Notes compatiblity?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by mrdm, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. mrdm macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    I'm considering upgrading my main mac to El Capitan...just because :).

    I do use the Notes app a lot and have several other apple devices. Does anyone know if I stay away from the special formatting and other features of the El Capitan Notes app will the El Capitan Notes iCloud sync with my other devices...iPhone and iPad running IOS 8.4.1?

    Also, any feedback on the performance or battery life of the El Capitan beta's welcome. I have a late 2014 Macbook Pro 13".
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    You would better stay away from new notes app features because my old iPhone 4 can no longer access new notes because I have upgraded notes to iOS 9 version.
  3. mrdm thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    Thanks Shirasaki. Is that happening with simple "text" based notes? That is, if you enter a text-only note on El Capitan - does it appear on your iPhone and vice versa?
  4. !!! macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2013
    Apple recommends not to install betas on your main machine. I have my beta on a separate partition, but I didn't log into iCloud because I don't want any of my notes or other data being upgraded and incompatible with my iPhone.
  5. lagwagon, Aug 13, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2015

    lagwagon Suspended


    Oct 12, 2014
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Notes won't just automatically upgrade to the new El Capitan/iOS 9 version if you logged into iCloud. It stays on the older Yosemite version unless you specifically press the update button inside Notes.
  6. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    What I know is I have a pure text based notes created using new notes, but it doesn't show up in my iPhone 4 so far.

    Therefore I would bet new notes will no longer be able to provide backward compatibility to older notes, which is what Apple love to do.
  7. adrianlondon macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2013
    Whether pre-iOS9 phones can read your notes has nothing to do with the contents, it's to do with which version of notes you use. if you click on 'upgrade" you'll be using the new iOS9-only (and El Capitan-only) notes, if you don't you'll be using old notes which works across everything. I believe this is made clear when given the option to upgrade.
  8. zhaoxin macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2015
    It is not base on the note format you use. New notes can only be used between iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 betas.
  9. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    yeah, just be careful NOT to select the 'new' options in os x notes when you first run it. i did that (oops), and lost sync with my iphone (resolved by updating my phone to the ios9 beta...not my original plan...).

    before that, sync continued to work between the 10.11 beta and ios 8.x...
  10. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040


    Jul 4, 2015
    During this beta phase I saw that the new Notes app in iOS 9 and El Cap were not compatible with the old notes. So my devices were not in sync. So I copied my notes across to OneNote. I now have notes in sync on Windows, OSX and iOS. It syncs quicker too.

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