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I am using an iPad with the Smart Keyboard, but my question applied to all devices running iOS.

How do I create hyperlinked text in apps such as the Mail.app or Notes.app on iOS? I tried using the text selection menu, as well as the standard Command K shortcut, but neither of them seemed to give me the result I wanted.

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    Try taking a look at Microsoft's OneNote. I abandoned Apple's Notes app long ago as it was too limited. – Allan Jan 3 at 12:06
  • As soon as I press done in Notes or save a draft, the iOS data detectors automagically link detected content like URL and phone numbers. Are you looking for that for an answer or is there more to what you wish to accomplish with Command K. That isn't implemented on iOS as a standard shortcut which I think is clear / agreed. – bmike Feb 27 at 2:11
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I just type away in Notes and Mail on iOS and trust that the text processing / data detectors will automagically convert / link / mark down the URL when you press Done in notes or save the draft in Mail.

I've never needed to use Command K on iOS for any of the apps. Other apps of course have more enhanced processing of links. Pages for one immediately converts a link and has link settings when you tap once and release on the link.

iOS pages app showing the link settings

Outlook as well has a tap and hold insert menu that lets you add a link in an analogous way to some OS on the Command + K

One slick way to get fancy styled notes is to open notes and then open Pages as a multitasking pop up to make the adjustments. In the second image I replaced the text for Apple's web site with the text WOOOO and then copied / pasted that into Notes.

Notes can handle the full equivalent of markdown [WOOOO](https://www.apple.com) and render it properly. It just lacks the UI controls to generate such links with a presentation different than the simple data detector label with the link.

pages link with alt text

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Before using ⌘K make sure you have selected the text you want to hyperlink.

This is not possible on iOS.

Alternatively you can try using a different notes app.

  • There's no need to select text since Command K doesn't even exist in iOS mail and notes as a shortcut. This is easily achievable in notes and mail with a save step. See my answer. – bmike Feb 27 at 2:25

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