Send secret messages on your iPhone using the Notes app. Here’s how

Notes app on your device Iphone Useful for jotting a comprehensive grocery list or keeping a detailed record of rents, utilities, and Other important billsBut that’s not all he can do. These notes can also be used to have a secret conversation with your friends and family.

Collaboration in Notes allows multiple people to read and edit a single note in real time, meaning virtually anyone in the note can have a conversation with each other. All they have to do is type something, as you would via text messages, and then the other person replies.

But why use Notes for this, and not just use Messages? Especially when you’ll be able to soon Editing and deleting texts?

Unlike texting, any conversation in a note can be “self-destructive” with a little intrusion, similar to snap chat. After you write a message, the other person can delete it and send their response, which you can then delete and replace with your own, and so forth. She can have an incredibly long conversation – without any evidence of it happening.

Read more: Apple Notes: How to set up passwords for more privacy

If you want to know how to turn a note into a place for hidden conversations on iOS, here’s what you need to know.

Create a note

On your iPhone, launch the Notes app and tap Composer The button on the bottom right to create a new note. Next, write anything in the note to keep, otherwise it will be automatically deleted when you exit the note. You can also move to a note that already exists, but it’s best to start over with a new note.

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First, create a new note or move to an existing note.

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Edit the note sharing options

Once your note is ready to use, you can start the process of adding another person as a collaborator, which means they can read and edit whatever is in the note. To get started, tap more at the top right, then tap Share the note.

Now press Share options And make sure that can make changes The option is selected under Permission. You should also switch Anyone can add people In case you want to be the only one who can add collaborators to your note. Return to the last page when you are finished configuring these settings.

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Second, manage what your collaborators can do.

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Add a collaborator and share the link

Next, choose a way to share the note: you can send it via text, email, social media, and more. If you scroll on the sharing options, you can also select Copy the linkwhich copies the note’s link to your clipboard and allows you to paste it wherever you want.

In this example, I’ll choose File Copy the link Memo sharing option.

At the top of the Copy Link page, enter the email address or phone number of the person you want to access the note. You can also click File Add An icon to search through your contacts. Adding a contact to the note is required – If you share the link without adding a contact, the other person won’t be able to see or edit the note, even using the link.

Finally, hit copy end to end To copy the note link to your clipboard and share it with the collaborator.

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Next, add the collaborator(s).

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Communicate secretly via notes

The other person, on the receiving end, must now open the note link and accept the invitation. If they agree, they will be redirected to the Notes app and to the collaborative note you just created.

To communicate, simply type something into the note, which the other person will be able to see in real time, without having to hit send. They will also receive a notification any time the note is changed.

Everyone in the note will be shown a matching color (just for a moment) so everyone else knows who wrote what. You can also swipe up from the middle of the note to see the name of who wrote the letter, as well as the timestamp of when the letter was written and any corresponding colors.

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Now you can communicate secretly with your friends or family.

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You can also click File Share the note button (with a check mark icon), go to Shared note management Then switch Mark all changes. This way, all messages will always be marked with the corresponding color, making the conversation easier to read.

And if you want to keep your communications low-level, delete your message or the other person’s message to delete it from the note. This way your conversation will be more like on Snapchat, with ephemeral or short-lived messages that strangers can’t see if they’re snooping on your notes. You can do this with any text in the notes, as well as photos, videos, links, graphics, or any other attachments you add to the note.

Permanently delete your secret chat

Not all secret conversations can last forever, so now is the time to end them.

If you are the owner of the note and you want to keep the note intact for everyone but prevent them from editing it, you can do that easily. At the top right, tap View participants button and press Shared note management. To remove a participant, you can either swipe left on their name and press Removal Or you can click on its name and then click on remove access.

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To end the notes conversation, remove any collaborators or stop sharing the note.

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Additionally, you can click stop sharing The option, which will not only remove the participants from the note, but also delete the note from all their devices.

If you are not the owner of the note, you can just delete the note from the Notes app.