How to Add a Quick Note to Notion on iPhone

 Hannah Wiginton

Let's create a Quick Note option for the Notion app on iPhone. This will show you how to set up a quick note option to add notes on the go.

Notion is an all-in-one collaborative workspace for organizing your personal and professional information. You can add notes, to-do lists, custom no-code relational databases, tables, toggles, embeds from any website, images, files, and so much more.

You can create and structure your content however you wish. It’s flexibility is like a big box of Legos where you can build and organize anything you want.

In this article, I’ll show you how to add Quick Notes to Notion from your iPhone using the Notion Widget.


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Storing Quick Notes in Notion

I’ve been using Google Keep for quick notes for a long time, but since I now have most of my information in Notion, I want to store Quick Notes in the app.

Notion doesn’t have Home Screen Quick Actions or a 3D Touch menu. That’s the menu that pops up when you lightly press an app icon.

However, they do an iPhone widget!

Steps to Add a Quick Note

Let’s start with the easiest setup – using the iPhone Widget.

Step 1 – you’ll only have to do 1 time to set it up

Step 2 – this is how you to add a quick note each time

1. Create an Inbox Page in Notion

Note: Be sure you’ve downloaded the Notion iPhone app and you’re logged in before beginning the tutorial.

If you want a general catch-all page that you can quickly save notes and sort later, let’s create an “Inbox” page.

Grab my free Notion Inbox template if you don’t want to create your own.

• Create an Inbox Page in Notion

This will be your main Page to capture anything and organize at a later time.

If you have a special page you always want to access quickly, like ‘Tasks’, you can use that instead.

Add a Widget on the Home Screen

Now, you’ll add the Notion Widget to your home screen that links directly to your Inbox page

  • Long-press in an empty space on your iPhone home screen
  • All of your apps will start to wiggle and dance 😃
  • Click the + button in the top left
  • You’ll see the Widgets screen
  • In the Search box, type Notion
  • Choose Notion
  • Choose the first Widget that has a link to one page and click Add Widget
  • The Widget will show up on your home screen
  • Click and hold the Widget to open up the settings
  • Choose your Inbox page in the Page field
  • Now, you should see the Inbox widget on your home screen!

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2. Add your Quick Note to Notion

 You will do this next step to create your Quick Note each time.

  • Click the Inbox widget

  • Click New

  • You should now see a blank page to add your Note.
  • Enter your Note in the space that’s labeled ‘Untitled’. You can also Tag it to organize it better with Tags like ‘To Do’, ‘Review Later’, or ‘Archive’, or add a URL link.

And that’s it!

You can now enter notes into Notion while out in the field or on-the-go!

  • To go back to your list, swipe left or click the left arrow button at the top

More ways to add Quick Notes in Notion

How to Add Notes in Notion with the iPhone Shortcuts App (Advanced)

Learn how to add notes with the Shortcuts app

Quick Entry with Shortcuts (Useful for Text Input and Siri)

If you want to add notes with a text input option from the Shortcuts app, check out this tutorial from Ben Smith. With this method, you can quickly add a new database page using a widget or Siri.

Drafts App Quick Capture to Notion – API Automation

Use the Drafts app with the Notion API (via Zapier) for instant Quick Capture of Notes, Ideas, Tasks, and Events with this tutorial by August Bradley.

Final thoughts

With any of these methods, you can quickly add notes or reminders to Notion on-the-go. Your notes go to a central location for sorting at a later time.

What’s great about these methods is you can create quick notes for any of your Notion pages!

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