs will be fixed in the latest iOS version. So don’t forget to check for updates. Head to Settings > General > Software Update. Tap on “Install Now” if the option is available.

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Here is a step-by-step guide for you:

Step 1 Connect Your Device to Computer

Open the TunesKit iOS System Recovery on your computer and connect your device to it. Then tap on iOS System Repair.

connect iphone to computer

Step 2Select a Repair Mode

Click on the Start button and select the Standard Repair. Most issues can be solved by Standard Repair, and it won't cause any data loss. Only when the standard mode fails to repair, the deep repair mode will be selected because it will erase your iPhone.

select standard mode

Step 3Put the Device into DFU Mode or Recovery Mode

You need to put your iPad/iPhone into DFU or Recovery Mode, following the on-screen instructions. If you have trouble in the process, tap on the Enter/Exit Recovery Mode to put it into Recovery Mode in one click.

enter recovery or dfu mode

Step 4Fix Quick Notes Not Working Properly

Confirm the device info and click on the Download button. After the firmware package is downloaded, click on the Repair button, and the Quick Notes can work as normal.

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Part 3. FAQs about Quick Notes

Q1. Why does my iPad have no Quick Notes?

Only the iPads with A9 chip and later support the Quick Notes feature, which means iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 have no Quick Notes.

Q2. How to use Quick Notes on iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard?

If your iPad is connected to an external keyboard, press the Globe-Q keyboard shortcut to open Quick Notes. If Quick Notes is already open, you can create a new note using Command-N.


These are possible fixes for Quick Notes not working issue, and you’ll be back to enjoying the functionality of the Quick Notes feature. Additionally, don’t hesitate to choose TunesKit iOS System Recovery when you encounter iOS software problems. If you have any more questions or need further help, feel free to ask. We are here to provide support!

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