How to get my Notes out of iPad without using iTunes?

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  1. jimjxr

    jimjxr iPF Noob

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    Hi,

    Big problem here, I jolted down some notes on iPad a few days ago, now I got a new iPad and needs to transfer the notes to the new one. I connected the old ipad to PC, thinking I can get the notes out this way, but iTunes pops up the infamous "iTunes cannot read the contents of the iPad" message. Of course I cannot restore to factory setting inside iTunes since that would wipe out my notes, I tried hard reboot and reset all settings using General->Reset, none of them works. I tried 3 different PCs (XP/Vista/Win7), all of them have the same error message. So I guess there's no way I can use iTunes to get the notes out, what other choice do I have? I tried to email the notes, but haven't received them. Assuming email doesn't work, anything else?

    Thanks
     
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    ctsluder iPad Fan

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    Email the notes to yourself and then copy and paste those in to notes on new iPad.
     
  3. sjleworthy

    sjleworthy Super Moderator Staff Member

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    agreed. i'm always emailing myself bits and bobs i want to copy between devises.
     
  4. Hasty

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    Mails easiest and fastest. Made a free google account just to transfer junk.

    That said, take a look at evernote (free) which syncs all your notes with your other machines and you can even log in via the web if need be.
    You need never have your notes at the mercy of a piece of hardware again :)
     
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    Copy them, then send them as a message to this forum (perhaps one of the less-frequented threads).

    Then copy from there onto a computer.

    Then go back to the forum (on iPad) and edit (delete) your message.
     
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    twerppoet iPad Legend

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    Slow, but should work.

    Get a DropBox account at dropbox.com, if you don't already have one. Get the free app from the App Store. You probably don't need this, but it will come in handy for checking the account and making sure things work.

    Search in the App Store for a note taking app that syncs with drop box. I did a search for notes and dropbox. Plain Text - Dropbox text editing, is free. The reviews are mixed, but you only need it to work well enough to get your text to DrobBox. After that, you've got lots of ways to get it to the new iPad.

    Now it gets tedious. Open each note, copy, then open your new note app and paste it into a new note.

    On you're new iPad get the DropBox app. Do some research and find a good note taking app you like that will stay synced in the cloud. Maybe even the one you used to get the notes too DropBox. Most will let you open a note in DropBox and then Open with in a another app. Be sure the app you choose supports Apple's Open with protocol if it does not directly sync with DropBox. This will avoid the problem in the future. I like Evernote, but there are lots of options.
     
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    jimjxr iPF Noob

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    Thanks guys, the replies are very helpful, I used Evernote to get my notes out although I'll try out dropbox in the future.
     
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    twerppoet iPad Legend

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    DropBox is very handy in a general sort of way.

    Evernote is optimized for note taking, and my choice for that hands down. One of the reasons being that I can use it with all my toys no matter what the OS.
     
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    Just school yourself to filling in tags when you make your notes and you'll discover just how useful Evernote can be. Great combo with the iPad.
     

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