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How to Convert Apple Notes to a PDF

Black mobile phone displaying Apple notes.

You can convert Apple Notes to a PDF in a matter of minutes, whether you are using the note-taking software on your iPhone, iPad, or macOS desktop. Odds are, if you own an Apple product, you’re familiar with Apple Notes. It comes standard and continues to evolve along with the rest of the Mac ecosystem.

iCloud makes syncing saved notes seamless across your devices, and Apple Pencil owners can even handwrite notes or sketch in the app. 

What happens, however, when you need to share notes you’ve saved in PDF format? We’re here to show you step-by-step.

Convert iPhone Notes To A PDF

Let’s start with an Apple Notes PDF export on an iPhone. 

1. First things first, you’re going to want to launch the Notes app from your phone.

Notepad launching.

2. Then, choose the note you want to convert to a PDF.

Choose notes that you want to convert.

3. Click the icon in the upper right-hand corner with the three dots.

Click the icon on the right upper corner.

4. A window will pop up near the bottom of your screen. Choose Send A Copy from the available options.

Choose 'Send A Copy'.

4. On the next screen, select the Markup option. You will see a pen tip icon to the right.

On the next screen, select the Markup option. You will see a pen tip icon to the right.

5. You won’t actually be marking anything up. So, ignore the options that pop up at the bottom of your screen. Just hit Done in the upper left-hand corner.

Select done in the upper left-hand corner. 

6. The next screen will give you three options. Click Save File To. It’s the topmost item you can choose.  

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Click Save File To. It’s the topmost item you can choose.

7. Decide where you want to save your new PDF, and hit Save.

Decide where you want to save your new PDF, and hit Save.

Find Your New PDF File

Your new PDF is now easy to find and share, and you didn’t even have to leave your phone. 

1. Find and open your iPhone files.

Find and open your iPhone files.

2. You should see your file listed in the folder where you decided to save it.

You should see your file listed in the folder where you decided to save it.

Export Apple Notes To PDF On iPad

The process of converting Apple Notes to PDF is very similar on iPhone and iPad. So, this should all look very familiar if you already know how to do it that way.

1. First things first, you’re going to want to launch the Notes app from your iPad.

Launch the Notes app from your iPad.

 

2. Then, choose the note you want to convert to a PDF. 

3. Click the icon in the top right-hand corner with the three dots.

Click the icon in the top right-hand corner with the three dots.

4. A window will pop up on the right-hand side of your screen. Choose Send A Copy from the available options.

Choose Send A Copy from the available options.

 

5. On the next pop-up menu, select the Markup option. You will see a pen tip icon to the right of this selection.

On the next pop-up menu, select the Markup option. You will see a pen tip icon to the right of this selection.

6. You won’t actually be marking anything up. So, ignore the options that pop up at the bottom of your screen. Just hit Done in the upper left-hand corner.

Select Done in the upper left-hand corner. 

7. The next pop-up will give you two options. Click Save File To. It’s the topmost item you can choose from.

Click Save File To. It’s the topmost item you can choose from.

8. Decide where you want to save your new PDF, and hit Save.

Decide where you want to save your new PDF, and hit Save.

Convert Apple Notes On Your Mac To PDF

Converting information saved in the Apples Notes app to a PDF is even easier on your Mac desktop. 

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1. Launch the Notes app from your Desktop. You can also launch it from your Launchpad, or the Applications menu (Finder > Go > Applications).

Launch the Notes app from your Desktop.

Apple notes on the home screen.

2. Choose the note you want to convert into a PDF.

Choose the note you want to convert into a PDF.

3. Choose Export as PDF from the File menu.

Choose Export as PDF from the File menu.

4. Type in a new name if desired and choose a location to save your PDF. Then, hit save.

Type in a new name if desired and choose a location to save your PDF. Then, hit save.