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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 22, 2019
Hi - in both macOS (Catalina 10.15.1) and iOS (12.4.3) Notes apps, when I try to lock a note for the first time, it claims the password is incorrect and I am unable to protect the note. However, when I use the same password to unlock notes that have already been protected for a while, it works just fine. Anyone else experiencing this behavior?


macrumors newbie
Jan 10, 2016
I have noticed exact same issue, doesn’t matter if I use my iPhone iPad or iMac.

My notes password unlocks all my notes, but it won’t accept the same password to lock new notes.

Cant recall how long it has been going on but just really noticed it today.

I am hesitant to try a notes password reset to try fix it in case it makes it worse and I can’t unlock existing notes.


Staff member
Jul 1, 2014
I recently ran into this as well, and the reset worked for me. Acted like the remembered password was different from the existing notes. Been ages since I unlocked one of them or created new.
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