Frequently Asked Questions

Buying and Using Notability

Notability Library



Working in a Note

Importing, Exporting, and General PDF Behavior



Error Messages and Misc

How do I troubleshoot Metadata errors?

"Unable to load metadata" errors usually mean that iCloud is misbehaving, but we're working to prevent such errors. If restarting your device doesn't fix the error, iCloud's version history should let you download slightly older versions of your notes, and those versions should behave correctly.

I bought Notability on my iPad/iPhone. Can I use it on my Mac? 

Yes! Learn more about Notability for Mac here. You can sync notes between them through iCloud.

In Notability Settings > Manage Accounts, I see an option for creating a Notability account. What is that? Is it related to note storage?

This is not related to note storage. If you'd like to back up your notes, please try Auto-Backup

When you create a Notability account, it'll allow you to share note links with others via the Link Sharing feature. It is not used for anything else.

How can I move, edit, and delete images, text boxes, and sticky notes?

  1. While using the text tool, tap an item with one finger to select it.
  2. Alternatively, tap an image with two fingers while using another tool. This keeps you from selecting the item while you write on it.
  3. To move the item, tap and drag it.
  4. To resize the item, tap and drag one of its corners.
  5. To delete the item, tap "Delete" from the menu above it.

How can I write with my fingers or another stylus after using an Apple Pencil?

  1. Open a note.
  2. Tap the Options (3 dots) menu and navigate to Info.
  3. Tap "Disconnect" next to Apple Pencil. 

Where did the scissors tool go? 

We updated the icon! It is a lasso tool now but it works exactly the same as it did before. 

Can I view my notes in Landscape Mode?

Landscape mode is currently on our list of potential ideas for the future.

If you would like to use something akin to a landscape mode now, you can:

  1. Lock your iPad's orientation and turn the device sideways.
  2. Or if you prefer, you could import a PDF and use it as a landscape template. You can learn more about that approach here.

I'm a designer and/or content creator. How can I collaborate with Notability?

Please email us at with any business inquiries. Thanks!

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