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4841 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 8, 2012 10:48 PM by Chip74 RSS
billfromlansdowne Calculating status...
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Notes do not sync in iCloud from my iPad to my iPhone

iPhone 4, iOS 5
  • DelSolSea Calculating status...
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    Oct 20, 2011 1:09 AM (in response to billfromlansdowne)

    I fell your pain and no thereis no good solution to this nasty issue. However you can view your Outlooknotes on your iOS devices but I had to do a sync via PC iTunes and sync cable to each device (iPhone 4 and iPad 2) not a very good solution (no support for OTA iCloud sync, LAME!). Then when the Outlook notes arrive on my iOS device in the Notes app its under a separatefolder "From My PC". All notes generated on your iOS devices are in the folder or iCloud folder.  Further more if you go to your iCloud webpage you will only see the notes you generated from your iOS devices (if youhave Notes sync turned on) and you can't edit them nor can you create new notes from the iCloud webpage interface! Extremely sad and downright terrible migration from Mobile Me.  These are simple text notes this should not be so difficult but Apple chose to treat them the same as email messages basically and made a flashy "Notes App" just like the new iOS 5 "RemindersApp" same thing.

    If you’re like me and your looking to go away from your Outlook Notes and just want to put all notes into the Apple Notes then you need to use one of your iOS devices and manually cut and past the notes one at a time from your "From My PC" folder then create a new one on in your iCloud folder. This is also so darn ********! You should be able to select all do a copy then go to the iCloud folder and past,done (but you can't)! With hundreds of Notes collected over the years you’re not likely going to manually open each one select all, copy close and create a new note in the iCloud folder....  and by the way I'm not looking to load Evernot at this time so stop suggesting exporting my Outlook notes to Evertnote, this is not a solution to this issue.

  • lironl Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 28, 2011 5:54 PM (in response to DelSolSea)

    On your iPad, go to Settings, click on Notes and make sure the default account is the one on your iCloud account.  Similarly for the iPhone.


    Now when you create notes on your iPad they should appear in iCloud and the iPhone & vice versa.



  • winston c Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 7, 2011 7:44 PM (in response to lironl)

    What if the only option under notes "default account" is on my ipad?  How do I get "on iCloud"

  • lironl Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 8, 2011 5:21 PM (in response to winston c)

    On the iPad, go to Settings and choose icloud.


    Follow any instructions to set up iCloud if you haven't done so already.


    Under iCloud, once set up, there should be some options.  Look for Notes and turn this on.  Follow any instructions if prompted to set up a address.


    Now exit Setup and goto Notes.  There should be an Accounts button on the top left, and clicking it should reveal the iCloud notes folder along with any others.

  • winston c Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 8, 2011 5:58 PM (in response to lironl)

    Been there, done that.  About 100 times.  Only thing that showes up is notes on the iPad.  In setting under iCloud I have everything turned on.  Under notes in setting the only option I have for default account is on my iPad.  I have turned notes on and off.  Synced and backed up.  Nothing.  Working great from my iPhone to mac.  Just can't get the iPad to play nice with the Mac and iPhone.

  • lironl Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 8, 2011 9:38 PM (in response to winston c)

    One thing to watch out for is that when you turn on notes in Settings -> iCloud, you have to press the Settings button to go back up one level for the changes to take effect.  Give this a try.


    If that doesn't work, press the home button twice and kill the Notes and Settings apps, then try the Notes app again.


    If that still doesn't work, kill the apps again, then turn your iPad off and on.


    Does any of this help?

  • winston c Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 8, 2011 11:53 PM (in response to lironl)

    Ughhhhh.   Thanks for trying but still nothing.  I am off to apple in the am.  Had an orginal iPad before this and everything worked.  My hubby's new iPad works just fine.  So frustating.  I have sooo many notes. 

    Thanks for trying.

  • HScime Calculating status...
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    May 4, 2012 10:16 AM (in response to winston c)

    Not sure if you worked this out after all these years but Apple still hasn't come up a better solution then copying each note from your iPhone (or iPad) Notes App and then switching to your iCloud "Account" within Notes (on the same device) and pasting each into another new note (by pressing the "+" in the top right corner). Once I did that and then synced/backed up my iCloud account on said same device did the Notes finally show up on my other device(s).

  • Shernfl Calculating status...
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    May 5, 2012 7:29 AM (in response to billfromlansdowne)

    This is what I have discovered. .....

    I have an iPhone that I created notes on before I had an iPad or iCloud. Then I got an iPad and iCloud. Everything sync'd fine except notes. After lots of research and an hour tech support session with trouble shooting left and right the bottom line is this. If the note is created with iCloud turned on then it will synch. If the note is created with iCloud turned off then it will not sync. No matter which device you are using. If you have notes that were created on the device with icloud turned off or before you had icloud there will be three "folders"  under the notes icon - all notes, iPhone (or iPad ) only notes and iCloud notes.

    This is how i moved the notes that were on my phone that would not sync  I did a copy and past of the notes I wanted in the cloud that were created on my phone prior to iCloud by copying the note from my phone only folder to the iCloud folder and then deleted it from my iPhone only folder. This worked and the notes are also at my iCloud account at the iCloud website under mail. I tried emailing them to my iCloud account from my phone and they did show up and I could move the emailed note to the notes folder at my iCloud account but it still would not sync to my pad. I even backed up my entire phone to the cloud and then restored my phone but the notes that were originally created and stored in the iPhone notes only folder (originally created either before icloud or with icloud turned off) will not sync.


    However, this is a good thing because I just created a note AFTER turning off the iCloud notes option on my iPad and it did not sync to my phone. So this means we have the option of creating notes that we want to sync and notes we do not want to sync from either device.


    Hope this helps and is not too confusing.


  • Mr Future Mac Calculating status...
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    May 6, 2012 6:43 AM (in response to Shernfl)

    I just wanted to quickly comment and say certainly and excitedly solved my problem. Thank you very much for posting and saving me hordes of time.   Thank you so much!!!!

  • Chip74 Calculating status...
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    Jun 8, 2012 10:48 PM (in response to Shernfl)

    That explains it. I was nearly ready to pull the phone apart to find the notes inside it!  Thank you.


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