Move notes fron "on my iPhone" to syncing account

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Z400Racer37, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    Hey guys,

    I was just wondering if it was possible to move my notes from the "on my iPhone" category to a category that syncs (i.e. iCloud, or Gmail etc.). I have not been able to find a way to do this from the phone... Anybody have any way to do this? I have not been able to find one so far, and it's driving me nuts!

    Thanks a lot everyone!
  2. Z400Racer37 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
  3. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    How are you able to view the categories? Mine are syncing to iCloud by default.
  4. Z400Racer37 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    hmm... didn't know that, sorry. I'm able to view the categories "all notes", "Google", "on my iPhone", and "iCloud" on my phone. The Google, and iCloud notes sync, but the on my iPhone ones don't. I see no way to transfer them from "on my iPhone" to another category from my iPhone, and I can't seem to view them at all from my Mac. I'm having the same problem with the notes from my iPad… The ones that are in the sinking accounts can sync, but the ones that are specifically on that device can't be transferred to an account that syncs...

  5. aoitsukinosuke macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    I had the exact same problem.

    Apple won't let notes on devices or Macs thru itunes anymore. Only imap based accounts sync.
    I had to move all my On My Mac notes to my Gmail notes on my Mini, which is a simple drag task.

    However, it's a hassle on the iphone. The only solution that I could find was go to Notes->Accounts->On My iPhone.
    Click the note. Below is the option button. Click->Copy.
    Then go to Accounts->Gmail->+->Paste.

    Luckily for me I had only 10 notes. It took me a while and a lot of fingering.

    FINALLY, I sent a @*$§@ note to Tim Cook.:mad:

    Still looking
  6. dinggus macrumors 65816

    Jan 17, 2012
    Is there a way to sync notes throughout iOS without a @me account?
  7. laserbeam273 macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2010
    I'm having this same issue. Is there no better way than manually copying each one? It's not even a complete solution, as you lose the date data.
  8. otomo macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2013
    When did Notes become cloud sync-able? All my 2009-2012 notes are in the "On My Phone" folder with 2012 onwards on iCloud. It's like Apple is punishing early adopters who were there before they figured out their cloud strategy. (Well, maybe they still haven't figured it out...)
  9. MonsieurC macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2014
    The only solution is to manually copy every note from the "on my iPhone" folder to the "iCloud" folder. Once all the notes are under iCloud, the folder list disappears, and you have one cohesive iCloud-synced notes app, just as it should be.

    LaserBeam, how is it that you lose information? If you manually copy each note over and make sure it is "saved" in iCloud, I see no loss of information.

    Dinggus, you need to have the @me or @icloud email enabled to sync notes.
  10. Saimurai macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2012
    @MonsieurC - laserbeam273 was saying that the DATE data is not copied across if you just copy and paste the old note into a new one. This is true, it takes on the date of the copy date losing the original creation date which can be important to some. Like me. This is another annoyance with having to transfer over 200 notes one at a time. I tried emailing them, and then Airdrop but iOS 8x only works with Yosemite which i haven't installed.

    Anyone found a way around this yet? A way to group transfer your notes from the "on my iPhone" section to another account or even computer. Someone suggested using an older version of iTunes in another forum...
  11. btempleton macrumors newbie


    Jul 19, 2015
    After all this time Apple have eventually added "Move" to Notes in iOS9.
    No longer do our "On My iPhone" Notes have to be orphaned so I've now got 4,842 Notes in iCloud :)
    Also, when the Notes are moved, they retain their original date.
  12. zaphon macrumors 6502


    Oct 9, 2003
    Yeah, they added it, however it ONLY allows you to move notes to iCloud. Not my Exchange account or IMAP account. So yeah, nice first step, but still useless.
  13. NatusK macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2015
    I have the same problem and it's frustrating. That change on iOS 9 does not help this situation.
  14. emailboy macrumors newbie


    Apr 5, 2008
    I just found how to move notes from local or any account to a desired account (e.g., to iCloud):

    1. Open Notes
    2. Go into an account
    3. Select "Edit" on the upper right
    4. Select "Move all" on the bottom left
    5. Select an account into which to move the notes.
    6. Repeat with other accounts as desired.
  15. Saimurai, Apr 1, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016

    Saimurai macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2012
    yyyyyaaaaaayyyy!!!!!!! exactly? There's no option to move local files (on iPhone)

    GOT IT, as soon as you update your phone to iOS9.3.1 it appears. instead of just saying Delete All, as an option there is Move All. Once you've moved all to iCloud (this is so awesome by the way, ive been waiting for this for years now, i treat Notes like a diary.....where was i...) oh yeah, so you have to quit Notes on the iPhone so that the iPhone folder disappears otherwise it still says there are notes in there (in my case 200 odd, even though when i opened the folder there were no notes). Resetting Notes sorts this out.
  16. justoneQ2 macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2016
    It only lets me move to "On my iPhone", not to my gmail or other accounts. I don't have iCloud set up. Anyone else face/overcome this?

  17. Saimurai macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2012
    Hey justoneQ2, have you updated fully? Also, check your mail settings that gmail is permitted with Notes on your iPhone.

    A few posts above, Zaphon states: "Yeah, they added it, however it ONLY allows you to move notes to iCloud. Not my Exchange account or IMAP account. So yeah, nice first step, but still useless."

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