3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2009 12:28 PM by Ralphjh
Ralphjh Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
I had noticed that after synching the iPhone to my computer a number of times, my iPhone notes were distributed among my several mail boxes in Apple Mail. I then looked at Mail Preferences and noticed that that the Preference for new notes and to dos was selected to be in the "Account of selected mailbox." Since that is not where I wanted them to be, I changed the Preference to be "On My Mac." I then I deleted them from Apple Mail, and re-synced with my iPhone, thinking that the new location for my notes within Apple Mail would be changed. What actually happened was that all of my Notes within my iPhone were deleted.

I then used my Time Machine backup and went back one generation to restore the Notes.mbox folder to ~/Library/Mail/Mailboxes. The notes now appear in the Messages folder within Notes.mbox but when I launched Mail, they still don't appear in Mail.

I considered restoring my from my iPhone Backup but the first Dialog Box says: "do you want to back up the settings for the iPhone ... before restoring the software?" and clicking on either button produces another Dialog that says: "Are you sure you want to restore the iPhone to its factory settings? All of your media and other data will be erased."

At this point, I decided that I was in way over my head and needed help.

How do I get my notes back into my iPhone? (I could care less whether they are on my Mac at all)

17" MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhone 3G
  • Ralphjh Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
    I noticed one more problem. Apple Mail no longer displays my outbox under MAILBOXES.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    Notes are included with your iPhone's backup, which is updated by iTunes as the first step during the sync process.

    If you have not synced your iPhone again with iTunes since the notes were deleted from your iPhone, restoring your iPhone with iTunes from your iPhone's backup should restore the notes. Do not sync your iPhone with iTunes again before doing so, and when prompted to update your iPhone's backup after selecting Restore, decline.
  • Ralphjh Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
    Thanks Allan, restoring the iPhone with iTunes solved the problem.