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  • sigo23 Level 1 Level 1

    All of this has been helpful. Thanks all.

    Thing that got me was that having upgraded to iPhone 4 couldn't sync notes from old iPhone3 and newer iPad2, and vice versa to the iPhone 4.

    Then the penny dropped...(and having deleted iCloud in iPad and iPhone and reinstalled as advised here), I realised the previous notes were created on other accounts or devices and NOT iCloud.

    So anything I wanted to transfer between previous devices I had to copy and paste from old notes to new iCloud account on either iPhone or iPad.

    I then ensured accounts on both iPad and iPhone were set to iCloud and then everything synced.

    Probably should have realised sooner!


    But watch out here is don't expect notes not created on iCloud account to sync automatically, they won't.

  • ByD Level 1 Level 1

    DEVICES --- iPad 1 - iPhone 4 (both iThings use iOS 5.1.1) - MacBook Pro (latter using OSX 10.6.8, which I believe means no iCloud)


    My Notes sync just fine using the cord and iTunes with the Notes appearing in Apple Mail (I set up a folder just for those). All is well using the wire, but...


    I cannot sync using wireless. Wireless is in my home. All devices use it successfully. Accounts checked as iCloud (as everyone here has helpfully suggested).


    Still, nada. Syncing only happens via cord through iTunes into Apple Mail and back. Again, this way works just fine so I'm a little hesitant to delete accounts as my MacBook Pro is not iCloud conversant.


    Does anyone have suggestions to get the syncing to happen via wireless?


    Thanks in advance. --Dan

  • neilfromsan diego Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having a hard time deciphering everyone's posts, so I'm not sure if this particular variation has been asked:


    I have iPhone 4s and iPad2.  The iPad2 is new and I wanted to transfer all my note from my iPhone to the iPad.  I was able to do this by telling itunes to copy all my notes from my mac onto my ipad, but I can't update them on one device and have them appear on the other. 


    Sigo23 said "But watch out here is don't expect notes not created on iCloud account to sync automatically, they won't."  Is this true?  If I want to be able to edit notes on one device and have them appear on the other, is the only way to have created them in the icloud account?  Is there any way to make old notes that are now on both devices get updated by editing them on one device?  If not, does anyone know a way to transfer old notes into the icloud without copy/pasting each one on the tiny iphone screen? 





  • ByD Level 1 Level 1

    I'm not replying to neilromsan diego so much as continuing the discussion...


    I didn't see the bit about "creating notes in iCloud." Who would do that? (...unless that means creating Notes in a device that specifies iCloud as the account.) I create notes on my iPhone 4 or iPad 1 and would love to have them update one another without the need to hook up my USB cord and do it through iTunes -- which, by the way, works great via Apple Mail. When I connect via USB cord, I get the desired result:  the same note content appears on both devices, but it does not happen wirelessly. If I update a Pages or Keynote file on one device, the other one gets the changed file quickly and without effort. Nice.


    So... what does it take to get my devices sharing Notes changes without the USB cord and iTunes? I've checked the advice in earlier posts, for example, the part about making sure both devices specify iCloud as the account. Done. But the devices still stubbornly will not update Notes without USB and iTunes.


    Any further thoughts anyone?

  • sigo23 Level 1 Level 1

    Me too continuing the discussion.

    Thought I'd solved it as described in previous post 22 May, but it seems to be very erratic. A few days later having selected iCloud as my account for Notes on iPad 2 and iPhone 4, everything seemed to be syncing fine, I got notification of changes to 2 of my Notes through the cloud on my account on my MacBook Pro (OSX 10.7.4). I then placed those notifications in a separate folder marked 'Notes' in my Apple mail account. The notes then disappeared on my iPad and iPhone!

    I then copied and pasted everything I wanted to keep in a new Note, this time not moving the notification on my primary Inbox. Everything seems to remained where it should be (....for the time being!)

    Not sure whether this solves everyone's issues, almost certainly not...but there does seem to some fundamental instability to this function.

    Next time I'm near a Apple Store I'll seek the advice of a Genius.

  • Jboomsma Level 1 Level 1

    I had the same issues when I got the IPhone 4S, I followed the instructions here and it worked completely.


  • kiwispoon Level 1 Level 1

    Hi, my main iCloud ID is associated with a gmail account - notes syncing does not work with this iCloud account. When I try to sync notes my iPhone/iPad ask me to use a account. To get notes syncing to work I have set up my mobile me address with only notes syncing. It works but why is this work around needed?

  • DonnaP Level 1 Level 1

    My main iCloud account is not associated with a email.  I really want notes and reminders to update via icloud, but when I go to turn them on, it says I have to have a email.  So, I set one up.  But, if I change my settings on my iphone to the new email so I can sync with notes on my mac, won't that screw up my calendar and contacts?  All of my calendar and contacts are under my comcast email account (my apple id).  I do not understand the need for a address.  Is there a work around for this? 


    What do you mean you set up the mobile me with only notes syncing?  What about your calendar and contacts? I don't see two different ways to do this with two different ID's.....

  • kiwispoon Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Donna,


    You can sync to one iCloud account (in my case I use a gmail account) and you can sync to many mail, contacts  and calendar clients. To sync notes I set up a account in the mail, calendar section and only synchronised notes.




  • DonnaP Level 1 Level 1

    Okay Stephen,

    I will try this.  I think I was confused because I thought if I switched to a, I was changing my email for the icloud as well.  I didn't want to lose my calendar and contacts or have to switch back and forth with ID's. Not sure why I can't wrap my mind around it.  I don't see a place to "add" another accuont on my iphone...  when I go to icloud, it's just the one account that I can sign in or out of. 

  • tmsmia Level 1 Level 1

    Ditto with me.  After upgrade to ML, notes stopped synching beween iPhone and the MBP and iPad.  iPhone was showing "on my iphone" and "iCloud."  Syncing was fine between MBP and iPad.  So I went into iPhone, went to iCloud, turned off "NOTES" and then turned "NOTES" back on - voila - it fixed.  I did lose a couple of notes that I thought I had moved to iCloud (luckily only a few from over a year ago) but now all is working. 

  • phill777 Level 1 Level 1

    the icloud is awsome if it would transfer my notes that i had written befor setting up icloud. does anyone have any ideas... ive tried a few things but nothing... anyone know a sure proof method?

  • Blunderact Level 1 Level 1

    You can sync all your NEW notes with all devices thru icloud by making iCloud your default Notes (see settings>general>notes). OLD notes in Iphone cant be sync. But the problem here, is when iCloud gets corrupted (next to impossible), all notes will be gone.

    Accidental findings: if you reset all your iCloud account (net and your phone), then sign in again, all your OLD notes will appear in icloud notes.

  • Dannyb1 Level 1 Level 1

    I have a related problem but different than those already posted on the syncing issue between my iPod Touch and iPad via iCloud.  For some notes already established, I at times make changes or update to already established notes (i.e., not create a new note).  Although I have the iCloud syncing capability turned on both devices, the notes are not updated/synced when I make changes to one of the already existing notes.  Only if I add a new note on one of the devices is the other device properly updated.  Please know  that my calendars sync/update perfectly.  However, it is a major inconvenience to have to manually update one device to keep them both with updated information, which is the whole idea of iCloud.  Any advice would be much appreciated.

  • Chacapamac Level 1 Level 1

    phill777 wrote:


    the icloud is awsome if it would transfer my notes that i had written befor setting up icloud. does anyone have any ideas... ive tried a few things but nothing... anyone know a sure proof method?

    The only way so far, I find is to manually drag & Drop from My Mac Folders or Notes to the All Cloud


    I dont want any method where my notes can disappear, meaning my main Account is on my Mac — How can we synchronized all that easily?