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Duplicate notes? Notes not syncing?

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  • isoline Calculating status...
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    Oct 23, 2012 4:23 PM (in response to John Hammer1)

    I did a clean install of OS X ML and have the duplicate Notes issue as well.

  • IMore73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 26, 2012 3:50 AM (in response to graybry)

    I've got hat problem too.


    At first I thought maybe Notes has a problem syncing through other services like Google, so I switched to iCloud only and worked 2 hours to get all notes properly arranged again on the Macbook. Now I opened Notes on my desktop mac, Notes performed and upate, and now it's a complete desaster again.


    - On the source macbook...

          - there are folders that now have only one entry when they had 10 before.

         - I have several notes each one of which now exists 55 times!

    - On the iMac...

         - a lot of the notes from the Macbook are missing completely

         - there is a new folder "Revoverd Items" but it's empty


    Apple, this isn't funny. You're messing up our data! Please fix this!

  • stn774477 Calculating status...
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    Nov 2, 2012 12:59 AM (in response to graybry)

    I've read this whole thread but I haven't quite run across my exact problem.  If I have a note called "Meeting notes" made on tues sept 3rd & I edit it on My Mac on Weds sept 4th I will then have two copies of this note on my phone.  "meeting notes" sept 3rd & "Meeting note" sept 4th.  The previous version only exists on my phone.  it is not on my computer, nor if i look on the on the icloud website is it there.  Why does my phone have problems syncing edits?  it's really annoying.  FYI I have tried turning off note syncing on my phone & then turning it back on.  It removes the duplicates but does not prevent the phone from creating new duplicates anytime I edit on my mac.

  • Doppelgangr Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2012 3:14 AM (in response to stn774477)

    @stn774477 Have the same problem, plus the reported duplications in this thread. Apple seems to ignore the IMAP notes iOS/Mac issues for months now...

  • Aremac Calculating status...
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    Nov 15, 2012 7:27 AM (in response to graybry)

    What worked for me was ensuring no notes were being synced on my devices other than iCloud. After I saved all my notes via copy paste on my mac. Then I went into system preferences> mail contacts and calendars and clicked my icloud tab, and unchecked notes. I then deleted the notes that remained and it did delete all my notes  in icloud as well (which is why I saved). Checked it again and the issue was fixed. I verified by making a new note on my iphone and it showed up seconds later with no duplicate. Also now under the Notes tab at the top left beside the black apple, it only shows one active account.

  • brian.roach Calculating status...
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    Nov 19, 2012 12:05 AM (in response to graybry)



    After reading Aremac's advice above ^^ I decided to do something similar. Instead of copy/pasting like he/she suggested, simply:

         1. Go to System Preferences

         2. Click iCloud

         3. Click Sign Out

         4. For each window asking you if you want to keep a copy of your contacts/mail/notes/documents/etc, click             delete ( it will still be available on your other devices running iCloud and you it will all be restored in step      4. Sign back in and check all the boxes you want iCloud to sync.


    The duplicate notes issue should be fixed, as well as the issue of if you are in the Notes app, if you click "Notes" in the menu bar next to the apple logo (top left), it will no longer display two different iCloud accounts.


    Hope this helps. give is a thumbs up if it did so others can see it too. Peace.

  • stn774477 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 5:35 PM (in response to brian.roach)

    I'm not sure if you were specifically responding to me but this did not work for me.  I still create duplicates.  Pretty much makes Notes in the icoud ridiculus.  Also to clarify, if you were responding to me, I never had two different icloud acounts showing.  I'm starting to believe that my issue is entirely then what some people have discribed above.  It may actually be an inherent flaw in iCloud itself as i was having this problem on my 4S a month ago & am having the same problem on my 5.  Apple needs to fix this.

  • mars315 Calculating status...
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    Nov 30, 2012 10:54 AM (in response to stn774477)

    The problem I have is similar to what many describe, yet just slightly different (I think).  But I know they are all related.  My problem is if I create a new note on my i-mac it will not sync to cloud, and obv. not to my iphone 5.  BUT, if I make changes to an existing note it does sync.  Worse, if I type a new note on i-mac, by the time I am done it has generated maybe 5 copies of itself, all in progressing stages of doneness.  I do not have these issues when creating notes on either icloud or iphone.

  • andymonsterman Calculating status...
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    Dec 5, 2012 6:49 AM (in response to graybry)

    Not sure if this has been covered already but my duplicates were being caused by 'notes' being ticked in both icloud and in my gmail account in icloud. System Preferences > Mail Contacts and Calenders > Google > Notes.

  • bridgesense Calculating status...
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    Dec 10, 2012 12:10 PM (in response to graybry)

    I've got this same issue as well.  It looks like this sync bug has been around for several months.  Has a bug report been filed for this issue yet?

  • Doppelgangr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to andymonsterman)

    @andymonsterman Unfortunatley switching iCloud Notes OFF does not solve my duplicate notes issue. I am using 1) IMAP corporate and 2) private Google account on Mac, iPad, iPhone.


    At least Apple helps us with the latest battery drain problems on 6.0.1, so I won't see my duplicate notes when the phone is dead...


    2012 brought the worst Apple experience I ever had

  • otherthirdofme Calculating status...
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    Dec 14, 2012 11:04 AM (in response to graybry)

    I was having the same problem, and think I may have found a (temporary) solution. I went through system preferences => iCloud, then deleted both the @icloud & @me account, then just readded the @icloud account, since it seems to recognize that as the "default". The Notes applications seems to be working fine now, but it'll be a matter of time to see how long that lasts.

  • r_dizzle Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 5:57 AM (in response to stn774477)

    I have the same problem.

    On my MBA (latest ML), I see only one copy of each note, but my iphone5 (latest update) has multiple.


    anyone have a solution?

    I tried the solutions that Talkingpengwin suggested, but no luck

  • mars315 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 6:53 AM (in response to r_dizzle)

    My original problem was that when creating a new note on my i-mac, it does not synch that new note to my other devices, and it still does not do that.  The secondary problem was that AS I typed a new note on my i-mac, it would create multiple versions of itself, creating a new note every so often as I was typing, so that I might end up with 5 copies of the same note, all in varying stages of completeness.  This has stopped. 


    But I can't tell you how much this infuriates me, that APPLE cannot fix this synch bug.  If I EDIT an existing note on my i-mac, it synchs the changes to my other devices.  But it will not synch the creation of a new note.  If I create a new note on my i-phone, or edit a note on my phone, those all synch to my i-mac and my i-touch.  So anything that anyone says to try does not make a difference.  The problem is NOT that one of my devices is not synching with one of my other devices.  There is a specific BUG, and that is APPLE's issue.  Unfortunately, it is MY problem.

  • HowGee Calculating status...
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    Jan 19, 2013 8:40 PM (in response to graybry)

    Same problem here. I have duplicates of my iCloud notes, even after I sign out of iCloud on my Mac. No other accounts are syncing notes, and when I log into iCloud on the web, I see that all my notes are there, without duplicates.


    Something fishy going on here (Mountain Lion)...

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