Why Don’t I Have an “On My iPhone” Folder in iOS 9 Notes?

If you haven’t changed any of the settings for the Notes app on your iPhone, then you might discover that your notes are being saved to one of your email accounts.

This may not be a problem, but it can prevent you from using all of the features that this excellent app has to offer.

Our tutorial will show you how to adjust a setting so that you have an “On My iPhone” folder in the Notes app, where any notes that you create will be able to take full advantage of everything that you can do in the app.

How to Enable the Local Notes Folder on an iPhone

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Notes.
  3. Enable the “On My iPhone” Account option.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to get the “On My iPhone” folder in the Notes app, including pictures of these steps.

The Notes app received some improvements and upgrades with the iOS 9 software update, including the ability to create checklists, draw, add pictures, and more.

Notes with these new features are only available, however, when you are saving notes to your iCloud account, or to your device.

But you may have opened the Notes app after updating to iOS 9 and switching to the new version of Notes, only to find that you did not have the option to save to the ‘On My iPhone” folder.

Saving notes directly to your iPhone is an option that can be turned on or off in the settings menu for the Notes app. The guide in this article will show you where to find this setting so that you can enable it and save new notes to your device.

How to Get an “On My iPhone” Folder in Notes on an iPhone 6 (Guide with Pictures)

Device used: iPhone 6 Plus

Software version: iOS 9.0.2

The steps below will assume that you are running at least iOS 9 and that you have already updated to the new version of Notes that comes with iOS 9.

You can check your version of iOS to confirm that. If you are using iOS 9, then you can update to iOS 9 Notes by simply opening the app and following the steps on screen.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Notes option.

select the Notes menu

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of “On My iPhone” Account to turn it on.

You will know that it is turned on when the shading around the button is green, and the button is in the rightmost position. The setting is turned on in the image below.

turn on the option for "On My iPhone" Account

You can now open the Notes and start creating folders and notes that are saved directly to your device instead of to an iCloud or mail account.

Now that you know how to get the Notes “On My iPhone” folder you can start fully taking advantage of the features that this app has to offer.

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