How to: Sync notes from MacBook to iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by tomcannon, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2011
    Ok I am very confused and have searched high and low to no avail. All I want to do is simply create in notes on my macbook in mail>notes and for it to appear in my notes on my iPhone. I am often doing work on the MacBook and need to jot down quick notes and it would be handy to then have these notes on my iPhone without having to actually create them on the iphone every time.

    Anyone know how this is done, I have notes enabled in icloud.

    Many thanks, Tom.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2010
    You have to set that notes save to your address on both of the devices, not to "On my Mac" or "your iphone's name" account".

    1.) In mail, under Composing tab, make sure you have your address under "create notes in". This will make every note that you create go directly to iCloud. You should see every note that you create now also on and vice versa.

    If seeing notes in Mail inbox is your preference, check "show notes in inbox" under "account info"->"Mailbox behaviours" for your address.

    2.) On iOS, there is an option in which account you create your notes. You are probably making them on your iPhone, not address. Make sure that is your address account as well. Not really sure how you check in which account you are making the note in.

    Both in Lion and in iOS5 yo should have notes synching over icloud enabled (I'm sure you have that already).

    What I did was when I had 1.) working, I synced all notes from my iOS device to my Mac via iTunes. When they showed up in Mail, I cut&pasted them to my inbox (so they were on iCloud at this point). Then I deleted every single note from my iOS device (also turn off notes synching in iTunes at this point!) and set up iCloud syncing and then every note got pushed to it. And then "it just works" from here on.

    Make sure you have your notes backed up one way or the other. I'm not responsible if you lose anything.

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