Here's how to lock your notes with a password or a fingerprint in iOS 9.3
The recently-released iOS 9.3 beta brought us a number of nice new features, most importantly Night Shift, but we also kind of liked the newly-scored fingerprint lock that the Notes app scored, too. The premise is simple - once you have iOS 9.3, you open the Notes app, jot down something you want to keep safe and private, and then lock said note with a fingerprint or a password.
Easy as pie, right? Well, it does sound that it's easy to set up, much in an Apple-like way, but it turns out that this time around, it will most likely take you a bit of tinkering around to find how to protect your note. In case you're doing it for the first time, that is.
As we decided to explore this new feature in depth and were left a bit flabbergasted by where to find and enable it, we felt that it's fair to give you heads up on how to lock noted in iOS 9.3 with your fingerprint or a password for that matter.
First things first, we should mention that you can't set up a password or a fingerprint lock to one of your already existing notes - the feature requires you to create a new one if you want to benefit from it. Also, it only works with Notes that are saved to iCloud. Fair enough. Open your Notes app, then the iCloud folder.
Now, tap the rightmost button on the bottom bar and create a new note as you would normally do.
Now, input the sensitive information in the newly-created note. Yeah, we named it "Super secret note", because why not? Have in mind that the first row of the note will be visible even if you lock it down. That's why we advise to have some kind of title that doesn't contain any sensitive info, followed by a blank row or two, just in case.
After you've finished writing your secret note, you need to tap the "Share" button on the top bar.
You will immediately notice that a new option is available "Password Protect Note". As this is the one we're looking for, lose no more time and tap on it in order to get advance our note locking endeavors further!
Now, you will need to set up a password in order to lock the note, as well as a hint. As you can see, we've flipped the "Use Touch ID" toggle, which enables us to unlock the note with Touch ID.
After you've done so, a padlock will appear, indicating that you've successfully locked the note. Hooray! If you forget the password, you can head to Settings > Notes in order to reset it.
And this is what you will see if you try to open a password-/fingerprint-locked note. All done!