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Question: Notes app on iOS 14 very slow

I have a note on my phone that is very full, it had a lot of information. Let’s say you can scroll for a good 10 seconds from one end to the other. On iOS 13 there were 0 issues. On iOS 14 when I type, it is noticeably slower and laggier. When I type the keyboard letters pop up a second later and the letters on the notes show up a second later too. How do I fix this issue without downgrading?

Posted on Sep 18, 2020 7:07 PM

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Sep 28, 2020 1:22 AM in response to shirakotakumo In response to shirakotakumo

Once I updated to iOS 14, all of my Notes with a lot of bulleted lists in them were insanely laggy. At first, I thought it was because of how much text was in there, but other big notes without a lot of lists were fine, and new notes with about 20 started to show issues. My keyboard will intermittently slow down so much that it types by itself for a good 10-15 seconds. It's insane.

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Sep 24, 2020 9:17 AM in response to mpizzo72 In response to mpizzo72

Same problem on Ipad air 2, ios 14 broke the notes app, please fix it Apple! Oh, already did restart, erased all settings, erased the app and re-installed it, and I have 72 gigs of free space on the ipad so it’s definitely a bug, not experiencing the lag on my iphone 11 pro max though, could it be planned obsolescence? Tisk Tisk Apple!

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Sep 27, 2020 2:54 AM in response to GTez In response to GTez

Me too! This is hugely frustrating. If any note is more than a few paragraphs long the app slows down to a crawl...I’m typing and words are lagging behind to the point that the notes app is nonfunctional. I’m using an iPhone X, I have tons of storage space and every other app runs smoothly. Apple, you need to fix this.

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Sep 27, 2020 1:46 PM in response to shirakotakumo In response to shirakotakumo

Augh same here. It’s a nightmare. I use the Notes app for everything. ALL of my notes are ‘laggy’ (on both of my iPads, on my iPhone and even on my Mac) and I have over 700 of them so there’s no ‘cutting and pasting’ them to fix it. So annoying. They need to fix this!! (And I have plenty of space on all of my devices so that is not it). This is the worst!!

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Sep 28, 2020 1:22 AM in response to shirakotakumo In response to shirakotakumo

Once I updated to iOS 14, all of my Notes with a lot of bulleted lists in them were insanely laggy. At first, I thought it was because of how much text was in there, but other big notes without a lot of lists were fine, and new notes with about 20 started to show issues. My keyboard will intermittently slow down so much that it types by itself for a good 10-15 seconds. It's insane.

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Sep 28, 2020 6:47 PM in response to downland1 In response to downland1

I’ve got many Notes files on my iPhone 6s. I’ve got one commonly used note that has over 6,000 characters. Editing this note since upgrading to iOS 14 has been a nightmare, just like the others here.


I copied all of the contents of that one note (nothing but characters/words) pasted it into a new note, then deleted the old one. Editing the new note has the same speed and responsiveness you’d expect.


This workaround works for me. Apple will still have to eliminate the bug. Good luck!

Sep 28, 2020 6:47 PM

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