I have an iPad Pro, 2nd generation with the iPadOS version 13.5.1 and I would like to draw or print on a page in the Notes app. I don't have an Apple Pencil but I should be able to do this with my finger. Below is a screenshot from my iPad of my attempt. This question was asked before but the answer doesn't work for me. Nothing I can do draws on a page. I've searched the web and found this site and this one that says this is possible but the descriptions don't work. Does anyone know how to make this work? It works fine on my iPhone 11 Pro.

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Found the solution!!! It’s in the settings. Toggle off “only draw with Apple Pencil” Toggle off “only draw with Apple Pencil” ... simple yet hidden solution. Hope this helps everyone :-)

  • Good catch!! Thanks very much!
    – Natsfan
    Aug 1, 2020 at 18:45
  • I didn’t think to check the app settings. Amazing and useful.
    – bmike
    Aug 1, 2020 at 18:53
  • Well sadly it doesn’t work on the IPad Pro there is no setting available within the Notes settings menu Jun 24, 2021 at 9:56

You are correct that notes on iOS 13 does not want a finger to mark up on an iPad. It does work on the iPhone. Fingers are for navigation on the iPad build of Notes. I would recommend you draw in another app with your finger like Linea sketch.

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