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Why do I need a new email for iCloud notes?

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dagaz Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Sep 21, 2012 1:48 PM

Now that I've upgraded my Mac to Mountain Lion, I decided to turn on Notes syncing through iCloud. However, even though I'm already signed in to my iCloud account, it asks me to create a new one. It won't accept my existing @icloud.com address as it tells me it's already taken. Why do I have to create a new iCloud account just to turn on Notes syncing and, if I do this, will it sync Notes through my existing iCloud account or the new one?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,670 points)
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    Sep 21, 2012 2:39 PM (in response to dagaz)

    From your description, it sounds like you are trying to set up a new ID.  That's why you get the error you did.  Just log into icloud (settings>icloud) using the old ID.

  • cosmovart Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 29, 2012 7:25 PM (in response to dagaz)

    I have exactly the same problem. Did you figure out, dagaz?

  • raweb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 8:29 AM (in response to dagaz)

    I don't understand how Notes has anything to do with having an iCloud email account. I simply want to backup and/or access my notes via iCloud, yet I am told to create a new iCloud email account. Pages, Contacts, Calendar, iWork and Reminders all work fine without an iCloud email account. In another thread someone mentioned activating Notes in their existing gMail account, but that didn't work for me. Frustrated by this!

  • Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 10:36 AM (in response to raweb)

    It is probably a carry over from OS X's Mail. Notes were first introduced as a part of the Mail app on Apple computers. iCloud is probably still using code that requires Note syncing to use part of the Mail app to work. If you want iCloud Note syncing create the iCloud mail account. You don't have to use the Mail account for email or any other purpose. But it will still be there if you do find a use for it in the future.

  • llnk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 2:00 AM (in response to dagaz)

    I have the same problem. I don't understand why Apple has to force me to create an @icloud.com email just to sync simple notes!

  • Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)
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    Nov 15, 2012 3:48 PM (in response to llnk)

    As already stated here, the software required to sync Notes is still embedded into the Mail app. It is probably low on the list of things todo to cut this link between the programs. It's no big deal to create the email address, then don't use it. I would still choose a good name since you never know, it could come in handy someday.

  • fgersch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 7:58 AM (in response to Stephen Spark)

    Yep. But that's not the whole story. Notes under OS X gives me free choice of any of my gmail accounts to use for notes sysncing. And it works perfectly between my macbook air and my mac pro. On the iphone however as stated above it insists on creation of a new account. Even though it is signed into an icloud account already.

     

    Now I don't know if this is apple trying to string arm us into an icloud email which is actually under the domain .icloud.com or just an oversight. Either way I think your Apple Genius was blowing smoke.

     

    It's very annoying.

  • Stephen Spark Level 4 Level 4 (2,380 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 9:29 AM (in response to fgersch)

    You can also setup Notes to sync with GMail on an iOS device as well although I found it to be pretty clunky to view them on the net, and of course it also requires a Gmail account. You can turn on Notes in Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendars selecting your Gmail account. With multiple accounts enabled Notes settings will have an option to set the default account and the app should show an Account button.

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