Sync Notes

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  1. ogilley

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    I use iCloud to sync contacts and calendars between my home and office pcs (using Outlook) and 3 iDevices. If I go into settings for iCloud on my iPad or iPhone and try to turn on sync for Notes, I get a message saying that I need to create an @me.com email address to get this option. What gives? I have setup an iCloud account and other syncing works without the @me.com email. How can I get this to work without creating a new email address? Since MobileMe is on its way out, why do I need to create a new account to get Notes to sync.

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    At this time Note syncing only works with an email account. The notes are actually stored in a folder in email. That may change in the future (or so one rumor said). But for now at least, there is no way around it.

    Email accounts that you can sync notes with are:

    • GMail (the default IMAP setup only)
    • Yahoo
    • iCloud ( @me.com )

    There may be more, but these are the only ones I am sure of.

    If you have a GMail account setup as Exchange, it is possible to set up the same account again in parallel, using the default method. Turn on nothing but the Notes options in the second account and the two will not interfere with each other.

    Or you can just go ahead and get the @me.com email address. Never hurts to have a backup. I've got three email accounts. Comes in hand for troubleshooting email problems, if nothing else.
     
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    Hi twerppoet-nice to see you. Question...how does syncing of notes work if using a google email account? Is it similar to Dropbox where you drop your file on one device and than will sync to another?
     
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    In your email account settings you'll see an option to sync Notes, just like you see options to sync Calendars, Contacts, or the Email itself. It's on the first screen of options after you select the account. These are simple ON/OFF switches, and only the options that your account supports are visible. The below image is for the IMAP account. The Exchange setup offers different choices.

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    GMail Options (default IMAP account)

    If you turn on Notes syncing with more than one email account, or if you do not merge the local notes with the account when you first sync you will get a new Accounts button above the Notes list in the app. Tap this and you can choose between accounts. You'll also want to go to Settings > Notes and choose a default account for adding new notes.

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    Accounts list in Notes

    This will add a folder to your email account named Notes. If you delete this folder, or any of it's contents, you'll be deleting the Note from the app as well. Apple hides this folder for iCloud (@me.com) accounts in the Mail app, probably to prevent this kind of mistake; but you'll see it if you in other account types, or if you access your @me.com account by other means.
     
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    Hey, thank you for this great information twerppoet! I have now learned 2 new things tonight! This is really great--thank you again, will have to be careful though to not delete the notes folder by accident. That would be a disaster.
     
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    You're welcome.

    And I added the folder info specifically be cause it has happened. The good news is that just like other deleted email items, the notes can be retrieved from Trash (until you empty it, anyway). Only if you delete them in email though. If the iPad deletes them, they are gone.

    As always, I recommend Evernote as a better, more robust and full featured, Notes solution
     
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    Oh - that makes me feel better that it can be recovered, makes it dummy proof for some of us!!
     
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    Disclaimer:

    You might be able to recover it. No guarantees. ;)
     
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    Thanks to all for the explanation. I will use Evernote or wait until iOS will sync in a more rational way.

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    I'm sticking with Evernote also--but may be back to this thread for updates!
     

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