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Duplicate Notes in iPhone 4S

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scattermonger Calculating status...
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May 15, 2012 7:16 PM

I keep a number of notes in my iPhone, but when I connect to itunes on my Mac and sync, about 3/4 of the notes (not all of them!) are duplicated on the phone.  If I go in manually and delete the duplicates, the next time I sync, they will be duplicated again, appearing in pairs in the Notes listing.  The content of the notes will be the same, as are the creation dates.  This is crazy.  How can I keep this from happening?

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.0.1
  • bendbaum Calculating status...
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    May 16, 2012 12:13 PM (in response to scattermonger)

    I have the same issue, version 5.1.1 (9B206) on an iPhone 4. Anyone?

  • bendbaum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 16, 2012 12:50 PM (in response to scattermonger)

    Found the answer here:



    It says on the page:


    Note: If you are using MobileMe and you were previously syncing Notes with iTunes, MobileMe Notes syncing is automatically enabled. This can result in duplicate notes. See below for more information.


    Duplicate notes

    Syncing Notes both over the air and with iTunes can result in duplicate notes appearing in the Notes application. Use the following steps to resolve the issue:

    1. Connect your device and select it in iTunes.
    2. Click the Info pane and deselect the option to Sync Notes.
    3. When prompted, select Delete Notes to remove the duplicates from the device.

    If you want to sync notes with iTunes instead of using the over-the-air feature, disable Notes sync for the account using Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Mail Account.

  • marlern Calculating status...
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    Jun 13, 2012 1:08 PM (in response to scattermonger)

    Did you ever solve this problem? I have the same issue and it's driving me nuts!

  • randers4 Level 9 Level 9 (53,110 points)
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    Jun 13, 2012 1:14 PM (in response to marlern)

    Duplicates can also be created if you are trying to sync Notes with both iCloud (Settings>iCloud>Notes>On) and iTunes (selecing to sync notes on the Info tab of your sync settings).  If you're doing this, pick one method of syncing and disable the other.

  • Fred Ochs Calculating status...
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    Sep 11, 2012 11:26 AM (in response to scattermonger)

    I am not sure this is the same problem, but I am getting duplicate and sometimes triplicate notes on all 3 devices, iphone (5.1.1), ipad, imac (10.8.1). I am using the cloud. There is NO option in iTunes(10.6.3)->device->info regarding Notes, so of course no way to shut it off. Yet, the problem persists. This seemed like it was going to be such a great feature and I have been depending on it a lot before this latest round of "better" software, but it has turned into a huge pain in the ***.

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    Oct 4, 2012 10:41 AM (in response to scattermonger)


  • bom8 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 4, 2012 10:43 AM (in response to Fred Ochs)

    Same issue. Unable to turn off notes sync from itunes 10.7...

  • Fred Ochs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 4, 2012 12:20 PM (in response to bom8)

    The problem on my systems has cleared up. It may have been because of installing 10.7 foro me. For now, I'm enjoying the absence of the problem. I hope it is permanent and that you get a fix, too, bom8.

  • William Moran Calculating status...
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    Nov 4, 2012 6:59 PM (in response to scattermonger)

    i'm having this issue. it happens only every so often so i can't figure out what is causing it. the most I can figure out is when I have a note and then make an addition to it then save it. I'll look at it a bit later and there will be two identical notes but only one has the additions that i made to it. so then i just delete the old one. not a huge issue but it's nice when things works flawlessly. anyone have any fixes on this? thanks.

  • CopierGuy Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2012 3:18 PM (in response to scattermonger)

    I just installed PDF Printer app. I have loads of saved Notes that I want to save on iTunes. At first I tried the recommended DropBox. However, easier for me was to take each note I wanted to save to PDF by doing:

    1.     Select All

    2.     Copy

    3.     Open PDF Printer

    4.     Select the Clipboard in PDF Printer

    5.     Convert to PDF

    6.     Name the PDF

    7.     Select OK

    8.     Using the arrow on the right & Open in iBooks

    9.     Do a sync of the iPhone to iTunes, knowing which folder in iBooks is going to hold all of my Sync PDF docs from iBooks.


    So far has worked great, as it opens in full 8.5 x 11" PDF in the font choice I used in Notes.



  • CopierGuy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 5, 2012 3:20 PM (in response to scattermonger)

    The problem of dupes would seem to be renaming before syncing to iTunes.


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