Taking quick notes on the iPhone is one of its most useful features, and its native Notes app is one of the best ways to do it.

To start a new note, open the Notes app and tap the square icon in the bottom right corner.

This opens a new note and the keyboard appears. Type out your note, and then add any tables, headings, or checklists using the menu bar directly above the keyboard.

Miss the tactility of pen and paper? Tapping the pen icon on the menu bar at the bottom will allow you to draw or write notes using your finger.

The note saves automatically; simply return to your list of notes by tapping the back arrow in the top left corner.

Gallery View

For a more accessible way of viewing all of your notes, activate Gallery View. This viewing mode displays all of the notes in a folder as tiles with a preview of the note’s content. If you have a lot of annotations in Notes, this might be a better way of viewing all of your notes in one place.

To activate this viewing mode in Notes, simply pull down on the screen to reveal the Search bar. You’ll notice that a small icon made up of four squares appears under Search. If you tap this icon, you can activate Gallery View.

Tap the same icon again to deactivate Gallery View.