How to use the Journal app in iOS 17 — start 2024 with a brand new habit

Originally set to launch in iOS 17 but subsequently delayed, Journal has finally arrived on iPhone, giving you an easy way to jot down notes, write down feelings, and keep track of your life. It combines notes with a calendar and even allows you to have some privacy while you do it. 

I have been testing out Journal on my own iPhone 15 Pro Max, the best iPhone out there, and I can’t wait to see how it fits into my life over the coming months. Here’s how to use the Journal app in iOS 17 and some tips to get the most out of it. 

How to use the Journal app in iOS 17

Journal app in iOS 17

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  1. Open Journal from your Home screen
  2. Click the + button on the bottom of the screen, where you can choose from highlights, get exercise suggestions, or prompts to start writing
  3. You can start from scratch or start from a highlight, the app will give you options after tapping + 
  4. When you are done with a Journal or want to create a new one, click Done, then click + again

Apple Journal tips


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