How to use Apple’s New Journal App

With the release of iOS 17.2, Apple introduced the new Journal app. If you’re using another 3rd party journal app, this app is very basic. The app is simple and has some great features, such as allowing you to create journaling habits and keep your journal entries safe. You can use the suggested prompts if you need help with what to write about.

How to use the Journal app

When you launch the Journal app, you’ll be guided through the initial setup process and allowed to turn on Journaling suggestions—enabling you to add details of your day-to-day activities. For example, journal entries about the places you visit, photos you’ve taken, exercise routines, and anyone you call or message.

How to Add an Entry to the Journal App

The initial entry will prompt you to permit access to the Camera and Photos apps. 

After launching the Journal app

  • Tap the Plus Button
  • Choose from a Prompt or select New Entry

At the bottom of the entry, you’ll find the tools section.

  • Magic Wand: If you want to add a prompt after you’ve started your entry.
  • Photos icon: add a photo to your entry.
  • Camera Icon: take a photo to add to your entry
  • Voice Record Icon: Record a voice memo and directly add it to your entry.
  • Location Icon: Add a location to your entry.

To edit your entry, tap on the three dots in the upper right corner to find the options to add a Custom Date or Delete the entry.


Tap the Bookmark Icon in the upper left corner to bookmark a particular entry.

When you’re finished with your journal entry, tap on Done.

How to Lock Your Journal Entries

You’re in complete control when it comes to keeping your journal safe from prying eyes. No one but you can access your journal- not even Apple.

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap Journal
  • Tap Lock Journal

  • Enter your iPhone Passcode
  • Toggle on Lock
  • Tap Require Passcode
  • Select how long the journal needs to be inactive to require the passcode.

How to View Entries After Creating 

Once you’ve created some entries, you need to know how to view them and the available options.

  • Launch the Journal app.
  • Tap the filter icon in the upper right corner. You can search through your entries according to the type of media. For Example, tap Photos to view entries that only include photos.

  • Edit an entry. To make changes, swipe left on a journal entry and choose edit or delete to remove an entry.

How to Create a Journaling Habit

Journaling can help you process your thoughts, but if you’re not used to doing it daily, you might find it difficult to remember. To receive reminders to journal:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap Journal
  • Select Journaling Schedule
  • Toggle on Schedule
  • Now, choose when you want reminding.


The Journal app looks very promising. There’s no iPad app, but I expect that to change. Check out the Journal app if you’re just getting started with journaling or want a basic app that’s always with you.

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