How do I delete a folder in the Notes app on my iPhone?

Delete Notes Folder iOS

Deleting a folder in the Notes app is as simple as swiping left on the folder you want to delete. In the Notes app navigate to the Folders section and swipe right to left to open the Delete option. Tap the "Delete" button and the folder will be deleted. Be careful that you have selected the correct option because once you have deleted a folder it will be gone forever. Only deleted notes are saved in the Recently Deleted section.

Update: The swipe left option only works if you saved the folder directly to your iPhone. There doesn't seem to be a way to delete folders from iCloud.


This is false. Of course, swiping left seems like the logical action, however, when I do that, absolutely nothing happens. I would like to delete a few folders (and have for a few years), but I have come to terms that it is not an option for some reason. Unless there's a setting or something that needs changed, this info is no good. Please help!!

Just tested it again and it works for both folders saved in iCloud and on your phone. What version of iOS are you running?

Currently 10.3.2...
There's an update available, but when I go to click it in settings, it's "ghosted" and nothing happens... :-/

What you want to do is
1) plug your iPhone in to a charger
2) connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi

Then check out Settings -> General -> Software Update.

I confirm that it is impossible delete Folder from Notes on iPhone 7.

I agree. Swiping left only opens that folder. There appears to be no way to delete a folder in iPhone 7 Notes.

Updating this FAQ that as of today 19AUG17 you STILL can not delete a folder under "folders" by all that was previously mentioned or any way I have tried. Swiping, settings, edit, nothing works.

Not just on iPhone 7. On my iMac, iPad, iCloud from browser too.
Can not delete folders in Notes app.

The same happens on my 6s
Folders are ghosted and empty
Touching Edit does not do anything it’s locked up

The same happens on my 6s
Folders are ghosted and empty
Touching Edit does not do anything it’s locked up

Not sure if this will help, but this worked for me. I had 3 main sub folders in notes; Ken@Home; Ken@Work and On My Phone. I wanted to move the ones from @Home to On My Phone, which was simple. Then to get rid of the sub folder Ken@Home I went to settings - Accounts and Passwords and selected the Account Ken@Home; scroll down to Notes and turn it off. When I go back to the Notes app the sub folder is gone. Like I said, not sure if this will fix your problem, but I hope it helps.