MobileMe Notes Sync?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Scaboda, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. Scaboda macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
    I noticed that Notes is listed in the MobileMe system preferences as a sync option, but it doesn't appear to be working.

    Maybe I'm doing something wrong. has anyone with MobileMe gotten this to sync?
  2. Scaboda thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
    1. Go to System Preferences
    2. Select MobileMe
    3. Select Sync

    It's listed as a checkable item with Calendars, Contacts, Mail, etc.
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Hmm, just tried it and it didn't sync with my phone.
  4. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
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    They only sync through iTunes ATM.
  5. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    But where else would you make a new note? Why have it listed if it's only in iTunes?
  6. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    Is it possible that it won't sync through MobileMe if you don't have "mail" checked on the iPhone? I don't sync Mail via MobileMe, and that's my only guess as to why it won't work that way.
  7. paulsalter macrumors 68000


    Aug 10, 2008
    I assume this is something Apple will be working on, syncing via iTunes is just the start.

    The notes syncing currently via mobileme might be between Macs, so if you have two macs they will stay in sync

    mobileme website needs a notes area & iPhone needs a native todo, Macs/MobileMe & iPhone can then all get/sync the same data
  8. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    It is there to sync the notes between computers running desktop versions of Mac OS on the same account.
  9. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    My Notes sync between computers using MM, and from computer to iPhone only when I do a sync over USB through iTunes. The Notes show up in the Mail program Notes section.


    You need to check this box in iTunes.
  10. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
  11. tiresias314 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    For now, I think the Notes sync in MobileMe in System Preferences is for syncing Notes with MobileMe and with other Macs, as how the MobileMe sync started out initially. Syncing to the iPhone OTA will come in time.
  12. pol0001 macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2008
    The feature to sync notes between Macs has been there since Leopard.
  13. sashaT macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2009
  14. offwidafairies macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    i don't get it. i wiped my iphone last week and the whole syncing thing through mobile me has not been working properly. i don't know what i did, but now it seems to work. i would love to know what box i checked or unchecked and where, so next time i don't waste so much time trying to figure out how to get everything working correctly...
  15. ciaran00 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    What do you mean come in time? Why is it even an option in the Settings App? Just for kicks?
  16. budsimrin macrumors newbie


    Sep 18, 2008
    Fort Worth, TX
    A solution that worked for me

    I don't know how many times over the years I have spent hours pondering why various things have stopped syncing. Today I could not get Notes to sync between my computer and MobileMe. It was working fine between MobileMe and our iPhones and iPad.

    I am using Mac OS 10.7 Lion but I believe what I am about to say applies equally well to Snow Leopard and Leopard and maybe Tiger. There are 2 basic ways of syncing Notes from a computer to an iPhone or orther device. Method 1 is to check the box in iTunes (first plug in an iPhone, then click on your iPhone under Devices in the left-hand panel of iTunes, the click on the Info tab at the top, and finally check the box for Notes under Advanced at the bottom). Thenceforth your iPhones are supposed to sync Notes every time you sync via iTunes. This is NOT the method I was using.

    For me it is better to sync Notes on the computer to MobileMe and then work the settings on the iPhone and other devices to sync with MobileMe. To sync Notes from my Apple computer to MobileMe I had used both the MobileMe System Preference and the Mail,Contacts & Calendar System Preference. In the former I clicked on the Sync tab and then put a checkmark by Notes. I set the drop-down menu to "Automatically". For the latter system preference, I clicked on my MobileMe account in the left-hand pane, and then I put a checkmark by Mail & Notes in the right hand pane.

    I don't know if both system preference activations are necessary, but once upon a time this worked for me. It was not working today and, I noticed, not for several months. I tried everything I could think of including unchecking and rechecking checkboxes, clicking Sync Now in the MobileMe System Preference, clicking Sync Now from the MobileMe menubar icon. I even activated Method 1. Nothing worked.

    What finally got things going again was the following simple step. I kept all the settings as described above. I then opened the Mail application. For me Notes was set up to show under REMINDERS. (I believe there is a setting somewhere to instead have Notes show up in the Inbox.) I clicked the disclosure triangle by Notes and sure enough I had 2 Note folders: (1) On My Mac and (2) I selected (2). Then, at the bottom of the left-hand pane is a tiny gear icon. I clicked it and from the pop-up menu I selected Synchronize Immediately Notes synced!!! I was notified of 75 or so conflicts, which were due to months of making some changes on my computer, some in MobileMe, and some of one of the iPhones or the iPad. I took 10 minutes to decide one-by-one which was the most current, also looking for cases where I might have made changes in 2 or more places and then hand-writing the extra stuff. Then I clicked Sync and everything worked immediately on my computer, within seconds for MobileMe, and within minutes for the iPhones. After that, I made some more changes on the Notes on my computer and they continued to show up everywhere else.

    Sorry this is so long. I hope it helps others.

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