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Do you like falling asleep listening to your favorite songs? Sadly, the official iOS or macOS Music app has no sleep timer functionality! Don’t worry. Let me show you straightforward ways to automatically stop Apple Music at the chosen time on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other devices.

Note: The steps below work for almost all music apps, including Spotify, Amazon Music, etc. However, most Apple Music alternatives already have inbuilt sleep timers!

2 Methods to set iPhone sleep timer using Apple Music

Method 1: Using the Clock app

Launch the inbuilt Clock app on your iPhone or iPad.

Tap Timer from the bottom right.

Chose the duration. I spend plenty of time thinking late in the night and set 45 minutes, which is around 10 to 12 songs.

Tap When Timer Ends. Scroll down and tap Stop Playing → Set.

Tap the green-colored Start.

Now, open the Music app and play your songs. The music will automatically stop after the set timer.

To cancel the Apple Music sleep timer: Open the Clock app and tap Timer. Finally, tap Cancel or Pause.

Method 2: Using the Shortcuts app

If you have a consistent routine, you can create an automation that automatically stops the music at the set time. Here’s how. It may appear long, but in practice, it is effortless. Try it once.

Open the Shortcuts app on iPhone or iPad.

Tap Automation.

Tap Time of Day. Set the time when you would like the music to stop.

Tap Weekly to select days. Once done, tap Next.

Tap Add Action.

Type Pause in the search box and tap Play/Pause from the search results.

Tap Play/Pause again and choose Pause. After that, tap Next.

Toggle off Ask Before Running. Finally, tap Done. You have successfully set the automation.

The music will automatically stop at the set time (see the image below).

If you no longer need this, open the Shortcuts app and tap Automation. Swipe right to left on the Play/Pause automation and tap Delete.

Set sleep timer in Apple Music on Mac

The steps below will automatically put your Mac in Sleep mode (or Shut Down), which will stop Apple Music as well.

Play your soothing tracks. Your Mac will automatically enter sleep mode 10 minutes post the scheduled time. Yes. 10 minutes later. Apple does this to ensure that you have not set this feature accidentally.

Set sleep timer in Apple Music on other devices

HomePod: While the music is playing, say something like ‘Hey Siri, stop music in 30 minutes.‘ That’s it. The sleep timer will be enabled, and the music will stop playing after the said time.

Android: Use a third-party app like this. You may also search for alternatives by typing ‘sleep timer‘ in the Play Store.

This is how you can set a sleep timer for Apple Music on different devices. I use my iPhone for music and often use the clock app method.

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How To Hide Apple Music On Your Iphone, Ipod Touch, Ipad And Mac

Now that you’ve tried Apple Music thanks to Apple’s generous three-month free trial, you may have decided that the service just isn’t cut for you.

Though impossible to get rid of it completely, you can temporarily hide most of Apple Music’s aspects.

Our previous tutorial has taught you how to disconnect from Apple Music’s Connect feature and today’s how-to lays out the steps to hide Apple Music on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac and go back to the old way of enjoying music.

How to hide Apple Music on your iOS device

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Step 2: Navigate to the Music section.

Step 3: Flip the Show Apple Music switch to the OFF position.

Don’t worry, disabling Apple Music won’t remove songs you’ve downloaded for offline listening so long as iCloud Music Library is enabled.

How to hide Apple Music on desktop iTunes

Step 1: Open iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

Keep in mind that hiding Apple Music on your desktop will automatically disable iCloud Music Library, which will remove all Apple Music songs from your computer, including those downloaded for offline listening.

What happens after hiding Apple Music?

As hinted above, removing Apple Music changes your music listening experience and brings back the old way of navigating your music library in the Music app. Here’s precisely what happens after you disable Apple Music on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac.

1. Apple Music disappears from search

With Apple Music enabled, the two buttons right below the Music app’s search field let you narrow the search scope to Apple Music and Your Library. Hiding Apple Music will also remove the Apple Music button from search and replace it with Radio.

Tip: In order to search across radio stations when Apple Music is enabled, simply run your search query across Apple Music. Then in your search results, scroll down until you see matches in the Stations subsection.

It’s not very intuitive but gets the job done.

2. For You, and Browse tabs get removed

Some folks will want to turn off Apple Music just to get their old tabs back. With Apple Music enabled, the Music app replaces some of the old tabs with the four new buttons: Library, For You, Browse, Radio, and Search.

To get rid of the For You, and Browse tabs, simply hide Apple Music. If you want to get rid of the Connect tab alone, consult this tutorial.

3. Offline songs remain in your iOS music library

When you hide Apple Music, songs you previously downloaded for offline listening will remain in the music library on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Should you also disable iCloud Music Library, offline tracks and Apple Music songs will get removed from the device, freeing up storage space.

What is iCloud Music Library?

iCloud Music Library can be switched on and off separately from Apple Music.

iCloud Music Library is similar to iCloud Photo Library: it stores your music and playlists in iCloud so you can access them from any device. Upon enabling the feature, your Mac will compare each song in your music library to iTunes’ vast catalog of thirty million songs, and counting.

Matched songs become immediately available to stream on all your devices with iCloud Music Library enabled. Non-matched songs get uploaded to iCloud first, after which you can stream them to any device.

How to disable iCloud Music Library on iOS

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Step 2: Navigate to the Music section.

Step 3: Flip the iCloud Music Library switch to the OFF position.

How to disable iCloud Music Library on OS X

Step 1: Open iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

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How To Use The Apple Freeform App On Iphone, Ipad, And Mac

When it’s time to visualize your thoughts and concepts, Apple’s Freeform whiteboard app is the ideal tool on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This powerful productivity app lets you brainstorm on your own or share ideas with others with all the tools you need to bring your concepts to fruition.

How to Set Up Apple Freeform

To use the free Freeform whiteboard app, make sure your Apple device(s) are up to date. Your iPhone, iPad, or Mac will need to be updated to iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.2, or macOS Ventura 13.1 or later.

On iPhone and iPad, you’ll see the app icon on your Home screen. On Mac, you’ll find it in the Applications folder or Launchpad.

When you first open the app, you’ll be asked if you want to enable iCloud Syncing. This allows you to access your boards on your other Apple devices. Select “Go to Settings” on your iPhone or iPad and open the Settings app. On Mac, open the System Settings app.

Select your Apple ID at the top. Choose “iCloud” and turn on the toggle for “Freeform.”

You may be asked to merge the local Freeform data with that on iCloud. Select “Merge” to continue.

Once you set up Freeform on your device, you’re ready to use its features.

Tip: if you are looking for a way to sign a PDF document on your Mac, the Preview app will work far more effectively than Freeform. You can even use your iPhone or iPad to transfer your signature to your Mac.

How to Create a Freeform Board

Select the Create a Board icon (pencil in a square) at the top of the app window.

When the blank board displays, you’ll see the default name of “Untitled” on the top left, which you can change. On iPhone, tap the three dots and pick “Rename.”

On iPad, tap the arrow next to the name and select “Rename.”

On Mac, select the current text and replace it with your own.

You can use the zoom option on the bottom left to increase or decrease the board space. Use the zoom drop-down box or the plus and minus buttons to pick a percentage.

Tip: learn how to zoom in and out on Mac.

How to Add Items to a Freeform Board

With Freeform, you can add all sorts of items to your board to collect and display your ideas. You can also adjust each item to fit the space, change the font, or choose a color.

The customization options are in different places on mobile and desktop. On iPhone and iPad, these options are in the item’s toolbar.

Add a Sticky Note

Select the Sticky Note icon in the toolbar to add a note to your board, then enter the text.

Drag a corner to resize the note or select it to drag it to a different spot on the board.

FYI: read on to learn of other ways to add a sticky note on Mac.

Insert a Shape

Select the Shape icon in the toolbar to include a shape on your board. You can pick from a category in the pop-up window like Basic, Geometry, Animals, Activities, and more. Alternatively, you can search for a particular shape by using the magnifying glass icon.

Drag a corner to resize the shape or select it to drag it to a different spot on the board.

Add a Text Box

Select the Text Box icon in the toolbar and add text inside it.

Drag a corner or edge to resize the text box or select it to drag and move it anywhere you would like.

Insert Photos, Videos, or Links

Select the media icon in the toolbar to add a photo, video, or link. You can also insert a scanned document, use your device camera, or on Mac, add a sketch from the Freeform app on your iPhone or iPad.

Photos: replace the image, crop it, or view it in full screen mode. You can also apply a shadow, round the corners, and lock the image in place.

Videos: replace the video or view it in full screen mode. Like photos, you can apply a shadow, add rounded corners, and lock its position.

Link: edit the link, open it in your browser, duplicate the link, or lock its position on the board.

Good to know: unsure how to edit a video on Mac? We can show you how!

Add a File

On iPhone and iPad, tap the Media icon and choose “Insert From” to add a file.

Once you locate and insert the file, select it for additional actions. You can replace the file, view it in full screen mode, lock its position, or add a description.

Use Markup

On iPhone and iPad, you’ll notice the Markup icon in the toolbar. Tap it to display the markup tools like a pen, marker, and eraser.

Using markup, you can also jot down text with your finger on iPhone or scribble with an Apple Pencil on iPad.

Other Freeform Board Options

You can also duplicate a board, make a board a favorite, hide the grid layout, export your board as a PDF, or print your entire Freeform board.

On iPhone, open the board and tap the three dots at the top, then select an action.

On iPad, tap the arrow next to the board name and choose an action.

To export or print on Mac, open a board, select “File” from the menu bar, and choose an option.

Good to know: learn how to share files between Mac and PC on your network.

How to Collaborate on a Freeform Board

If working on a board with someone else is what you need, Freeform provides you a simple way to collaborate.

Open the board and select the Share button on the top right.

Before you choose the sharing method, you can adjust the permissions at the top of the sharing pop-up window. Select “Only Invited People Can Edit.”

You’ll see access and permission settings along with an option to allow others to invite more people to the board. You’re able to adjust these settings later, too.

Choose a person to send the board to in Messages or pick an app like Mail, Slack, or another option, depending on your Share settings, to share the board.

Edit Shared Freeform Boards

After you share a board with others, you can manage the board permissions, invite others, or stop sharing the board.

Select the icon for your collaborator(s) in the top right and choose “Manage Shared Board.”

You can use the plus sign to invite more people, adjust the permissions near the bottom, and allow collaborators to add others. Additionally, you can copy a link to the board or stop sharing it with the options at the bottom of the settings.

How to Manage Your Freeform Boards

When you open Freeform each time, you’ll see All Boards front and center so that you can select one to work on. On the left side on iPad or Mac or using the arrow on iPhone, you can also choose from Recents, Shared, and Favorites. If you’ve removed boards, you’ll also see Deleted Boards that remain accessible for up to 30 days.

Tip: are your shared Freeform boards not syncing properly? It could be a network issue. Discover how to fix Mac Wi-Fi problems and dropped connections by following our guide.

Frequently Asked Questions Is there a Freeform app widget?

Unfortunately, there isn’t yet a Home screen or Notification Center Freeform widget available for iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Hopefully, this is a feature Apple introduces later.

Can I delete the Freeform app?

You can uninstall the Freeform app on iOS or iPadOS just as you can any other app. However, as of this writing, you cannot uninstall the app on macOS.

Is Freeform available on Windows?

Unfortunately, the Freeform app is not available on Windows at the time of this writing.

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With her BS in Information Technology, Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, Department Manager, and PMO Lead. She wanted to help others learn how technology can enrich business and personal lives and has shared her suggestions and how-tos across thousands of articles.

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How To Enjoy Apple Music Spatial Audio On Third

Spatial Audio is Apple’s branding around a rising standard in music, with songs authored as Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Dolby Atmos has become popular for home video for movies and TV shows (such as all the content in Apple TV+ is available in 4K HDR with Atmos sound) and is now starting to enter the world of music.

Dolby Atmos music is available in the Apple Music streaming library, but it’s also offered by other services like Amazon Music HD. The point is, it’s not an Apple-exclusive thing.

Dolby Atmos songs can theoretically be played on any headphones or earbuds because it doesn’t rely on special hardware. Instead, the iPhone plays tricks on your brain by sending audio to the left and right speakers/headphones with slight phase delays. It is these phase delays that simulate the wider soundstage and make it feel like audio is coming from above or behind you. (If you use Apple Music on Apple TV 4K with a surround sound home theater system, the extra speakers will transmit separate audio channels though for the best experience.)

Out of the box, any iPhone with iOS 14.6 will transmit music using the Dolby Atmos mode to all AirPods, AirPods Max and Beats headphones with the H1 or W1 chips inside. In my experience, the effect on the small AirPods earbuds is pretty minimal to non-existent. You really need proper headphones which are simply big enough to provide an engrossing audio experience. That doesn’t mean you need to shell out the $500+ on AirPods Max.

For instance, I have heard some great Dolby Atmos mixes through the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones. These offer decent sound reproduction and impressive noise cancellation for under $300 all-in. There is one trick you need to be aware of though to use the Sony’s — or any third-party headphones — with Spatial Audio for Apple Music.

By default, your iPhone or iPad will not recognize these headphones as Atmos-compatible. As not every audio accessory in the world can understand Atmos properly, Apple only sends Atmos sound to its Bluetooth devices automatically. With default settings, all other connected headphones will only receive a stereo mix.

You have to change your audio settings manually to fix this.

How to listen to Apple Music Spatial Audio on any headphones

Open the Settings app, on an iOS device running iOS 14.6 or later.

Go to Music settings.

Select ‘Dolby Atmos’.

Change the preference from ‘Automatic’ to ‘Always On’.

As the name suggests, the Always On setting will send the encoded Atmos stream to any connected headphones or speakers. This now means you can use your own headphones like the Sony XM4’s and experience the spatial soundstage. The reason why this setting is not enabled by default is because some equipment can actually sound worse interpreting Atmos than a standard stereo mix.

One final thing to be aware of: with iOS 15, Apple is enabling head-tracking for Apple Music Spatial Audio. This means that the direction of sound when listening through AirPods Pro or AirPods Max will change depending on your own head movements. This feature of Spatial Audio will not be available on third-party headphones as it uses the gyroscope sensors inside the AirPods. However, whilst head-tracking for watching movies is natural, it is less clear what the benefits are when listening to music.

Whereas when watching movies you are stationary and focused on the screen, you are often listening to music when walking around or doing other tasks. In those cases, the head tracking spatial effect can be annoying. In fact, many people currently the iOS 15 beta are hoping Apple adds a toggle to disable the head-tracking feature inside of Apple Music as they found the effect too distracting.

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How To Backup Iphone On Mac

Smartphones are the means to things beyond just communication. You use it to get work done, get your daily scoop of news, entertainment, listening to music, stay in touch with your loved ones, and capture all the best moments around you. With so many use cases, your phone also stores a lot of information that you may want to protect when switching phones or in the worst case, lose it. 

iPhone users have the option to choose between an iCloud backup or a Mac backup. If you have a lot of data to back up and the iCloud’s free 5GB storage isn’t enough for you, then your next best option is to back up your iPhone on a Mac. In this post, we’ll help you back up your iPhone data on a Mac using iTunes or Finder and then show you how you can restore it with ease. 

What iPhone data can you back up on a Mac?

When you use your Mac to back up data from your iPhone, the backed up data covers almost all of your device’s data and settings except for the following items:

Face ID or Touch ID settings

Apple Pay data and settings

Content from iTunes, App Store, Apple Books

Content synced using Finder or iTunes

Data already stored in iCloud – iCloud Photos, iMessage, text (SMS), and multimedia (MMS) messages

Activity, Health, Keychain data

Apple Mail data

Your iPhone backup can also be restored to a different iPhone or iPad as well but in doing that, you’ll have to keep in mind that some types of content won’t get transferred. 

How to Back up your iPhone on a Mac

If you want to keep the data on your iPhone safe and secure, then backing it up on your Mac is the best possible way to make sure you don’t lose any information during the transfer process. Mac backups can also help you set up a new iPhone in such a way that all the content from your previous iPhone including its settings is copied. 

You can back up your iPhone on a Mac in two different ways but you don’t get to choose which one yourself. If you’re using a Mac that’s running on macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, then you’ll have to go ahead and use iTunes to back up your iPhone on your Mac. For devices running macOS Catalina 10.15 or higher, you can use the native Finder app to get things started. 


Before you start backing up your iPhone data on a Mac, you need to make sure of the following things:

Your Mac is updated to the latest macOS version

iPhone that you’re backing up is running the newest iOS version

You have the USB-to-Lightning cable that comes out-0f-the-box with your iPhone [This is needed to establish a connection between the iPhone and Mac]

Using iTunes

 You should follow this procedure only if you’re using a Mac that’s running macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier. Before you start backing up your device, switch ON both your Mac and iPhone and connect the two using a USB-to-Lightning cable.

Now, launch iTunes on your Mac from the Launchpad or the Applications folder inside Finder.

To establish a connection, you will also have to tap on the ‘Trust’ button on your iPhone when prompted with the “Trust this Computer” dialog and then enter your iPhone’s passcode.

On the right-side pane, scroll down and locate the ‘Backups’ section. 

You can additionally back up Health and Activity data from your Apple Watch by checking the ‘Encrypt local backup’ box.

Using Finder

To start backing up your iPhone, power ON both the iPhone and Mac, and unlock them. After the devices are booted up and unlocked, connect them using a USB-to-Lightning cable that came with your iPhone. 

After a successful connection, open the Finder app on the Mac.

In the next step, you will have to tap on the ‘Trust’ option on your iPhone when it prompts you with the “Trust This Computer” dialog.

You will now be able to view your iPhone data inside the Finder app on your Mac once the authentication is successful. This is the screen that shows your iPhone device management and stores all the tools you need to back up your iPhone. 

How to Restore an iPhone backup on a Mac

The backups you created can be used to restore your iPhone when your device is misbehaving or if you’re resetting it as new. Backups can also be restored when switching to a new device from an older iPhone. How you restore an iPhone from a backup saved on your Mac depends on the method you used to back up your iPhone data. 

If backup was created on iTunes

You will need to rely on the iTunes app on your Mac again if you created an iPhone backup on a Mac running macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier. To restore an iTunes backup, connect your iPhone to the Mac using the USB-to-Lightning cable. 

Inside the ‘Summary’ screen, scroll down and locate the ‘Backups’ section. 

A new dialog will appear on the screen showing you a list of backups you have stored on the Mac alongside the date on which they were created. 

Select the backup you want to restore and enter the password that the backup was created with if you had saved your backup with encryption.

iTunes will start restoring your iPhone with the backed up data. To make sure that the restoration process is successful, keep your iPhone plugged into the Mac until the end. 

If backup was created on Finder

Similar to how you do it using iTunes, restoring your iPhone from a backup on Finder is pretty easy. You will need to connect your Mac and iPhone using the USB-to-Lightning cable and then open the Finder app.

If your iPhone is protected with a passcode, you will be asked to enter it. When you do that, you will be greeted with the iPhone device management screen.

You will now be shown a list of backups that were created on your Mac along with the date of their creation. Select the backup you want to restore your iPhone from, preferably the most recent one. 

Also, enter the password that you may have set for the backup if you had enabled encrypted backup at the time of its creation.

The restoration process will now begin and your iPhone will restart when the backup has been successfully restored.

After this, you can go ahead and disconnect the iPhone from your Mac and check whether all your data has been accounted for. 

Why can’t I restore a backup on your iPhone?

While restoring an iPhone with a backup on a Mac is a daily simple task, you might sometimes run into problems doing the same. If you’re having issues restoring a backup, it could be because of any of the following issues:

Either your Mac or iTunes isn’t running their latest versions

Your backup file may be corrupted, incompatible, or too old

You did not disable Find My iPhone before restoring your device

Your phone may not be unlocked

A wrong password was entered while restoring an encrypted backup

If there isn’t enough disk space on your iPhone or Mac

Backup may have been created on another Mac

If backup files got deleted from your Mac accidentally 

The connection between iPhone and Mac broke down because of a faulty cable

Can’t restore a backup? Try these fixes

If you’re encountering issues when restoring an iPhone backup, then you can perform these fixes to solve them. 

Restart both your iPhone and Mac: Often times, a simple restart can solve a ton of problems you may be encountering on your device. You can try restoring a backup after restarting both the Mac and iPhone. 

Choose the right Mac to restore from if you have multiple Macs and you backed up manually on one of them. 

Enter the right password for your encrypted backup and if you don’t recall it, create a new backup with another password. 

Clear space on your device when creating or restoring a backup. You need ample space in both your Mac and iPhone to store and transfer your backup without an issue. 

Create a new backup if an older backup has gotten corrupted or is incompatible. Apple doesn’t allow you to restore any amount of data from a corrupted backup. 

Try a different USB-to-Lightning cable to connect your Mac and iPhone. This helps establish a better connection between the two devices. 

Restore using an iCloud backup: iOS lets you back up your iPhone data wirelessly to iCloud so that you may restore them at anytime anywhere without using your Mac. 


How To Use Smart Folders In Notes On Iphone, Ipad, And Mac

Having trouble organizing or finding the notes you need? With Smart Folders in Apple Notes, you can set up folders that automatically include specific notes. This gives you a great way to stay organized and on top of the notes you need most. So, let’s take a look at how you can create and use Smart Folders on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

What are Smart Folders in Notes?

As mentioned, you can create a Smart Folder that contains certain notes automatically. To do so, you set up a filter (condition) like a tag, date, or locked note. When the condition is met for a particular note, it pops into the Smart Folder. This gives you a convenient spot to quickly access the notes you need.

Uses of Smart Folders in the Notes app

View all notes for the current day, each day of the week.

See pinned notes that contain specific tags.

Gather notes that were created or edited in a certain date range.

Access notes that you share with particular contacts.

See notes with specific types of attachments like photos, videos, or documents.

Collect notes that contain checklists, including checked or unchecked items.

If you’re ready to set up your own Smart Folder, let’s get to it!

How to create a Smart Folder in Notes on iPhone and iPad

Launch the Notes app on your iPhone.

Select an account and tap the New Folder icon on the bottom left.

Next to Include notes matching, use the drop-down box to pick All or Any depending on if you want to match all of the filters or just a few of them.

As an example, we’ll select Shared and With Specific People. At the top, below Enabled Filters, you’ll see an option to Select People.

You’ll then see the Smart Folder in your list for you to select and view the contents.

Convert a normal folder to a Smart Folder on iPhone and iPad

Maybe you have an ordinary folder in Notes that you’d like to turn into a Smart Folder. Once you convert the folder, you’ll see all notes inside contain a tag with the folder name.

Keep in mind you cannot convert a Smart Folder to an ordinary folder, so be sure you want to change the folder type before you follow these steps.

Open a simple folder and then tap the three dots at the top.

Pick Convert to Smart Folder.

Confirm by choosing Convert at the bottom or Cancel if you change your mind.

Edit a Smart Folder on iPhone and iPad

If you’d like to change your Smart Folder, you can edit it easily. This includes folders you convert to Smart Folders.

Select the folder and tap the three dots at the top.

You can then sort or group the notes within the folder or choose Edit Smart Folder for the other changes below.

To rename the folder, simply enter the new name.

To adjust the filter(s), pick Manage Smart Folder, make your changes, and tap Done to save them.

Delete a Smart Folder on iPhone and iPad

You can remove a Smart Folder you no longer use in Notes. The notes in the folder don’t get deleted but remain in their original location(s). It’s only the Smart Folder container that’s removed.

On the main Folders screen, either slide the folder name from right to left and tap the Delete icon (trash can) or long-press the folder and pick Delete.

How to create a Smart Folder in Notes on Mac

Like on an iPhone or iPad, you can create a Smart Folder in Notes on Mac easily, albeit with a few changes.

Launch the Notes app on Mac.

Give your Smart Folder a name at the top of the pop-up box. You should see the Make into a Smart Folder box checked for you.

Convert a folder to a Smart Folder on Mac

Start with one of the following:

Select the three dots to the right of the name and pick Convert to Smart Folder.

Edit a Smart Folder on Mac

After you create a Smart Folder, you can make adjustments to it just like on iPhone and iPad. 

To change the filter(s) for the Smart Folder, pick Edit Smart Folder. Then, make your adjustments and select OK to save them.

Delete a Smart Folder on Mac

If you no longer want to use a Smart Folder you’ve created, you can delete it easily. Remember, this does not delete the folder’s notes.

Do one of the following:

Select the three dots to the right of the name and pick Delete Folder.

Work smarter with Smart Folders in Apple Notes!

The nice thing about Smart Folders in Notes, aside from quick access to the notes you want, is that it all happens without any effort. By taking a few moments to create a Smart Folder upfront, you can keep your notes organized without lifting another finger.

Over to you! Now that you know how to use a Smart Folder in Notes on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, are you going to create one, or have you already?

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With her BS in Information Technology, Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a Project Manager, Department Manager, and PMO Lead. She wanted to help others learn how technology can enrich business and personal lives and has shared her suggestions and how-tos across thousands of articles.

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