Workaround: How to Add Folders to the Native "Notes" App on the iPhone (Now with iOS 7 and iOS8 pics also, same steps.... just different pictures.)
Can't believe Apple still hasn't made this easier right from the iPhone! Well, here is the work around till they get it straight:
The "Notes" app on the iPhone is a great way to keep your notes Organized, Simple and In-Sync.
Here is a step by step to arrange your iPhone notes into folders without using a computer.
Notice how the top left of the Notes app has "Accounts". That means it has folders now.
Now, how to do it....
Go to Settings on your iPhone. Click on "Mail, Contacts, Calendars."
Under the account that you want to have the notes, make sure the "Notes" are turned "OFF" (I know, that is the weird part about it)
Go to your native "Mail" app on the iPhone and at the top left make sure you go back to your "Mailboxes". Now you should be in the view that you can see all your accounts. Don't click on your account under the heading "Inboxes" but click on your account that is under the heading "Accounts". Now scroll through till you see the "Notes" folder. Click "Edit" at the top right corner. Then click "New Mailbox" in the bottom right corner. Make sure after you enter the "Name" that you change the "Mailbox Location" to "Notes" before your press "Save."
Now you will see a folder under your "Notes" folder.
Go back to your Account under settings and turn "Notes" ON.
Now you will see that folder you created under your native "Notes" App.
NOTE: The only thing is that you have to turn the Notes OFF every time that you want to add a folder, or if you want to rename anything, and turn it back ON when you are done. Sometimes it is better than trying to do it with a computer though. :) Especially when you try to be computer-free like me. Still not completely free from the computer, but I am getting there. Hopefully soon.
I am sure Apple will make this easier in the near future by integrating it into the app itself but, for now, here is the work around.
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2/14/2013 Thanks so much! I've been wondering how to do that!
2/17/2013 Yes, it helped me, thanks! :)
3/3/2013 Perfect! WOW! Simple!
3/3/2013 this was helpful. thanks. any tips on how to move existing notes into the new folders I just created?
3/3/2013 Admin - Its pretty tedius, I was using google tasks when I moved over. So just emailed them to myself and then did the copy and paste thing. It was a pain, but it was worth it to me.
3/8/2013 Thanks, this guide is really helpful!
3/14/2013 Fantastic- I can't believe something so simple hasn't been documented by Apple. I guess it's their way of keeping useful things like this from other non-Mac users.
Thanks for the tip!
4/15/2013 Awesome stuff!!!
5/8/2013 Thank You!
6/2/2013 Yes it did! Thanks so much!
6/5/2013 Awesomeness! Thank you!
6/28/2013 yes thx
7/6/2013 I created the folders but lost all my notes!
7/6/2013 Admin - Did you delete the folder that your notes were in? Try renaming a folder to "Notes" it should come back for you. They should all still be there.
7/25/2013 Yes and no know my gmail says wrong password when it's right
7/25/2013 Admin - Hmm. Thats weird. I am not sure why your gmail password is not working. That used to happen to me often. But for some reason it stopped. I believe an update fixed that issue.
7/25/2013 Admin - Update - Seems like Apple still hasn't changed anything with this with the new iOS 7. So I guess this still works. :)
7/28/2013 Great article! Thanks for posting. Worked perfect!
10/22/2013 Thank you, I can't believe apple hasn't thought of organizing notes...
10/28/2013 Yes! It worked
11/11/2013 Worked, but then there is no way to move notes from folder to folder in the native notes app?
11/11/2013 Admin - No, not that I know of. I usually just copy and paste it to the new folder. Let me know if you find a different way.
11/14/2013 Admin - Actually I just figured it out. I you turn notes off and go back into your mail folders you can select the note there and move it to your other folder. I just tried it and it works. :)