By default, the Notes that you create on iPhone/iPad are stored on iCloud. However, you can easily Change Default Notes Account on iPhone and make the Notes App save all your Notes locally on your own device.
Change Default Notes Account on iPhone
The Notes App on iPhone and iPad is a handy tool for recording useful information, creating shopping lists, creating task related checklists, collaborating with other people and many other uses.
As mentioned above, your iCloud Account serves as the default Account for Notes App on iOS devices. This means that all the Notes that you create on your iPhone or iPad are automatically uploaded to iCloud and stored in your iCloud Account.
As you can imagine, the main advantage of this setup is that it allows you to access Notes on all devices and allows you to Share Notes and Collaborate with others on Group Projects.
By going with the default setup, it is almost guaranteed that all your Notes will be available on iCloud, even if your device gets misplaced, damaged, stolen or lost.
However, in case you do not like the idea of your Notes being available on iCloud, you can prevent the Notes App from uploading Notes to iCloud by changing the Default Notes Account from iCloud to your own device (iPhone or iPad).
This will make the Notes App keep all your Notes stored locally on the device itself, instead of uploading them to iCloud.
Change Default Notes Account On iPhone
Follow the steps below to change the default Notes Account Location on iPhone or iPad.
1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
2. On the Settings screen, scroll down and tap on Notes.
3. On the Notes screen, enable the option to store Notes Locally on your device by moving the toggle next to “On My iPhone” Account to ON position. Once this is done, tap on Default Account option located under “Accounts” section (See image below).
4. On the Default Account screen, tap on On My iPhone option.
After this all the Notes that you create on your iPhone will be stored locally on your iPhone and not on iCloud. This change also affects how Siri acts on your instructions to create Notes.
For example, if you create a new Note by asking Siri to create a Note, the new Note will now appear locally on your iPhone or iPad, instead of being saved to iCloud.